Who's Laughing Now? – How to Use Humor in the Wedding Ceremony
Published: Monday, Dec. 2nd, 2019
When writing a wedding ceremony, a question that often comes up is, should there be humor in a wedding ceremony, and if so - how much?
Well... the way we look at it, the ceremony should reflect the couple. Since most couples love to laugh together, some humor in the ceremony is not only acceptable, but actually desirable. Injecting a dash of (appropriate) humor into the ceremony adds emotional variety to the event, providing a counterpoint to the more somber, serious moments.
That said, the 'precise' amount of humor is something that the officiant and the couple must work out. But one thing's for sure -- adding light-heartedness to a ceremony is great for couples who don’t want to cry through the whole ceremony. It’s also great for couples that are worried about being nervous (laughter calms the nerves, it’s a fact!).
AMM's Minister Ordination Package is a Must-Have!
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27th, 2019
If you’ve just gotten ordained with us, your Minister Ordination Package will get you squared away and ready to perform marriage in no time! Along with a copy of your official Minister Ordination Certificate, this package contains everything you need to get on your way to legally performing a wedding ceremony. Included in your AMM Minister Ordination Package is:
● (1) Ordination Certificate
● (1) AMM Minister's Manual
● (1) Letter of Good Standing
● (1) Certificate Holder
● Minister Registration Instructions (where applicable)
● Minister Registration Application Materials (where applicable)
Zipping Down the Aisle: Are Zipline Ceremonies the Future of Weddings?
Published: Monday, Nov. 25th, 2019
It took more than just complex rigging and experience to make Ethan and Tiffany Fowler’s zipline wedding a memorable event. They might have figured out a way to get Tiffany’s dress into the sling, and they might have successfully transitioned the couple from their harnesses to the ceremony, but it wasn’t until Bradley Brown, the adventure park’s manager, got ordained online that the whole affair came together.
The couple made headlines last month when news outlets got wind of their original and daring wedding ceremony at Keystone Safari, and adventure park in Pennsylvania that features a zipline course. Here at American Weddings our first thought was, “this sounds like something one of our ministers would do.”
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What Does a Wedding Officiant Wear?!
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 2019
Now that you know what to say and do as a wedding officiant, it's time to look the part.
Attire should always be discussed with the couple to make sure everyone is on the same page with expectations. Many couples will say, “Just be comfortable,” or “Wear whatever you’d like,” but you should still get as many details about their wedding as possible to determine what you will wear.
For example: Is the ceremony location indoor or outdoor? What will the weather be like? Is it a laid back, bohemian-feel event - or will there be chandeliers, tuxedos and cocktail dresses?
Attention Couples: Want an Awesome Ceremony? Schedule regular meetings and work closely with your officiant!
Published: Monday, Nov. 18th, 2019
Hey Couples: whether you are hiring a professional officiant, or asking a friend or family member to officiate your wedding, regular communication is critical. Your officiant’s job is to lead the ceremony, and the better you communicate with him or her, the more powerful and memorable your ceremony will be!
In practical terms, this means that a certain amount of communication between the couple and the officiant should be scheduled right from the beginning. Regardless of who you pick, make sure they are committed to regular communication. Make sure they understand their role -- which is helping to translate your vision into words.