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Here’s why you should always check local marriage license rules…

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Published: Monday, Sep. 9th, 2019

Late last month, an online church sued the Cleveland County Register of Deeds in North Carolina, alleging that the County’s Register of Deeds Betsy Harnage denied a marriage license to an unnamed couple because their officiant was ordained online. A few days later, local media reported that they were dropping the lawsuit

It turns out, the real problem was that the couple got married before applying for their marriage license – which is against the rules. You need to apply for the marriage license before the ceremony!

That's just the way things work. ...(continued)

Tags: county-clerk-offices, planning, north-carolina, minister-rights




Lawsuit Challenges Virginia’s Racist Marriage License Application

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Published: Sunday, Sep. 8th, 2019

Couples suing Virginia claim that the state’s marriage license application process is "offensive," "unconstitutional" and "reflective of a racist past.” And it’s not hard to see why...

In one county, the list of races that couples can choose from includes "Aryan," "Octoroon," "Quadroon" and "Mulatto.”

If your list includes designations used by slaveowners to designate ensure that mixed race children of slaves and their white owners would stay enslaved (and separate from “pure” white folk) you’ve got a serious problem.

A “mulatto” person is half black (one black parent). A "quadroon" was one quarter black (one black grandparent). An "octoroon" is one eighth black… ...(continued)

Tags: freedom-of-religion, marriage-equality, marriage-law, marriage-licenses, officiant-registration-requirements




New Feature Announcement: The Wedding Wall

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Published: Friday, Sep. 6th, 2019

Big news, Ministers: we’re officially launching our Wedding Wall, a place where you can publish and share wedding ceremonies to inspire other ministers and couples!

Using our updated dashboard, you can select weddings that you officiated, and easily proof and share them on our website. We’re even giving you a space on the front page of our website because we think your weddings are so awesome! 

Here's how it works:

 

STEP 1: SELECT THE WEDDING
From the “Wedding Helper” tab on your profile page, select the wedding that you would like to share on AMM’s Wedding Wall.

...(continued)

Tags: ceremony-inspiration, ceremony-planning, new-officiants, personalized-ceremonies, wedding-photography, wedding-wall





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Breathe in, Breathe Out: Calming Brides' and Grooms' Nerves

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Published: Thursday, Sep. 5th, 2019

We recently worked with a bride that straight up warned us that she might have a panic attack during the wedding ceremony! 

Spoiler alert, she was just fine, and the wedding ceremony went off without a hitch! But as anybody who has experience with these matters can attest, nerves are a huge part of the ceremony experience and it’s best to address the problem head on, and find a solution that works for the couple. That way, everyone is relaxed and happy on the big day.

Our first line of advice is the following: Your wedding is going to be an emotional day and there will be plenty of nerves to go around. Once you accept that, you can create a plan to address or accomodate these feelings, because they are natural. 

Let’s get started......(continued)

Tags: aisle-planning, asked-to-officiate, brides, ceremony-tips, wedding-mistakes




“A Life’s Dream...” Ministers Explain Why They Got Ordained With AMM

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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28th, 2019

Our ministers are the reason that we show up to work every day. Without our ministers, AMM isn’t much more than a few empty desks, a couple of computers, and a coffee machine… 

But when you stand with couples in front of their friends and families, you are preaching our gospel of love and community. You’re reinforcing our values. You bring the magic that transforms weddings into transcendant expressions of love and joy!

That’s why it’s so important to tell your stories, to let others know why AMM exists, and why you chose to get ordained through us to officiate weddings. ...(continued)

Tags: inspiration, marriage-equality, officiant, online-ordination, professional-wedding-officiants






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