Getting Started as a Wedding Officiant
Having your friend or family member officiate your wedding is more popular than ever. This is not just a growing trend but a fundamental shift in how individuals and communities are practicing this ancient rite.
Having the honored role of wedding officiant being conducted by a loved one just makes sense. It puts a trusted loved one, a pillar of your community, at the center of your wedding ceremony. This is the most significant choice couples have to make in determining the meaningfulness of the wedding ceremony.
The information below is meant to help guide couples and officiants through this process. From getting ordained online, to understanding local marriage laws, to completing the marriage license, we cover everything.
For The Officiant
Saying Yes To Performing a Wedding Ceremony
Being asked to officiate a friend or family members wedding is an incredible honor and although preparing and delivering the wedding ceremony may seem quite daunting.
Preparing for a Wedding Ceremony
Many people are under the illusion that performing a wedding ceremony involves just writing the ceremony and then showing up on the wedding day and reading it.
Writing a Wedding Ceremony
When writing a wedding ceremony, one of the key things to take into consideration is the flow of the ceremony and how it can help to maintain the emotion and thus the attention of the guests.
How To Perform a Wedding Ceremony
There are a million ways that you can perform a wedding ceremony, but these pointers should help you create a solid framework.
How To Fill Out a Marriage License
Every state, and often county has their own requirements for completing the marriage license. Our first word of advice is to check with the office that issues the marriage license.
AMM’sProfessional Wedding OfficiantCertification Course
AMM’s Professional Wedding Officiant Certification Course is your opportunity to enjoy the social prestige, sense of personal satisfaction, and financial rewards that come with officiating weddings as a part- or full-time career. We’ll give you everything you need to be among the field’s most heavily-booked officiants – or simply be remarkable when officiating your best friend’s wedding. Whether you intend to officiate one or 100 weddings, you’ll find this course invaluable.
For The Couple
Have a Friend Officiate Your Wedding
So you are planning on getting married and are figuring out the many details that go into planning your wedding. One important component is who you will choose to perform your marriage.
When to Choose Your Wedding Officiant
We were amazed that wedding industry surveys showed that most couples were choosing their wedding Officiant, on average, only about 2 months before their wedding.