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Lucky in Love: AMM Minister writes groundbreaking book about wedding traditions and customs

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Tags: books, lucky in love, traditions, ceremony inspiration

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 13th, 2019

“No couple who has been married for 50 years ever looks back on their wedding and talks about the table linens.” 

That’s what Eleni Gage told us when we spoke to her about her new book, Lucky in Love: Traditions, Customs, and Rituals to Personalize Your Wedding. While there are hundreds of books that assist couples in the planning process of a wedding, this one aims to help with those magic elements that makes a ceremony meaningful. ...(continued)


AMM in the News: A “Licensed to Wed!” helps a couple create an inspired family-centric destination wedding in Florida

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Tags: destination weddings, online ordination, amm in the news

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 13th, 2019

You know what’s even better than writing articles about getting ordained online and performing wedding ceremonies for friends and family? It’s having someone else do it. Especially when they are great storytellers and writers, like Catrina Bruns of the Cascade Pioneer! 

In an article titled “Licensed to Wed!” Catrina told the story of Kerra Boriskey, a bride who worked closely with her sister Morgan to plan a destination wedding in Florida. The problem was, they couldn’t find a minister that suited their requirements. 

That’s when the topic of American Marriage Ministries and online ordination came up. ...(continued)


To Mic or Not to Mic, Is That the Question?

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Tags: venues, microphones, technology

Published: Monday, Mar. 11th, 2019

There’s a reason that politicians use teleprompters whenever the TV cameras are on: nobody wants their view obstructed by an unsightly piece of technology, or script, or anything else that detracts from the image. The same rule applies to weddings, and the last thing your photographer wants is an industrial-sized microphone blocking his or her view. 

That’s why a lot of couples opt for something a little different… but this is really a technology question, so what’s the right fit for you?

The question of whether to use a microphone and if so, what type of microphone comes up often in the discussion of wedding ceremony logistics.  Whether you or the couple making the arrangements for the microphone, or it’s the friend or family member who has been asked to perform the ceremony who is in charge of figuring out the sound system, here are the standard options and our thoughts in regards to each....(continued)


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Want to Get Involved? Here’s how…

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Tags: advocacy, environment, carbon neutral, get involved

Published: Thursday, Mar. 7th, 2019

A growing number of our ministers have asked us how they can support our advocacy efforts, and we’ve finally figured out how. Starting today, our “Get Involved” page will be regularly updated with ways you can help us support marriage equality and generally make this world a better place than we found it. 

Right now, our efforts are focused on defending minister’s rights in Virginia and promoting carbon neutrality -- which means planting trees and promoting renewable energy. As of 2019, AMM is certified carbon neutral with the non-profit organization Carbon Fund. As officiants, we’re often traveling to weddings, and generally hustling pretty hard, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take steps to preserve the environment. In fact, just by supporting AMM, you’re well on your way!...(continued)


Are the words, “Speak now or forever hold your peace...” really necessary?

Ancient wedding

Tags: ceremony writing, tradition, ceremony components

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)


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