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Couples aren’t cancelling! Wedding officiants play an important role in helping couples get married under lockdown conditions.

Published: Monday, Apr. 13th, 2020

A wedding industry survey of engaged couples across the country discovered that an overwhelming majority of couples are not cancelling their weddings, despite the obstacles and uncertainty generated by COVID-19 and the subsequent shutdowns. Instead, couples are switching to intimate elopements to comply with CDC recommendations and regulations, or postponing their wedding date....


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Want to become a marriage officiant online? Let’s get started right away…

Published: Sunday, Apr. 5th, 2020

We’ve noticed an uptick in the number of folks getting ordained online, and it must be because people are spending more time than ever planning for the future – including lots of weddings that are sure to happen once the COVID-19 shutdown ends....


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The Case for/against Online Churches: There’s no substitute for the real deal…

Published: Friday, Apr. 3rd, 2020

Everyone’s got an agenda, and with billions of scared people trapped in their homes and glued to their computers, we’re particularly suceptible to persuasion. Marketing departments are working overtime because fear sells (especially toilet paper). While Main Street is deserted, internet-based organizations are rushing to fill the void – and make the case for whatever v...


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Online Skype Weddings (Probably) Aren't Legal -- An Expert Explains How Coronavirus Cancellations are Pushing Couples into a Legal Grey Area

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 31st, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has forced couples to resort to creative wedding planning solutions… but having a Skype, Twitch, or Zoom ceremony probably shouldn’t be one of them....


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American Marriage Ministries is Still Open during the COVID-19 Shutdown. You can still get ordained and get your documents -- we're just working from home!

Published: Thursday, Mar. 26th, 2020

More than ten years ago, American Marriage Ministries started out in our founder Glen Yoshioka’s apartment, and a decade later, we’ve moved back in with Mom and Dad! Well, sort of…...


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Can I Officiate a Skype Wedding?

Published: Friday, Mar. 20th, 2020

Due to COVID-19, weddings are being cancelled, postponed, or drastically changed to accommodate crowd restrictions, and many of our ministers are asking us about performing a “virtual wedding ceremony.”

Basically, officiants want to know if they can perform a legal wedding ceremony via Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime....


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Finding Inspiration in Self-Isolation: How to Keep Calm and Officiate On

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 17th, 2020

COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus) is dominating headlines and rapidly changing everyday life across the globe....


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“Should I officiate my granddaughter's wedding?” What to ask yourself if you have been asked to officiate

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 10th, 2020

Back when we were still flying on commercial airlines (remember, back before coronavirus?) I found myself sitting next to an older gentleman and as often happens, we started to chat about what we do for work. After decades in the workforce, my fellow passenger was planning his retirement. ...


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