Beginning on May 1, 2017, the life celebration ministry branch of First Nation will be known as St. Valentine Ministry. We believe that our name now better reflects our mission, and the work of those who perform service as Officiants under our banner around the world. There will be no change to our commitment to provide the highest level of service to our ordained clergy and our congregants.
For a day (or forever!) become a legally-ordained Wedding Officiant and ceremonial minister. Registration takes just a few minutes, and the entire ordination process is generally completed in only a few days — it's quick, simple, requires minimal study* and is valid and legal everywhere in the world!
Last year, one in three American weddings were officiated by a friend or family member!
We work with you to become an ordained and licensed Ceremonial Minister for all rites, including weddings, funerals, vow renewals and baptisms, with fast legal ordination through Saint Valentine Ministry, along with comprehensive and validated certification.
Under the historical customs, traditions and bylaws of First Nation Church, any person can serve as a ceremonial minister (or Marriage Officiant) for weddings, funerals, commitment ceremonies, handfasting, house blessings, naming ceremonies and other rites with approval of the church's board.
Click here to begin the ordination process ... it only takes a few minutes!
* — Most states have minimal training or educational requirements for ceremonial ministers, do not impose an age limit, and do not require local registration, although you are required to comply with a standardized code of ethics and remain in good standing with the ministry.
In most locations, being licensed to perform ceremonies is a very simple process. While a few jurisdictions require local registration (including Arkansas, Hawaii, Minnesota, Louisiana, New York City, Ohio and Oklahoma) we do everything possible to make the process quick and trouble-free!
Where is the ceremony taking place? Your ordination must comply with the laws where the ceremony will be held. For example, if the ceremony is taking place in California, your ordination and minister's license must be in compliance with the state's laws.
If you know where the ceremony is taking place, please click here to begin the ordination process.
Upon becoming ordained, you'll receive a packet from us containing all of the documents and forms required for you to legally perform the ceremony, along with detailed information on your role in performing the ceremony, as well as a sample ceremony you can use as a guideline.
If you are required to submit your credentials prior to performing the ceremony, we will include all the necessary forms and simple instructions so that you can quickly and easily complete the process.
Perform the ceremony! You'll want to work with the bridal couple to plan the ceremony and put all the details in place, but that, too, is an easy process! There are countless resources available to you that will help make the planning process smooth and simple. And, if you've never performed a ceremony before, don't worry! Take a few moments to read our "Sage Advice For The First-Time Wedding Officiant" and relax — you've got this!
If you have any questions or concerns anywhere along the way, all you have to do is contact us and we'll provide you with all of the answers you need!