How Does a Wedding Proceed?

Often we go to weddings, but do not notice the structure of the wedding itself. As the officiating Minister of your wedding, there are certain things I must do, such as signing your marriage certificate and sending it in to the County you live in, and certain words I must use in the ceremony itself, but the rest is left open to your dreams and imaginations.

However, we must not forget to incorporate God into your ceremony. Here is a sample flow of a typical wedding ceremony I would officiate:

  • Spend some time with the bride and groom for counseling and preparation for God’s ceremony of marriage.
  • Time with family, if available,
  • Talk about the ceremony, special wishes, such as reading of vows or Scripture.
  • Wedding pictures
  • Wedding party rehearsal
  • Prelude music.
  • Processional music.
  • Seating of the parents.
  • Processional for the bridal party.
  • Bride’s processional and entrance.
  • Introduction and opening prayer.
  • Giving of the bride.
  • Parents involvement.
  • Lighting of candles by mothers.
  • Reading and/or first song.
  • Definition of marriage.
  • Blessing of rings.
  • Exchange of Rings & Vows.
  • Second reading or song.
  • Prayer.
  • Couple Unity.
  • Children’s unity ceremony and blessing.
  • Nuptial blessing.
  • Pronouncement of marriage.
  • Introduction of new couple (“Mr. & Mrs…”)
  • Breaking of glass (depending on faith).
  • Recessional – Bridal March.
  • Receiving Line.

These are examples of a typical marriage ceremony, but speak with me about specifics, and optional items we can add.

Contact Pastor Michael directly for more assistance: 541.610.6375

What about cost?

This is a subject that I do not personally like to speak about because I believe so strongly in the need to incorporate the Teachings and Blessings of Christ in our weddings and lives.

Weddings are stressful enough, and expensive enough. Put your heart at ease, and know that if you choose to show your gratitude for my ministry through a donation, it is most appreciated.

What is the range, I am sometimes asked? I know what the range is, ranging from neglecting my time to very generous expressions of appreciation. Simply do what is in your heart, and know I am most grateful to be part of your beautiful day.

In Peace and Love,

Pastor Michael

Contact Pastor Michael directly for more assistance: 541.610.6375

About Pastor Michael

About the Pastor (Minister): Michael is an ordained Christian minister with the authority to perform (officiate is the proper term) wedding ceremonies and abide by the legal requirements of the county you are married in. Michael practices the Friends (Quaker) religion, attends various churches. He studied and received his degree at George Fox College.

Pastor Michael does not minister through a church of his own, but focuses on special needs for Christian ministry, such as marriage ceremonies, funerals, end of life counseling and fellowship, and counseling teens from a Christian perspective.

He is a non-denominational minister.  open to all beliefs and religions, though his knowledge is primarily in divinity related to Christianity.

The Pastor enjoys singing–mainly modern Christian songs, and Hymns, and is involved with the local Opera. He is also an artist, photographer, sculptor, and dabbles in technology and other businesses. He spends a lot of time with his Bichon Frise (dog, though if you ask him, it is his son), and they wander trails and rivers, and pray and meditate.

Pastor Michael is a very kind soul. He is wise, a good listener, gentle, loves people and all of nature. He is quick to fill with joy, with sorrow, with compassion, but also to help those who need a guiding word, or just a hug.

Above all, he is a devout Christian, a repentant sinner, and forever seeking the Word of God, and living his life as He would like him to live.

Contact Pastor Michael directly for more assistance: 541.610.6375

Spring Weddings 2014

Hello my friends,

As we head into our Spring 2014 wedding season in Central Oregon, I realize there are many brides, grooms, and families who have no ties to a church or congregation, and may be looking for an ordained minister to help officiate their beautiful ceremony.

I am now taking appointments for the coming season, and I have to tell you, things get a little hectic this time of year.

The wedding industry is subject new fangled trends, music, styles, fashion, and traditions. In recognition of this, I want you to know I appreciate your need to individualize your special day, and that I am able to adjust to your needs and desires.

With that in mind, let me know what you need. As a non-demoninational ordained minister, I perform only Christian based weddings, and sometimes simple, non-Christian ceremonies. I do not perform weddings using the sacraments of other faiths (such as Judaism or Islam) because I am not qualified, though I can perform generic or Christian services, or services which include traditions of all inter-faith needs. I am not ordained by specific churches, such as the Catholic church. I do, however, officiate and provide spiritual guidance for all other Christian ceremonies.

It sounds distasteful to ask you to “book” your wedding with Pastor Michael as soon as possible, but you know what I mean.