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It’s Here! The New AMM Minister’s Manual for Wedding Officiants

Published Thursday, Mar. 9th, 2023



American Marriage Ministries

Minister's Manual


Everything you need to know about your ordination & how to officiate your first wedding





We’re proud to announce that an updated version of our popular AMM Minister’s Manual is now available for purchase in our store! 

This one-of-a-kind guide has been fully revised to reflect 2023’s current best practices, registration requirements, and advice for ministers who wish to officiate weddings locally and around the country.


It includes detailed information about your role as an ordained minister; minister registration and requirements in your state; how to communicate with government offices; common parts of a wedding ceremony; how to perform your first ceremony; simple wedding ceremony examples; how to complete a marriage license; and much more. 


Check out the full table of contents listed below to see what’s inside! 





Interior shot of the AMM Minister's Manual 


You'll find complete ceremony instructions like those pictured above, suggested additions like wedding blessings and unity ceremonies, and important tables with state-specific minister registration and marriage license information, including each state's license issuing office, number of required witnesses, marriage waiting period, expiration period, and return period. 




This manual is perfect for new ministers that are about to perform a marriage ceremony for the first time and need expert guidance. It’s easy to read and covers everything you need to know to legally marry people and make your minister credentials work for you.  


If you’re unsure about the next steps to take to become a wedding officiant, or want to learn more about what it means to be an ordained AMM Minister, this is your resource! 







Cover image of the American Marriage Ministries Minister's Manual, showing the title of the book in white letters against a dark blue marbled background with yellow trim


This manual is available exclusively to AMM Ministers to ensure you have the information you need to perform legal marriages in a confident, loving, and professional way.  




See what’s inside! 

Close up photo of the interior of the AMM Minister's Manual, showing a section on how to return a marriage license for wedding officiants

AMM’S Minister Manual 

Table of Contents


• Letter from our President

1. About AMM

• Theological Doctrine of AMM
• Your Ordination 
• Your Congregation
• Being Asked to Officiate

2. Government Minister Licensing

• Minister Registration
• Local Requirements 
• Communication with a Government Office
• Same-Sex Weddings
• State-Specific Licensing Requirements 
• Marriages Outside the United States

3. Wedding Ceremony

• The Seven Basic Parts of a Wedding Ceremony
• Additions to the Ceremony
• Performing Your First Ceremony

4. Wedding Ceremony Examples

• Simple Ceremony Script
• Expanded Simple Ceremony Script

5. The Marriage License

• Processing the License
• Completing a Marriage License
• Return of the License
• State-Specific Marriage License Information

6. Continuing in the Ministry

• Register Your Wedding
• American Weddings Blog

• Ceremony Details  
• General Notes (Blank pages to write important notes)



AMM logo with two interlocking golden rings and three blue stars above




Asked to officiate a wedding for the first time? 


• Get ordained with AMM today! 





Why Choose American Marriage Ministries

for your ordination? 






American Marriage Ministries is a non-profit, interfaith and non-denominational constitutional church that's federally recognized as a 501(c)3 Public Charitable Organization. AMM provides free ordination, advocacy, and training for our ministers to ensure that all people have the right to get married and to perform marriage. To date, we have ordained over 1,057,996 ministers (and counting!) who have officiated weddings all across the United States.


• Learn more about what it means to be an AMM Minister on our FAQs Page. 




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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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