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Ordination vs. Government License: Do You Need to Register to Officiate Weddings in Your State?

Constitution

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6th, 2020

If this is your first time officiating a wedding, your first concern might be, “how do I make sure the wedding is legal?” The good news is, it’s actually pretty easy. But, you’ll need to figure out the following: Do you need a government minister license, or is your online ordination sufficient?
 
Let’s start by breaking down the difference, and then learn about which states require a government license or some other form of registration.
 
An ordination is the first, and often only requirement to officiate weddings in all 50 states. Ordination grants someone the authority to perform certain acts as a “minister” or religious authority, sanctioned by a religious institution. When you get ordained by American Marriage Ministries, it empowers you to legally join couples in marriage and sign the marriage license as an AMM minister. You don’t need to hold any specific beliefs. All that is re...(continued)

Tags: 1st-amendment, freedom-of-religion, clergy, new-officiants, county-clerk-offices




New Feature Announcement: The Wedding Wall

Ww shot

Published: Friday, Sep. 6th, 2019

Big news, Ministers: we’re officially launching our Wedding Wall, a place where you can publish and share wedding ceremonies to inspire other ministers and couples!

Using our updated dashboard, you can select weddings that you officiated, and easily proof and share them on our website. We’re even giving you a space on the front page of our website because we think your weddings are so awesome! 

Here's how it works:

 

STEP 1: SELECT THE WEDDING
From the “Wedding Helper” tab on your profile page, select the wedding that you would like to share on AMM’s Wedding Wall.

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Tags: ceremony-inspiration, new-officiants, wedding-photography, ceremony-planning, personalized-ceremonies, wedding-wall




Who Actually Writes the Wedding Ceremony?

Who actually writes

Published: Monday, Jan. 28th, 2019

...the officiant? The bride? The groom?

Siri?

Short answer: it depends. There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to who should write the wedding ceremony. Every couple, every situation, and every ceremony is different.  Since we’re particularly close to the officiating side of the wedding world, we used to assume that the ceremony was almost always written by the friend or family member who was being asked to perform the ceremony: the officiant. 

However, what we have found over the years is that the couple often wants to write their own ceremony....(continued)

Tags: new-officiants, inspiration, writing, script, preparation, ceremony





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