As a non-denominational minister and professional wedding officiant, my job is to guide a wedding ceremony start to finish, obviously, but what I've learned that it's also totally appropriate for the wedding officiant to offer some advice and guidance for the newly married couple to take going forward. Lately, that advice has morphed into a message about forgiveness and partnership revolving around the idea that apologizing does not necessarily mean that you were wrong and the other person was right, it just means that you value your relationship more than your ego. Even for a remote wedding ceremony, where I never meet the couple physically face to face, that message still resonates because it's true to the core. Finding a soulmate is a gift, having the chance to marry your best friend is a blessing, and committing to get through the hard times is foundational to my advice for new couples, it's one of my favorite things about being a non-denominational minister and wedding officiant -- the opportunity to influence newly married couples with advice I've seen work.
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