For many of us who are tapped to officiate a wedding for a couple of dear friends, it is our first experience designing a ritual, not to mention one so important. We take to the trusty Internet for answers, but find little. We can’t look to previous generations for wisdom, as most of them were either married by a religious figure by choice or obliged by their parents. To help fill in the gap, here are a few of the practices I’ve picked up along the way or created whole cloth.
Over the years, we’ve shared all sorts of advice for how to officiate a friend’s wedding, but if you’re someone who friend officiates multiple weddings, here’s one mistake you DON’T want to make…
So you’ve been asked to officiate a friend’s wedding. Congratulations! Even if you’re someone used to exciting things happening all over the universe, someone like, say, Darth Vader — that’s still pretty excited! That said, unless you’ve done this before, you’re probably a little overwhelmed… never fear! We’ve got step by step advice for how to officiate a friend’s wedding — complete with links to TONS of wedding ceremony scripts.
Words have histories, and the words that go along with wedding ceremonies have millennia of symbolism behind them.
But those of us with a progressive or non-traditionalist streak sometimes wrestle with those ancient meanings as we seek to queer our rituals and find words that reflect the humanity-uplifting equal partnerships we want to build…
Want a friend to officiate your ceremony? Here’s how to take the pressure off with ALL the tools they’ll need
For those we haven’t had the pleasure of introducing ourselves to yet: We’re American Marriage Ministries, a federally recognized 501c3 non-profit organization. We offer free online ordination so that anyone can perform marriage anywhere in the United States. That means if you have a friend or family member that you want to perform your dream […]
“Will you marry us?” Here’s the VIP way to ask your friend to be your wedding officiant (and get ordained!)
If you’ll be having a friend of family member officiate your wedding (like I will be!), you’ll definitely want to get introduced to this package that gives you a VIP way to “propose” to your wedding officiant, just like you might with your wedding party! You snag the kit (or have it sent to them) and they get a really fun way to be asked to be your officiant. Inside they’ll find an easy way to get ordained, super comprehensive resources for crafting the ceremony, and even some chic swag to make them look as official as they are.