Are First-Time Wedding Officiants Hurting Professionals? Here’s How to Adapt to Online Ordination.
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 2019
We’re at Wedding MBA in Las Vegas this week, meeting with wedding professionals from across the country and preaching our gospel of online-ordination and wedding ceremony planning. One topic that has come up enough times to warrant a response is the following: are first-time wedding officiants a threat to professional wedding officiants?
Put another way, when couples ask “Uncle Bob” to officiate their wedding ceremony, does that put professional officiants out of a job?
The answer is a bit more complex than just yes or no. ...(continued)
Wedding Ceremony Vibes: Flow and Emotion Management
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 2019
The key to a great wedding ceremony is to make it flow. And when we talk about “flow,” we’re referring to the words and the emotion of the ceremony, and that magical combination of saying the right thing at the right time.
When planning a wedding ceremony, consider what traditions or readings will resonate with the couple and audience. Perhaps there’s a prayer, or a reading, or a traditional blessing that speaks to the couple's values or emotional state. Then, decide where to fit these parts into the ceremony.
Think about the ceremony as a story, with each piece fitting into a logical order. Consider which pieces fit best leading into or following one another. I often write short transitions between pieces. Not only do the transitions help with the flow, they also give me an idea of whether one piece works well following another, based on how easy it is to write the transitional wording....(continued)
Did I Just Say That? -- 3 Ways to Handle Wedding Ceremony Mistakes
Published: Friday, Oct. 4th, 2019
It happens to the best of us… we make a goof while delivering a wedding ceremony. It may be missing a word (or words), it may be pronouncing something incorrectly, or perhaps it’s a matter of losing our place in the ceremony. We’ve all been there. You’re not alone, so if it happens, don’t worry!
But truthfully, 95% of the time, it is not the goof that matters, but how you handle it. So, here are some tips:
This is sometimes tough but if you realize you made a mistake or lose your place, staying calm will prevent you from making more mistakes. If you let yourself get flustered by the one mistake, you increase the likelihood of making more mistakes. If you have to, wait till you get to a natural pause point (e.g. the end of a paragraph), take a deep breath, quickly center yourself, and then move on.
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Start & End Well - Opening & Closing Words in a Wedding Ceremony
Published: Monday, Sep. 23rd, 2019
In our line of business, you’ve got about one sentence to grab your readers and keep them interested in what you are talking about. So, for the sake of keeping your eyeballs glued to this blog post, let’s just say that the rest of this article will be about turning you into a charismatic, compelling, and popular wedding officiant because guess what... It is!
It’s all about getting folks hooked, and keeping them interested!
When writing a wedding ceremony, the way that you start the ceremony and end the ceremony are both very important.
In fact, the opening words are the most critical part of the ceremony, since they are what grab the guests' attention and pull them into the ceremony. Botch this part, and you’ll be dealing with folks nodding off… checking their phones… daydreaming…...(continued)
Good News Alert: Virginia Counties Remove Racist Language From Marriage Application!
Published: Monday, Sep. 16th, 2019
Last week we reported that couples were suing counties in Virginia for requiring them to disclose their ethnicity in downright racist terms such as "Aryan," "Octoroon," "Quadroon" and "Mulatto."
Good news folks! The state’s Attorney General Mark Herring has announced that couples no longer have to disclose their race on their marriage application.
"These changes will ensure that no Virginian will be forced to label themselves in order to get married," Herring told local media. "I appreciate the courage these couples showed in raising this issue, and I wish them all the best in their lives together."...(continued)