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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.

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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?”

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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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