Wedding Officiants
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Wedding Officiants

​​To officiate a wedding ceremony in Indiana, you must meet one of the following requirements as outlined in IC 31-11-6-1:

    • A member of the clergy of a religious organization (even if the cleric does not perform religious functions for an individual congregation), such as a minister of the gospel, a priest, a bishop, an archbishop, or a rabbi.
    • A judge.
    • A mayor, within the mayor’s county.
    • A clerk or a clerk-treasurer of a city or town, within a county in which the city or town is located. A clerk of the circuit court.
    • The Friends Church, in accordance with the rules of the Friends Church.
    • The German Baptists, in accordance with the rules of their society.
    • The Bahai faith, in accordance with the rules of the Bahai faith.
    • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in accordance with the rules of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
    • An imam of a masjid (mosque), in accordance with the rules of the religion of Islam.

After the wedding ceremony, the wedding officiant must sign the couple’s marriage record under penalties of perjury that they are authorized to solemnize marriages under Indiana law (see above).

Wedding ceremonies are not performed in the Marion County Clerk’s Office. You can contact one of the nine township Small Claims Courts here for more information.

UPDATE
In July of 2014, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Indiana must allow secular celebrants be allowed to perform marriage ceremonies also. Read the ruling here.