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What to Wear (and Not Wear) as a Wedding Officiant

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Tags: celebrity-officiants, ceremony-feel, what-to-wear, ceremony-feel, what-to-wear, celebrity-officiants

Published: Tuesday, Jul. 16th, 2019

“Clothes make the man” - Mark Twain

A ceremony is an “event of ritual significance, performed on a special occasion.” That means there are prescribed ways of doing things. Certain clothes to wear, words to say, and ways to act. Few ceremonies carry as much ritual significance as wedding ceremonies, where couples publicly declare a legally binding commitment to each other. 

But, that doesn’t mean you can’t let your personal style shine through. Heck, that’s probably why the couple asked you to officiate in the first place. Wedding officiants -- that’s you -- are rockstars! 

Let’s dive into what to wear as a wedding officiant, because there are a lot of variables - such as the feel of the event, weather, location, venue, and what the couple are wearing - that come into play!

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Tennessee and AMM: What Lies Ahead?

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Tags: online-ordination, tennessee, freedom-of-religion, public-chapter-415

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 10th, 2019

Several weeks ago, American Marriage Ministries embarked on an in-person ordination tour across the state of Tennessee, stopping in six cities to offer ordinations in response to the state’s discriminatory marriage law that targeted ministers that were ordained online.

Now that we’re back in Seattle and have had time to collect our thoughts and recover, we want to express our gratitude to the nearly 2,000 individuals who took time out of their busy schedules to line up and get ordained with us in Tennessee. 

Folks from every walk of life showed up at our events (some coming from across state borders). Countless Tennesseans volunteered their time and resources, places for us to stay, hot meals when we were too busy to leave our posts, space to host future ordination sites, and anything else we didn’t think of ourselves. ...(continued)


Choosing a Wedding Officiant: What are your options?

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Tags: wedding-planning, clergy, professional-officiants

Published: Monday, Jul. 8th, 2019

Finding the right wedding officiant is a very, very, very common problem. If that’s you… relax! We’re here to help.   

For couples who believe that the wedding ceremony is one of the most significant parts of their wedding day, the question of who should perform the wedding ceremony is a very important one. In this blog post, we’ll cover your options, and pass along what we’ve learned along the way. 

So, who's out there...?

 

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Look Like an Over-Prepared Superhero: The Five Things All Wedding Officiants Should Have

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Tags: first-time-officiants, professional-officiants, guest-article

Published: Saturday, Jul. 6th, 2019

I live in a world of “Top Five” lists, so when a wedding officiant asks, “What should I have with me at the wedding?” it is natural for me to reply with an easy-to-follow list of the five things all officiants should have with them for a successful wedding.  Not only does this list help you feel prepared, it helps you look prepared and professional.  Enjoy!

1. The Script!

 

"My scripts have everyone’s lines in them!”, photo by author

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Happy Birthday to Us: AMM Turns 10!

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Published: Thursday, Jul. 4th, 2019

July 4th is most famous for being the day that our founding fathers published the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776. But here at AMM, it’s also important for another reason. Ten years ago, on July 4th 2009, American Marriage Ministries was incorporated as a non-profit organization here in the state of Washington.

That’s right, today is our 10th birthday!

It's been a wild, but rewarding ride. We've grown from humble beginnings – a basement apartment in Capitol Hill, Seattle – to an organization that’s made a national impact fighting for marriage equality and changing the way that couples celebrate weddings....(continued)


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