This article is part of a series for ministers on performing marriage ceremonies in the United States and elsewhere. In this article, we focus on New York State, as well as New York City, which has its own specific set of rules and regulations. We often hear from ministers and officiants that are concerned about the… Continue reading State of the Union: Serving As A Wedding Officiant In New York
Another question that we on the WedMinTeam at FNC are often asked is (1) why do I have to renew my ordination term as a wedding officiant, and (2) how do I renew my ordination term? The simple answer to 1 (the "why") is that ordination isn't for life. While some churches (and we all… Continue reading Renewing Your Ordination Term: The Why and The How
There are certain questions we receive day in and day out, generally about whether a ceremonial minister who lives in one state (let's say Texas) can legally perform a wedding in another state (let's say Hawaii*), but one that pops up occasionally is also one that can be quite perplexing. So ... can a ship's… Continue reading Can A Ship Captain Perform A Marriage Ceremony?
We've heard and read countless stories over the years about wedding ministers that failed to show up for the ceremony. Not just late, but not at all! For a bridal couple that has gone through months and months of planning for their perfect ceremony -- having chosen the venue, the wedding dress, written their vows… Continue reading Making Beautiful Music … and Marriages, Too