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Wednesday, Aug. 18th, 2021

The Black Umbrella - A Hmong Wedding Tradition

Learn about the symbolism and meaning of the black umbrella in Hmong weddings, the siv ceeb, mej koob, and other interesting details about the traditional marriage process, and its modern adaptations.
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Tuesday, Aug. 17th, 2021

North Carolina reconsiders minimum age to marry

North Carolina reconsiders the minimum lawful age to marry in the state with Senate Bill 35 (SB 35).
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Tuesday, Aug. 17th, 2021

New Script! A Simple Vow Renewal With Recognition of Children

New vow renewal script! This simple ceremony script reminds us that marriage is more than a final destination, it's the start of a lifetime of love. With recognition of children and family, and can be customized for an anniversary, or sequel / second wedding celebrations following a minimony, des...
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Monday, Aug. 16th, 2021

What You Need to Know About Bigamy

Everything wedding officiants and couples need to know about bigamy -- from the legal definition, to the difference between polygamy and bigamy, to divorce and other causes of unintentional bigamy. Plus how to avoid it while planning your wedding!
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Friday, Aug. 13th, 2021

How to Officiate a Prison Wedding - Performing an Inmate’s Marriage Ceremony

A step-by-step guide to officiating a marriage ceremony inside a state prison, along with answers to common questions to help wedding officiants, inmates, and their families plan happy and loving wedding ceremonies.
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Thursday, Aug. 12th, 2021

What Does a Chuppah Symbolize? A Look at the Jewish Wedding Canopy

Learn about the symbolism of the chuppah, the traditional Jewish wedding canopy, and its place within modern Jewish marriage ceremonies.
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Thursday, Aug. 12th, 2021

The story of a lesbian marriage in historic Colonial Williamsburg

A marriage certificate issued to two women in Colonial Williamsburg was discovered by researcher Ren Tolson, documenting an early same-sex love story as part of the Gender and Sexuality Diversity Committee's efforts to preserve and share local LGBTQ+ history.
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Wednesday, Aug. 11th, 2021

Polyamorous Commitment Ceremony: Advice for Officiants on What to Say, Where to Stand, and More

How to officiate a polyamorous commitment ceremony, the difference between polyamory and polygamy, and a sample outline to help you write your ceremony script -- plus what to expect as a guest.
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