Episcopal Diocese of Washington

To draw people to Jesus and embody his love
for the world by equipping faith communities,
promoting spiritual growth, and striving for justice

Marriage Guidelines

At the 78th General Convention, which met in Salt Lake City from June 25 through July 3, 2015, two resolutions were adopted regarding marriage and blessing liturgies. Two new rites were authorized for trial use beginning on the first Sunday of Advent (November 29) 2015. They are The Witnessing and Blessing of a Marriage, and The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage 2. These rites are available for purchase from Church Publishing Inc. in a single volume titled “Liturgical Resources I Revised and Expanded:  I Will Bless You and You Will Be A Blessing.” The rites are also available for free download in pdf format from Church Publishing and for free download in a Word document from the General Convention Office.

The Spanish-language version of the rites is available for free download in the format presented to General Convention.

The Book of Common Prayer online includes the marriage service under Pastoral Offices.

The New Zealand Prayer book marriage section is also available online.

State and Jurisdiction Licensing


No paperwork is required. You need only be an ordained clergyperson

District of Columbia

Please use this link to the DC Marriage Bureau for the application form, "Authorization to
Celebrate Marriages in DC." Also, note that there is a $35 application fee that may be paid by
certified check or money order to "Clerk – DC Superior Court." You may pay cash if you go in
person. Once processed, you will receive a certificate from the Marriage Bureau acknowledging
that you are licensed to perform marriages in the District of Columbia.
DC Marriage Bureau
500 Indiana Ave., NW Room 4485 Washington, DC 20001
(202) 879-4840 (recording)
(202) 879-4843
Hours: M-F 8:30am – 5pm