Erie, Pennsylvania Wedding Guide

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How to Officiate a Wedding in Erie, Pennsylvania

The city of Erie, located on the Northeast tip of Pennsylvania, offers an amazing variety of things to see and do, including museums, outdoor recreation, unique shopping options, and historical landmarks. The big attraction is Lake Erie with it’s the fresh water beaches and stunning sunsets. Erie offers visitors and residents that big city feel with all the best parts of a small town and makes a perfect location for a wedding.

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STEP 1: Get ordained with American Marriage Ministries


Let’s start with the ordainment process. According to Pennsylvania state law, “every religious society, religious institution or religious organization in this Commonwealth may join persons together in marriage when at least one of the persons is a member of the society, institution or organization, according to the rules and customs of the society, institution or organization." 

If this doesn’t sound like you, don’t panic. Just get ordained with us and you will be a minister of AMM. The process is free and takes just a few minutes.


When it comes time to officiate the wedding ceremony, Erie County may ask you to present documentation. You can get these from AMM for a small fee. (You can call the county clerk’s office before you perform the ceremony to ask if they will require you to bring the certificate in person).


The Pennsylvania Government does not license, register, or certify ministers or wedding officiants, so once you are signed up with us, you may start performing weddings in the state!


STEP 2: Prepare for the Ceremony in Erie County


Now that you are ordained with American Marriage Ministries, it’s time to you’ll need to prepare for the wedding ceremony. Being asked to officiate a ceremony is an honor, but can feel like a lot of pressure.  New officiants will appreciate our wedding training pages, which cover everything you’ll need to know to perform your first wedding ceremony, from your legal responsibilities as an officiant, to sample ceremony scripts. 


To check out the specific laws in the state of Pennsylvania, you can visit our dedicated marriage law pages, where you’ll find some helpful tips and links.


STEP 3: Officiate the Wedding and Complete the Marriage License


Obtaining the marriage license is the responsibility of the couple, but it’s good for the minister to double check that it is present on the day of the ceremony. As the minister, you will need to help them complete it in order to make the marriage official.


The Clerk of Orphans’ Court, which is responsible for issuing and filing marriage licenses, will expect the marriage license to be returned within 10 days of the ceremony. Someone should be designated to ensure that the marriage license is mailed back to the office. If you want to be an A+ officiant, offer to take care of this final step for the couple so that they can enjoy their honeymoon without having to worry about returning their marriage license.

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Filing for a Marriage License in Erie Pennsylvania 


Both applicants, by appointment only, must appear in person with the following:


  • Driver’s license or photo identification that shows your date of birth
  • Social Security number (Social Security card is preferred, but if unavailable, please provide Social Security number in a written form)
  • Each applicant will need to know your mother’s maiden name, your parents’ current addresses, the state where your parents were born, and your parents’ occupations.
  • $60 fee, cash only


You may contact the Marriage Bureau at 814-451-6347 to make an appointment for your marriage license. Although it is not required, filling out the marriage license application before you head in to the office, will help save time at your appointment.

Erie County Marriage License Info

Important Facts to know before filing for a marriage license in Erie, Pennsylvania.


Issuance Office: Marriage Bureau Erie County Courthouse 140 West Sixth Street Room 123

Fee: $60

Waiting Period: None

Expiration: 3 Days

Return: By Couple

Erie Wedding Tips and Tricks

Wedding Venue and Planning Tips

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The Basics


If the couple is looking for a ceremony on the water, no venue would be better than The Victorian Princess. Give your guests an authentic paddlewheel boat cruise experience that will provide them with a wedding they’ll never forget. Everyone will head indoors for dinner and bask in the view of the coastal scenery through many expansive arched windows. 


If you want to stay on land, we recommend the Watson-Curtze Mansion. This three-story museum and event space dates back to 1892. Details from mosaic tiles to elaborately carved wooden features will give any wedding the elegance it deserves.




People traveling to Erie can arrive by car, plane, and train. An Amtrak train calls on the city twice daily at Union Station in downtown Erie: the Lake Shore Limited, running between New York, Boston, and Chicago. The Erie International Airport is located 5 miles outside of the city and hosts United Airlines, American Airlines, and Northwest Airlines. The Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA) operates local and regional bus service seven days a week and makes getting around the city easy for any out-of-town guest. 




In Erie, the summers are warm and partly cloudy and the winters are freezing, windy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 21°F to 79°F and is rarely below 7°F or above 86°F. The best time of year to plan a wedding in Erie for warm weather is from mid-June to mid-September.

Erie Officiant FAQ

Erie Officiant & Couples FAQ

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What do I need to do to get a marriage license in Erie?

Applicants must appear together in person at the Marriage Bureau Erie County Courthouse. Once there, they must complete an Application for their Marriage License. The office is located at 140 West Sixth Street Room 123.


How far in advance should couples apply for a license in Erie, and how long is it valid for?

The clerk’s office advises couples to apply for their marriage license 2 to 3 weeks before the scheduled date of their marriage ceremony. Pennsylvania law requires a three-day waiting period between application and the ceremony, however, they recommend having the license in hand for at least a week or two before the event takes place. 


Can a marriage license issued in Allegheny County be used anywhere else?

A Marriage License issued in Erie County may be used anywhere in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This also means that a license issued by another county in Pennsylvania can be used in Erie, Erie County.


How much does it cost to get a marriage license in Pittsburgh?

Erie County fees, including Pennsylvania taxes and surcharges, is $60, cash only


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