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Wedding Officiants

Not just anyone can perform a marriage ceremony in the state of Ohio. Marriages are to be performed by an ordained minister of any religious society or congregation within the state licensed to perform marriages; the Probate Court Judge or any other judge appointed as a probate judge; a Judge of a Municipal Court; the mayor of a municipal corporation in any county in which such municipal corporation wholly or partly lies, the superintendent of the state school for the deaf; or any religious society, in conformity with the rules and regulations of its church.

Please Note: It is the responsibility of the couple to be sure that the person officiating at the wedding ceremony is licensed in the state of Ohio.  A minister, upon producing to the secretary of state credentials of his / her being a regularly ordained or licensed minister of any religious society or congregation, shall be entitled to receive from the secretary of state a license authorizing him / her to solemnize marriages in this state so long as he / she continues as a regular minister in such society or congregation. A minister shall produce for inspection their license to solemnize marriages upon demand of any party to a marriage of which he / she proposes to officiate or upon demand of any Probate Court Judge.

The Application for Minister's License Form can be obtained from the Ohio Secretary of State.

The following is a list of available civil ceremony officiants for Hamilton County. The Duty Judge of the Hamilton County Municipal Court will conduct civil marriage ceremonies. If you are interested in having the Duty Judge of the Municipal Court perform your ceremony, please call 513-946-5200 or visit:
http://www.hamilton-co.org/MunicipalCourt/Marriage/Officiants.htm

In addition, the Judges and Mayors listed below are willing to perform civil ceremonies with limited restrictions.

CIVIL CEREMONY OFFICIANTS
(All Area Codes are 513)

MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGES
COURTROOM JUDGE PHONE
134
Dwane Mallory
(Duty Week Only)
946-5122
124
Melissa Powers
946-5143
270
Fanon A. Rucker
946-5256

MAYORS
MUNICIPALITY MAYOR PHONE
Amberly Village Thomas Muething
531-8675
Blue Ash (Blue Ash Residents Only)
745-8510
Cheviot Samuel D. Keller
661-2700
Deer Park John Donnellon
794-8860
Greenhills David B. Moore
825-2100
Harrison Joel F. McGuire
276-9552
Indian Hill Thomas C. Rink
(Only in Indian Hill)
629-9490
Lincoln Heights LaVerne Mitchell
733-5900 ext. 4
Lockland Jim Brown
761-1126 Ext. 114
Loveland Robert H. Weisgerber
(Perform at Loveland City Hall)
683-0150
Madeira Michael Steur
561-7228
Mariemont Dan Policastro
(C) 615-5729
Montgomery Todd Steinbrink
(C) 368-9392
North Bend Douglas Sammons
941-0610
Springdale Doyle Webster
671-4489