Get Ordained and Officiate Weddings

Getting ordained is a great way to start a side hustle and be part of a couple’s special day at the same time. It’s actually surprisingly simple to get ordained, and you don’t need to be part of any certain religion to do it. If you do have a religious denomination, you can get ordained in that and start officiating the weddings of people in your community or check out places online to get ordained for free or little cost.

Universal Life Church is a popular non-denominational organization that provides ordinations for no fee. Many celebrities have even become ministers through this organization. Create an online account and follow the simple steps to get ordained. After you become a minister, you can start to officiate weddings. The great part is that you can charge anywhere from $500 to $800 to officiate a service. We chose this for our Side Hustle Master List because it’s so easy to do.


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Requires process from computer or in person; various routes to get ordained (some states require documentation).


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The wedding format

One thing you’ll have to get over to do this is your fear of public speaking. You might be required to speak in front of as much as 200 people at a time (or more). If you can get used to that, this can be a pretty simple side hustle. The first thing you do when performing a wedding is to contact the marriage license authority. These authorities vary state by state and will require you to provide documentation of your ordination. The next step is to perform the wedding ceremony. You should be familiar with the standard wedding routine and have a template that the bride and groom can work off of. After the ceremony, don’t forget to fill out the marriage license with the couple and then stick around a little while to celebrate.

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