1. How to Become a Minister in Toledo

Before you do anything, your first move will be to become ordained (in case you haven't already done so). How does it work? Get Ordained™ offers legal ordination via the Universal Life Church, and the process is completely free. The ULC welcomes anyone who feels called to ministry, and does not discriminate based on identity, creed, or any other characteristics. You can become ordained online in just a few minutes, right from your device. With this important step complete, you'll have the power to officiate legal weddings! To start the application, follow the link below.

Important Info for Ministers in Toledo

ULC Ordination Accepted:
Minister Registration Required:
Documents Required:
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2. Learn Toledo Marriage Requirements

Your next action item is to contact the office in charge of issuing marriage licenses in Toledo. Politely explain that you're an ordained minister planning to perform a wedding ceremony in their jurisdiction, and you'd like to know what credentials or official documents you need to show prior to officiating. Below you'll see contact information for this office in Toledo.

Office Address:
22 North Fourth Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Office Phone Number:
(614) 466-8770
Office Website:
Toledo Office Website

3. Who Can Officiate a Wedding in Toledo?

How about you! (Once you are ordained, of course). Weddings have a reputation for being pretty spendy, and couples are always looking for ways to reduce costs. One way to do that, while also injecting extra meaning to the proceedings, is by selecting someone they know personally to officiate. This could be a friend, a loved one, or even a mentor.

Regardless of your relationship to the couple, being asked to officiate is a tremendous honor. It shows that the couple has deep trust in you, and that they find confidence in having you standing alongside them on the big day. It's worth noting, however, that not everyone planning a wedding knows this is an option! If you are close to an engaged couple, you could always present the idea of you becoming ordained and officiating, just in case it hadn't occurred to them.

Average Cost of a Wedding in Toledo:

4. What You'll Need to Officiate in Toledo

After contacting the Toledo office that handles marriages, you should have a solid idea of what you will need to order from our website. Based on conversations with our ministers in Toledo, the Classic Wedding Kit with a Letter of Good Standing is the most popular option. However, your selection may depend on the specific requirements for officiating in your area.

Once you receive the items you need, you'll be ready to officially perform the wedding! If it's your first time officiating, (or even if it's not!) we'd encourage you to visit our wedding training center, which features a suite of resources and tools you may find helpful when preparing for the ceremony.

5. How Toledo Marriage Licenses Work

Once you finish the ceremony, your final (and most crucial) responsibility is to correctly fill out and return the marriage license. A Toledo marriage license is valid for 60 days, and after the document has been issued, there is no mandatory waiting period before the marriage can take place. Please note that a marriage license in Toledo must be returned to its issuing office before it expires.

Remember that this is a legal document, so always double-check all fields have been properly completed before returning it. The license itself can be a bit confusing, so if you need tips for how to fill out a marriage license, please check out our marriage license training page.

Marriage License Waiting Period:
Marriage License Valid For:
60 Days
Return Within:
30 Days

6. Performing a Wedding in Toledo

Toledo is located at the western tip of Lake Erie. One of the smaller cities in Ohio, Toledo really makes its mark with the abundance of rural scenery, lakes and rivers, and it's attention to architecture. You can check out the botanical garden in Toledo or explore one of their art museums! Enjoy the shores of Lake Erie, a baseball game, and some great food and brews. Couples will surely make the most of their big day when they pick Toledo to host it!

7. What You Should Do Now for a Wedding in Toledo

Near Lake Erie, Toledo is known for harsh winters and the spring and summer months tend to be the greenest and most beautiful months of Toledo.

Well that about does it! You are now an expert on Toledo weddings! Even if your ceremony isn't for a while, a friendly reminder that it's never too early to become a minister (ordination is good for life, after all). Go ahead and click the button below to get started.

Once you've completed this all-important step, performing a legal wedding ceremony in Toledo will be within your reach!