How to Create a Marriage Certificate

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How to Create a Marriage Certificate
Your marriage certificate and wedding rings symbolise your marriage. (getting married image by Bettina Baumgartner from

A marriage certificate is a legal document that validates your marriage. It often includes the couple's names, the date and location the wedding took place and the signature of the judge or parishioner who performed the ceremony. You can create a marriage certificate in a word processor or desktop publishing application. By creating your own certificate, you can turn a simple document into a work of art and customise its wording, colours and font.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Microsoft Word and Publisher

  1. 1

    Create a new document in Microsoft Word or Publisher.

  2. 2

    Select the "Page Layout" tab. Click "Orientation" and "Landscape" from the "Page Setup" group to display your contents horizontally.

  3. 3

    Click the "Insert" tab and select the "Text" group. Select "WordArt" and the "WordArt Style 3." The Edit WordArt Text dialogue box opens.

  4. 4

    Type "Marriage Certificate" into the text pad and click "OK." The title is added to your document.

  5. 5

    Drag the title to the top of your page until it's centred and go to section 3, "Complete Certificate."

    OpenOffice Writer

  1. 1

    Create a new document in OpenOffice Writer and select "Format" and "Page" from the toolbar. The "Page Style" dialogue box opens. To display your contents horizontally on the page, select "Landscape" under the Page tab and click "OK."

  2. 2

    Select "View" and "Toolbars" from the menu to display the Drawing toolbar. Click the "Fontwork Gallery" button. The "Fontwork Gallery" dialogue box opens. Select the style you want to use for the certificate's title and click "OK." A "FontWork" title is added to your page.

  3. 3

    Double-click "Fontwork" and click the "Fontwork" text that appears over it. Replace the text with "Marriage Certificate" and press the "Esc" key. To resize the text, hold one of its corners and pull it inwardw to shrink it or outward to enlarge it.

  4. 4

    Navigate to the "Fontwork" toolbar and click the "Fontwork Shape" button. Select the "Arch Up (Curve)" button to turn the title into an arch. Proceed to the next section, "Complete Certificate."

    Complete Certificate

  1. 1

    Press "Enter" until the cursor is below the title. Type "This certifies that" below the title and press "Ctrl"+"E" on your keyboard to centre it.

  2. 2

    Press "Enter" and type the couple's names, such as "Name 1 and Name 2" and press "Enter."

  3. 3

    Type "were united in marriage" and press the "Enter" key again.

  4. 4

    Type the details of the marriage, such as:

    at ____

    in the county of ____

    and state of ______

    on the ___day of ___

    in the year of ______.

  5. 5

    Press "Enter" and insert the details for the witnesses as follows:

    The ceremony was witnessed and celebrated by

    _ and __.

  6. 6

    Press the "Enter" key a few times and press "Ctrl"+"L" to left-justify the text. Include the details for the person who is marrying the couple, such as:

    Name of person solemnising marriage

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