With enough practice, you will be fully prepared to confidently officiate your first wedding.
By this point you should be fully prepared to officiate. After the ceremony it is time for official recordkeeping.
American Marriage Ministries is a non-profit, interfaith and non-denominational church with the mission to ensure that all people have the right to perform marriage.
Our resources are here to walk you through a wedding ceremony, discussing structure, providing samples, and more.
Every wedding is unique, and the couple will want to personalize the format of their ceremony.
Regarding the legality of performing marriage, the most important question to ask is "I am an AMM minister.
Will you dutifully record the completed marriage license if I officiate the wedding and the marriage license has been properly completed and returned within the timeframe specified by the State? Though not required, we encourage you to order your North Dakota Minister Licensing Package.
In the eyes of the state, solemnizing marriage is the act of administering a contract (the marriage license) between two people.
Marriage licenses vary dramatically in appearance, but all ask for a similar set of information.
Aside from legal concerns, the biggest fear most people have is public speaking. A typical wedding ceremony is only 10 - 20 minutes and follows a time tested format.
When you speak, remember that you were personally chosen by the couple, and that the most important two people already have faith in your ability.
Issuing Office: County Registrar Statewide License Cost: Waiting Period: None Expiration: 60 Days Return: 5 Days from Wedding Waiting Period: The minimum amount of time the couple must wait to get married from the date that they are granted their marriage license.
Expiration: The amount of time that the marriage license is valid from its issuance date.
Our How to Complete a Marriage License page explains all of the details that may be required on a marriage license.