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We work with you to become an ordained and licensed Ceremonial Minister for all rites, including weddings, funerals, vow renewals and baptisms, with fast legal ordination through First Nation Church and Ministry, along with comprehensive certification. The process generally takes only a few days, is simple, requires minimal study* and is valid and legal everywhere in the world!

Under the customs, traditions and bylaws of First Nation Church and Ministry, any person can serve as a ceremonial minister (or Officiant) for weddings, funerals, commitment ceremonies, handfasting, house blessings, naming ceremonies and other rites with approval of the church's board. Click here to begin the ordination process ... it only takes a few minutes!

* — Most states have minimal training or educational requirements for ceremonial ministers, although you are required to comply with a standardized code of ethics and remain in good standing with the ministry.

What are the steps toward becoming an ordained Life Celebrations Officiant?

Step 1: Check the laws in your state or county. Use our handy guide, visit your Secretary of State's website or contact your local county clerk's office to confirm what the local requirements are for serving as a wedding minister. (For a basic guide to state laws, please click here or feel free to contact us for more information.)

Step 2: Become ordained. If you are not currently ordained, the legal process of becoming ordained as a ceremonial minister for weddings and other rites is fast, simple and inexpensive — but it is required by law in all 50 states and U.S. territories. You must be in regular communion and remain in good standing with the religious organization to lawfully serve as a minister or Officiant. (Please click here to begin the ordination process.)

Step 3: Perform the ceremony. Before the wedding ceremony, carefully read and review all parts of the marriage license. Communicate with the bridal couple. Know what your legal role is in the process. Sign the marriage license as required by law, and properly submit it to the licensing authority in a timely manner. Failure to do so may jeopardize the legal standing of the marriage union!

After you've performed your first wedding ceremony, you may be excited to do more and it's common to consider doing weddings professionally. If this is the case, you may be interested in reading how to become a Wedding Officiant by our friends at WeddingOfficiants.com.

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The bride has chosen the perfect dress, the perfect location for the ceremony, the perfect caterer... she's even picked the perfect partner to spend the rest of her life with! What about the person who is going to perform the ceremony? Perhaps you're lucky enough to belong to a church or temple and already have your minister or officiant in mind.

WHAT IF YOU WANT A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER
TO SERVE AS YOUR WEDDING MINISTER?

Did you know that, in most locations, anyone can officiate at your wedding, not just a priest, notary public, justice of the peace, or an officer of the court?

Did you know that — if you prefer — you may have any legally designated person conduct your wedding ceremony, whether it's your mother or father, a brother or sister, cousin, uncle or aunt, even your best friend?

Having a friend or family member officiate over your wedding ceremony adds a distinctive and wonderful touch to your special day!

Whether you are writing your own vows, or even if you prefer a traditional religious ceremony, we can help to make sure that the person you have selected to serve as your officiant is legally ordained and recognized by your local governmental authority.

HOW DOES ORDINATION WORK?

First, decide upon the person that you would like to have conduct your ceremony, and discuss your plans with that person. Next, if your chosen officiant agrees to conduct your ceremony, and if he or she has not been ordained as a minister or certified to legally conduct wedding ceremonies, please ask him or her to visit this website and click on the "Get Ordained Now!" link, which is located below on this page.

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Please be aware that, under federal law in the United States and under common law in nearly every country around the world, you are not required to undergo any religious or ceremonial training, nor are you required to undergo any testing or take any exams in order to receive your ministerial credential or certification as a wedding officiant, which is granted under the bylaws of First Nation Church and in compliance with the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, which guarantees absolute freedom of religion, as well as the laws of every state in the United States.

It only takes only a few minutes to become a legally ordained minister, and the only cost is a nominal document processing fee!


 

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