1. How to Become a Minister in East Baton Rouge Parish

The first thing you'll need to do is get ordained as a minister of the Universal Life Church. If you're already ordained you can skip to the next section, but if not, you'll want to go ahead and click the button below to sign up as a minister. Get Ordainedâ„¢ provides free ordination through ULC, has no specific faith requirements, and can be completed in moments. Congrats, you're on your first step towards officiating completely legal wedding ceremonies!

Important Info for Ministers in East Baton Rouge Parish

ULC Ordination Accepted:
Minister Registration Required:
Documents Required:
Minister's Residency:
Minister's Minimum Age:

2. Learn East Baton Rouge Parish Marriage Requirements

After ordination, the next step is contacting the specific office that issues marriage licenses in East Baton Rouge Parish. Inform them that you're an ordained minister officiating a wedding, and ask them if they need to see any specific credentials or documents from you in order to perform a wedding. The contact information for that office in East Baton Rouge Parish is listed below.

Office Address:
222 St. Louis Street, Room B115
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Office Phone Number:
(225) 389-3950

3. Who Can Officiate a Wedding in East Baton Rouge Parish?

Well, you can, for starters! More and more, couples are asking a close friend or family member to help them tie the knot, cutting costs by foregoing costly professionals and making their wedding more personal all in one go.

Not everyone knows that they can get an officiant ordained online, however! If you're close with a couple who've recently announced their engagement, you may consider informing them that anyone can perform their wedding by getting ordained online. You might even consider offering yourself as a prospective officiant!

Average Cost of a Wedding in East Baton Rouge Parish:

4. What You'll Need to Officiate in East Baton Rouge Parish

Once you've contacted the office issuing the marriage license in East Baton Rouge Parish, you should have an understanding of what exactly you'll want to order from our online store. A popular option in East Baton Rouge Parish is the Classic Wedding Kit, which will cover all your bases and more.

Now that you've done your homework and ordered your package, it's time for the fun part: Officiating the actual wedding! If this is your first time helping a couple tie the knot (or you just need a quick refresher), we'd encourage you to take a look at our wedding training center, which has all the resources you'll need to pull off an incredible ceremony.

5. How East Baton Rouge Parish Marriage Licenses Work

Once you've officiated the wedding, all that's left to do is sign and return the marriage license. We get it, this is the unexciting legal part, but this is a crucial step to ensuring the wedding you just performed is valid in the eyes of the law. Once the marriage license has been picked up, there is a mandatory 24-hour waiting period. A Marriage license in East Baton Rouge Parish is valid for 30 days, and it must be return within the time limit given after all parties sign it.

We highly encourage you to double and triple-check that the marriage license is filled out properly before it is returned to the appropriate office. After all, this is a legal document. If you have questions about how to fill it out properly, please take a look at our marriage license training page for detailed instruction.

Marriage License Waiting Period:
24 Hours
Marriage License Valid For:
30 Days
Return Within:
By Expiration

6. Performing a Wedding in East Baton Rouge Parish

If couples are looking for a place to hold their wedding ceremony that features handsome cities with waterfront views, they should consider St. Joseph County, Indiana. The area is named for the river that runs through it into Lake Michigan. This county is home to the University of Notre Dame, which provides some breathtaking architecture that would serve as a perfect backdrop for wedding photos (particularly for fans or alumni of the Fightin' Irish).

7. What You Should Do Now for a Wedding in East Baton Rouge Parish

When it comes time to pick a date for a wedding, folks will want to avoid scheduling an outdoor ceremony in the summer when it's very hot and humid and rain showers are common compared to the much milder winters and more pleasant spring and fall months.

If you've come this far, you're practically an expert on performing weddings in East Baton Rouge Parish! If you haven't already, remember to get ordained online with the ULC by clicking the button below, and start officiating!

Already ordained? Then you're already well on your way to officiating beautiful wedding ceremonies in East Baton Rouge Parish!