If you've ever dreamed of saying the words "By the power vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife (or husband and husband, or wife and wife)!" or wanted to have your wedding ceremony performed by someone who isn't a complete stranger, then consider getting yourself or a friend ordained over the Internet. It takes about five minutes, is generally free, and in return, you can legally perform wedding ceremonies and be called minister.

A well-known and popular way to be ordained online is through the Universal Life Church. Nondenominational and nondogmatic, the church charges no fee for online ordination. Just submit your application, and someone will get back to you within 24 hours. The site also has a list of state-by-state legal considerations to check out.

Once you're ordained, don't go crazy marrying every couple you come in to contact with, OK?