Biker Couple (Photo)
Marriage Ceremonies, Officiant Information

Getting Married At Sturgis?

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… Continue reading Getting Married At Sturgis?

New Years Eve Wedding (Photo)
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Getting Married This Year? Here’s What You Need To Know…

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… Continue reading Getting Married This Year? Here’s What You Need To Know…

Nuns Becoming Ordained As Priests (Photo)
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Can A Nun Become Ordained?

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… Continue reading Can A Nun Become Ordained?

Burning Man Wedding Ceremony (Photo)
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Performing A Marriage Ceremony At Burning Man?

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… Continue reading Performing A Marriage Ceremony At Burning Man?

Smith Taylor Wedding Photo
Marriage Ceremonies

First Nation Minister Performs Taylor-Smith Nuptials

District of Columbia-based First Nation minister Young Lee performed the marriage ceremony uniting actor-singer Billy Clark Taylor and attorney Jeremy Benton Smith on October 16 at the 3 West Club in Manhattan. Mr. Lee obtained his ordination through First Nation, with the New York City endorsement, in order to perform the ceremony. Read the complete article on… Continue reading First Nation Minister Performs Taylor-Smith Nuptials

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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 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

Wedding Celebration Photo
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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… Continue reading Sage Advice For The First-Time Wedding Officiant