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These Wedding Planning Books Make Great Gifts

Published Thursday, Dec. 15th, 2022

Gift ideas for engagements or new officiants: These wedding planning books focus on the most important part of the day – the wedding ceremony.


Looking for a perfect gift for a newly engaged couple, or your favorite wedding officiant?


Wedding planning guides make great gifts!


And here at AMM, we believe that the best wedding planning books are the ones that focus on the wedding ceremony itself – that timeless ritual when two people make the promise to join together in marriage. Unfortunately, most planning guides out there focus on other details – the dancing, the drinks, the tablecloths, the venue. These details are a heck of a lot of fun, but none come close to the importance of the ceremony.


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That’s where the unique planning guides from American Marriage Ministries come in: These books are written specifically with the ceremony in mind, from traditional weddings to modern elopements. 


These books are written with both couples and their wedding officiants in mind. They’re easy to use and inclusive of all faiths and family structures, because AMM is dedicated to offering free and inclusive online ordination, training, and advocacy to our diverse family of ministers and the couples they marry.



Give one as an engagement gift, your favorite professional wedding officiant, and anyone who wants to learn how to officiate a wedding for the first time. 


Wedding Planning Books with a Focus on the Ceremony 


1. Navigating Your Wedding Ceremony


This wedding ceremony planning guide was written for couples by a professional wedding officiant – with expert advice on how to write your own vows, find the perfect vendors, apply for your marriage license, choose an original unity ceremony, complete a legal name change, and much, much more. 


Written by Officiant Amber
Cost: $15



Cover of 'Navigating Your Wedding Ceremony,' a wedding planning guide written by Officiant Amber Olsen and published by American Marriage Ministries, design shows the title in black and gold font, with the silhouette of a couple embracing under the stars and the AMM logo


Three images side by side of the book "Navigating Your Wedding Ceremony"

(Center photo courtesty of the author @officiantamber)




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2. Lucky in Love: Traditions, Customs & Rituals to Personalize Your Wedding 


This beautifully illustrated book includes wedding traditions, customs, rituals, and superstitions from all over the world to use as inspiration for your own magical wedding ceremony. A great choice for multicultural, interfaith, and modern couples of all stripes – create your own lucky wedding traditions or honor auspicious rituals from the past, and make your own luck in love.


Written by Eleni N. Gage; Illustrated by Emily Isabella
Cost: $17




Cover of Lucky in Love, red background with gold text and yellow flourishes around the edges


Three images with cover of Lucky in Love, headshot of author Eleni N Gage, and interior pages showing illustrations

Center photo, author Eleni N. Gage




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3. Handfasting: From Ancient Rituals to Modern Ceremonies


This illustrated handfasting ceremony planning guide is practical, magical, and filled with Pagan lore – blending timeless insights and ancient Celtic and Pagan wedding traditions with modern how-to instructions and ceremony scripts, to help you plan the perfect handfasting celebration. 


Written & illustrated by Jessica Levey
Cost: $15




Cover of Handfasting: From Ancient Rituals to Modern Ceremonies, illustration shows two hands joined by a handfasting ribbon in front of a full moon against a dark blue background


Three images show interior pages and cover of Handfasting planning guide by AMM and Jessica Levey

Order your copy of Handfasting here




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4. Asked To Officiate : Your Complete Guide to a Perfect Ceremony


This is the definitive how-to book for first time wedding officiants. This step-by-step workbook was created by professional officiants to help you understand and master every part of planning, writing, and delivering a wedding ceremony, from writing a custom script, to getting the timing right, meeting your legal obligations and requirements, interviewing the couple, what to wear, what to say, and more.  


Written by American Marriage Ministries and Bethel Nathan
Cost: $30




Cover of Asked to Officiate, by AMM and Bethel Nathan, a wedding ceremony planning book and officiant training guide


Three images showing content pages and back cover of Asked to Officiate wedding ceremony planning guide, and a photo of the book on a desk with other planning guides





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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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