Become a Wedding Officiant - A Complete Guide
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Become a Wedding Officiant - A Complete Guide

Start a business officiating weddings in the USA! Step by Step course includes sample ceremonies to get you started.
4.3 (36 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
526 students enrolled
Created by Lora C Mercado
Last updated 8/2016
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  • 19 mins on-demand video
  • 2 mins on-demand audio
  • 1 Article
  • 11 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Obtain credentials, to legally perform weddings in the USA.
  • Take the necessary steps to get their business up and running.
  • Know how to obtain clients.
  • Know what to do at a client meeting.
  • Know how to correctly read a wedding ceremony.
  • Provide sample ceremonies and readings to their clients.
  • Provide a legal contract for their officiant services.
  • Be completely prepared to officiate weddings of many different styles.
  • Provide a printed keepsake marriage or commitment ceremony certificate to your clients.
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  • You should be comfortable speaking in front of groups of people.
  • A 3-ring binder with page protectors for printouts.

Easily start a career as a Wedding Officiant with this step by step course!

I will share proven methods that I used to create my own successful officiant business in 2009. By following these guidelines, you will be prepared to book ceremonies and start making money in no time!

With many couples veering away from traditional church weddings, the market for wedding officiants is quickly growing! The freedom to choose when and where you work, and to adjust your own prices is a huge advantage over a typical 9-5 job. Apply this course for an occasional part time income, or book yourself solid for an even larger cash flow. It is all up to you! Some of you may want to perform weddings for the sheer pleasure of conducting a ceremony, and some may want to officiate weddings as a business.

*The information in this course is directed towards residents of the United States, as the laws in other countries vary greatly.

In this course you will learn how to:

  • Obtain your credentials, so you can legally perform weddings in the USA
  • Take the necessary steps to get your business up and running

You will also learn:

  • How to obtain clients
  • What to do at a client meeting
  • Key points to a successful rehearsal
  • How to correctly read a ceremony
  • Tips for the big day

Printable Information Included:

  • Samples of religious and non-religious wedding ceremonies
  • Readings to include in your ceremonies
  • Unity ceremonies that can be added for a special touch
  • Sample contract
  • Client questionnaire


  • Printable Marriage and Commitment Certificates
  • Same Sex Marriage/Union Ceremony (added 2-27-15)

So what are you waiting for? Enroll now, and start "Marrying for Money!"

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for outgoing people looking for a new career in the wedding industry.
  • You should be comfortable speaking in front of groups of people.
  • If you are looking for a way to make extra part time income with a flexible schedule, this course is for you!
  • Ordination laws in countries outside of the USA vary greatly. People outside the USA can still benefit from this course, but should investigate the laws where they reside.
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:09
Getting Started
2 Lectures 05:56

Step-by-step instructions on how to legally obtain credentials to officiate weddings in the USA.

Preview 02:32

Important steps to creating your new business.

Preview 03:24
Printable Samples
4 Lectures 01:57

Tips on using the printable samples included in this course.

Preview 01:57

Completed ceremonies of various lengths and styles.

Sample Ceremonies
6 pages

A large selection of religious and non-religious readings.

Unity Ceremonies
10 pages

Samples of Sand, Candle and Wine Ceremonies.

Sample Readings
4 pages
Promotion and Advertising
1 Lecture 02:18

Resources to give exposure to your new business.

Get Out There!
Meeting with Couples
3 Lectures 02:43

A sample questionnaire that is useful in obtaining information about your clients

and their wedding day.

Printable Ceremony Questionnaire
3 pages

A sample contract to print out for each client to sign. Items highlighted in red should be changed to your own personal information. Feel free to change any of the items listed to suit your preference.

Sample Contract
4 pages

Your First Client
1 Lecture 02:22

This audio recording demonstrates the tone and pace of how a wedding ceremony should be read. Some important tips are also mentioned.

Tips on Reading the Ceremony.
1 Lecture 01:11

Things you want to remember!

Key Points for a Successful Wedding Rehearsal
Wedding Day!
1 Lecture 02:17
Tips for the Big Day
1 Lecture 00:44
7 Lectures 00:06

Print and fill out this certificate as a frameable keepsake for your couples.

Printable Keepsake Marriage Certificate
1 page

Print this certificate and fill it out for couples who have a Commitment Ceremony. Since they won't have a marriage license, this makes a nice keepsake for them to frame.

Printable Keepsake Commitment Certificate
1 page

Printable Same Sex Ceremony - Added 2-27-15
3 pages

About Handfasting Ceremonies - Added 5-22-15
2 pages

Handfasting Ceremony Samples - Added 5-22-15
7 pages

Printable Keepsake Vow Renewal Certificate - Added 6-10-15
1 page

These additional non-religious readings can be printed out and put in your binder to show clients when customizing their ceremony.

Additional Non-Religious Readings - Added 8-31-16
About the Instructor
Lora C Mercado
4.3 Average rating
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526 Students
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Author / Wedding Officiant

Lora C Mercado started her officiant business in 2009. She has built a steady income doing something that makes her happy and being a part of such a wonderful moment.

Lora is also a published author, who has over ten books to date. In addition, she also is the founder of a grief healing website dedicated to helping people cope with the loss of a loved one.

Doing voice over work is another one of Lora's talents. She has recorded many commercials and phone prompts for companies across the globe.