• Lesson 12 - Ceremony Part 1

  • Your ceremony is the celebration of marriage! Please do not forget to properly plan for this very romantic and memorable time of your wedding day. It is easy to focus on the reception and the fun party but do not forget to properly plan your ceremony. Start your marriage and your wedding off the right way!

    Officiant Duties
    We have seen more and more clients opt for a close relative or their old college roommate or friend marry them if not getting married in a church or synagogue. This is very common for outdoor weddings or indoor weddings at non-religious locations. This does not mean there cannot be a religious significance and up to you to determine the amount you would like to be present in your wedding ceremony.

    What are the officiant’s duties and what are the ordination rules in your state? These are the most common questions and the answers are very important to make sure you are legally married when it is all said and done!

    I have compiled a handy list of the most common officiant duties for friends and family members we have seen. Duties can be different than listed and not restricted to this list by any means. *Please see the Planning Tool on the right!

    Officiant Ordination
    There are many services that will ordain your family member or friend. Here are just a few:
    www.ulc.net
    www.universalministries.com
    www.ministerregistration.org
    www.open-ministry.org

    *You must check with the state you are marrying in to make sure these ordination decrees/certificates will comply with the Federal or State guidelines and regulations allowing for legal ordination.

    Obtaining a Marriage License in the United States
    Please click on the Planning Box below for guidelines.

    Obtaining a Marriage License in a Foreign Country
    Please click on the Planning Box to the lower right for guidelines.

    *If you are getting married in a different country then you need to find out the country’s rules and also how the United States of America recognizes weddings held in this country. Are you legally married in the USA after tying the knot in Cabo? Better make sure you are!

  • A General Guideline for a Friend or Family Member if Marrying You

    Officiant Duties

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    A General Guideline for a Friend or Family Member if Marrying You

    Officiant Duties