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How to Get Married by a Close Friend or Family Member

If you’re planning a more relaxed wedding, you may have had the idea to have a friend or family member marry you. It’s super easy these days to get ordained, so this is absolutely feasible if it’s what you want for your big day.

Pop the Question

The first step is to pop the question to your most trusted friend or family member. Let them know how important it would be for them to marry you and ask if they will agree to do it. If so, you can walk them through the steps of becoming ordained.

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Visit the Universal Life Church Website

Through the Universal Life Church, anyone can become ordained so that they can marry couples. The website is located at and the process takes just a few minutes. You simply read the information available on the page and then fill out the form under it, including your name, email address, and the additional information asked for there. Within just 24 hours, you’ll receive an email with a certificate showing that you’ve been ordained.

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How it Works

Once you’ve received your marriage license and have taken all the legal steps necessary to get married, your friend or family member can marry you. He or she doesn’t have to perform any certain type of ceremony – that’s the beauty of this process, because you can hold the type of ceremony that is most comfortable for you.

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These days, many brides and grooms are getting married by their best friends, a special relative and even by the best man or maid of honor. It’s a wonderful way to express your love and enjoy the day even more than you normally would.

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