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4 Incredible Ceremonies Officiated By Friends and Family

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Tags: first time officiants, professional officiants, stories, brides

Published: Friday, May. 24th, 2019

Wedding Disasters! Nightmare Vacations! Restaurant Fails! Do we have your attention now?
If you’re still reading, that’s because we all love a good disaster story, but that’s not what we’re going to talk about today. As anyone who works in the wedding industry, or at a resort, or in a restaurant can tell you, most folks have great experiences. Almost all weddings are beautiful and memorable, most vacations are great, and almost every time I go out to dinner, I’m pretty satisfied – but that doesn’t get those clicks!
That’s why, after seeing hundreds-of-thousands of happy couples married by friends and family members (who happened to be AMM ministers) I still wasn’t surprised to see an article that ran on titled, ...(continued)

Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness and Elysian Brewery announce Lucky Couple Winner

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Tags: online ordination, celebrity officiants, jonathan van ness, queer eye

Published: Thursday, May. 23rd, 2019

We love non-traditional ministers, and nobody embodies that ethos better than hairdresser, podcaster, figure skater, television personality and wedding officiant Jonathan Van Ness. That’s why we were so excited when we found out that the star of the Netflix series Queer Eye is coming to Seattle on June 4th to officiate the wedding of one lucky couple at the world-famous brewpub Elysian. Over the last month, couples have competed to get married by arguably one of the most famous officiants in America.

Now, that lucky couple has been selected. The winners of the contest were Washingtonian couple Megan and Haden, and they are in the final days before their big day....(continued)

How I Unexpectedly Became a Wedding Officiant... and Loved Every Moment of It

Tags: first time officiants, professional wedding officiants, stories

Published: Wednesday, May. 15th, 2019

Guest Column by Matt McMurphy

My path to becoming a wedding officiant was an unexpected journey, and I am so thankful for this adventure. It is a journey that only happened because of good friends, perfect timing, and my ability to comfortably say “Yes” and “I don’t know” to new experiences.

I had already been in love with weddings for about five years when I became a wedding officiant. I did not choose to become a wedding officiant originally - two very good friends chose me. When my lifelong friend Jenni and her amazing boyfriend-at-the-time Hosam got engaged, I had given them my favorite wedding planning advice, which my wife and I had received from a wedding planner we met during our engagement. ...(continued)

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Have You Considered a Micro Wedding?

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Tags: guest lists, family dynamics, micro weddings, budgets

Published: Wednesday, May. 8th, 2019

Most weddings involve months of planning. Costs add up quickly. In fact, the average cost of a mid-sized wedding, with about 150 guests, was $30,000 as of 2018. While some couples see their wedding as a day to spare no expense (and that’s totally awesome) not everyone wants of a big wedding. 

There are plenty of reasons why… Some couples are more reclusive and private. Other couples have their hearts set on a venue that’s too small for huge crowds. 

Whatever their reasons, more couples are opting for smaller affairs, known as micro weddings.  ...(continued)

Why Are More Couples Getting Married by a Friend?

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Tags: friends, the atlantic, wedding trends

Published: Tuesday, May. 7th, 2019

Why are more couples getting married by a friend? That’s the question asked by Rainesford Stauffer, a writer over at the Atlantic. This question is something that we have spent the last decade thinking about too. 

What Stafford found was that more couples were choosing online-ordained friends as their wedding officiants because marriages are becoming “‘deinstitutionalized.” 

Deinstitutionalized is a fancy way of saying that the way we think about marriage -- and the ceremonies that mark their beginning -- has become more fluid, flexible, and individualized. 

These days, weddings are a public statement about who you are as a couple. And what better way to personalize that statement of individuality than to have it made by someone who knows the couple?...(continued)