√ The validity of your marriage license depends on your officiant.
Even after you and your partner purchase a marriage license, it isn’t technically legal until an officiant performs a ceremony, signs your marriage license and returns it to the county. Not just any “officiant” signature will suffice, though. You can’t just ask your gardener for his John Hancock on your marriage license and expect the county to accept it (unless, of course, your gardener has an officiant license). Your officiant needs to be an ordained member of the clergy or have an official license to perform wedding ceremonies in order to legally sign your marriage license.
√ If your officiant doesn’t have a license to perform wedding ceremonies, they need to get one.
Nowadays, becoming an ordained officiant is as easy as clicking a mouse. There are hundreds of sites that can legally ordain individuals online (for a small fee), whether as a minister or just as a ceremony officiant. You may want to ask your officiant to check out Universal Life Church to become an ordained minister online.
√ You need to know about the marriage laws in your area.
Check your state’s marriage laws to see who can officiate wedding ceremonies and how they must go about getting ordained. In most states, an officiant must be an ordained member of the clergy or they need to register at a county clerk’s office. Many states require you to file your marriage license within a certain number of days after your ceremony, so you also should keep records of your ceremony and your expenses and make a copy of your marriage license. Every state is different, though, so be sure to do your research.