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Attention Couples: Read this before you visit the clerk’s office for your marriage license!

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Tags: ceremony, preparation, planning, license, officiant

Published: Friday, Jan. 11th, 2019

Planning a wedding is an overwhelming task no matter how long or short the guest list is, but your wedding isn’t just about throwing a party. Marriage is a legal contract. This article explains what that means, and what you need to do to make sure you check all your boxes.

We’ve all been to the DMV. We know that most interactions with government bureaucracy can be intimidating and/or frustrating. Although your wedding will be recognized by all states, many county clerks have different rules and requirements regarding the marriage license. That's why you should consider these following points before visiting your county clerk office to obtain your license.    

First off, you should know the difference between the marriage license and the marriage certificate. ...(continued)

Bridesmen and Groomsmaids: Tips for Planning an Unconventional Wedding Ceremony

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Tags: wedding, unconventional, groomsmen, bridesmaids, gender

Published: Thursday, Jan. 10th, 2019

I’m typing this article and Microsoft Word is telling me that there’s a spelling error; apparently “bridesmen” and “groomsmaids” aren’t in the dictionary (yet). No Microsoft, I’m not trying to type “birdman!” Our friends from Redmond might not be in on the secret yet, but go to any millennial wedding these days, and you’re likely to see a few ladies standing beside the groom, and vice versa. 

It’s 2019 people -- let’s get with the times!
I guess that means it’s up to us to popularize these terms. In this article, we review the origins of these roles, give some tips about how to choose the right person -- regardless of gender -- and answer other questions we get on the topic such as, “What about the wedding photos?”...(continued)

Press Release: New “Will You Marry Us?” Gift Package Lets Couples Give their Officiant the “Wedding Party Treatment”

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Tags: Will You Marry Us Gift Box, Officiant Gifts, Couples

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 8th, 2019

SEATTLE, W.A., Jan. 1, 2019 -- American Marriage Ministries (AMM) is launching a new ordination package, called “Will You Marry Us?” that couples can purchase as a gift for a friend or family member that will be officiating their wedding. Building on the tradition of gifts for bridesmaids and groomsmen, the “Will You Marry Us?” gift package allows couples to share the excitement and honor with their officiant....(continued)

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This Couple Celebrated a Harry Potter-Themed Wedding -- And It Was Magical!

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Tags: wedding ceremony ideas, wedding photography, Harry Potter

Published: Friday, Jan. 4th, 2019

On their first date, James and Suzzana discovered that they had something very important in common. They were both huge Potterheads! Forget awkward, James and Suzzana spent hours on their first date chatting about their shared love of J.K. Rowling’s magical series. 

When it came time to merge their families, each with children, James and Suzzana wanted their kids to feel connected to the idea of marriage. Forget a church or event hall, this family-to-be wanted their wedding to take place in Hogwarts. James told American Weddings that a Harry Potter themed wedding was, “something we could all get behind.”

We agree!



Asking a Friend or Family Member to Officiate Your Wedding? Read this first...

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Tags: choosing an officiant, ceremony planning, friends

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 2nd, 2019

Most people probably start reading American Weddings after asking a friend or family member to perform the wedding ceremony -- or, after being asked by the couple to officiate their wedding. If you and your significant other still haven’t popped the question, and you are considering a certain uncle, a college roommate, or perhaps even your college professor, here are some important points to keep in mind: ...(continued)