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3 Reasons Why Couples Choose Friends & Family to Officiate Weddings

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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)

Tags: choosing-an-officiant, first-time-officiants, friends, professional-wedding-officiants, wedding-trends

Why Are More Couples Getting Married by a Friend?

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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)

Tags: the-atlantic, friends, wedding-trends

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