3 Reasons Why Couples Choose Friends & Family to Officiate Weddings
Published: Thursday, Aug. 8th, 2019
We often find ourselves in conversations with professional officiants, and the following question comes up: “Why has it become so popular for couples to ask a friend or family member to perform their wedding ceremony?”
That might sound like an easy question to answer, but the reality is, this trend is part of a wider social change that is taking place in this country. We’re all carving out our own path in life, and that includes creating our own moments on our own terms… especially weddings. So in a sense, the explanation is deeply personal.
That said, it’s worth covering some of the reasons, because we want couples (and ministers of course) to realize that choosing your own path is empowering. We’re here to help! ...(continued)
Why Are More Couples Getting Married by a Friend?
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
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)
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Asking a Friend or Family Member to Officiate Your Wedding? Read This First...
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 2nd, 2019
If you and your significant other are considering asking a certain uncle, a college roommate, or perhaps even your college professor to perform your wedding ceremony, here are some important points to keep in mind: