How to Perform a Wedding CeremonyMay 8, 2014 by Reverend Gregory
The first step in learning how to perform a wedding ceremony is research. Individuals who wish to officiate in wedding ceremonies will need to know what to do and how to do it. The good news is that at the Universal Life Church, we are committed to helping people become ordained ministers, no matter what, if any, religion they belong to. This way, they can perform marriages and unite people for the remainder of their lives. The following are some steps that any individual should take if they are interested in learning how to perform a wedding ceremony.
1- Become Ordained. The first step to officiating in wedding ceremonies is to become ordained. At the Universal Life Church, we offer free, legal ordination that allows ministers from all walks of life to minister to those who choose to follow. This means that they have the authority to perform wedding ceremonies for people all over the country.
2- Learn the Process. The next step in learning how to officiate over a wedding is to learn the process. Ministers will need to understand the order that the ceremony goes in. For example, he/she should open the ceremony first, present the couple, define marriage, allow the couple to read their vows, exchange rings, have a closing declaration, and then introduce the newlyweds for applause.
3- Practice. Performing a wedding ceremony can make someone nervous on their first few times. There is quite a bit to remember, along with ensuring that the day is special for the couple. Practicing the ceremony can help to calm the nerves of the minister and the engaged couple. Additionally, the minister can hold note cards that will give an outline of the ceremony so that nothing is forgotten.
If someone is considering learning how to perform a wedding ceremony, they should do all they can to understand a few things. First, they will need to be ordained. Second, they will need to know the process and order of the ceremony. Third, they will need to practice. After doing these things, they should be good to go, officiating wedding ceremonies all throughout the nation.
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