Before the service ever begins, make sure you are familiar with all rules and regulations in your state governing weddings. Although you may have been ordained online through the Universal Life Church, and thus given the power to perform wedding ceremonies, you still must abide by the state’s laws for the union to be recognized by the state.
For the service itself, I make sure be sure I have the grooms head turned towards me right up until the beautiful bride arrives at the head of the aisle to begin walking. The grooms not permitted to turn to look at her until then. When I gesture that everyone to rise from their seats, blocking the groom’s view we all get to revel in expression on the grooms face when first he sees his bride in her dress for the very first time.
I ask the nervous couple to turn towards and face one another as well as hold hands for the duration of the ceremony. A single unbelievably essential issue you must do is you must ask the guests to please take a seat once the ceremony has started. Or at least gesture for them to take a seat.
Put your signature on the wedding license either directly before or immediately after the service and make sure to have the Best Man and Maid of Honor put their signatures on as well. Place it back in the oversized envelope then be sure the brides mother, one of the attendants, or at the least 2 additional people from of the wedding party are made aware of exactly where you put it. You can put it in the mail on your own, of course, if the paperwork is already filled out on their end, but the paperwork is rarely ready, so I give it back to them to walk in themselves.
Your title is ‘reverend’ and I generally put non-denom for question of my denomination. This makes it less-complicated and nobody has ever questioned it. Absolutely essential: No Cross-Outs! Whatever you put is what has to remain there, otherwise, you may have to pay for a replacement one.
I previously brought my own camera to each service I performed to ensure Id received a picture of me together with the couple, but after you have a good collection of snapshots, it is not necessary. Definitely make it a point to get in a picture with them right at the starting of the picture-taking.
One of the most essential things of all though, is to have a great time doing the wedding. Smile big when youre delivering the ceremony and revel in the joy of the glowing couple on their best day!