Zipping Down the Aisle: Are Zipline Ceremonies the Future of Weddings?
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.”
Going Pro: How Much Should I Charge as a Wedding Officiant?
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 2019
Officiating demands a substantial amount of your personal time, effort, thought, consideration - and almost always, love.
So it’s only fair when a new officiant wonders, “How much should I charge for my services?”
The answer in short is this: Officiant fees vary drastically across the country, so you will have to do a bit of research to determine this magical number.
If you are considering performing ceremonies in a professional capacity, you will want to start by looking into what others are charging locally, and proceeding from there.
We recommend doing an online search along the lines of, “Wedding Officiant in [City Name]”. You can also use vendor searches for your area - like looking up Officiants in Wedding Wire's Vendor Search based on location.
What is a Wedding Officiant and How Do You Become One?
Published: Monday, Oct. 21st, 2019
Bonnie Sanchez wasn’t a fan of her government job. She wasn’t happy. First of all, she didn’t like sitting in her office all day, and the tedium was wearing her down. But even more, she wanted a job that held meaning, where she could make a difference in people’s lives.
That’s when Bonnie learned about becoming a wedding officiant.
We’ve all been to weddings before, and perhaps you’ve wondered, “what is a wedding officiant, and how does somebody get into a profession like that?”
Maybe it was a particularly memorable wedding and you wanted to be a part of something like it. Or maybe it was a boring one and you thought to yourself, “I could do it better.”
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Are First-Time Wedding Officiants Hurting Professionals? Here’s How to Adapt to Online Ordination.
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 2019
We’re at Wedding MBA in Las Vegas this week, meeting with wedding professionals from across the country and preaching our gospel of online-ordination and wedding ceremony planning. One topic that has come up enough times to warrant a response is the following: are first-time wedding officiants a threat to professional wedding officiants?
Put another way, when couples ask “Uncle Bob” to officiate their wedding ceremony, does that put professional officiants out of a job?
The answer is a bit more complex than just yes or no. ...(continued)
Co-Officiating a Wedding Ceremony: The More the Marrier?
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 14th, 2019
Being asked to officiate a wedding is perhaps the highest honor a couple can bestow on a friend or family member. But what if there are so many great choices that they just can’t choose?
Couples facing this dilemma have asked us if it’s possible to have two or more officiants officiate a wedding ceremony and our position is... go for it!
Here’s the deal. It’s all about planning and organization. If you are thinking about having two, or more, people co-officiate, here are a few thoughts and observations based on past experiences.
1. Check in with your local clerk and see what the local laws have to say about it. Most states have requirements about who performs certain parts of the ceremony, signs the marriage license, and acts as a witness. County clerks are your friends. They are experts on the local rules, and they will be able to tell you exactly what’s required. ...(continued)