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The Importance of the Wedding Ceremony: Why saying “I do” Matters More Than You’d Think!

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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)

Tags: ceremony-basics, ceremony-feel, ceremony-inspiration, ceremony-tone-and-feel




How to find a wedding officiant in 2020: How online ordination makes the best officiants

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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28th, 2020

Have you ever spent half the day looking for your car keys only to discover that they were right in front of you the whole time (under the cable bill that you’ve been trying not to look at all week)? For many couples, the most challenging part of wedding planning is finding professionals to help them create their big day. There’s the internet, asking friends, and all kinds of wedding planning apps…

Here at American Marriage Ministries, we think wedding planning should be stress-free (for the most part), and that includes finding your wedding officiant. Our philosophy is that wedding ceremonies are a celebration and reflection of community and love. As long as that is honored, you’re going to have an awesome wedding, because that’s what makes memories.

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Tags: about-amm, asked-to-officiate, ceremony-inspiration, choosing-an-officiant, diy-weddings




Are Rustic Barn Weddings Passé? Introducing Warehouse Weddings!

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Published: Thursday, Dec. 19th, 2019

As couples strive to make their weddings a unique experience, many are side stepping traditional venues and inviting their guests  to unexpected places. Mountaintops, bodegas, classrooms… So in an era where e-commerce is reshaping the economy and our lives, it makes sense that forward-thinking couples are taking advantage of one of the most prominent fixtures of our modern economy: warehouses! 

 

Look at all that pristine space!

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Tags: diy-weddings, ceremony-inspiration, venues, wedding-ceremony-planning





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Who's Laughing Now? – How to Use Humor in the Wedding Ceremony

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Published: Monday, Dec. 2nd, 2019

When writing a wedding ceremony, a question that often comes up is, should there be humor in a wedding ceremony, and if so - how much?  

Well... the way we look at it, the ceremony should reflect the couple. Since most couples love to laugh together, some humor in the ceremony is not only acceptable, but actually desirable. Injecting a dash of (appropriate) humor into the ceremony adds emotional variety to the event, providing a counterpoint to the more somber, serious moments. 

That said, the 'precise' amount of humor is something that the officiant and the couple must work out. But one thing's for sure -- adding light-heartedness to a ceremony is great for couples who don’t want to cry through the whole ceremony. It’s also great for couples that are worried about being nervous (laughter calms the nerves, it’s a fact!).

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Tags: aisle-planning, ceremony-inspiration, ceremony-tone-and-feel




Zipping Down the Aisle: Are Zipline Ceremonies the Future of Weddings?

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Published: Monday, Nov. 25th, 2019

It took more than just complex rigging and experience to make Ethan and Tiffany Fowler’s zipline wedding a memorable event. They might have figured out a way to get Tiffany’s dress into the sling, and they might have successfully transitioned the couple from their harnesses to the ceremony, but it wasn’t until Bradley Brown, the adventure park’s manager, got ordained online that the whole affair came together. 

The couple made headlines last month when news outlets got wind of their original and daring wedding ceremony at Keystone Safari, and adventure park in Pennsylvania that features a zipline course. Here at American Weddings our first thought was, “this sounds like something one of our ministers would do.”

 

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Tags: aisle-planning, brides-entrance, ceremony-inspiration, choosing-an-officiant






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