Are You Qualified To Perform Premarital Counseling In Tennessee?

A First Nation clergy member recently asked if being ordained as a ceremonial minister qualified him to provide premarital counseling in Tennessee, which entitles the bridal couple to a discount off of the regular $100 marriage license fee: Tennessee Code Annotated §36-6-413(b)(5) provides that couples who complete premarital preparation courses shall be exempt from the $60 fee… More Are You Qualified To Perform Premarital Counseling In Tennessee?

State Of The Union: Performing Marriage Ceremonies In Tennessee

We recently received an inquiry from an out-of-state (non-resident) minister who was concerned about performing a marriage ceremony in Tennessee. His concern was not only about not being a resident of the state, but whether the local court clerk — who would be issuing the marriage license to the bridal couple — would accept and recognize the validity of… More State Of The Union: Performing Marriage Ceremonies In Tennessee

First Nation Minister Kim Kirkley Celebrates Salik-Riffat Nuptials

The entire First Nation family extends its congratulations and warmest wishes for a lifetime of joy and love to Dr. Irim Salik and Mahmud Riffat, who were married last weekend at Park Savoy Estate, with Kim Kirkley serving as their Celebrant. Kim Kirkley, an ordained and licensed First Nation ceremonial minister, is one of the leading life-cycle… More First Nation Minister Kim Kirkley Celebrates Salik-Riffat Nuptials

State of the Union: Serving As A Wedding Officiant In Virginia

PLEASE NOTE: As a result of the continued actions of Virginia circuit courts to obstruct legally-ordained ministers from performing their constitutionally-authorized duties in the Commonwealth, the church has temporarily discontinued granting new ordinations with the Virginia endorsement, effective 10 October 2016 and continuing until the situation is resolved. All currently-ordained ministers may continue to serve in Virginia without… More State of the Union: Serving As A Wedding Officiant In Virginia

What To Wear: Proper Attire For Officiants

We recently received an inquiry from Robert Marsh, a First Nation ceremonial minister in Texas, who asked: What type of clerical garments are we able to use? This is a great question, and a great subject for us to discuss in detail. For most ceremonies, including weddings and funerals, Officiants will generally wear what is commonly regarded… More What To Wear: Proper Attire For Officiants

Get Free Online Ordination!

Examining the fallacy that free, instant online ordination is valid and accepted universally without question. (A quick clue: it isn’t, and it can get you and the bridal couple into an embarrassing situation.) You probably just arrived here from the search engine of your choice. You’re undoubtedly looking for free online ordination — because that’s… More Get Free Online Ordination!

Why Do Wedding Minister Ordination Terms Expire?

We recently received an inquiry asking why ordination terms expire: My understanding is that Ordination does not expire. Can you explain about the 2 year, 5 year and 10 year materials? What happens at the end of the time period? We think this question has widespread implications for wedding ministers, so we’re also posting our reply… More Why Do Wedding Minister Ordination Terms Expire?

The “Standard” Format For Marriage Ceremonies

One of the most-asked questions we receive — right up there with “what the heck am I supposed to do next?” — is actually fairly important: What is the standard structure of a wedding ceremony? Most weddings follow basically the same format, with minor adjustments here and there depending upon the desires of the bridal… More The “Standard” Format For Marriage Ceremonies

Sage Advice For The First-Time Wedding Officiant

We received an inquiry this week from a minister who was getting ready to perform her very first marriage ceremony this coming weekend. Getting asked to perform a wedding for the first time progresses very quickly from “Sure, I’ll do it!” to “Yipes, what do I actually do?” First Things First Here is the million-dollar… More Sage Advice For The First-Time Wedding Officiant

California Ordination, Marriage License and Ceremony Information

Adapted from information provided by the State of California Department of Public Health, this article covers the most common situations involving the state’s marriage laws, and some of the complexities as well. And if you are interested in becoming ordained as a wedding officiant to perform marriage ceremonies in California — a very uncomplicated process… More California Ordination, Marriage License and Ceremony Information