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How to Get Married in Las Vegas

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By Michael Kelly

Step 1 – Find Your Soulmate!

This may sound like the most obvious step (yet most challenging), however some couples find themselves in a Las Vegas chapel on a travel high, possibly the rush and energy of Vegas, sometimes without getting to know each other, or quite simply not the right reasons. You are entering a life long commitment; what happens in Vegas doesn’t necessarily stay in Vegas.

Step 2 – Get Your Marriage License

When you first arrive in Las Vegas, it’s a good idea to get your marriage license. This way you won’t be straining your appointment time with standing in line at the Marriage License Bureau. (Some chapels offer a marriage license run right before the wedding. Getting your marriage license this way is fine since you are in the hands of the professionals.) Out-of-state marriage licenses cannot be used to marry in Las Vegas. A marriage license issued in any county in Nevada can be used to marry in Las Vegas.

The marriage license can be obtained at the Marriage License Bureau, located at 201 E. Clark Ave. Las Vegas NV 89101. The Marriage License Bureau is located in Downtown, three blocks south of Fremont Street. (By the way, this would be a great chance to visit the Fremont Street Experience if you’re staying on the Strip). They are open from 8 am – 12 am (midnight) 365 days a year including Sundays and holidays. How else would you get married with one day in Vegas, and that day was Sunday, and that day was a holiday? Cheers to you Vegas!

Both parties must be present and appear in person at the Marriage License Bureau. Applicants must be 18 years old (minors 16 & 17 may also marry with parental consent. The minor will need to provide a birth certificate and the consenting parent will need to show identification matching the name on the certificate.) and no nearer of kin than second cousins (child of a parent’s first cousin) or cousins of half blood. Both parties will fill out a Marriage License Application, a one page form that takes roughly 10 minutes to fill out. Alternatively, the couple can fill out a Pre-application online. Identification to prove name and age are required. For widowed and divorced applicants, you only need to provide the month, day, year and city and state where the divorce was finalized or where they were widowed. You need not provide the divorce decree nor death certificate.

This will cost $77 in cash. Couples may pay by credit card with a nominal fee. The requirements are the same for US & non US citizens regardless of gender. No blood test required, however overt drunken behavior is a good way not to get a marriage license. A marriage license allows a couple to marry in the state. You are still not married. This is where wedding chapels come into play!

Step 3 – Choose a Wedding Chapel

There are many wedding chapels to choose from in Las Vegas. Many chapels offer traditional and Elvis themed wedding services. Most wedding chapels are full service, offering transportation to and from the chapel, photography and video services, floral services and officiating of the marriage.

Step 4 – Get Married!

This is the part we’ve all been waiting for, getting married! Most wedding chapels and their staff are pretty well prepared and can handle most situations (forgetting of a ring, a special song, usually most special requests), but here are a few details to keep in mind:

    1. Here’s the most important: don’t forget the marriage license! Some couples forget it in the hotel. You wouldn’t want to be the couple who has to leave with a chapel full of guests and reschedule. If you do happen to arrive without the license, many wedding chapels would still be able to perform the service as a commitment ceremony. However, it wouldn’t be a legal marriage until the papers are signed (many wedding officiants would be able to sign afterwards).


    1. Keep the rings in a handy location where they won’t get lost. One trick is to have the Bride and Groom wear each other’s rings on their pinky or thumb, whichever fits best, so the couple will know exactly where the rings are at all times.


    1. Have your vows handy (if you have them). No worries if you don’t have your own vows, wedding officiants will always have vows you can repeat. If you are doing and Elvis ceremony, he’ll always have some special Elvis vows as well. Couples that write their vows down on paper can almost always get to them faster than if they were on a phone or tablet.


  1. Know whether you’ll want a civil or religious ceremony. Most officiants are usually well equipped for either.

Step 5 – Celebrate!

Now that your married, it’s your time to celebrate! You’re in Vegas, live it up.

Step 6 – Ordering the Official Marriage Certificate

The officiant performing the ceremony has 10 days to turn in your marriage license to the Clark County Recorder’s office. Some chapels may offer an expedited license service to process your license sooner than 10 days. In either case, after your marriage has been recorded, you may order your official marriage license online, at the Marriage License Bureau kiosk, or if you prefer the personal touch, you can visit the Clark County Clerk’s office located on the first floor of 500 Grand Central Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89155. The official marriage license cost $15 cash or by credit with a nominal fee.

Step 7 – Apostille – Applicable for Certain Countries

At this point, most couples would be able to use the official marriage license for proof of marriage. Countries that abide by the Hague authentication treaty may also require an apostille from the Nevada Secretary of State for proof of marriage. With your certified copy of marriage license, you may order the apostille with the order form the Nevada Secretary of State. Submit the order form with the appropriate fee ($20.00 per apostille) to:

Nevada Secretary of State

101 North Carson St., Suite 3

Carson City, NV 89701

The apostille can also be expedited in person in Las Vegas at 555 E. Washington Avenue, Suite 5200, Las Vegas NV 89101. The fee schedule at the Secretary of State with expedited processing is as follows:

  • 24 Hour – $75
  • 4 Hour – $125
  • 2 Hour – $500
  • 1 Hour – $1000

You will still need to pay $20.00 per apostille.

Step 8 – In Conclusion

Now that you know everything about getting married, now is the time to take your special someone and make some memories!

If you still need some questions answered or are thinking of booking a wedding chapel visit us at The Little Vegas Chapel ( or give us a call at 702-385-LOVE. We offer traditional and Elvis themed weddings at our chapel. One of our wedding coordinators will gladly help you plan your special day.

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December 29, 2016 |

Interfaith Marriages, Communication Is the Key by Karine Hart

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Nowadays, couples meet in other venues aside from their places of worship, be it in church, mosque or temple. The result is that the issue of religion will not be discussed so early and so blatantly on the first few dates until such time that a relationship has been established. By then, the couple has agreed that their different faiths will not be a hindrance in their marriage.

But it may not be so for a few people in their circle of family and friends. The good news is that these are minor challenges in our multicultural society that can easily be triumphed over.

Clear Communication Is the Key

First off, you and your future spouse must agree on the terms of the religious service since these conditions will determine the general tone of the wedding ceremony. For example, if you are Catholic and your future spouse is Jewish, your wedding can be a mix of both religions in equal measures. Or it can lean heavily on the faith of the groom or bride for personal reasons such as either one is not a practicing believer in his/her religion anyway.

The important thing is that a clear channel of communication is established from the start so that choosing the religious rites to be included in the wedding ceremony is easier. Of course, you should choose the rites more comfortable and acceptable to the other’s sense of faith. For example, you can choose to have 2 officiants during the wedding with each one performing the full rites for each religion.

Or you can do as many others are doing for their interfaith weddings. Your wedding ceremony can be non-denominational such that inclusive language is used for the entire wedding rite. You may also make your own wedding vows to provide for a more personalized touch.

Involve the Families on Both Sides

A wedding is not just about the couple. You must also include your families on both sides especially when yours are close-knit, clannish even. This way, you can lessen the disappointments, frustrations and misunderstandings that often come with disregarding either side.

You want to include only the parents and siblings as well as any close family member instrumental in your relationship. Otherwise, you will be dealing with more people than you can handle in the short amount of time that you have to plan the wedding. Besides, it’s your family’s opinion that matters, not distant – both in terms of blood relations and geographical distance – Aunt Gertrude’s sentiments.

Be willing to compromise with family members. But in the end, you have to stick to your guns because it’s still your wedding.

Be Considerate Toward Your Guests

Then there are your guests to consider. You need not ask for their opinions, naturally, especially when you have a long guest list. Not only is it inconvenient, it is impractical. Instead, you may design a program wherein certain rituals and their symbolisms are briefly explained. You will then be instrumental in their education into other cultures.

In the end, it will still be your sentiments about the interfaith marriage that will matter the most. Your family and friends ought to respect your decision whatever it may be as the wedding ceremony is only the start of a marriage, not the end of the world for any one religion.

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September 25, 2014 |

How to Make the Right Choice for Your Interfaith Officiant by Jason Hennessey

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Finding an officiant for your wedding may not be a big problem. However, when the two of you are from two different faiths with different religious practices especially during weddings, then care should be taken in order to get the right person for the job. This will help in avoiding conflicts which may arise from various family members who you share you faith with. It will also ensure each side is given equal opportunity so that they can feel part and parcel of the joint ceremony.

Legally qualified officiant
The officiant that you choose should be legally qualified to carryout wedding ceremonies. He or she should have at least officiated in a number of weddings either religious or civil. One who has officiated in weddings involving interfaith couples should be given preference over others.

Interfaith officiant
An interfaith officiant should know how to handle various aspects of religion in such wedding. Due to his or her knowledge of the various beliefs held by the two faiths, he or she can handle the ceremony without mistakenly favoring one side. The officiant can perform one part of the ceremony in one faith and end the other with the second faith. Or if possible, each faith can have an officiant doing their part alongside the other. This will work well for people who may not want to mix faiths. However, consultations between the two officiants and the couple on who conduct which part will be necessary.

Versatile officiant
Some of the interfaith officiants you will get may not be well versed with wedding customs and practices outside their own faith. These ones may only be in a position to administer simple marriage vows. Ensure that you yet a person who understands all needs of your ceremony.

Referral services
Online referral services are available and they should help you to get in touch with the appropriate officiant. Check to ensure that he has the qualifications that you want. Arrange a meeting with the officiant before the ceremony so as to clarify your needs and expectations. This will also ensure that you do not get an officiant from a city far away as it may result into more costs than one from your home town.

Consider a civil wedding
Civil weddings are the cheapest of all weddings. This is because they have no costs such as those encountered in church ceremonies, other religious weddings and reception. The only fee paid is that of the marriage certificate. The other good thing is that civil weddings are equally valid form of wedding under national or state laws. They can be used instead of interfaith wedding ceremonies especially in cases where the couple can not agree on which faith to go for in the wedding.

The normal procedure of blood test and availing witnesses also apply in this here. Officials involved in administering of vows include justices, judges and other legal officials permitted to join couples under the law. Prior arrangements should be made with official to schedule appointment for the occasion. One can still perform a religious ceremony after the civil wedding.

Jason Hennessey is the President of, today’s leading wedding planning social networking site. He also founded an online store that host a collection of wedding favors and wedding gifts to make that Big Day an event to be cherished for a lifetime.

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September 25, 2014 |

How to Find a Rabbi for Your Interfaith Wedding by Rabbi David Gruber

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Finding a Rabbi – Study after study shows that at least 50% of American Jews are marrying non-Jews. Thankfully, this has caused the liberal wings of Judaism – the Reform and Reconstructionist movements, and to some extent the Conservative movement – to become much more inclusive towards interfaith couples and families. Some rabbis now routinely and openly emphasize the importance of welcoming interfaith families. In fact, anecdotal evidence shows that many Reform and Reconstructionist synagogues are actually dismantling programs geared specifically towards interfaith couples and families, because such families are so well integrated into congregations that they no longer want or ask for programs especially for them. Most telling perhaps is the fact that members of the lay synagogue leadership frequently are intermarried themselves. There does remain one major issue, even in the more liberal movements, regarding which most congregations and rabbis remain fairly traditional, and that is officiating at an interfaith wedding.

Halacha, or Jewish Law, bans interfaith marriage, and does not recognize such marriages as valid. Therefore, all Orthodox and Conservative rabbis who recognize the binding authority of Halacha refrain from officiating at interfaith weddings. Even though their movements do not always recognize the binding authority of Halacha, most Reform and Reconstructionist rabbis tend to defer to it on this issue. Some Reform and Reconstructionist rabbis will officiate at interfaith weddings, but in agreeing to do so, they may attach various conditions to their willingness to officiate.

For example, they may agree to marry an interfaith couple, but they will not officiate on the Sabbath. They may refuse to co-officiate with non-Jewish clergy, or require the couple to agree to raise their children within the Jewish faith. The rabbis may also ask the couple to join their congregation, participate in courses on Judaism and/or attend pre-marital counseling sessions. Almost all rabbis who will officiate at interfaith weddings will not officiate in a church, or allow any mention of Jesus in the ceremony. For some couples, these conditions present no problems, but other couples may be less ready to agree to them, and for the latter group, it can be very difficult to find a rabbi who will marry them.

Still, there are a small number of rabbis out there who will officiate for you. Some are bona fide rabbis. But there are also individuals in the market place who call themselves rabbis and who officiate at interfaith weddings, even though they have not undergone any type of serious training, and indeed have very little knowledge. They have obtained credentials from unaccredited institutions, and usually spend very little time studying much of anything. Just as you would not want your attorney, doctor, plumber or mechanic to be someone who has earned his or her credentials on the fly, it is probably not a good idea to have an officiating rabbi who did! It is not hard to distinguish between the bona fide rabbis and those who are not. If a person’s rabbinic ordination was obtained after a rigorous course of study lasting at least five years, his or her ordination is most likely acceptable. If a person’s “ordination” followed something less rigorous – there are actual cases of people becoming “ordained” after studying for just a few weeks, or taking some type of take home test – buyer beware.

Finding the Rabbi – Once you find a rabbi, you want to make sure that that rabbi is the rabbi for you. You don’t just want a rabbi who is willing to officiate; you want the right rabbi, the one who will officiate a ceremony that will leave you and your families with pleasant and wonderful lasting memories. Compromising on quality is just not an option. So what should you look for to make sure you have found the right person?

The most important thing is to make sure that you find a rabbi who is truly interested in you as a couple, and makes it clear in word and action that the wedding is about you and the celebration of your love for each other. He or she should take time to get to know you, as individuals and as a couple. After all, how can a wedding ceremony be personalized to who you are, if your rabbi does not take the time to get to know you as persons? He or she should be someone who is warm, friendly, truly passionate about people; someone with a good sense of humor who does not take him or herself too seriously. This will help him or her create, with you, a ceremony that has that sought-after blend of seriousness and lightheartedness, something that sometimes eludes officiants.

The ideal rabbi is the one who will build the ceremony around you, not try to fit or “shoehorn” you into a preconceived notion of a ceremony that he or she already has. The right rabbi is someone whom you won’t hesitate to tell what you want, and with whom you feel comfortable sharing what you don’t want. He or she should be there for you throughout the process of preparation and obviously the wedding itself, and should be just an email or a phone call away. One rabbi personally commits to couples that he will return emails or phone calls within 24 hours (unless he is officiating outside the country), since he understands that planning a wedding can be sometimes stressful, and that prompt replies can help alleviate some of the stress.

Creating the Ceremony of Your Dreams with Your Rabbi – The rabbi should have a plan for the preparation and creation of your ceremony, and should be able to lay it out clearly for you. You want to feel confident that the rabbi will stay on top of things. At the same time, he or she needs to be flexible enough to adjust that plan to your needs and your schedule, while keeping the ball rolling, all the same.

Ideally, this plan should consist of three or four meetings, where you and your rabbi carefully develop your ceremony. The first meeting should focus, first and foremost, on getting to know each other. It should be at that time that the rabbi lays out that clear plan for the development of the ceremony. That first meeting should involve many open-ended questions, general and specific, about what you want to see in your ceremony. It is a good sign if you answer many of these questions with, “Wow, that is a good question; we need to think about that,” because that means that you will think about it! It is really helpful if the rabbi can supply you with a summary of the meeting that highlights those items you wanted to think about. The rabbi should also suggest a book or two that can help you learn more about interfaith ceremonies, to assist you in developing your ceremony together with your rabbi.

During the meetings that follow, as you work together with the rabbi, with his or her guidance, things should gradually gel and fall into place. In the final meeting you should be able to together review the entire ceremony, with a written copy, based on your discussions, in front of you. (One rabbi tries to email a draft to couples a few weeks before the final meeting, so they can actually begin this discussion by email in advance of the final meeting.) You should feel comfortable to make any changes, additions or deletions that you feel are needed. The rabbi should also discuss technical details and pointers, so there are no surprises, and your ceremony goes smoothly and seamlessly.

If you choose to have a co-officiant, you will of course want to meet with him or her as well. The rabbi should also make sure that the co-officiant is part and parcel of the ceremony planning process. (Some co-officiants have never co-officiated with a rabbi before.) You may even want to have one meeting with both co-officiants together.

The Day of Your Dreams, and How Your Rabbi Can Help Make It Magical – First of all, an important technical note – it should be obvious to your rabbi that he or she should arrive about 45-60 minutes before the ceremony. This enables him or her to make sure that everything is in order. Hopefully, there are no last minute surprises, but if there are, this will give the rabbi sufficient time to deal with these.

It is difficult to describe exactly what the day of your dreams will look like, since, especially if your rabbi followed the above steps, your day will look different from every other bride and groom’s day. That said, there a number of general characteristics that ideally every ceremony will include. It is important that no one be “in the dark,” and so the rabbi should organically incorporate explanations of the rituals and customs into the ceremony. That way everyone will feel comfortable. Blessings in Hebrew, especially when chanted (and then translated into English), add a unique flavor and rhythm to the ceremony. There should be, as was mentioned above, just the right mix of seriousness and lightheartedness. There should be tears of joy, and also hearty laughter. Since your rabbi spent time with you and got to know you, he or she will be able to share some personal and meaningful remarks with you and your family and friends. Obviously, almost every ceremony will include the fundamental customs associated with a wedding ceremony – readings of your choice, vows, rings and the breaking of the glass.

One rabbi has a number of specific components that he loves to include, though he always reminds couples that what matters is what they like, not what he likes, as it their wedding, not his. He loves chanting the traditional Seven Wedding Blessings for the bride and the groom in Hebrew, interspersed with seven English blessings of the couple’s choice, that speak to who they are as a couple. The English blessings may be recited by him, his co-officiant, if he has one, or by a family friend or friends. One of the warmest moments in almost every ceremony he officiates is the Priestly Blessing, “May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord shine his countenance upon you and be gracious unto you; may the Lord look upon you with favor and grant you peace.” Sometimes, he will wrap the couple in my prayer shawl, and chant the ancient blessings in a soulful tune, just as he imagines his great ancestor, the mythical Aaron, the brother of Moses, did, as the legendary first High Priest.

Of course many people’s favorite ritual is the breaking of the glass. Let me elaborate on how one rabbi does with that ritual. He almost always begin the last part of the ceremony by mentioning that when people hear that he does weddings, they usually say to him “You (or sometimes y’all) break a glass, right?” Many times it is the only thing they know about a Jewish wedding. You would think, therefore, that we would know the reason why we break a glass. As is typical of many of the rituals of the Jewish people, there are about fifteen or twenty reasons for this ritual, which really means that none are true. He then says that following “extensive Talmudic research,” he has found the real reason – the groom breaks the glass to symbolize that this is the last time the husband will be able to put his foot down! This always elicits a hearty laugh. He then usually follows this comment with a serious explanation, one that speaks to the couple and their hopes and dreams.

The most wonderful explanation for the breaking of the glass, and one that most couples end up choosing, is that at an interfaith wedding the shattering of the glass symbolizes the breaking down of barriers between peoples of different cultures and different faiths. We look to the bride and the groom, and hope that the day will come when everyone in the whole world will learn from them, and love each other, regardless of faith and culture. It is especially important to end this way, as couples hear from enough people that there is something wrong with what they are doing. Therefore, it is very fitting to end their ceremony with a reminder to them, and to everyone, that it is actually the opposite – we should all be learning from them and their example. – Rabbi David Gruber has officiated more than 50 weddings for interfaith couples in the last two years, in or from more than 7 countries and 20 states.

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September 25, 2014 |

Interfaith Clergy- Rabbis, Ministers and Officiants available for Weddings and Life-Cycle Events by Rabbi Steve

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How do you find a Rabbi, Minister or Officiant to officiate or co-officiate at an interfaith marriage ceremony?

InterfaithWedding.Net is a new website that offers Interfaith Rabbis, Ministers and Officiants for Weddings and Life-Cycle events.

If you have no access to a rabbi, minister or officiant or he or she is either unable or unwilling to offer you the kind of services that you are seeking for your Interfaith Wedding or life-cycle event, contact

We are not just another site that lists dozens or even hundreds of clergy. Our service is personal. Our interfaith clergy are trained and ordained professionals who have been called to their spiritual paths. And each of us will support your interfaith choice. We are ready to help you and bring joy to your blessed wedding or life-cycle event.

We choose to officiate at interfaith weddings to validate the desire of each partner to stay connected to his or her faith, people and culture. While mainstream religion fears that intermarriage will threaten the existence of organized communities and diminish the amount of adherents to their faith, more than 50 percent of men and women choose partners of other faiths. The world evolves as does the human expression of faith and religion. We provide a practical and necessary response as well as support for a beautiful life choice.

And we will do our very best to make your wedding of life cycle event exactly what you want it to be.

Same-sex couples seeking rabbis or clergy to officiate and celebrate their unions need look no further. And of course we are also available for baby-namings, wedding vow renewals and all life-cycle events.

We are based in the NY Metropolitan area and our clergy- rabbis, ministers and officiants are located throughout the country. We will help you create the wedding you envision.

One more thing: Our rabbis are often available on short notice, but typically our schedules fill up quickly. You should hire clergy at least 6 months in advance to guarantee your wedding date.

So contact us and we will immediately call you to discuss your needs. Should you decide to proceed, we will set up a free no obligation interview with an appropriate clergy person. Above all, you must be comfortable and happy with your choice.

Fees among clergy vary. But we will do our best to officiate for you within your budget. For more information visit:

Rabbi Steve is the founder of, a new web-site resource that provides Interfaith Clergy and Officiants for Weddings and all Life-Cycle events.

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September 25, 2014 |

Is a Civil Marriage Celebrant the Thing for You? by Karine Hart

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Many couples are choosing to get married with a civil celebrant today. This is an important day in your life and you want it to be perfect. Every part of the big day should be personalised to be exactly what you want. If you don’t want to get married in the church, you do have the option to go with a civil celebrant. If you’re not sure that this is the right thing for you, here are a few things that you need to keep in mind.

The Cost

First, you may want to consider the cost. Will it be more or less expensive if you go with a civil celebrant? Usually you’ll find that the price of both is about the same. So, the price is not something that will have a big impact on this choice.

Excellent for Interfaith Marriages

There are many couples that come from different faiths and cultures and sometimes it can be difficult to accommodate traditions from both sides, especially if going with a marriage that takes place in a church. However, with civil celebrants, usually you can go without any traditions or you can choose to have traditions from both religions or cultures into the ceremony. This can allow you to have a ceremony that celebrates both of your faiths and heritages.

Personalise Your Wedding

Perhaps you want to plan out your entire ceremony. Maybe you want to write the vows that you both will speak and design everything that is said within your wedding. Many churches will not allow this, which is where a civil celebrant can be helpful. Usually you can choose to have the vows you want and the ceremony exactly the way you have dreamed when you make this choice.

Other Marriage Sites

Not everyone wants to get married in a church, and having a wedding outdoors on a beach, in a park, or in your own home may be what you have dreamed of doing for your wedding. Going with a civil celebrant offers you the flexibility to make this choice and have the wedding in the location of your choice.

Of course, there are many other reasons to go this route instead of going with a church wedding as well. Many people do not have religious ties that are strong and don’t feel comfortable having their wedding in a church or other place of worship. You do not have to choose this option if you go with a celebrant on your wedding day. If you decide that a civil celebrant is the right choice for your wedding, make sure you talk to them about what you want on your wedding day. Ensure that they understand what you require so you have the wedding day you have always wanted.

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September 25, 2014 |

Choosing Your Wedding Official: What You’ll want to Know by Portia Siegal

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To definitely capture the spirit of the marriage ceremony day, you will need to find a pastor or perhaps a minister that represents your faith And obviously, you also wish to pick an individual that may do your ceremony justice and interact well with you like a few.

The best way to make the selection

If youre each from exactly the same faith and parish, then you may be capable of locate somebody rather quickly It may be some that youve grown up with or a person that you have developed to respect inside your non secular lifestyle This is an important decision for you as well as your wife or husband to create.

In the event you only have some choices, then you might desire to speak with every of them so that you can obtain a sense of how you are going to interact in your wedding day You need an individual who will serene your nerves and keep a light tone all through the proceedings They are your backup ought to you forget about anything-your vows, your name, or what you need to do next.
Creating the needed preparations

In some faiths, you may want to take a sequence of marriage classes to be able to be married in a specific church So if your preferred pastor is from that church, you may need to setup these dates Theyre usually coping with the way to resolve marriage difficulties and discovering out much more about your partner, so theyre really valuable At the end, the pastor will establish if he or she thinks that you are ready for marriage If so, theyll do your wedding ceremony.

Seeking for an alternative

In case you do not have a particular faith, then you are able to appear for a much more secular option Several individuals can grow to be a licensed minister by taking several lessons and having to pay a fee You could even want one of the buddies to preside more than your wedding (not the drunk one), so they could opt to obtain qualified to ensure that the marriage will likely be legitimate.

A douleur or female minister selection doesnt actually make any difference so extended as they may be legally able to signal a marriage certificate.

When you have identified a fantastic minister, rabbi, etc you will have a person else searching out for you personally as well as your new partner in your wedding day Theyre presenting you as husband and wife towards the crowd and producing the vows legally binding Ensure that the legislation will identify the ceremony and you are all set.



September 25, 2014 |

Wedding Ceremony – 11 Questions to Ask Your Ceremony Officiant

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Author: Cori Russell

While much of the wedding planning process focuses on the reception, don’t forget that your ceremony is the reason behind the big party! Before the big day, you will meet with your officiant or potential officiants to discuss the wedding ceremony and any pre-ceremony requirements. Discover whether the officiant is open to your ideas, and ultimately decide if the three of you want to work together. Here are the questions you must ask:

• Are there any pre-wedding requirements, such as counseling?

• What is the ceremony fee? Is the fee a donation?

• Is the officiant open to any personal ideas for ceremony? For instance, is he or she open to non-secular vows, readings or songs?

• Will the officiant give a sermon or a speech?

• Will you have input in the ceremony, and will you be allowed to review the sermon or speech beforehand?

• If you don’t already have a ceremony site, can the officiant make any recommendations?

• If the officiant is the site officiant, are there any ceremony site restrictions such as flash photography, videography, music, dress code, décor, tossing items?

• What items does the ceremony site/officiant provide, and what must you bring yourself? (pews, isle runners, microphone, etc.)

• What will the officiant wear?

• What time will he/she be available for the rehearsal?

• Should you bring your marriage license to the ceremony, or will you sign it beforehand?

Important Things to Consider

Demeanor – His or her personal demeanor should reflect the mood you envision for your wedding. Some ceremony officiants may be light and jovial – often interjecting sermons or speeches with bits of humor, while some have a more formal and solemn style.

If you don’t already have a relationship with this person -consider whether you like his/her style and whether you would enjoy working with this person. Remember – your ceremony officiant performs the most important service at the wedding. He or she is the one who will officially pronounce you man and wife, which is the sole reason for the big event in the first place (don’t lose sight of this!). You should feel comfortable inviting this person to share such an intimate moment in your life.

Your officiant can offer guidance along the way, spiritual and non-spiritual, such as resolving family conflicts etc. Don\’t hesitate to speak with your officiant regarding these personal matters.

Also consider inviting your officiant to your rehearsal dinner as well. It’s a nice gesture that will be appreciated, and if your family does not already have a relationship with your officiant – this is a great way to introduce everyone.

For more ideas and advice for your ceremony, visit the complete wedding ceremony guide at – Elegant Galas Made Simple.

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September 25, 2014 |
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