American Weddings Blog

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)


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?

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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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Can choosing your officiant early offset arguments during wedding planning?

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Tags: wedding planning, keeping the peace, guest list

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 5th, 2019

How much time will you spend planning your wedding? 

A new study found that Americans spend 528 hours planning their wedding over the course of 11 months. Most couples said they were excited during the wedding planning process, but admitted they had around four arguments during that time. 

What were the flashpoints?

The list was pretty long, but deciding on the venue was the number one cause of disagreements, with other contentious subjects being catering and who to add to the guest list. 

 

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AMM Officiant Feature: From La France to La Big Apple!

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Tags: destination weddings, international officiants

Published: Sunday, Mar. 3rd, 2019

We hope you are all enjoying a nice lie-in this weekend, and have a moment to read this very special tale of an international AMM Minister who traveled across the Atlantic to perform marriage here in the United States. (Now would be an excellent time to sip on a cafe au lait, accompanied by a croissant!)
 
We don’t have many international ministers simply because our ordinations are recognized within the United States, and although anyone can become ordained with American Marriage Ministries no matter where they live, it’s just easier if you live here in the US. International officiants have to travel here in order to legally perform marriage – which is expensive, time consuming, and requires additional planning and legal formalities.
 
But that didn't stop Alexandra Habemont, an ambitious and bright destination wedding planner of Once Upon a Time in France, from realizin...(continued)


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