American Weddings Blog

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!

 

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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)


Wedding Ceremony Disasters, and How to Avoid Them

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Tags: wedding mistakes, first time officiants, ring ceremony

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 26th, 2018

In previous articles, we mentioned the need for good communication between the couple and their officiant, independent of whether the officiant is a professional or a friend or family member. We also mentioned that if your chosen officiant is performing a wedding ceremony for the first or second time, they should seek guidance. 

There’s a reason for that! 

Below, we recount some stories that folks have shared with us, to illustrate why strong communication, research, and preparation are so important. So, settle in, pour yourself a holiday cocktail, and let the drama unfold!

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Will a Government Shutdown Prevent You From Filing Your Marriage License Or Getting Married? (updated)

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Tags: regulations, marriage licenses, county clerk, law

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 18th, 2018

With Donald Trump threatening to shut down the government if Democrats refuse to pay for his border wall (see update), several of our ministers have reached out to AMM with two important questions. Will AMM ministers still be able to perform marriages during a shut down? And, can the couple still file their marriage licenses?
  
We have good news for you -- unless you live in Washington DC. Since the licenses are issued by the state, and the shutdown will only affect federal agencies, ministers can still  perform the ceremonies and couples should have no trouble filing their marriage licenses. UPDATE:  D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has signed a bill that will allow her to grant marriage licenses and authorize officiants for 90 days. ...(continued)


Blood, Guts & Gore: British Couple Celebrates Zombie-Themed Walking Dead Wedding Ceremony

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Tags: the walking dead, unconventional weddings, themed weddings

Published: Monday, Dec. 17th, 2018

What started out as a joke between two fans of AMC’s hit TV show "The Walking Dead" quickly turned into an unconventional and inspired wedding ceremony, replete with zombies, brains, and gallons of fake blood spilling down the aisle. 

“We had both been married before and done traditional ceremonies, so we wanted to do something completely different,” the groom told us. “Initially we joked about it but when we thought in more detail, we realised how it could be.”

 

Chris and Anabell on their wedding day, in full zombie makeup.

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