With the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent delay of weddings, couples are looking for their friends to officiate their weddings. If you are on the same boat or simply curious about how to become one of the most crucial people in a marriage ceremony, then look no more!
Here is how you can become a wedding officiant:
Choosing The Type:
There are variations to the occupation, namely an online wedding officiant, an interfaith or nondenominational or a strictly religious officiant. There are certain limitations or additional requirements that come with each type; thus knowing which direction you are going in will help you proceed easily with the legal and application processes.
Abiding by Your State’s Rules:
Before you get started, you must check the laws at your respective state. Some of which can have stricter requirements than others. This may make it harder for you to become a wedding officiant; for some states may not consider a wedding legal if ordained by an amateur. To look at your state’s law, simply check their official website and see if you need to be a member of the congregation or not to become a wedding officiant. Thus, you need to check with your town hall or a clerk to get to know the laws better.
Being well aware of the laws is crucial and deems you responsible for the legalization of the marriage. Especially if you are conducting a same-sex marriage in a state where it has not been legalized yet. Thus, you must collect the necessary information for officiating a wedding to avoid the invalidation of a marriage license and getting a fine.
Choose an Organization
Here’s a tip from Emily who writes on wedding related topics for Fergus James, a celebrity engagement ring designer from Dubai.
Once you have decided on the type of wedding official you would like to be, look out for ministries. You will be asked to apply and provide paperwork for getting officially registered. Once the process has completed, you will receive an ID card and a license to prove your official status as a wedding officiant.
The organization that will ordain you will require you to officiate wedding through them. You will be their representative and will be resorting to their ministries for giving out marriage licenses. You may choose a religious or nondenominational organization based on your preference and the state’s laws.
Again, some organizations simply require you to apply for the position while others ask you to take a few compulsory classes with a minimal fee. If you would like to become a wedding officiant in multiple states, then you must be ordained in different organizations as well.
Get to Know the Couple
People like it when their friends or family members officiate their wedding ceremonies. It makes for a more endearing and intimate affair – for the wedding officiant already knows how the couple met, what they would like to hear at the wedding ceremony and what kind of audience they are catering to.
But if the couple is not known to you, take a few hours to connect with them. Find out about their religious background, see their chemistry and prepare a heartfelt sermon and reading before they speak their vows. Remember that it is their special day and as a wedding officiant, it is your responsibility to make it memorable and perfect – that is part of the job!
What Duties Will You Be Expected to Undertake?
After the process of legal ordainment has completed, the ministry will provide you with the required documents. You will then be expected to know how to give a welcome, proceed with the verbal declarations, perform the readings, ask for the couple’s vows and nuptials before finally declaring them husband and wife. For a religious wedding officiant, you must be aware of the relevant verses that you must read as well. After the ceremony, you must help the newlyweds to legalize their marriage license with a clerk or a state’s official.
Keep Practicing and Rehearsing
Becoming a wedding officiant is an exciting job. You play a crucial role in the marriage ceremony and you must have the charm as well as the confidence to officiate weddings emotionally and eloquently. Thus, work on your speech, your presentation, and your stage presence to truly vow the audience and make the couple happy!