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Tickets on Sale NOW for AMM’s Chicago Wedding Officiant Education & Networking Day!

Published Tuesday, May. 9th, 2023

Calling all Chicago Wedding Officiants - Join us for a day of education and networking!



Update: AMM Events has rebranded! Check out AMM's Officiant Accelerator to learn more, and to purchase tickets to an officiant training seminar near you! 



Mark your calendars -- American Marriage Ministries is headed to Chicago, Illinois in June for another fun and informative officiant education and networking event! We're building a community of officiants who are celebrating love and awesome wedding ceremonies, and we want you to join us!
Following our successful debut seminar in Atlanta in April, we’re back with another round of top-notch speakers and experienced wedding officiants to help you hone your officiating skills, fine-tune your marketing strategy, and take your officiant business to the next level. 


Our Chicago Speaker Panel features brilliant officiants with expertise in: How to establish and grow a small business, identify and attract your ideal clients, use social media to build your brand, network with other wedding vendors, create a welcoming space for LGBTQIA+ couples, serve diverse clients, write unique custom ceremonies, and much more. 


You’ll participate in informative lectures, small group discussions, unity ceremony and vow exchange demonstrations, a networking lunch and post-event happy hour, and more… It’s a full day of education and networking!  


So drive, fly, or bus your butts there, because you don’t want to miss this incredible opportunity to learn from some of the best officiants in the business! 


Tickets are limited, so we recommend you reserve your seat now (Atlanta sold out!). All the important details and links to purchase a ticket are included below. 


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Chicago Wedding Officiant Education

& Networking Day

June • 14 • 2023


American Marriage Ministries logo, two gold ring intertwined with three blue stars above


Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Time: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM CDT
Location: The Chicago Hotel Collection Magnificent Mile Hotel & Suites /166 East Superior Street, Chicago

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Special Guests: Scarlett Mullikin / Liz Rae / Bethel Nathan / Jimmie Berguin / Lewis King

Price: $45*

*Your ticket includes expert speakers and presenters, a break-out session and lively panel discussion, lunch and refreshments, and an evening networking mixer. 




The Chicago metro area is one of the country’s most popular wedding hot-spots and a great place to launch a wedding business, with more than 55,000 weddings performed each year. It’s home to hundreds of specialty wedding venues, quirky elopement spots, and picture-perfect backdrops. It’s a city made for celebrating love of all kinds! 
Join American Marriage Ministries for a day of learning how to be an impeccable officiant, networking and strategy seminars, and community building for officiants from the greater Chicago area and beyond. 


The AMM fellowship is a diverse, knowledgeable, and thriving community, and we’re proud to bring our ministers together to mix, mingle, learn, and elevate the conversation about what it means to officiate weddings and join couples in marriage. 


Join us on June 14th at The Chicago Hotel Collection Magnificent Mile Hotel & Suites to learn from experienced officiants and share your own knowledge during breakout sessions and discussion groups.



Photo shows the panel speakers for AMM Chicago event

Chicago Panel Speakers (clockwise from top left: Jimmie Berguin; Scarlett Mullikin; Liz Rae; Bethel Nathan; Lewis King)


Chicago Wedding Officiant Education & Networking Day

Panel Speakers



Scarlett Mullikin – Scarlett is a traveling minister based in Kankakee County, Illinois. Scarlett was ordained with AMM in 2019 and has officiated nearly 200 weddings since. She founded Natural Element Ceremonies, an LGBTQ+ owned and operated small business, serving all of Illinois and Indiana, and beyond.


Scarlett understands that each individual couple’s love is distinct and special, and she encourages them to celebrate their marriage in their own way. An open and inclusive officiant, she welcomes to-be-weds from all walks of life to the altar. In addition to legal weddings, she offers commitment ceremonies and other services for those whom non traditional ceremonies fit best, such as those in polyamorous relationships or alternative lifestyles.


Liz Rae – Liz owns and operates Liz Rae & Co and Vows Well Traveled - Elopement Planner, and specializes in unique, once-in-a-lifetime weddings, destination elopements, and inclusive unforgettable services for LGBTQ+ couples. She has officiated over 400 weddings on two continents in three different languages, and has a strong background in writing, public speaking, and story training. Liz Rae Weddings is based in Minneapolis, and has expanded with a thriving team of diverse officiants serving multiple cities, including Chicago, NYC, Los Angeles, Denver, Paris, London, and Barcelona. 


Bethel Nathan – Bethel is a successful business owner, award-winning officiant, and WeddingPro Educator, and she knows how to build and run a successful wedding industry business. By focusing on her ideal couple and having a rave-worthy customer experience, as well as her strong support for marriage equality, Bethel has married over 1200 couples over the past 14 years, and has built up over 450 5-star reviews as Ceremonies by Bethel.


Combining her background in both large Wall Street investment banks and small businesses with her experience building her own wedding officiant business, Bethel also enjoys helping other wedding industry businesses grow and prosper as a business coach, industry speaker, and educator under Elevate by Bethel.


Jimmie Berguin – Jimmie has made a name for himself in the wedding industry and on social media (Officiant Jimmie) by officiating visually compelling wedding ceremonies that resonate with couples who want something exciting and different. He’s also become the face of AMM's recently launched Professional Wedding Officiant Certification course, raising the profile of wedding officiants across the country and promoting officiant best practices.

Lewis King – Lewis is AMM's Executive Director and has spent the last five years helping AMM keep up with its growing community of ministers, growing its outreach and education operations, and advocating for ministers across the country.


Additional topics and speakers TBA.





8:30 AM - 9:30 AM: Registration, Coffee, Meet & Greet


9:30 AM - 9:45 AM: Welcome Address, Lewis King, AMM Executive Director


9:45 AM - 10:45 AM: Speaker: Bethel Nathan - Topic TBD


10:45 AM - 11:15 PM: 30-minute Breakout Session


11:15 AM - 12:00 PM: Speaker: Liz Rae - Topic TBD


12:00 PM - 12:45 PM: Networking Lunch


12:45 PM - 1:30 PM: True Inclusivity - From Marketing to Their Wedding Day & Beyond | Scarlett


1:30 PM - 2:15 PM: Speaker: Jimmie Berguin - Topic TBD


2:15 PM - 2:30 PM: BREAK


2:30 PM - 3:15 PM: Wedding Ceremony Vows & Rituals, Demonstration & Discussion | Bethel & Jimmie


3:15 PM - 4:00 PM: Panel Discussion: Topic TBA

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Post-Seminar Networking Happy Hour






We can't wait to see you! 




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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