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Officiant Information, Officiant Training

Advanced Training As A Celebrant For All Of Life’s Events

While most states have little or no educational or training requirements for those performing ceremonies, First Nation strongly encourages its clergy members seeking either basic or advanced training to consider the programs offered by the Celebrant Foundation and Institute. If you are pursuing a career as a Celebrant, or if you are considering a career as a… Continue reading Advanced Training As A Celebrant For All Of Life’s Events

Marriage Law, Officiant Information, Ordination Information

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… Continue reading Are You Qualified To Perform Premarital Counseling In Tennessee?

Marriage Law, Officiant Information, Ordination Information

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… Continue reading State Of The Union: Performing Marriage Ceremonies In Tennessee

Marriage Ceremonies, Officiant Information, Ordination Information, Wedding Plans

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… Continue reading First Nation Minister Kim Kirkley Celebrates Salik-Riffat Nuptials

Marriage Law, Officiant Information, Ordination Information

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

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Officiant Information, Wedding Plans

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… Continue reading What To Wear: Proper Attire For Officiants

Officiant Information, Ordination Information

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… Continue reading Why Do Wedding Minister Ordination Terms Expire?

Marriage Ceremonies, Officiant Information, Wedding Plans

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… Continue reading The “Standard” Format For Marriage Ceremonies

Marriage Ceremonies, Wedding Plans

Anglican Wedding Ceremony (1662): The Form of Solemnization of Matrimony

We are often asked for sample ceremonies, or guidance on how to perform a specific style of wedding, by members of our clergy. We were recently contacted for assistance on planning an Elizabethan or Olde English ceremony by a minister who was asked to perform a marriage at a Renaissance Faire-style event. In our research, we… Continue reading Anglican Wedding Ceremony (1662): The Form of Solemnization of Matrimony