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Officiating The Wedding Ceremony

How to lead the ceremony with conviction and confidence

The wedding officiant's role is more than leading the ceremony and signing the marriage documents. The wedding officiant embodies the pomp and circumstance of the ceremony, they enact the legal and social aspects of the day, and they are front-and-center as the couple promise themselves to each other in marriage.

Calming a Nervous Bride or Groom during the ceremony

We recently worked with a couple who expressed upfront: they expected to be very nervous at their ceremony, and asked what the Minister could do to help them calm down. It's an uncommon question, but only because many brides and grooms are usually afraid to ask. Weddings are emotional and there will be plenty of nervousness to go around.

Handling a ceremony mistake in the moment

It happens to the best of us… sooner or later, if you officiate enough wedding ceremonies, you're gonna make a goof. It may be a missed word, an incorrect pronunciation, losing your place in the ceremony; maybe even an outside distraction that's not your fault! Don't worry and don't dwell on the past - it's not the goof that matters, it's how you handle it.

HOW TO OFFICIATE A WEDDING IN

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Sample Wedding Ceremony Scripts

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Wedding Ceremony Quiz

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