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New York Times Features American Marriage Ministries in Article about Online Ordination

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Published: Thursday, Dec. 13th, 2018

You know you are doing something right -- hopefully not wrong -- when the New York Times features you in a story, and that’s exactly what happened to American Marriage Ministries today! 

An article in the New York Times titled, “How to Officiate Your First Wedding (and Why You’d Want To)” by San Diego-based journalist Whitson Gordon told readers that, “You don’t need to go to seminary to officiate a wedding. In fact, depending on where you live, it may take only a few clicks of a mouse.”...(continued)

Tags: online-ordination, about-amm, news




Writing Tips: It’s Personal… Putting the “You” into a Wedding Ceremony

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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 12th, 2018

We hear all of the time that one of the main reasons couples ask their friend or family member to perform their wedding ceremony is because they want the ceremony to be personal. And many couples figure that no one can make their ceremony more personal than a good friend or a close family member who knows their story best.

In many instances this is true, however, some couples and their officiants still find it hard to get that “personalized” feel when they sit down and start writing the wedding ceremony. Here are some pointers for finding the elements of a ceremony that will make it yours:

 

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Tags: personalized-ceremonies, the-grandma-filter, writing




5 Tips for Including Pets in Your Wedding Ceremony

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Published: Monday, Dec. 10th, 2018

We’re a 50/50 split between dog-people and cat-people here at AMM, but one thing that we all agree on is that there is most definitely a place for pets in wedding ceremonies. If you’re a pet person, your partner probably already knows that your fur baby is part of the package deal. Pets are an important part of your life, so it makes sense that they would have a role in your wedding day. (Plus, you know the photos will be adorable...)

But weddings can be loud, disorienting, and distracting, especially for your pup, so it’s important to prepare properly. 

We asked around the office, and the following tips represent the combined both pet-ownership and wedding ceremony planning experience of the staff here at AMM. 

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Tags: pets, venues





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Wedding Ceremony Tips: How to Compromise with Religious Relatives, for Non-Religious Couples

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Published: Sunday, Dec. 9th, 2018

Here’s the scenario. The wedding is still a ways off -- because you’re a smart couple, and you’re starting the ceremony planning early -- and you realize that the Bride’s mother’s Catholicism needs to be indulged. She’s old-school, and these sorts of things really matter to her. Further complicating matters, neither of you are religious, and the last thing you want is a wedding ceremony that feels like Catholic mass. 

How do you make everyone happy?

Last month, we published an article about how to create a wedding ceremony that reflects the religious values of the couple and surprise, surprise, it was all about communication. Now, we want to unpack that idea a bit more by looking at non-religious couples with religious families....(continued)

Tags: religion, atheism, family




Why You Need to Choose Your Wedding Officiant Early

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Published: Friday, Dec. 7th, 2018

A recent wedding industry survey by WeddingWire found that most couples choose their wedding officiant, on average, about three months before their wedding.

Based on that same survey, the wedding officiant was among the last of the vendors chosen, with only transportation ranking lower.   
 
Couples: Are you seriously choosing your florist before the person that will make or break your wedding ceremony?
 
This finding exposes one of the biggest oversights in wedding planning: the most important part of the wedding experience gets the least preparation. That’s like starting to study for a test the night before. Don’t make that mistake!

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Tags: wedding-planning, practice






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