Many years ago I heard that a friend of a friend became an ordained minister through a church in California. I was astonished! Could just anyone be an ordained minister? When I met and became friends with this newly ordained person, I immediately quizzed her on how and why she did it.
As it turns out, it is quite easy. I believe there was a Friends episode in which Phoebe becomes ordained via the internet. You truly can become ordained online by simply filling out an application and hitting Submit. I never thought I'd actually do anything with my bona fide clergy member card. However, when some dear friends of ours decided to tie the knot, they asked me if I'd perform their marriage ceremony.
I was beyond flattered when they asked me to be a very unique part of their wedding day! We spent several hours discussing how they wanted their ceremony formatted. We researched various wording and special traditions (sand ceremony, hand tying) and finally put together a simple yet intimate outline.
I cannot explain how sweet and lovely it was to help my friends say the words that would join them together for life.
Since then I've performed many more marriages for all types of families and faiths. Sharing such a profound moment between two people is nearly indescribable. I realize that it is one of the biggest honors I've ever been blessed with, and I am overjoyed when I'm able to say the words, "I now pronounce you..."