Breathe in, Breathe Out: Calming Brides' and Grooms' Nerves
Published: Thursday, Sep. 5th, 2019
We recently worked with a bride that straight up warned us that she might have a panic attack during the wedding ceremony!
Spoiler alert, she was just fine, and the wedding ceremony went off without a hitch! But as anybody who has experience with these matters can attest, nerves are a huge part of the ceremony experience and it’s best to address the problem head on, and find a solution that works for the couple. That way, everyone is relaxed and happy on the big day.
Our first line of advice is the following: Your wedding is going to be an emotional day and there will be plenty of nerves to go around. Once you accept that, you can create a plan to address or accomodate these feelings, because they are natural.
Let’s get started......(continued)
America Needs You to Get Ordained Online!
Published: Sunday, Aug. 25th, 2019
You are the future of American Spirituality. It doesn’t matter if you’re an Atheist or a Zoroastrian, or anything and everything in between, this is your chance to transcend the failures of mainstream religion and practice faith on your terms.
Welcome to American Marriage Ministries.
Church attendance is dwindling and people are looking for something new. For generations, brick-and-mortar churches have failed to provide moral leadership or a vision for the future.
That’s because inspiration comes from within, not the pulpit, and most certainly not from bureaucrats that want to tell you how and where to practice your religion. It’s inside you right now. We want to empower you to lead, to inspire, and to create community by helping people that love each other to celebrate that incredible emotion....(continued)
Ceremony Writing: What Pieces Make Up a Wedding Ceremony?
Published: Tuesday, Mar. 26th, 2019
Most first-time wedding officiants find themselves asking, "what pieces or parts are necessary in a wedding ceremony, and what else can be added to make the ceremony special?"
You’ve probably seen hundreds of wedding ceremonies by now -- both in the real world and on television -- including some that you remember years later.
What’s the secret?
Well, there isn’t a “secret” because every couple is different, and their ceremony needs to be approached with fresh eyes. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a formula though. Don’t worry, we’ve got it down to a science, so here’s what you need to know to start with, and we’ll be with you right up to the ceremony: ...(continued)
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How to Include Family and Friends In Your Wedding Ceremony
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, 2019
When it comes time to plan the wedding, couples often want to include close friends and family members - sometimes even all of their guests - in the ceremony. Weddings are a communal event, and we want the shared experience to remain in the memories of our guests long after the wedding is over and our loved ones have parted ways.
Here’s some ideas to help you include as many friends and family as possible in your big day!
The Family and Friends Blessing
The family and friends blessing is a small piece (reading) in which the officiant explains the importance of family and friends. After the reading, the officiant asks the guests whether they will support the couple as they begin this new chapter of their lives. It’s similar to the end of aisle question, but it’s answered in unison, allowing all guests to feel like they’re a significant part of the ceremony. ...(continued)