Over the years I have officiated weddings along side a family member of friend whom the couple wanted involved in the ceremony, but who couldn’t officiate because of not being church ordained.
Most of these individuals have been a godly family member or a friend who was active in their Christian church or was in the process of going to seminary. In all these weddings they were someone who the bride and groom recognized as having a quality worthy to officiate their ceremony.
Well, now with the new marriage law in Alabama, a ceremony is no longer associated with the state requirement and is now completely at the dictate of the church or a chosen officiate.
If you have been asked to officiate a friend or family member’s wedding ceremony I would suggest using my ceremony script found in my book Covenant Marriage Ceremony.
You can read about it here and there is space available to add to it by writing on the pages or simply slipping a piece of paper in with whatever you wish to include.
In my book list you will also find Simple Wedding Ceremony Planning Guide which will walk you through the nuts and bolts of the ceremony, and includes helps for writing your own vows.
Let me also add that if you are going to purchase one or both of these books, I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about officiating the ceremony. Please contact me and I will be happy to help.