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NYC Registration

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Register in New York City

How to Register as a Wedding Officiant in New York City

1) Complete your Ordination with Open Ministry 1) Complete your Ordination with Open Ministry

2) Understanding New York City's Requirements 2) Understanding New York City's Requirements

3) Completion of Registration 3) Completion of Registration

4) Contact the Clerk Contact the Clerk

A Quick How-to-Get Ordained Guide in 3 simple steps!

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how to get ordained guide in 3 steps

You have this feeling inside your heart. You may have just had a thought or you have been thinking about it a long time. You may be thinking to yourself, “I want to become a Minister.” Or “I want to become Ordained.”

Rest assured, this beautiful thought is the first step of a Minister’s calling! There are many different paths you can take and the road to becoming Ordained is filled with excitement and joy. Below are 3 simple steps to becoming Ordained.


  • The first step is to find a Ministry that aligns with your beliefs. There are many different options to choose from. A simple google search “Become Ordained with Open Ministry” will open the doors. Open Ministry is a great start. Here you can find plenty of information on how to become a Minister, perform wedding ceremonies, and other sacerdotal duties which come with the territory.


  • Once you have chosen your Ministry, the next step is to begin the Ordination process. This is a very straightforward process which takes very little time. Be sure to include your Full Name on the application.


  • The final step is simple: Become active in your new role as a Minister. There are many families and friends who can now count on you for help officiating weddings, baptisms, house blessing, and other endeavors which will lead to a new life of fulfillment and happiness for you and your loved ones.

If you are reading this, and decide the life of a Minister is not right for you that is ok too! Perhaps you have a family member or friend who would like to become Ordained. Please share this simple guide with others. There is a great amount of good in this world, and the good word needs to be spread. The more positivity that is shared, the better we feel. Above all, we need to fill the world with positivity and love.

Grace and Peace on the journey!


Bless This House

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House Blessing


Our Ministers often ask about performing different ceremonies such as blessing a home. Often friends or family will ask a Minister for blessings and it is always good practice to take part in house blessing. It is a special opportunity and great feeling that is created by the actions of a Minister and a group of friends and family during house blessing. There are many ways to create a blessed house filled with good energy and positivity. Here are some tips to get you started for blessing a home:

1). Invite friends and family to the home to take part in the special occasion.

2). Communicate with the family of the house and their goals for the blessing prior to the ceremony.

3). Set a positive tone for the blessing by having everyone stand in a certain way - either a circle or your choosing.

 4). Light a pink candle (pink brings the energy of love and kindness) and pass the candle around to each individual person so they may share a blessing.

 5). Make sure the home is clean and tidy before the blessing as to create a good environment for the blessing.

 6). Try to set different intentions for different rooms of the house as to add different positive energies for different areas of the house.

 Hopefully these simple tips will help our Ministers during the act of house blessing - A blessed house is a happy house filled with joy.

5 Tips for Ministers officiating a Wedding Ceremony for the first time.

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Tips for Ministers

1.    Make sure to Get Ordained!
This one should be a no brainer, over here at Open Ministry we are always here for you and we have your back. After becoming Ordained with our Ministry your wonderful journey of officiating ceremonies will begin.

2.    Communicate with the Bride and Groom.
Email, phone calls, text messaging is important to flesh out the concepts and any ideas you and the bride and groom may have for the ceremony vows and order of procession.

3.    Rehearse the Ceremony.
Practice, Practice, Practice! It is important for you to practice so you will be confident in your speech and body language. Remember, it is your responsibility and privilege to perform the beautiful ceremony and this will be a day you and the bride and groom will never forget.

4.    Take Charge!
Confidence is very attractive and infectious and since you have now rehearsed so many times it is only natural that you as an Ordained Minister take charge of the situation. Respond swiftly and confidently with any snags or sudden changes and own the day. The bride and groom will thank you for it!

5.    Have fun and Enjoy the Experience.
Overall, this is truly one of the most cherished acts that will happen in your lifetime. There is no better feeling then doing good work and creating a positive atmosphere in the presence of others. Indeed, this will be the first of many moments in life where you will look back and reflect on the magic of the day!

Wedding Tips

Ideas for your wedding vows

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Wedding Vow Ideas

Sometimes it is hard to put into words, the feelings of the heart. When the time comes to write your wedding vows, the first step is to speak from the heart. What better way to express the ultimate love for your partner than writing a beautiful vow and promise forever. Wedding vows can be traditional, religious, romantic and often very funny. Listed below are a few ideas for inspiration!



“From today forward, our lives are together bound - there is no more I, but only we, and just as two flames are not diminished by joining one another, so should the flames of our spirits burn the brighter for our union.”


“This ring I pledge to you in its unbroken wholeness is a symbol of the infinite nature of my love. May the eternal shine of this ring be a symbol of the enduring trust and affection that I bring to you.”


“Above all, I promise never to lose those precious relatives to love, faith and hope, faith that we will always be at each other’s side, and hope for everyday to be better than the last.”



“As the spring explodes with beauty and growth, as the Summer warmth curls over us in waves, as the sweet harvest of the fall, and in the crisp cold brightness of winter, I love you every season, every year forever and ever.”


“My commitment to you is one if give willingly, absolutely, and without hesitation. I am yours utterly and have been since the moment we met. We were married before this day and will always be.”


“I've listened to my heart beat, felt it trapped in the cage of my ribs. But now I think of it like a dove - flying to you - to be joined with you, my heart soars with yours. Together our hearts take wing.”



“I vow not to take any of your less pleasing habits personally, even though I really wish you would put the keys back on the key hook, and not leave your shoes in the middle of the hallway, and I love you.”


“I vow to be your spell checker, grammar friend, and tell you when things need hyphens. I promise to be your partner in exercise, even if I am much faster than you, and most of all, I promise to try things, even though I am sure I will not like them, just because you say, "try this!"


 “A pair of penguins mate for life, across hundreds of miles of tundra, the female penguin travels to bring food to the male, as he watches the egg over a month of sub-zero temperatures. As your husband, I promise never to ask you to do anything like that.”

 wedding vows couple