As a wedding officiant, I provide professional services for persons seeking a wedding officiant, celebrant, Justice Of The Peace or Reverend for the performance of a wedding ceremony, renewal of vows, civil ceremony, or elopement, anywhere throughout northwest Arkansas, southern Missouri, or eastern Oklahoma.
I'm Rev. Aaron Hoyt, an Ordained Minister residing in beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and I'd be honored to perform your wedding ceremony, or any other ceremony that would be enhanced with the presence of an ordained minister. Whether you are planning an elaborate affair or casual gathering, I will do all I can to provide you the most enjoyable and memorable ceremony in celebration of your love.
I began my ministry in 2003, when I was ordained by the Universal Life Church. I then began to study the ways I could use my ordination to benefit others while also making my own life more robust and fulfilling. The concept of Minister In A Minute was born after I heard time and time again of how people would obtain their marriage license at the local court house, and then be given a generic list of the local Justice of the Peace officers. This was a cold and impersonal way to celebrate one of the most important days in a couple's life.
My ceremonies are joyful, heartfelt, and meaningful. They are customized for people of all religious backgrounds and ethnicities. I unconditionally accept who and what you are, and I offer total flexibility in helping couples personalize their special day in any way they want. Building on the values of each couple's honored past, looking toward a promising future, and drawing on present meaning and wishes, I can provide a well-planned moment of joy and spiritual warmth that you will remember forever.
I would like couples to seek out my services because they don't belong to a church; they want more that just a legal ceremony; they have different faiths/beliefs; they have a pastor that is unable to perform their ceremony; their church does not accept divorce; they want a unique and personal ceremony; they want to include the children; they want the ceremony at an unusual or non-traditional location; they need a minister to co-officiate with another minister; they want a non-denominational spiritual ceremony; and/or they want more than the 5 minute special from the Justice of Peace or Magistrate.
Amid the blur of organizing your wedding and honeymoon plans, it's surprisingly easy to forget that you actually have to get married on paper. A marriage license is basically your permit for eternal love--the legal confirmation that you and your partner are free and eligible to marry one another. Sure, it's paperwork, but it's still exciting--not to mention necessary!
So where do you even start? The internet will likely be your best bet here. Most, if not all, states have a government website with ample information on what materials and documents are required and the office's contact information.
Once you know in which municipality (city, district and county) your nuptials will take place, you'll need to locate where to obtain the license. It might be city hall, the city or town clerk's office, or the marriage license bureau in the county where you plan to wed.
Requirements do vary by state, but they all want to confirm the basics: that you have proper identification, that you're not currently married to anyone else (if you previously were, you need proper divorce or widowhood papers) and that you're of legal age to marry. A good checklist of necessities includes:
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask! I am here to help you through one of the most important days of your life.