There is no requirement for ordained officiants to register with the state or county prior to performing a marriage ceremony. The officiant must meet the requirements under ORS 106.120. It is the responsibility of the officiant to properly complete the Marriage License form.
Can anyone officiate a wedding in Oregon?
Who can perform the marriage? The marriage may be performed by an Oregon judicial officer, county clerk or a clergyperson of any religious organization or congregation. Use of a judicial officer may include an additional fee.
Do you need to be ordained to marry someone in Oregon?
To be considered a valid ordination, the State of Oregon requires your ordaining organization to be active (i.e. conducting business or holding services). If the organization has closed, you must get another ordination before officiating at weddings.
How can I have a wedding without an officiant?
There are typically two types of ceremonies where you can marry without an officiant: a civil wedding and a self-uniting marriage. In a few US states, it’s possible for some couples to have a self-uniting (or self-solemnizing) marriage.
Is a wedding officiant necessary?
You cannot get married without a wedding officiant. Judges, Ministers and other people who legally sign marriage licenses are acting as a wedding officiant when they marry you. If you are self-solemnizing your marriage you are acting as your own wedding officiant.
Can a notary marry someone in Oregon?
Members of the clergy, judges, justices of the peace, and some notary publics are all qualified to perform weddings.
Can my friend officiate my wedding?
A: The quick answer to that is yes; it is possible to have a friend of family member perform your marriage ceremony once they have been legally ordained to do so. Getting ordination can be as simple as filling out an online form from a ministry that will ordain anyone who wants to solemnize weddings.
Can you marry yourself to another person?
Q: Is a marriage legal if we self-solemnize? A: Yes! Self-uniting marriage ceremonies are legally binding marriages, as long as the state and county the marriage license originated from allows this form of ceremony.
What states can you marry without an officiant?
This is only allowed to be performed in a few states currently, including Colorado, California, District of Columbia, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. This is a great option for couples who want to have an elopement in one of these states!
Can you marry more than one person?
Polygamy (from Late Greek πολυγαμία, polygamía, “state of marriage to many spouses”) is the practice of marrying multiple spouses. When a man is married to more than one wife at the same time, sociologists call this polygyny. When a woman is married to more than one husband at a time, it is called polyandry.