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AMM’s Most Popular Articles of 2022: Current Wedding Trends and Classic Content

Published Thursday, Jan. 5th, 2023

The year's most popular wedding articles published on AMM's American Weddings blog 




2022 was a heck of a year for us here at AMM! 


There were a few incredible milestones (we ordained our one-millionth minister!), so many weddings (just check out the Wedding Wall), some exciting product launches (our professional officiant training course launched!), and a couple of truly unforgettable events (we’re looking at you, WeddingMBA).   


And we published hundreds of blog articles, covering a variety of wedding-related topics, from how to perform a wedding for the first time, to starting your own wedding officiant business and understanding state marriage laws. We interviewed AMM Ministers and other wedding professionals from all over the country, reported on current wedding trends and officiant best practices, and shared information about the important marriage legislation and marriage advocacy efforts to watch. 


As we head into the new year, it’s time to reflect on all the exciting things we learned, loved, and read! 


Here’s a look at the most popular articles published on the blog in 2022, from current wedding trends to classic content and minister features. 



A laughing wedding officiant holds the mic up to a bride to speak during an outdoor wedding ceremony on the beach. The bride and groom are also laughing as they hold hands in front of the altar.

A simple template can make writing a personal wedding ceremony script much, much easier. Try this 'fill in the blank' style script to get started: A Simple Wedding Script to Use When a Friend Officiates Your Ceremony



10 Most Popular Articles Published in 2022

These are your favorite new articles published this year… we see a few trends to watch! 



1.  12 Creative Pronouncement Ideas for Your Wedding Ceremony


Couples want a creative wedding! Whether it’s funny, formal, or somewhere in between, couples want an officiant who will marry them in an authentic way… from the opening words to the final pronouncement. 



2. How to Perform a Unity Candle Ceremony (for Wedding Officiants)


Unity candle ceremonies are an enduring favorite (and for good reason, they’re beautiful), so it’s important to know how to perform one! This article offers advice on where to stand, what to say, and how to avoid disaster when leading this timeless ritual. 



3. A Simple Wedding Script to Use When a Friend Officiates Your Ceremony


There’s something extra-special about having a friend officiate your wedding ceremony: They understand your sense of humor, your values, and what not to say in front of your in-laws. And with this simple script, they’ll look and sound confident when it’s time to help you take your vows. 



Happy newlyweds smile on the beach as they embrace and look toward the camera, the bride is wearing a white wedding dress and veil with lace sleeves, and the groom is wearing a white suit jacket, white collared shirt, with a white rose on the lapel.

End your ceremony with a creative twist! Read: 12 Creative Pronouncement Ideas for Your Wedding Ceremony




4. 5 Questions a Great Wedding Officiant Will Always Ask


Whether you’re looking for the perfect wedding officiant, or you’re a first-time officiant designing a simple questionnaire for your couples, these five questions should definitely be on the list. 



5. How Much Does it Cost to Get Ordained to Officiate a Wedding?


Becoming a wedding officiant can be a great career move or side hustle, but it shouldn’t break the bank! This article breaks down the cost of becoming an ordained minister in order to officiate weddings. 



6. On the Death of the Beloved: Funeral Poem & Blessing by Irish Poet John O’Donohue


AMM Ministers are called to officiate many different types of ceremonies, including funerals, memorial services, and ash casting ceremonies. This poem is a popular nonreligious reading to choose when honoring the memory of a lost loved one. 



Happy newlyweds lay down against a backdrop of colorful roses

Looking for short, romantic wedding readings? These love poems in English and Spanish are a great place to start. Read: 3 Pablo Neruda Love Poems for a Romantic Wedding Ceremony




7. 3 Pablo Neruda Love Poems for a Romantic Wedding Ceremony


These romantic love poems in English and Spanish are classics for a reason! Add your favorite line or two to your wedding ceremony script and grab a tissue, because these sweet words are sure to bring tears of joy. 



8. How to Perform a Baby Blessing Ceremony (Examples & Script)


AMM Ministers are expanding their roles in the community this year to celebrate many types of rites, including baby blessings! Welcome your newest family member into the world with this simple advice to create a memorable ceremony. 



9. 30 Buddhist Quotes on Love & Happiness for Your Wedding Ceremony Script


One of the easiest ways to personalize a simple wedding ceremony script is by adding one or two of your favorite quotes or readings. Find inspiration in these powerful words on love from famous Buddhists.



10. Our Favorite Ways to Get Married Without a Wedding Ceremony

One of the biggest wedding trends of 2022 was the shift toward short, simple, sweet ceremonies – or no wedding ceremony at all! ‘Sign and go’ ceremonies, casual vows over brunch, and other alternatives to the traditional wedding are becoming increasingly popular with modern couples. See a few of our favorites in this fun article. 

 A young man and woman embrace outdoors in casual clothes, smiling

One of the year's most popular trends -- and most popular articles -- was about finding creative ways to get married without a wedding ceremony. Read: Our Favorite Ways to Get Married Without a Wedding Ceremony




That's a wrap!


Thanks for reading American Weddings this year, and being a part of the AMM family. We'll be bringing you lots of exciting new insights in the days and months to come, so check back often.  





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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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