Performing a Marriage Ceremony

Performing a marriage ceremony is a great honor. Whether the ceremony is denominational or secular, it's an opportunity to unite two lives and to participate in one of the happiest days of two people's lives. Performing a marriage ceremony will take time, energy and a great deal of thought. The earlier you can start planning the better off you'll be. You don't want to scramble around at the last minute, and you don't want to mess up or negatively affect such an important day.

First off, when someone asks you to be a wedding officiant, it's important to ask as many questions as possible. You want to know the kind of wedding this couple wants, and you want to know what is expected of you. Some couples will have already decided on the kind of ceremony they want and others may not know anything at all about it. Know the responsibilities you need to undertake. Are you responsible for creating the entire ceremony or are you only supposed to say a few words? Will the ceremony be long or will it be short?

Performing a marriage ceremony is a big undertaking. Be sure to take the time to talk to the couple as often as possible so you know if there have been any last minute changes. Some weddings will have prayers or hymns included and some will be full of poems and non-denominational statements by friends, family members and by the officiant.

Ask if you need to be certified to be a wedding officiant. This is an easy process. You can go to a class or you can take one online. Be sure to know the timeline of the wedding so that you can help transition from songs to vows to readings and other traditions included in the wedding. Performing a marriage ceremony is a great honor. Participating in and honoring the union of two people is a great experience for anyone to take part in.

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