Wedding Officiant

Civil Celebrant Appointment (Marriage Officiants)

  • Non-Virginia residents who are not clergy cannot legally perform a wedding in Virginia.
  • You must be a resident of Loudoun County in order to be a One-Time Ceremony Civil Celebrant authorized to perform a wedding in Virginia.
  • Virginia residents who do not reside in Loudoun County will need to apply in the county in which they reside.
  • Submit the following:
    • $54 filing fee
    • One-Time Ceremony Civil Celebrant Petition (PDF)
      • The completed petition will be forwarded to a Circuit Court judge for review and approval.
    • Once the order has been approved, the petitioner must post a $500 bond, either by cash or check, prior to performing the marriage ceremony.

 Permanent Civil Celebrant Appointment

  • You must be a resident of Loudoun County in order to be appointed as a permanent Civil Celebrant authorized to perform a wedding in Virginia.
  • Submit a letter setting forth your interest in being appointed as a permanent Civil Celebrant. Provide your email address and daytime phone number.
  • The letter will be provided to and reviewed by the Clerk of Circuit Court. The Clerk will contact the individual to provide information about the process.

Out-of-State Minister Petition

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