American Weddings Blog

New Hawaii Marriage Law lets Couples Declared Middle and Last Names

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Tags: destination weddings, hawaii wedding law, hawaii, wedding laws

Published: Monday, Apr. 22nd, 2019

With more couples choosing new middle and last names, Hawaii has updated it’s marriage laws to give couples more freedom to choose. Effective April 17, 2019, Hawaii law is changed to allow parties to a marriage or civil union to choose any middle or last name to use upon the marriage or civil union.

The updated law, “Chapter 574-1 Married Persons; Civil Union Partners,” states that upon marriage or civil union, each of the parties to a marriage or partners in a civil union shall declare the middle and last names each will use as a married person or civil union partner. 

The updated law states that “No person shall be required to change that person’s middle or last name upon entering into a marriage or civil union. Parties to a marriage and partners in a civil union shall not be required to have the same middle or last name. Every person may adopt any middle or last name upon entering into a marriage or civil union.”...(continued)


AMM in the News: A “Licensed to Wed!” helps a couple create an inspired family-centric destination wedding in Florida

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Tags: destination weddings, online ordination, amm in the news

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 13th, 2019

You know what’s even better than writing articles about getting ordained online and performing wedding ceremonies for friends and family? It’s having someone else do it. Especially when they are great storytellers and writers, like Catrina Bruns of the Cascade Pioneer! 

In an article titled “Licensed to Wed!” Catrina told the story of Kerra Boriskey, a bride who worked closely with her sister Morgan to plan a destination wedding in Florida. The problem was, they couldn’t find a minister that suited their requirements. 

That’s when the topic of American Marriage Ministries and online ordination came up. ...(continued)


AMM Officiant Feature: From La France to La Big Apple!

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Tags: destination weddings, international officiants

Published: Sunday, Mar. 3rd, 2019

We hope you are all enjoying a nice lie-in this weekend, and have a moment to read this very special tale of an international AMM Minister who traveled across the Atlantic to perform marriage here in the United States. (Now would be an excellent time to sip on a cafe au lait, accompanied by a croissant!)
 
We don’t have many international ministers simply because our ordinations are recognized within the United States, and although anyone can become ordained with American Marriage Ministries no matter where they live, it’s just easier if you live here in the US. International officiants have to travel here in order to legally perform marriage – which is expensive, time consuming, and requires additional planning and legal formalities.
 
But that didn't stop Alexandra Habemont, an ambitious and bright destination wedding planner of Once Upon a Time in France, from realizin...(continued)


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A Wedding Officiant's Guide to Performing Destination and Cruise Ship Weddings

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Tags: cruise ship weddings, destination weddings, international weddings, local wedding requirements

Published: Monday, Nov. 19th, 2018

Despite the many trends that come and go, destination weddings will always appeal to couples planning their nuptials. It might have been half a century since Hawaii Weddings first became popular, but many couples still fantasize about having their wedding take place on a tropical beach somewhere far away, toes in the sand, with a balmy breeze carrying their vows to one another above the sound of gentle, rolling waves… with, of course, their friend or family member standing before them officiating their perfect ceremony.

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