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Are You a First-Time Wedding Officiant in Search of a Mentor to Show You How to Officiate?

Published Thursday, Oct. 19th, 2023

Photo (cropped): Lory Lyon

Are you a new wedding officiant looking for someone to show you the ropes? This traveling training event offers modern-day mentorship and real world (and online) community!


Let Officiant Accelerator be your mentor! Officiant Accelerator is a traveling, nationwide training seminar for wedding officiants, created by American Marriage Ministries (AMM) and the International Association of Professional Wedding Officiants (IAPWO). 


It’s like a mobile mentorship program for wedding officiants – a hands-on, interactive training seminar that puts new officiants side-by-side with experienced wedding professionals to help you learn the skills and confidence you need to succeed. 


During each one-day Accelerator event, participants hear presentations from a diverse, rotating cast of established professionals. You’ll ask questions during candid Q&A sessions; join in hands-on demonstrations of unity ceremonies and other wedding components, and meet other local wedding officiants from your area. 



Officiant Jimmie Berguin leading attendees in a toast of chocolate candies during an Officiant Accelerator wedding officiant training event in New York City, Jimmie stands at the front of the room, the photo is taken from behind him, looking out into the room filled with smiling guests sitting down at long tables and holding up cups with candy in them

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Officiant Jimmie Berguin leads the group in a toast -- with chocolate candies! -- at September 2023's Officiant Accelerator stop in New York City



Officiants walk down the aisle arm in arm to practice wedding ceremony components

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Event participants walk down the aisle during a mock ceremony enterance, and learn new ways to make the wedding procession memorable, original, and exciting for guests. 



But the learning doesn’t end there! Participants continue to learn from each other long after each local event has ended by participating in online Facebook groups. These online groups are offered exclusively to ‘Officiant Accelerator Alumni’ and hosted by AMM, to keep these important conversations going. 


This thriving online community helps new officiants like you continue to build strong networks with other professionals in your area. Program Alumni can compare business trends, ask advice, answer questions about setting ceremony rates and designing new services, share insider-information on local venues, watch videos from training events around the country, and, most importantly – learn more about the world of officiating directly from your peers.



Officiants pose in front of an Officiant Accelerator sign during the NYC training event, four officiants stand side by side smiling toward another officiant taking a photo

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Making friendships and professional connections that will last for years. Officiants pose for photos at the September 2023 Officiant Accelerator NYC event



Officiants gather after the seminar for drinks and snacks, smiling and chatting together

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Officiants mingle and chat together after the seminar, forming a strong professional network with other vendors in their area and building friendships that will last for years.



It’s a modern approach to mentorship that works!


Officiant Accelerator has hosted successful seminars in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and Phoenix – with upcoming stops in Jacksonville, Nashville, and Washington, D.C.


See where we’ll be next and buy your tickets now to join this incredible community. Click the link below to get started: 





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Get a sneak-preview of what Officiant Accelerator has to offer! 


Watch master storyteller Chris Shelley's full-length Presentation from our Officiant Accelerator NYC event, in the video below.





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