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!
We’d like to thank Brides magazine for the shout-out yesterday in their article, “Friends Officiating Weddings 101: Everything You Need to Know.” Along with noting that having a friend or family member perform your marriage ceremony can be more intimate and personal — not to mention cheaper — than hiring a professional Wedding Officiant, the article… More Friends Officiating Weddings: Everything Else You Should Know
This “cheat sheet” — a simple, concise guide to performing a basic, standard marriage ceremony — is included in your ordination credentials packet, and provides you with the framework for planning and designing a custom, personalized wedding ceremony with your couples. Click here to download a copy of the Wedding Ceremony Cheat Sheet. This is… More A Wedding Ceremony Cheat Sheet
If you’re into motorcycles, the number one event on your schedule is probably the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally early each August in the Black Hills of South Dakota. And if you’re into motorcycles and you’re getting married, what better place to tie the knot than at Sturgis? The population of the town of Sturgis swells from… More Getting Married At Sturgis?
You were engaged over the holidays? Congratulations! If you are getting married this year, now the fun begins — the planning, the worrying, the “sweating the details.” Okay, “fun” may be a relative term, but there’s no reason for one of the biggest days of your life to be daunting. The first thing to know… More Getting Married This Year? Here’s What You Need To Know…
So you were recently engaged to get married — congratulations! Now the fun part — planning your wedding — begins in earnest. On your long list of things that need to get done, you probably know who your bridesmaids will be, and you have an idea what your wedding dress will look like, and where… More Choose Your Wedding Dress, Flowers, Bridesmaids … and Your Officiant!
We are often asked: are Catholic nuns allowed to become ordained? Our answer is yes. And no. We’ll start with the “no.” Current canon law and the church’s catechism directs that “only a baptized man validly receives sacred ordination” to serve as a priest — and only male priests can lead a parish of Catholic… More Can A Nun Become Ordained?
How many people do you know that got married at Burning Man? It seems almost de rigueur these days that if you’re spending time on the playa, you might as well have your wedding on the playa. The single most important thing to keep in mind if you are planning to get married during Burning… More Performing A Marriage Ceremony At Burning Man?
C., who serves as an executive assistant for a thriving Christian church in North Carolina, recently wrote us with the following inquiry: We are hiring a pastor from Oklahoma who is a licensed minister by the church he is leaving. We have ordained pastors in our church. In North Carolina, does he have to be… More Minister Ordination Across State Lines
Recently, D. asked us: I have finished all but two classes in my ordination tract because of needing to perform ceremonies. My degree is my license, right? Keep in mind that, unless it is specifically designated as such, a degree does not generally convey ordination on the degree holder. Ordination, per se, is an action taken… More Is A Religious Degree Also Considered “Ordination”?
Let’s say that you’ve been asked to perform the marriage ceremony for your best friend or, perhaps, your favorite cousin. What’s the process you must go through to become ordained as a minister and wedding officiant? Basically, the person performing a marriage ceremony must be legally ordained by a church or religious organization. Becoming ordained means… More How To Become A Wedding Officiant