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Attn Couples: Have You Considered an Eco-Friendly Wedding?

Eco wedding

Published: Friday, Apr. 5th, 2019

Everyone wants their wedding to be memorable. But what does that actually mean? While that depends on the couple, we sometimes equate “memorable” with “big,” which often translates into “carbon intensive.” That’s why it’s important to talk about eco-friendly weddings, because having an eco-friendly wedding is easier than you think!

More couples than every are saying that they want to avoid leaving a large carbon footprint. With Climate Change on everyone’s mind, couples are looking for ways to celebrate without screwing over the polar bears in Antarctica. (We’re going to plug Netflix’s new show Our Planet here, go watch it!)

A big trend on Etsy is sustainable wedding items. In the past four months, there were 107,000 searches for environmentally safe products such as reusable straws, biodegradable confetti and vintage decor. ...(continued)

Tags: carbon-neutral, global-warming, wedding-travel, eco-friendly-weddings




5 Wedding Ceremony Gaffes, Blunders, and Mistakes to Avoid

Wedding embarrased

Published: Thursday, Apr. 4th, 2019

A wedding ceremony can be pretty much anything that you want it to be, as long as it reflects the couple and their relationship. However, having performed quite a few weddings between us, and heard about many more, we thought we should help out first time, or newish, officiants by reviewing some serious “ceremony killers” that we’ve encountered in our years in the wedding industry.  

Below, we review some traps to avoid when it comes time to plan your wedding ceremony.

1. Don’t make the ceremony too long. We shoot for 20 minutes, but you can make it a bit longer if you feel you have enough solid material to keep the audience engaged. Just remember, no matter how good the ceremony is, most people will naturally tune out after 30 minutes. ...(continued)

Tags: writing-the-wedding, wedding-mistakes, ceremony-length




Professional Advice: IAPWO President Rev. Laura C. Cannon on Performing Ceremonies for Hire

Iapwo article cover

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 3rd, 2019

As President of the International Association of Professional Wedding Officiants (IAPWO), I frequently have the pleasure of meeting and speaking with professional officiants and celebrants all over the world and one of the first questions I ask is, "How did you get started performing weddings?" The answers I receive are as fascinating as they are diverse - some are seminary-trained clergy, others are retired judges or mayors, and many (like myself) got started by being asked to perform a wedding for a friend or family member. ...(continued)

Tags: iapwo, professional-officiants, partnerships, first-time-officiants





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Thinking About Having an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony?

Wedding

Published: Friday, Mar. 29th, 2019

The discussion of mobile devices - specifically, guests taking pictures and videos during the wedding - has been covered on many sites by many people, but there’s still a perspective missing from that conversation that we want to offer here on American Weddings. We asked around the office and between us, we’ve officiated dozens of wedding ceremonies, including a number of unplugged ones, and there’s a reason that so many couples are having this conversation. 

Obviously, the focus of this post is on the wedding ceremony portion of the special day and we are not here to encourage or discourage an "unplugged ceremony"… we just want to present the facts. Regardless of what you decide, it will impact how the ceremony transpires, how the professional photographer responds, and other important planning decisions.

Consider the following:...(continued)

Tags: photography, ceremony-tips, unplugged-weddings




Ceremony Writing: What Pieces Make Up a Wedding Ceremony?

Writer

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 26th, 2019

Most first-time wedding officiants find themselves asking, "what pieces or parts are necessary in a wedding ceremony, and what else can be added to make the ceremony special?"  

You’ve probably seen hundreds of wedding ceremonies by now -- both in the real world and on television -- including some that you remember years later. 

What’s the secret? 

Well, there isn’t a “secret” because every couple is different, and their ceremony needs to be approached with fresh eyes. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a formula though. Don’t worry, we’ve got it down to a science, so here’s what you need to know to start with, and we’ll be with you right up to the ceremony: ...(continued)

Tags: writing, format, asked-to-officiate






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