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Live Stream Your Wedding!

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Streaming Wedding

Ok, so you have planned every tiny detail for your special day. Your guests are arriving and magic is in the air. The only bummer is the groom’s grandparents are too old to travel and they cannot be at your beautiful wedding ceremony. Don’t worry, we live in the days of technology. Live streaming weddings are becoming more and more common and easier than ever to do. All you need is a smart phone, tablet, or laptop and you can share the special moments live broadcast over the Internet!



Pick your favorite service:

Apple Face Time is a handy tool to live stream a wedding. If you have a MacBook, IPhone, or iPad anyone can FaceTime to grandma and grandpa so they will not miss the special moment.

Skype works on a laptop, tablet, and smartphone. Skype is a free service and even allows for conference calls with up to 10 computers.

Google hangouts is another great option which allows multiple computers to come together and live broadcasts to YouTube.

Instagram Live – Instagram recently added the feature where you can live stream to others who have an Instagram account. All you need is a phone and the Instagram ap and you are good to go – just hit Live!

With a little proper planning, you can stream your wedding to others thousands of miles away very easily and share the moment with loved ones even if they are not physically there!

Fun ideas for your wedding ceremony

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Fun Wedding Ideas

Getting married is one of the most wonderful events that happen in our lifetime. The lifelong commitment of two individuals to one another is so special and has strong roots of tradition. But when it really comes down to it, the ceremony is about the two people and their love and commitment for one another so why not tie the knot in a non-traditional way? Here are some ideas for a fun funky off beat wedding!



Love is literally in the air for this thrill-seeking duo as they exchange vows on board a plane and then jumped out of it from 16,000ft with the best man, bridesmaid and the officiant close behind. Why not seal the deal with an “I do” during the freefall, followed by a kiss?


Ceremony on a Subway:

This couple decided to tie the knot and wed on the N train as it passed from Brooklyn into Manhattan on the Manhattan Bridge. Why? Because it's their favorite subway line of course! They even decorated poles with charming silver bells and purple to match the bridesmaid’s dresses. This was truly a ceremony for everyone and it was the more, the merrier, with all their delighted and surprised commuter guests treated to a beautiful ceremony.


Wedding on a Mountaintop:

Hiking can be one of the most serene experiences. With so many trails and mountains, you really can’t go wrong finding beauty in nature. This beautiful location in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains is truly special to the couple, making the decision to tie the knot there an easy one.

Underwater Wedding:

Do you like to snorkel or scuba dive? True love awaits in the ocean! This couple enjoys the beauty of the underwater world and shares the special moment.

Wedding season is here

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Wedding Season is Here

Wedding Season is Here!

Can you believe it is May already? It seems like the time is flying by, the days are longer and the flowers are in bloom. With the sweet smells of spring in the air and the harmonious sounds of mother earth resonating throughout the land, there is no better time to plan your beautiful wedding ceremony. We understand that planning your dream wedding is sometimes a daunting task, and sometimes simply picking your wedding theme is the best way to start. 


We here at Open Ministry would love to help you get started – listed below are a few great ideas for wedding themes.

1 The Classic Vintage - Capturing the spirit of the 20’s lends to a chic and stylish wedding. Think older antique slightly feminine styling. Focus on pastel muted color palettes and a lot of white lace. Antique items such as keys, broaches, ceramics, and beads are tasteful additions.

Romantic Ceremony

2 Romantic (aka fairy tale wedding) – This wedding theme is timeless. White flowers everywhere are a must! White linens and softer pink hues are always a nice touch. Dress the groomsmen in classic black tuxedos and bridesmaids in a softer pink palette. Feeling really creative and want some more inspiration? Think every Disney movie wedding ever.

3 Rustic Theme – Wood and warm colors are the key here. Bronze, Rust, Copper, Yellow (more on yellow later), and Mauve are great colors to get your creative gears going. Linens such as burlap, tweed, and twine are all awesome for a rustic theme. Don’t forget about the yellow! Fresh dandelions, lemons, and honey are wonderful additions for décor. Felling fresh? Incorporate some fresh herbs such as beautiful rosemary, basil, and mint into your mosaic.

Top 10 Destination Wedding Spots

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Destination Weddings

10 of our staffs picks for the best destination wedding locations. We predict these locations will be making headlines in the year to come! Perfect for the next generation of the newly-weds-to-be!

From Jamaica to Belize, if you're looking for a road map of the hottest wedding locations get ready to pack your bag!


10. Aruba

Why choose Aruba for your Caribbean wedding? Well, there's the reliably near-perfect weather. You've worked hard all year, now it's time for vacation. Guarantee yourself a vacation full of ideal tanning conditions, unwaveringly sunny skies, warm temperatures, and cooling breezes.

9. Belize

You can find yourself in a secluded village, a lively town or 5 star resorts; a wedding in Belize at any one of these spots an ideal choice for any couple to say "I Do." Treasure the ambience of a beach wedding with the stunning panoramic views of the bright turquoise Caribbean, surrounded by coconut palms and fragrent flowers.

8. Cancun and Riviera Maya, Mexico

Cancun may have earned its reputation as a party-goers destination, there is more to this bustling resort town than just a party. Cancun has the second largest reef in the world, the Maya Reef draws lovers of the ocean from far reaches of the earth. Featuring underwater gardens and warm, clear waters. A perfect spot for a beach wedding!

7. Costa Rica

Costa Rica is home to many hidden gems and a paradise that is just waiting discovery!

6. Dominican Republic

Punta Cana Bávaro Beach - Is one of the world's greatest beach strips is centered at Punta Cana and Bávaro on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic. This stretch of beachfront goes on for over 20 miles and is renowned for its all-inclusive resorts, the largest concentration in the Caribbean.

5. Italy

Dreams do come true in the Italian backscape, Italy home of romance and passion. With either rolling hills covered with olive trees and grapevines or renaissance villas and gothic churches, vibrant yellow fields of sunflowers and villages with lined with cobblestone streets. Italy is the place for lovers!

4. Jamaica

Jamaica holds many waterfront treasures waiting to be discovered by newlywed couples!

3. Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos is a quick flight from the western United States to the tip of Baja, Mexico. Cabo San Lucas and San Josa del Cabo surrounded by major resorts, golf courses, recreation areas, and hotels offering some of the best locations for stunning Los Cabos wedding packages.

2. Oahu, Hawaii

Without a doubt, the Hawaiian sunset is a treasure to behold. Just imagine saying “I Do” on the beach at sunset.

1. Turks and Caicos Islands

The pristine beaches, snorkeling and diving, deserted cays, sparkling turquoise waters, refreshing breezes, starlit nights, excellent hotels & amenities and the happy friendly people of the Turks and Caicos Islands make up the perfect destination for marriages and honeymooners.

Weddings here are celebrations. Church bells ringing, champagne on ice, decorated vehicles honking horns, music and dancing amongst happy faces and greetings from everyone. Weddings can also be small and intimate, in a garden or tropical foliage where singing is done by the variety of birds, or in sail boat on tranquil turquoise waters along the shores with a view of the beaches and rolling hills and the breakers on the barrier reef. The Turks and Caicos Islands offer this unique experience.

Questions that new ministers ask

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Ordination Questions

Just getting started? If you haven't already done so you should complete the Ordination Application. Once you have completed the application, you will be sent an email for you to confirm your ordination with our ministry.

So many of our ministers have asked the following questions:

Question: What do I need to register with my county clerk?

Answer: Most county clerks will require you to present your Letter of Good Standing and Ordination Credential, you may also be able to register with your Minister ID card. In most cases you will need to present these items to the county clerk and complete any forms that the county requires.


Question: Is this for real? Can I really perform a wedding for my friends or family?

Answer: YES! The Open Ministry maintains a church status, so that ministers are able to officiate marriage in all 50 states. As all marriage laws vary from state to state and even county to county, these laws vary widely and are always subject to change. You should always have your credentials and verify your status as a minister with the local county clerk or agency that issues marriage licenses prior to performing any ceremony.

You can find a listing of the various wedding requirements, arranged according to state in our Marriage Laws Section.

Question: Can you ordain me over the phone?

Answer: No, it is our policy that your request for ordination must be in written form submitted electronically or mailed in to us. You can download and complete offline Ordination Application if you wish to mail it in.

Question: What do I need to perform a wedding?

Answer: Most states will require that you register with the county clerk or the local agency that records marriages in the county before you can perform or solemnize a ceremony.

Since every county has different requirements for the minister registration, many states will require that you have your credentials as proof of your ordination with our ministry.

In most cases these will suffice for registration needs. However, there are a few counties that have very specific requirements and they require these specialized Letters of Good Standing for ministerial registration;

The following states have special requirements:

Please visit our State Marriage & Wedding Laws for more information on these states .