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Who Actually Writes the Wedding Ceremony?

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Published: Monday, Jan. 28th, 2019

...the officiant? The bride? The groom?

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Short answer: it depends. There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to who should write the wedding ceremony. Every couple, every situation, and every ceremony is different.  Since we’re particularly close to the officiating side of the wedding world, we used to assume that the ceremony was almost always written by the friend or family member who was being asked to perform the ceremony: the officiant. 

However, what we have found over the years is that the couple often wants to write their own ceremony....(continued)

Tags: ceremony, preparation, script, writing, inspiration, new-officiants




How to Include Family and Friends In Your Wedding Ceremony

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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, 2019

When it comes time to plan the wedding, couples often want to include close friends and family members - sometimes even all of their guests - in the ceremony. Weddings are a communal event, and we want the shared experience to remain in the memories of our guests long after the wedding is over and our loved ones have parted ways. 

Here’s some ideas to help you include as many friends and family as possible in your big day!

 

The Family and Friends Blessing

The family and friends blessing is a small piece (reading) in which the officiant explains the importance of family and friends. After the reading, the officiant asks the guests whether they will support the couple as they begin this new chapter of their lives. It’s similar to the end of aisle question, but it’s answered in unison, allowing all guests to feel like they’re a significant part of the ceremony. ...(continued)

Tags: family, friends, ceremony, blessing, ceremony-preparation, asked-to-officiate




It’s a Nice Day for a Dry Wedding: How One Couple Did it, and Why it Might Be Right for You

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Published: Monday, Jan. 21st, 2019

Of all the big decisions a couple must make when planning their wedding, one of the most difficult is whether or not to have an alcohol free, or “dry” wedding. There are many reason that  couples might choose to have an alcohol free wedding, from religious prohibitions to a history of alcoholism in the family, to medical reasons. 
 
Sometimes the couple just doesn’t drink and they don’t feel like paying for that open bar. 
 
Remember, it’s your wedding, so celebrate it your way. And just because the booze isn’t flowing doesn’t mean that your wedding has to be boring. In fact, dry weddings can be downright exciting!  
 
We reached out to some couples who’ve had positive experiences with planning their dry weddings, to see how they did it, and what their experiences were like.
 
Emily and Aaron O'Neill's decided to have a dry recept...(continued)

Tags: dry-wedding, alcohol, ceremony, wedding





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Washington DC Mayor Saves Couples from Government Shutdown Wedding Woes!

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Published: Thursday, Jan. 17th, 2019

Couples planning weddings in Washington, D.C. have one less thing to worry about. The government shutdown, now the longest in our nation’s history, has been bad news for many Americans. One group affected has been couples in D.C. who have been unable to get their marriages licenses, throwing their wedding plans into chaos. 

Those couples got good news when D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a bill that will allow her to grant marriage licenses and authorize officiants for 90 days. 

"We are stepping in where federal courts have discontinued issuing marriage licenses," Bowser said as she signed the The Let Our Vows Endure Emergency Act of 2019, or LOVE Act. ...(continued)

Tags: government-shutdown, marriage-law, d-c, couples, bureau




Public Speaking: Deliver Your Wedding Ceremony with Confidence in Just 3 Minutes!

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Published: Monday, Jan. 14th, 2019

The wedding ceremony is only hours away, and all of a sudden there’s an unwelcome twist in your guts: you’ve got the public speaking nerves, every officiant’s worst nightmare! 
 
But don’t let this perfectly natural reaction dissuade you from enjoying one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Everyone gets performance anxiety! It's part of our biology.

Barack Obama, Joel Osteen, and even legendary public speaker and investor Warren Buffet all had one thing in common: they were terrified of public speaking. Now, people pay hundreds of dollars to hear them speak. 

 

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Tags: ceremony, preparation, speech, education, wedding






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