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First-Time Officiant FAQs

Published: Monday, Jun. 22nd, 2020

Summer - and the height of wedding season - always leads to an influx of questions from first-time officiants. While we have answered these questions on our website and in various articles, we thought it would be helpful for our newly-ordained ministers to have some of our most popular questions answered in detail in one place as a starting point.



New York City Marriage Bureau opens its doors (partially), now accepting appointments for marriage licenses

Published: Thursday, May. 21st, 2020

Here’s an encouraging sign that normalcy might be returning to the wedding space: Yesterday, perhaps the busiest marriage license office in the country, the New York City Marriage Bureau, posted on Twitter that it was accepting appointments through October 1, 2020....

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Skype, Zoom, Livestream: Virtual Wedding Ceremonies Defined

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 29th, 2020

With crowd restrictions and business closures putting a forcible halt to wedding plans, couples are quickly looking to the innovative concept of the virtual wedding ceremony as the solution to their Coronavirus wedding woes....

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Can I get my marriage license during the Coronavirus shutdown? What should I do if my county clerk’s office is closed?

Published: Friday, Apr. 17th, 2020

We’re getting inundated with calls and emails from couples asking if they can still apply for a marriage licence during the COVID-19 shutdown. The answer depends on where you live. Marriage license bureaus and county clerk’s offices are currently operating in accordance with a variety of local policies and restrictions – which change frequently...

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Ask AMM: "Can I Perform My Own Marriage Ceremony?"

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18th, 2020


“Hi AMM! I know I can perform marriage in any state for others, but can I perform my own ceremony?”



Proposed New Jersey Amendment to "Authorize Persons Serving Overseas in Military to be Married or Enter into Civil Union by Video Conference or Other Electronic Means”

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22nd, 2020

Lawmakers in New Jersey have proposed an amendment regarding marriage by proxy. But don’t worry – this revision will be a good one!...

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

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 soun...


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