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Are the Words, “Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace...” Really Necessary?

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Published: Tuesday, Mar. 5th, 2019

Whether you are about to perform your first wedding or are a seasoned pro, every minister sets out to write the perfect ceremony. There are books, videos, and other resources that you can use to write your ceremony, but we are often influenced by what we’ve seen before. 

Most of us have seen more weddings in movies and TV shows than we have in real life. A staple of wedding comedies features the minister saying, “Anyone who objects to this wedding should speak now or forever hold their peace.” Then the lovesick ex boyfriend stumbles up to the front of the room and professes his undying love for the protagonist... you get the picture. ...(continued)

Tags: ceremony-components, ceremony-writing, tradition




Choosing Your Officiant Early Can Offset Arguments During Wedding Planning!

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Published: Tuesday, Mar. 5th, 2019

How much time will you spend planning your wedding? 

A new study found that Americans spend 528 hours planning their wedding over the course of 11 months. Most couples said they were excited during the wedding planning process, but admitted they had around four arguments during that time. 

What were the flashpoints?

The list was pretty long, but deciding on the venue was the number one cause of disagreements, with other contentious subjects being catering and who to add to the guest list. 

 

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Tags: wedding-planning, keeping-the-peace, guest-list




AMM Officiant Feature: From La France to La Big Apple!

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Published: Sunday, Mar. 3rd, 2019

We hope you are all enjoying a nice lie-in this weekend, and have a moment to read this very special tale of an international AMM Minister who traveled across the Atlantic to perform marriage here in the United States. (Now would be an excellent time to sip on a cafe au lait, accompanied by a croissant!)
 
We don’t have many international ministers simply because our ordinations are recognized within the United States, and although anyone can become ordained with American Marriage Ministries no matter where they live, it’s just easier if you live here in the US. International officiants have to travel here in order to legally perform marriage – which is expensive, time consuming, and requires additional planning and legal formalities.
 
But that didn't stop Alexandra Habemont, an ambitious and bright destination wedding planner of Once Upon a Time in France, from realizin...(continued)

Tags: destination-weddings, international-officiants





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Why are Municipal Governments Cancelling Courthouse Weddings?

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Published: Saturday, Mar. 2nd, 2019

I woke up early on the morning of February 22, 2019 and drove to the Hall County Probate Court to see what Frank and Joseph’s wedding might have looked like if this particular office hadn’t decided to stop conducting courthouse wedding ceremonies.
 
The building is situated in the heart of Gainesville’s scenic downtown. I can see right away why the couple I’m about to join in marriage wanted to have their ceremony take place here. It’s solid, historic, and stately. There’s a significance to structures such as this one, bastions of civil society, and - up until a few years ago - popular destinations for courthouse weddings.
 
But that’s not possible any more, and that’s also why American Marriage Ministries’ efforts are still so important.
 
It all started when Frank, an AMM minister himself, emailed us wondering whether there were any AMM ministers in the Gainesville are...(continued)

Tags: marriage-equality, lgbtq-weddings, advocacy, courthouse-weddings




Clark County, Las Vegas, issues new rules, making it easier for online-ordained ministers and others to perform weddings

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Published: Thursday, Feb. 28th, 2019

After years of lobbying by ministers and couples, the Clark County government, which includes Las Vegas, has made it easier for online-ordained ministers to officiate weddings, regardless of religious affiliation. The updated requirements remove the need for officiants to submit proof of their religious affiliation, opening the option up to anyone that completes the appropriate application process, pays the applicable fee(s) and completes the required training. 

While Clark County has recognized American Marriage Ministries ordinations for a decade now, this decision opens the doors to ministers of other religious organizations.

American Marriage Ministries applauds this decision by the Clark County Government, which lowers the barriers to marriage for couples of all stripes. We would also like to thank our ministers and other partners for supporting our efforts, and for working tirelessly to promote marriage equality across the country....(continued)

Tags: las-vegas, county-clerk-offices, online-ordination, officiant-registration-requirements






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