For the union of a man and woman to be recognized as sacramentally valid by the Orthodox Church, the following conditions must be met:

I. The Sacrament of Matrimony must be celebrated by an Orthodox Priest of a canonical Orthodox jurisdiction, according to the liturgical tradition of the Orthodox Church, in a canonical Orthodox Church, and with the authorization of the Archbishop or Metropolitan.

II. Before requesting permission from the Archbishop or his Metropolitan to perform the marriage, a Priest must verify that:

a. Neither of the parties in question is already married to another person, either in this country or elsewhere.

b. The parties in question are not related to each other to a degree that would constitute an impediment.

c. If either or both parties are widowed, they have presented the death certificate(s) of the deceased spouse(s);

d. if either or both of the parties have been previously married in the Orthodox Church, they have obtained ecclesiastical as well as civil divorce(s).

e. The party or parties who are members of a parish other than the one in which the marriage is to be performed have provided a certificate declaring them to be members in good standing with that parish for the current year; and

f. A civil marriage license has been obtained from civil authorities.

III. No person may marry more than three times in the Church, with permission for a third marriage granted only with extreme oikonomia.

IV. In cases involving the marriage of Orthodox and non-Orthodox Christians, the latter must have been baptized, in water, in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Church cannot bless the marriage of an Orthodox Christian to a non-Christian.

V. The Sponsor (koumbaros or koumbara) must provide a current certificate of membership proving him or her to be an Orthodox Christian in good standing with the Church. A person who does not belong to a parish, or who belongs to a parish under the jurisdiction of a bishop who is not in communion with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, or who, if married, has not had his or her marriage blessed by the Orthodox Church, or, if divorced, has not received an ecclesiastical divorce, cannot be a sponsor. Non-Orthodox persons may be members of the wedding party, but may not exchange the rings or crowns.