If the couple is planning an international destination wedding, we highly recommend that they file their marriage license in the United States. The couple should complete the marriage license locally and address all the legal aspects of getting married. That way, the couple, officiant, and wedding party can travel to the destination and enjoy the ceremony.
We recommend this because if the couple wishes to have the marriage legally recorded outside the United States, it can lead to complications. The minister authorization process may be difficult, if not impossible, even if you can legally officiate the marriage in another country. Not all countries provide equal rights to all churches and ministers, and becoming an officiant in another country can be a complicated, time consuming process.
If the marriage absolutely must legally occur outside the United States, and you aren’t able to register as a minister-officiant, you may be able to complete a temporary civil-officiant registration.
Finally, remember that if you perform a marriage outside of the United States, you must follow the marriage laws of the country where you perform the ceremony.