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Choosing a Wedding Officiant: What (or Who) Are Your Options?

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Published: Monday, Jul. 8th, 2019

Finding the right wedding officiant is a very, very, very common problem. If that’s you… relax! We’re here to help.   

For couples who believe that the wedding ceremony is one of the most significant parts of their wedding day, the question of who should perform the wedding ceremony is a very important one. In this blog post, we’ll cover your options, and pass along what we’ve learned along the way. 

So, who's out there...?

 

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Tags: wedding-planning, clergy, professional-officiants




Look Like an Over-Prepared Superhero: The Five Things All Wedding Officiants Should Have

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Published: Saturday, Jul. 6th, 2019

I live in a world of “Top Five” lists, so when a wedding officiant asks, “What should I have with me at the wedding?” it is natural for me to reply with an easy-to-follow list of the five things all officiants should have with them for a successful wedding.  Not only does this list help you feel prepared, it helps you look prepared and professional.  Enjoy!

1. The Script!

 

"My scripts have everyone’s lines in them!”, photo by author

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




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Tennessee Federal Judge Sides with Online Churches

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Published: Wednesday, Jul. 3rd, 2019

Great News, Ministers! A federal judge in Tennessee has frozen the implementation of a law that barred ministers ordained online from solemnizing marriage in the state. That means that if you got ordained online with American Marriage Ministries, you may officiate weddings this summer!

Chief District Judge Waverly Crenshaw said today that there are "serious constitutional issues" with the new Tennessee law that bans ministers ordained online from performing marriages. This means that ministers ordained online may continue to perform legal marriages.

 

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Tags: online-ordination, tennessee




“No Thanks, I Don’t Want a Stranger!” Chattanooga TN Ordination Tour Update

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Published: Tuesday, Jun. 25th, 2019

“I called the county clerk and they told me that I can’t make an appointment, and that they don’t know who will perform the actual ceremony,” one bride told us during the Chattanooga stop of our Tennessee Ordination Tour. “This is the biggest commitment of my life,” she said. “No thanks, I don’t want a stranger.”

That's how poorly planned out Tennessee's discriminatory new marriage law is, and why it's going to be overturned, sooner or later!

This morning, we learned that opposition to the law is still growing. The Universal Life Church is getting involved now, filing a lawsuit against the state of Tennessee to prevent Public Chapter No. 415 from entering into force. ...(continued)

Tags: tennessee, online-ordination, freedom-of-religion, public-chapter-415






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