Everything you need to know about wedding officiants

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If you ever had any questions or doubts about wedding officiants, Jon Turino from Portland has the answers you need. We've asked him some of the most common ones brides have and this is what he told us.
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What are the parts of a wedding ceremony?

  • The processional
  • The family blessing
  • The welcome
  • The wedding sermon
  • The exchange of vows
  • The declaration of intent
  • The exchange of rings
  • The pronouncement
  • The presentation of the newly married couple

The parts of the wedding ceremony, in general, are: the processional, the family blessing (e.g., the giving or presentation of the bride), the welcome, the wedding sermon, exchange of vows, declaration of intent (which is the legal commitment), the exchange of rings, the pronouncement, and the presentation of the newly married couple.

Depending on the couple's desires, readings, remembrances, addition prayers, and other (sometimes ethnic) or various unity elements.

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They are a public declaration of the love and commitment shared by two people and they provide an opportunity for the couple to share their happiness with their friends and family members

In your opinion, why do you think wedding ceremonies are important?

I think wedding ceremonies are important for a number of reasons. They are a public declaration of the love and commitment shared by two people and they provide an opportunity for the couple to share their happiness with their friends and family members.

They often fulfill a brides dream of wearing a wedding gown and being walked down the aisle by her father. And they're a great excuse for a party at the post-ceremony reception.

How to choose a good wedding officiant?

Choosing a good wedding officiant can be daunting. The couple will want someone who is a great communicator and will stay in touch with them from the first contact to ceremony performance. Couples have many questions about the wedding in general so they'll want an experienced officiant who can answer their questions and calm their fears. A good wedding officiant will be willing to customize the ceremony and the vows so that it meets all of the couples' needs, wants, and desires.

Finally, they'll want to choose a true professional who has great reviews from his or her past clients.

Can a notary perform a wedding or marriage?

A notary public may not normally perform a marriage ceremony unless, of course, he or she is also an ordained minister, justice of the peace, or other person authorized to perform legal marriages in a particular state or county. A notary is not normally required to solemnize a marriage since the officiant does that and sends the completed marriage license to the appropriate recording authority.

Disclaimer: marriage requirements can vary considerably from state to state.

A notary public may not normally perform a marriage ceremony unless, of course, he or she is also an ordained minister, justice of the peace, or other person authorized to perform legal marriages in a particular state or county.

Can a couple be married without a ring?

Couples can certainly be married without including the ring exchange portion of the typical wedding ceremony. The rings are but a symbol of the love and commitment shared by the two people being married. The ring exchange may sometimes be replaced by other symbols of connection such as hand fastening using a ribbon or a cord to "tie the knot."

What are some examples of traditional wedding vows?

Some couples use standard vows and others write their own. One example of "standard" vows might be as follows: "I, Groom, take you, Bride, for my lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life until death does us part. This is my solemn vow."

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Couples can personalize their weddings in a great many ways from the selection of a particular theme (e.g., country rustic, black tie, some kind of fantasy), the inclusion of ethnic or traditional elements such as unity candle or sand, lasso or handfasting, tree planting or wine sharing, and a wide variety of other ceremony elements

How can a couple personalize their wedding ceremony?

Couples can personalize their weddings in a great many ways from the selection of a particular theme (e.g., country rustic, black tie, some kind of fantasy), the inclusion of ethnic or traditional elements such as unity candle or sand, lasso or handfasting, tree planting or wine sharing, and a wide variety of other ceremony elements. There really are no restrictions so long as the legal requirements are met as part of the ceremony.

Do people actually object to a marriage during a wedding?

Just as the word "obey" has long been omitted from the vows being shared, so the phrase "if anyone objects to this marriage..." has fallen by the wayside. The objection part is a holdover from past times when close family members or already married people might try to marry.

The objection part is a holdover from past times when close family members or already married people might try to marry.

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