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Published: Sunday, Aug. 25th, 2019

You are the future of American Spirituality. It doesn’t matter if you’re an Atheist or a Zoroastrian, or anything and everything in between, this is your chance to transcend the failures of mainstream religion and practice faith on your terms. 

Welcome to American Marriage Ministries. 

Church attendance is dwindling and people are looking for something new. For generations, brick-and-mortar churches have failed to provide moral leadership or a vision for the future. 

That’s because inspiration comes from within, not the pulpit, and most certainly not from bureaucrats that want to tell you how and where to practice your religion. It’s inside you right now. We want to empower you to lead, to inspire, and to create community by helping people that love each other to celebrate that incredible emotion....(continued)

Tags: about-amm, advocacy, asked-to-officiate, first-amendment, freedom-of-religion




Putting Yourself Out There, Pt. 2: How to Build Your Portfolio and Gain Exposure as an Officiant

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Published: Thursday, Aug. 22nd, 2019

You have become a wedding officiant! You have successfully celebrated your first wedding or handful of weddings! Now you want to make this a hobby, a side hustle, or a full time profession, so what can you do?  I will be sharing tips and advice from other professionals within the wedding industry and beyond, and I will also share my own experience in growing my business (which is still quite the ongoing process).

This is Part 2 of a 5-Part series about how to best grow your presence as a wedding officiant.

Part 2 will focus on connecting and building a network with other wedding professionals so you can all work together to help your presence (and business) in the wedding industry grow. 

 

Part 2: Building Relationships - Making Connections and Creating Your Network...(continued)

Tags: professional-officiants, first-time-officiants, guest-article




Co-Officiating a Wedding Ceremony: The More the Marrier? 

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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 14th, 2019

Being asked to officiate a wedding is perhaps the highest honor a couple can bestow on a friend or family member. But what if there are so many great choices that they just can’t choose?

Couples facing this dilemma have asked us if it’s possible to have two or more officiants officiate a wedding ceremony and our position is...  go for it!

Here’s the deal. It’s all about planning and organization. If you are thinking about having two, or more, people co-officiate, here are a few thoughts and observations based on past experiences. 

 

1. Check in with your local clerk and see what the local laws have to say about it. Most states have requirements about who performs certain parts of the ceremony, signs the marriage license, and acts as a witness. County clerks are your friends. They are experts on the local rules, and they will be able to tell you exactly what’s required. ...(continued)

Tags: choosing-an-officiant, family-members, friends-and-family, officiant-registration-requirements





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Putting Yourself Out There, Pt. 1: How to Build Your Portfolio and Gain Exposure as an Officiant

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Published: Friday, Aug. 9th, 2019

You have become a wedding officiant! You have successfully celebrated your first wedding or handful of weddings! Now you want to make this a hobby, a side hustle, or a full time profession, so what can you do?  I will be sharing tips and advice from other professionals within the wedding industry and beyond, and I will also share my own experience in growing my business (which is still quite the ongoing process). 

This is Part 1 of a 5-Part series about how to best grow your presence as a wedding officiant.

Part 1 will focus on branding: making sure everyone knows who you are, what you do, and why you are the right choice. No one can answer those questions better than yourself, so let’s get started!

Part 1: Branding - Recognizing Your Identity and Putting It Out There

 ...(continued)

Tags: guest-article, first-time-officiants, professional-officiants




3 Reasons Why Couples Choose Friends & Family to Officiate Weddings

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Published: Thursday, Aug. 8th, 2019

We often find ourselves in conversations with professional officiants, and the following question comes up: “Why has it become so popular for couples to ask a friend or family member to perform their wedding ceremony?”

That might sound like an easy question to answer, but the reality is, this trend is part of a wider social change that is taking place in this country. We’re all carving out our own path in life, and that includes creating our own moments on our own terms… especially weddings. So in a sense, the explanation is deeply personal.

That said, it’s worth covering some of the reasons, because we want couples (and ministers of course) to realize that choosing your own path is empowering. We’re here to help! ...(continued)

Tags: choosing-an-officiant, first-time-officiants, friends, professional-wedding-officiants, wedding-trends






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