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Marriage Officiant 101: Basic Training For Ceremonial Ministers

37 students

Course Description

OUR LIVES HAVE MANY MILESTONES – SOME LARGE, SOME SMALL – and the opportunity to celebrate them makes our lives that much sweeter.

Perhaps the biggest and best of life’s celebrations is a wedding. It’s the occasion of two lives being joined together, in the presence of friends and family, and whether it takes place on the grand altar of a cathedral or on the sand of an oceanside beach, in a friend’s backyard or in a hotel courtyard, a marriage ceremony is a major milestone in our lives.

As a Wedding Officiant, it’s your job to conduct the ceremony from start to finish.

It’s your job to guide the couple through their vows as they express their commitment to each other.

It’s your job to proclaim them publicly – for the first time – as being married.

And it’s your job to complete the marriage license, making sure that all the blanks are filled in, that the bridal couple and the witnesses have signed in the proper places, and that the license is returned in a timely manner to the issuing authority.

It sounds like a very complicated job, doesn’t it? Well, it can be!

Performing a marriage ceremony requires you to be organized, and it requires you to have a certain amount of skill as a public speaker. If you’re not comfortable speaking in front of people – many of whom you may not know – then performing a wedding may be a challenge.

The purpose of this course is to get you ready for that challenge. We’ll take you through the steps of planning the ceremony from the Wedding Officiant’s perspective, from becoming ordained and authorized to perform marriages; putting together your script and conducting the ceremony; and making sure that the all-important marriage license is completed and submitted.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Become ordained (licensed) and certified as a Marriage Officiant and/or Ceremonial Minister;

  2. Know the essential skills, functions and responsibilities of being an Officiant;

  3. Plan and write a basic marriage ceremony script;

  4. Perform a basic marriage ceremony;

  5. Properly witness, complete and sign a marriage license in compliance with all applicable laws.


Upon the successful completion of this course, graduates will receive a PDF certificate recognizing you as a Certified Wedding Officiant.

Graduates are also eligible for discounted ordination and licensing through an affiliated non-denominational service organization, including a legal ordination credential that is valid and accepted throughout the United States.



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