Wedding Officiant Do's & Don't's
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 2020
We’ve scoured our most popular guidance articles and compiled a helpful list of officiant pointers that are frequently overlooked in the hustle and bustle of wedding preparations. Without further ado -
Wedding Officiant Do's & Don't's
● Do make sure you’ve satisfied any local registration requirements in the state (and/or county) where the ceremony is taking place, if applicable.
● Do attend the rehearsal!
● Do have the venue address(es) and a prepared route ready to go prior to the rehearsal and ceremony. (If you’re unfamiliar with the area, this is even more important.)...(continued)
Wedding Ceremony in a Graveyard? We asked our ministers and couples what they thought...
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25th, 2020
When we were asked if we had any tips on “planning a cemetery wedding ceremony,” it raised a few eyebrows. But the more we thought about it, the more it made sense. For many cultures, celebration of the afterlife is a big part of their spiritual practice, and graveyards are places where the living can connect with their history and ancestors.
Ram Dass taught us that “In our Western culture, although death has come out of the closet, it is still not openly experienced or discussed.”
Michel de Montaigne, another philosopher who challenged us to think more deeply about life wrote that, “we are in death, whilst we are in life.”
Why not double down on that philosophy and tie the knot surrounded by the symbols of death?...(continued)
Ask AMM: "Can I Perform My Own Marriage Ceremony?"
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18th, 2020
“Hi AMM! I know I can perform marriage in any state for others, but can I perform my own ceremony?”
The quick answer is this: It might be possible to perform your own marriage, but it is not a common practice, and is generally not permitted.
Whether or not you can perform your own marriage ceremony depends entirely on the regulations in the state where you are getting married.
At present, these are the only states that offer self-uniting (also known as self-solemnizing) marriage licenses:
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AMM Glossary: Helpful Words Every Ordained Minister Needs to Know
Published: Friday, Feb. 14th, 2020
Ordination / Ordained
To become a Minister and have the authority to perform ceremonies.
To perform a service or ceremony.
Officiant / Minister
A person authorized to perform a service or ceremony. Once ordained with AMM, your official title is Minister.
The Importance of the Wedding Ceremony: Why saying “I do” Matters More Than You’d Think!
Published: Thursday, Feb. 13th, 2020
Looking at the title of this article, you might be thinking, “of course the ceremony is important.” You can’t really have a wedding without a wedding ceremony. But you might be surprised, because while some couples understand that the wedding ceremony is a key part of the wedding day, others look at it as a formality that they need to rush through so they can get to the partying.
We wanted to write this post to speak to that second group. Don’t worry - there will still be champagne and cake! - but without an investment in your ceremony, something will be missing. Here’s how to avoid that:
At American Marriage Ministries, we have always insisted that the wedding ceremony sets the tone for the rest of the wedding festivities. After officiating/planning/attending more weddings than we can count, we have received plenty of feedback from both couples and other wedding vendors to back up this belief. ...(continued)