Kathleen
Just Said Yes October 2021

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Kathleen, on July 18, 2021 at 8:23 PM Posted in North Carolina Planning 0 5
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Hello Everyone,
I live in NC, and planning on getting married in October. We want a friend to marry us, but I read something online that this won’t be legal even if he get ordained online. is this true??

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Latest activity by Holly, on September 10, 2021 at 3:10 PM
  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Administrator October 2016
    Lynnie ·
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    Hi Kathleen! I'm seeing some mixed answers online, so your best bet is to call the Register of Deeds in the county where you'll be getting married to see what type of documentation your officiant will need to perform the wedding!

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    November 2021
    Holly ·
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    Hi Kathleen - were you able to figure out the answer to your question? I'm getting married in NC in November and was wondering the same thing. Thanks!

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  • Kathleen
    Just Said Yes October 2021
    Kathleen ·
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    Hi Holly,
    No! Ive been getting different answers, I reached out to an officiant here and he said that ULC (Universal Life Church Ministry) is not legal here in NC, Not quite sure what to believe. But our plans changed unfortunately, we are getting married at the courthouse instead. Wish you luck!
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    Savvy February 2022
    Faith ·
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    I have this same question! I'm getting married in Feb. in NC, so I called our county's Register of Deeds. The answer was kind of mixed. She said that online ordained are a grey area, and ULC isn't allowed, I don't think. However, she also said that they don't really check on the officiant either. She said if I wanted to risk it, I could just have the officiant not sign Pastor John Smith of Universal Life Church and just write Pastor John Smith to avoid them making a big deal out of it. Honestly, I don't feel a lot better about this answer, so I'm still not sure what to do, but I thought I'd share what I've found out.

    (I'm from a pretty small county where things are clearly not always by the book, lol.)

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    November 2021
    Holly ·
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    Yeah, I think my fiance and I are going to do a quick civil ceremony at the courthouse a week before the wedding and then still have our friend officiate our ceremony, even though we'll technically already be married haha.

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