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My Friends Asked Me to Officiate their Wedding - What Should I Do?!

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Published: Thursday, Oct. 31st, 2019

Here’s why it matters where you get ordained, and what your responsibilities are as a wedding minister.

Asking a friend or family member to officiate has become as common as picking bridesmaids. But even with millions of Americans getting ordained to perform weddings, most folk don’t really know what ordination means. Too often, they say “yes” without realizing what they are signing up for. 

Let’s talk about what ordination really is, and what your responsibilities are as a wedding minister. But before we get into the details, I want to remind you that we’ve made getting ordained free and easy for a reason – it’s a rewarding and transformative experience that lets you celebrate love and build community. That’s what matters in life, and as they say, the best things in life are free. 

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Tags: ordination, religion, religious-freedom, research, saying-yes




Start & End Well - Opening & Closing Words in a Wedding Ceremony

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Published: Monday, Sep. 23rd, 2019

In our line of business, you’ve got about one sentence to grab your readers and keep them interested in what you are talking about. So, for the sake of keeping your eyeballs glued to this blog post, let’s just say that the rest of this article will be about turning you into a charismatic, compelling, and popular wedding officiant because guess what... It is! 

It’s all about getting folks hooked, and keeping them interested!

When writing a wedding ceremony, the way that you start the ceremony and end the ceremony are both very important. 

In fact, the opening words are the most critical part of the ceremony, since they are what grab the guests' attention and pull them into the ceremony. Botch this part, and you’ll be dealing with folks nodding off… checking their phones… daydreaming…...(continued)

Tags: ceremony-basics, ceremony-components, ceremony-inspiration, ceremony-writing, saying-yes




Asked to Perform a Wedding Ceremony? Here’s Why You Should Say “Yes!”

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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 19th, 2019

Being asked to officiate a wedding is an incredible honor. Full stop. No matter what happens from here on out, no matter how you answer, know that whomever is asking for your help thinks highly of you. Although preparing and delivering the ceremony may seem quite daunting, the fact is that it can be quite enjoyable. 

As always, the more prepared you are, the more fun you’ll have.

As the officiant, you get to celebrate the shared love of people who are close to you. It’s a chance to speak from the heart and tell the guests how awesome the couple is, and how special their love feels. There’s a reason your name came up when the couple needed an officiant, but like all decisions in life, this one should involve some thought. ...(continued)

Tags: saying-yes, public-speaking, research





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