Can I Officiate a Skype Wedding?
Published: Friday, Mar. 20th, 2020
Due to COVID-19, weddings are being cancelled, postponed, or drastically changed to accommodate crowd restrictions – leaving many of our ministers asking us about the possibility of officiating a “virtual wedding ceremony.”
Basically, officiants want to know if they can perform a legal wedding ceremony via Skypem, Zoom, or FaceTime.
In theory it may seem simple enough, but the concept is actually quite complex, and generally speaking, is neither legal nor allowed – for logical reasons.
1. The couple and their intended officiant must be in compliance with all marriage laws and officiant/minister registration regulations in the state where the ceremony is taking place, and where the marriage license has been obtained. (We clarify exactly what ‘compliance’ means here in the next few paragraphs.)...(continued)
AMM Glossary: Helpful Words Every Ordained Minister Needs to Know
Published: Friday, Feb. 14th, 2020
Ordination / Ordained
To become a Minister and have the authority to perform ceremonies. American Marriage Ministries is the entity with the power to ordain you - that is, grant you the authority - to perform marriage.
To perform a service or ceremony.
Officiant / Minister
A person authorized to perform or officiate a service or ceremony. Once you are ordained with AMM, your official title is Minister.
Proposed New Jersey Amendment to "Authorize Persons Serving Overseas in Military to be Married or Enter into Civil Union by Video Conference or Other Electronic Means”
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22nd, 2020
Lawmakers in New Jersey have proposed an amendment regarding marriage by proxy. But don’t worry – this revision will be a good one!
Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Ronald Dancer includes an update to current New Jersey marriage law, which could soon "authorize persons serving overseas in military to be married or enter into civil union by video conference or other electronic means.”
What does this mean, exactly?
First of all, this general scenario – when one or more persons getting married is not present – is called a marriage by proxy....(continued)
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Top AMM Wedding Officiant Resources
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 14th, 2020
Asked to Officiate
Originally written by expert and professional wedding officiant Bethel Nathan (who has performed nearly one thousand ceremonies), AMM recently acquired and updated this workbook - making it the most comprehensive, detailed, and helpful book of its kind on the market. Asked to Officiate will:...(continued)
The Officiant Timeline
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 2019
Here at American Marriage Ministries, we are frequently asked questions regarding timelines of ordination and performing marriage.
Like, How long does it take to get ordained? How long will it take to complete officiant registration in New York City? When will my paperwork and credentials arrive? When should I meet with the couple? When should I start practicing and rehearsing the ceremony? (Hint: Several of these are answered in our FAQs.)
We realize that many folks are asked to officiate at the last minute (which is totally awesome/fine, and we're still here to help you in a time crunch!) - but in order to deliver the best ceremony possible, this is what an ideal officiant timeline should look like: