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What is a Wedding Officiant and How Do You Become One?

Bonnie
Bonnie officiating a wedding; weddingsbybonnie.com by Orange Soda Photography

Bonnie Sanchez wasn’t a fan of her government job. She wasn’t happy. First of all, she didn’t like sitting in her office all day, and the tedium was wearing her down. But even more, she wanted a job that held meaning, where she could make a difference in people’s lives.

That’s when Bonnie learned about becoming a wedding officiant. 

We’ve all been to weddings before, and perhaps you’ve wondered, “what is a wedding officiant, and how does somebody get into a profession like that?” 

Maybe it was a particularly memorable wedding and you wanted to be a part of something like it. Or maybe it was a boring one and you thought to yourself, “I could do it better.”

 

 

 

That’s what happened to Bonnie. A few years back, she attended a wedding in Las Vegas where she could hardly hear the ceremony. It was in that moment that she realized that she wanted to become a wedding minister. 

Now the owner of a successful wedding business Weddings by Bonnie, Mrs. Sanchez has officiated over 600 weddings and has a job that has given her a new sense of purpose, and taken her around the world! She’s officiated weddings in stadiums in front of thousands of people as well as in small chapels, and even living rooms. She’s done it all. 

 

Bonnie on the job, photo from weddingsbybonnie.com

 

“Officiating weddings has changed my life,” Bonnie told us. Through her work, Bonnie has made friends with people all over the country, and best of all, every job is an exciting new opportunity to meet new people, and celebrate what makes life special – love. Bonnie has also earned a reputation as a serious professional who celebrates love for all couples, especially ones that face discrimination. While many churches won't marry interracial couples, non-english speaking couples, and LGBTQ couples, Bonnie will! 

Bonnie thinks everyone should be able to officiate weddings, and we agree. That’s why we’ve made our online ordination easy and free!

If you are thinking about taking this next step we say, “go for it!” After you get ordained, we offer free online training and ceremony management tools so that you know what to do every step of the way. From clicking “Get Ordained,” to the moment when you stand with the couple during the ceremony, we’ve got your back.

So. What are you waiting for?

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