American Weddings Blog

Why Are More Couples Getting Married by a Friend?

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Tags: friends, the atlantic, wedding trends

Published: Tuesday, May. 7th, 2019

Why are more couples getting married by a friend? That’s the question asked by Rainesford Stauffer, a writer over at the Atlantic. This question is something that we have spent the last decade thinking about too. 

What Stafford found was that more couples were choosing online-ordained friends as their wedding officiants because marriages are becoming “‘deinstitutionalized.” 

Deinstitutionalized is a fancy way of saying that the way we think about marriage -- and the ceremonies that mark their beginning -- has become more fluid, flexible, and individualized. 

These days, weddings are a public statement about who you are as a couple. And what better way to personalize that statement of individuality than to have it made by someone who knows the couple?...(continued)


How to Include Family and Friends in your Wedding Ceremony

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Tags: ceremony preparation, family, friends, ceremony, blessing, asked to officiate

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, 2019

When it comes time to plan the wedding ceremony, couples often want to include their family, friends, and in some cases, 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. 

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Asking a Friend or Family Member to Officiate Your Wedding? Read this first...

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Tags: choosing an officiant, ceremony planning, friends

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 2nd, 2019

Most people probably start reading American Weddings after asking a friend or family member to perform the wedding ceremony -- or, after being asked by the couple to officiate their wedding. If you and your significant other still haven’t popped the question, and you are considering a certain uncle, a college roommate, or perhaps even your college professor, here are some important points to keep in mind: ...(continued)


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