Published on July 19, 2012, by in Uncategorized.

A ship captain does not have any authority to perform a wedding unless the captain is also a member of the clergy or a justice of the peace.  If the wedding ceremony is performed outside U.S. territorial waters, it must be done in accordance with the local, state, or district laws where the parties live and in the presence of a U.S. diplomatic or consular official who agrees to issue the certificate and file any required reports.  Otherwise, the ceremony must be repeated ashore and the local requirements fulfilled.

Source:  “Contrary to Popular Belief” by Joey Green 2005