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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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!) …

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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 …

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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 …

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Preparing To Perform Your First Wedding Ceremony

  Getting 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 …

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