Ask AMM: "Can I Perform My Own Marriage Ceremony?"
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18th, 2020
“Hi AMM! I know I can perform marriage in any state for others, but can I perform my own ceremony?”
The quick answer is this: It might be possible to perform your own marriage, but it is not a common practice, and is generally not permitted.
Whether or not you can perform your own marriage ceremony depends entirely on the regulations in the state where you are getting married.
At present, these are the only states that offer self-uniting (also known as self-solemnizing) marriage licenses:
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.
The Importance of the Wedding Ceremony: Why saying “I do” Matters More Than You’d Think!
Published: Thursday, Feb. 13th, 2020
Looking at the title of this article, you might be thinking, “of course the ceremony is important.” You can’t really have a wedding without a wedding ceremony. But you might be surprised, because while some couples understand that the wedding ceremony is a key part of the wedding day, others look at it as a formality that they need to rush through so they can get to the partying.
We wanted to write this post to speak to that second group. Don’t worry - there will still be champagne and cake! - but without an investment in your ceremony, something will be missing. Here’s how to avoid that:
At American Marriage Ministries, we have always insisted that the wedding ceremony sets the tone for the rest of the wedding festivities. After officiating/planning/attending more weddings than we can count, we have received plenty of feedback from both couples and other wedding vendors to back up this belief. ...(continued)
Subscribe To Our Newsletter!
Stay up-to-date with AMM!
How to Get Certified to Marry Someone: Ordination, Certification, and Minister Licensing Explained
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 2020
The first step before officiating a wedding, even before you start talking about the ceremony, is making sure you are legally allowed to solemnize weddings. Everyone has the legal right to do so, but much like other important life events, the government has found a way to involve itself. So, as a wedding minister, you need to ensure that you meet your state’s requirements – which always starts with getting ordained online here at theamm.org
Having got that out of the way (we’ll wait for a minute here while you fill out and submit the form), let’s move on to certification, and what that entails.
The reason this is confusing is because different states and municipalities use “certification,” and “licensing” interchangeably. In other words, they mean the same thing.
In a nutshell, getting certified to marry someone involves the following steps:
Tennessee Lawmakers move to strip same-sex couples of marriage equality (again)
Published: Thursday, Feb. 6th, 2020
Just when you thought they couldn’t go any lower, a group of Tennessee lawmakers introduced yet another bill that aims to strip non-traditional couples of their constitutional right to marriage and equal treatment under the law.
But this time around, two Republican lawmakers Janice Bowling and John Ragan are coming at it from a different angle – arguing that supporting same-sex marriage is a violation of the First Amendment's establishment clause which prohibits the government from "respecting an establishment of religion." ...(continued)