Officiating the wedding of friends or family is an honor that allows you to play a special part in the big day. That said, if you’ve never officiated a wedding before, it can be difficult to know what you need to do in order to legally perform the marriage. If you’re in this situation, you’re in luck: we’ve done the research for you. Below, find details on how to become a wedding officiant or jump straight to a step depending on where you are in the process:
The timeline and process to become a wedding officiant may vary by organization and state. We’ve outlined the most common steps you’ll need to follow in order to become a wedding officiant.
Congratulations - you’ve completed all of the legal requirements and are ready to plan the ceremony. Make sure to sit down with the soon-to-be-wedded-couple to better understand what they expect from their ideal ceremony. Be sure to ask questions about the couple’s story, making sure to understand the specific details, inside jokes, and themes they’d like to incorporate into their big day. Once you’ve nailed your script, make sure to practice! Study the ceremony’s order of events and rehearse your presentation.