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3 Thoughtful Holiday Gift Ideas for Officiants to Give Couples

Published Friday, Dec. 18th, 2020


It’s the season of gratitude and gift-giving, and honestly, if ever there was a need for an extra dose of kindness or gesture of appreciation, it’s now. 

 

Couples have overcome incredible odds this year, navigating whirlwind changes in wedding venues, guest lists, ceremony size, and finances - just to make it to the altar.

 

Wedding officiants (all of YOU! We love being a part of your magic!) have gone to greath lengths to make this possible, adapting to new technologies, social distancing precautions, and writing custom ceremonies for increasingly unconventional settings. Friends and family members have stepped in heroically to say yes to officiating, and others have taken on unexpected roles as photographers, cake-makers, and take-out-champion ‘caterers.’

 

(Read Butt-bumps and gift baskets, 6 ways friends and family can keep their distance while showering a newly-wed couple with love.)

 

We’ve come together in remarkable ways to celebrate love, family, community, and the promise of bright and joyful years ahead… at a time when many of our day-to-day lives look different than they ever have before.

 

 

If you’re a wedding officiant looking for ways to say thank you to the newly married couples that have been a part of your year, or to say we’ve got this! to couples soon to be married, here are a few sweet, low-cost, thoughtful gift ideas. 

 

 

1. Personalized marriage certificate 

 

A personalized marriage certificate, ready to be filled out on the ceremony day is a keepsake that will last long past the wedding day, bringing instant smiles and warm memories in the years to come.

 

Our Timeless and Signature certificates are our most popular, but these Floral and Handfasting certificates are mighty pretty, too… 

 

Oh, who are we kidding? We love them all. 

 


2. Lucky in Love: Traditions, Customs, & Rituals 


This book is GORGEOUS and filled traditions, rituals, and superstitions from places and cultures all over the world… all woven into an esthetically charming and incredibly useful wedding planning guide for couples. This extensive collection of marriage folklore was written by Eleni N. Gage (an AMM Minister!) to help all couples personalize their own lucky traditions, decor, and auspicious rituals, and makes a beautiful gift. Whimsical watercolor illustrations by Emily Isabella

 

Lucky in Love: Traditions, Customs, & Rituals (You might want to buy two so you have your own. We speak from personal experience.)

 


3. Handwritten card & a treat


A handwritten card never goes out of style and never goes unappreciated. Fill it with advice on creating their ceremony and how to cherish their time leading up to the wedding day, and pair it with a small treat -- like a bottle of festive sparkling cider, local craft beer, or a decorative tin of tea or hot chocolate.
 

 


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.

Natasha Anakotta
Natasha Anakotta

Guest Contributor

Natasha is passionate about promoting marriage equality, and encouraging couples to celebrate in a way that’s authentic and unique. Aside from weddings, she enjoys Star Wars, true crime podcasts, and eating macarons by the dozen.

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