You can receive ordainment to officiate wedding ceremonies over the internet, free of charge. There are a number of online churches that will ordain you to ministry and religious ceremonies instantly. While various churches make online ordination available, ultimately each individual must make the particular ceremony legitimate and solemn.
I chose to receive my ordainment through the Universal Life Church because of the aspects of their belief system which resonated with me, personally. Many online churches that will ordain you free of charge have similar beliefs, and the Universal Life Church shares many of the common beliefs and elements typical of online church groups. However, ULC’s most central belief is that all religious faiths are equally valid and should be celebrated. The church website posts declarations such as; “we are all children of the same universe” and “do only that which is right” which attracted me with their simplicity and universal appeal.
The Universal Life Church offers training, discussion groups, blogs, books and downloadable materials. In addition to offering advice, sermons, official ceremonies, and credentials; the church also offers guidance on social interactions. I have used my credentials as a clergy to obtain unfettered visitation with hospital patients; a service of compassion which can be as important and serious to a patient or family as a wedding or other religious ceremony.
The ULC will provide verification of your credentials as an ordained clergy, capable of officiating a legal wedding or another ceremony to any legal entity; or provide you printed credentials for a fee. The church offers an extensive online library of materials to help a newly ordained officiate with materials for ceremonies, and even wedding toasts and jokes. Legal advice and legal case studies are also available. In my own state, a letter of good standing is sufficient for legal confirmation of your ability to preside over a wedding ceremony.
My own personal interest in becoming ordained was to begin my own ministry; first over the internet, then with a physical church site. I am currently working on materials to release on behalf of my own church mission. If you do decide to become ordained online for free; good luck with your future endeavors and I hope in addition to officiating weddings you will choose to spread a message of love with your new ordainment.