1. How to Become a Minister in Las Cruces

The first step you’ll need to take is to become an ordained ULC minister (assuming you haven’t completed this part already). Get Ordained™ provides ordination through the Universal Life Church free of charge and welcomes all who feel called to ministry. It’s also easy to join; the process can be done entirely online and takes only a few minutes from start to finish. Once ordained, you’ll have the authority to perform legal marriage ceremonies! To begin, just click the button below.

Important Info for Ministers in Las Cruces

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

2. Learn Las Cruces Marriage Requirements

Your next step will be to reach out to the office that processes marriage licenses in Las Cruces. Let them know that you’re an ordained minister and that you’re curious about what documents or credentials they need to see from you, as the wedding officiant, before performing a ceremony in their jurisdiction. You’ll find contact information for the Las Cruces office listed below.

Office Address:
845 N. Motel Blvd.
Las Cruces, NM 88007
Office Phone Number:
(575) 647-7421
Office Website:
Las Cruces Office Website

3. Who Can Officiate a Wedding in Las Cruces?

One great candidate: You! (At least, as soon as you are ordained). We all know that weddings are notoriously spendy, but one way that couples are reducing their costs – and bringing deeper meaning to the event – is by choosing an officiant they know personally.

For loved ones who are asked to officiate, this is an incredible honor; serving in the role of officiant signifies a deep level of faith and trust between you and the couple. But not all couples are aware this is an option! If someone you love has an upcoming wedding, you might offer to preside over the ceremony as an ordained minister in case they hadn't considered it. In the end, the decision will of course be theirs.

Average Cost of a Wedding in Las Cruces:

4. What You'll Need to Officiate in Las Cruces

After speaking with the office in Las Cruces, you should have a clearer idea of what you might need to order from our online catalog. Many of our ministers in Las Cruces decide to get an Ordination Kit, though your choice may vary based on the specific requirements in place.

With all that prep work out of the way, you’ll be set to officiate the wedding! Woohoo! If this is your first time performing a wedding (or you just want to brush up on your knowledge) head over to our wedding training center, where you’ll find all sorts of useful tools and resources.

5. How Las Cruces Marriage Licenses Work

After the ceremony is over, your last (and vital) responsibility will be to sign and return the marriage license. In Las Cruces, a marriage license does not expire. Once it has been picked up, there is no mandatory waiting period before the wedding ceremony may be performed. Please keep in mind that the license must be returned within the prescribed period after signing.

This is a legal document, so please double-check that it is correctly filled out before returning it to the office that issued it. For detailed instructions on how to fill out a marriage license, visit our marriage license training page.

Marriage License Waiting Period:
Marriage License Valid For:
Never Expires
Return Within:
90 Days

6. Performing a Wedding in Las Cruces

Beautiful Las Cruces is the second largest city in New Mexico. Many venues in Las Cruces are optimally set up to host weddings outdoors, that may be in part due to the extremely scenic views of the various rugged mountain ranges like the Organ Mountains. Las Cruces is located on the rugged Organ caldera, but there hasn't been an eruption for more than 30 million years so we're sure any couple would be fine to book their wedding ceremony there!

7. What You Should Do Now for a Wedding in Las Cruces

The temperatures in Las Cruces are bearable during all seasons besides summer, no need to worry about snow, rain and humidity as this city has optimal conditions for a wedding in three out of the four seasons.

Now that you know everything there is to know about Las Cruces weddings, don’t forget to take that all-important first step in this process by officially becoming ordained with the ULC! Click the button below to get the ball rolling.

Once ordained, you’ll be well on your way to performing legal wedding ceremonies in Las Cruces!