Friend Officiating Wedding (Photo)
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Friends Officiating Weddings: Everything Else You Should Know

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… Continue reading Friends Officiating Weddings: Everything Else You Should Know

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?

Bride's Place Setting For Minister Ordination (Photo)
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Choose Your Wedding Dress, Flowers, Bridesmaids … and Your Officiant!

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… Continue reading Choose Your Wedding Dress, Flowers, Bridesmaids … and Your Officiant!

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?

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Minister Ordination Across State Lines

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… Continue reading Minister Ordination Across State Lines

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Is A Religious Degree Also Considered “Ordination”?

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… Continue reading Is A Religious Degree Also Considered “Ordination”?

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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?