An Introduction to Officiating Wedding Ceremonies

Before performing marriage, it is helpful to have a clear understanding of what a wedding ceremony is and what actions are required of you as the officiant. These pages cover the foundational knowledge you should have before performing marriage.

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▸ What is a Wedding Ceremony? ▸ What is the Role of the Officiant in a Wedding Ceremony? ▸ Is There a Legal Form to a Wedding Ceremony? ▸ What Happens in a Wedding Ceremony? ◀︎ CEREMONY INTRO INDEX

What is a Wedding Ceremony?

You probably already have a good idea of what a wedding ceremony is. Nevertheless, in order to establish a solid foundation for your wedding officiant training, it is a good idea to get a better understanding of what exactly defines a wedding ceremony. This will help you get a better idea of what kind of wedding ceremony you want to create with the couple.

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What is the Role of the Officiant in a Wedding Ceremony?

If you think that the officiant is the person that conducts the wedding ceremony, then you are correct. However that is not all there is to it. Learn more about the officiant's role in the wedding. Your job includes helping the couple write the ceremony, helping create the right vibes during the event, and directing the couple and other participants while they perform ceremonies and speak their lines.

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Is There a Legal Form to a Wedding Ceremony?

This is one of the most common questions that people ask about the wedding ceremony. The short answer is no, however there is more to it than that. While you can structure the ceremony however you want, there still needs to be a declaration of intent, and the couple needs to make a binding agreement to marry each other. Find out how to integrate these parts into a ceremony.

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What Happens in a Wedding Ceremony?

You are probably thinking, two people get married and that’s pretty much it... That is correct. However there are quite a few steps in the wedding ceremony for that to happen. That’s because wedding ceremonies are public events that tend to conform to tradition and protocol, and that’s actually a good thing. Parts of the wedding ceremony like the exchange of rings, vows, and poetry readings help guests understand what is going on and feel like they are a part of the experience. Find out how these all fit together here.

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