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    How To Become A Wedding Officiant

    Let’s say that you’ve been asked to perform the marriage ceremony for your best friend or, perhaps, your favorite cousin. What’s the process you must go through to become an ordained minister and wedding officiant? Do you need to be trained to serve as a celebrant, or receive a special license? Basically, the person performing a marriage ceremony must be legally ordained by a church or religious organization. Becoming ordained means that you are licensed to serve as an officiant (or celebrant, or ceremonial minister) and may perform weddings and other rites, such as funerals, baby blessings, and vow renewals. Need to become ordained to perform marriage ceremonies? It’s fast and…

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    How To Perform A Marriage Ceremony In California

    California’s process for legally performing marriage ceremonies is fast, simple and uncomplicated. If you’re planning to perform a wedding ceremony anywhere in the State of California, we’ll walk you through every step to make sure your wedding day is worry-free. What are the steps?  Ordination: You must be legally ordained and licensed as a Wedding Officiant in accordance with California state law in order to perform the marriage ceremony. The state does not have either an education or registration requirement, so if you are 18 years of age or older and have the capability to (1) perform the ceremony; (2) witness the signing of the marriage license by the bridal couple…

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    Who Makes The Best Wedding Officiants?

    A recent survey looked at which people from various professions made the best wedding officiants and, not surprisingly, it’s those folks with the “gift of gab” that topped the list. Out of all the “feeder” categories, radio announcers and disc jockeys were the clear-cut number one. Having to jump in with a few words before the start of a song, or having to talk off the top of your head before sending it over to the traffic report, radio people have the innate skills needed to perform marriage ceremonies. With the shaky state of the radio industry, more and more radio personalities are lining their wallets with extra cash these…

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    Ethics and the Wedding Officiant

    As a Wedding Officiant, what professional standards are you expected to comply with? Is there a certain level of ethics you must meet in your day-to-day work? For these questions, we look to the Code of Ethics and Professionalism established by the Celebrant Association International. According to the association, the code was created “to uphold the highest level of service and professionalism … while promoting freedom of choice in ceremonies and promoting the values of the Celebrant movement.”

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    The Cost of Ordination: Becoming Ordained Online

    How much does marriage minister ordination cost? Here is our regularly-updated overview of several of the most popular Wedding Officiant ordination services offered online, showing their fees and minister license term lengths: CHURCH/RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION LENGTH OF TERM FEE American Fellowship Church One Year $45 American Marriage Ministries Lifetime? $40 Christian Harvest Church Lifetime $78 Clear Vision Intuition New Age Ministry Lifetime $175 First Nation Ministry  Lifetime¹ $6 ¹ Open Ministry Lifetime Free² United National Ministry Not Stated $89.99³ ULC Monastery  Lifetime? $39.994

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    The Wedding Reporter

    Vincent M. Mallozzi — or “Vinny,” to those who know him — comes right out and says it: I’m not a priest or a rabbi or an online minister — nor do I play one on television — and yet I have married thousands of couples from around the world. And while I have never led an exchange of vows, generations of brides and grooms who once gathered before me have shown thanks by sending emails and postcards from their honeymoons, and, on occasion, invitations to their wedding receptions. And while he’s not a priest or a rabbi or an online minister (and perhaps he should be!) Vinny’s “higher calling” is…

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    Wedding Vows … Disney Style!

    [dropcap]W[/dropcap]e’re unashamed to admit that we love Alan Katz of Great Officiants in Southern California — he’s built an outstanding life celebration organization that can provide its clients with a solemn ceremony one hour … and a zany Star Wars-style wedding the next! (What happens the hour after that? We can’t wait to find out!) In a recent blog post on his team’s website, Alan provided the recipe for an amazing themed ceremony that fits the Disney movie fanboy-and/or-girl couple to perfection: a reading that alludes to a plethora of memorable characters from Disney features, and how their traits add to the couple’s relationship. Alan explains, “I have a lot…

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    Are You Sure Your Ordination Is Legal?

    [dropcap]I[/dropcap]n a recent article by church-growing expert Raul Rivera on the StartChurch blog, he asks a very relevant question: are you sure your ordination is legal?  While the situation described in the article — whether the ordination of a minister by his former pastor is still valid — may be unique, the question of whether or not your ordination is legal, valid and acceptable in various jurisdictions is actually very common. Back to the blog cited above, which lays out the scenario: Pastor Charles felt honored when he was asked to perform a wedding, especially since the bride and groom were his longtime childhood friends. They had all grown up together…

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    Wedding Officiant Forum Launched

    Whether you’re a seasoned professional Wedding Officiant, someone who is just getting started in the profession, or if you’re only interested in performing a marriage ceremony for a friend or family member, we hope you’ll join our Marriage Officiant Forum. While we’re just getting started and the cupboards are admittedly pretty bare, we’ve invited several industry experts to get involved to provide answers and advice on training, ceremony prep, local laws and procedures — just about anything that might come up during your day-to-day work.

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    Preparing To Perform Your First Wedding Ceremony

      [dropcap]G[/dropcap]etting asked to perform your first wedding ceremony progresses very quickly from “Sure, I’ll do it!” to “Yipes, what do I actually do?” A wedding ceremony is a beautiful but complex thing. As the designated Officiant, you may not have realized it before, but you’re in charge. It’s the bridal couple’s show, but you’re guiding them through the ceremony. Once you arrive at the altar (or the other designated spot where the vows will be spoken) you’re running things. What things? Every thing. When you officiate a marriage ceremony, you’re essentially hosting and narrating the program — you are literally the master of ceremonies! Speak in a voice that everyone can…