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Can a friend who is ordained officiate our wedding?

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My girlfriend and I are thinking of having our friends officiate our wedding. I know you can be easily ordained in MA and you need to apply for a one day designation certificate, which is also easy to get. 

 

My question is would the immigration authorities allow this and recognise it as a legal marriage ceremony? Or do we have to marry in city hall for it to be a legally binding marriage? 

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As long as the person is legally allowed to perform a marriage in the State you get married is all you need. 


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Yes, you should have no problems. It really isn't the officiant that makes the marriage legal, it is the clerk of courts that certifies it and registers it, and as long as you get the marriage certificate your golden. I don't think USCIS will ever know who your Officiant was. They just want to see the marriage certificate.

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1 hour ago, Dodd2550 said:

My girlfriend and I are thinking of having our friends officiate our wedding. I know you can be easily ordained in MA and you need to apply for a one day designation certificate, which is also easy to get. 

 

My question is would the immigration authorities allow this and recognise it as a legal marriage ceremony? Or do we have to marry in city hall for it to be a legally binding marriage? 

You are so over thinking


YMMV

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