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1967 DAYS AGO | 2.4.2019

AMM and IAPWO Announce Partnership to Promote Best Practices for Officiants

American Marriage Ministries (AMM) and the International Association of Professional Wedding Officiants (IAPWO) have agreed to work together to educate first...

1974 DAYS AGO | 1.28.2019

Who Actually Writes the Wedding Ceremony?

The best way to decide who will write your wedding ceremony is to meet early and talk about what kind of feeling and vibe you want to create.

Close up photo of a wedding officiant performing a handfasting ceremony, with the couple holding hands as a braided cord is wrapped around their wrists to symbolize their marriage

1980 DAYS AGO | 1.22.2019

How to Include Family and Friends In Your Wedding Ceremony

Here are some tips to get friends and family members involved in the wedding ceremony, from delivering a special wedding reading, joining in a ring warming, ...

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1981 DAYS AGO | 1.21.2019

It’s a Nice Day for a Dry Wedding: How One Couple Did it, and Why it Might Be...

One couple decided to have an alcohol-free wedding due to health and religious reasons, here's how they did it.

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1985 DAYS AGO | 1.17.2019

Washington DC Mayor Saves Couples from Government Shutdown Wedding Woes!

Couples in Washington DC are once again able to get married thanks to an emergency act passed by Mayor Muriel Bowser that will allow her to grant marriage li...

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1988 DAYS AGO | 1.14.2019

Public Speaking: Deliver Your Wedding Ceremony with Confidence in Just 3 Minu...

These simple steps will help you perform a wedding ceremony with confidence, try this three minute practice to overcome your fear of public speaking.

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1991 DAYS AGO | 1.11.2019

Attention Couples: Read this before you visit the clerk’s office for your mar...

Before getting married, couples and their officiant need to follow these steps in order to get their marriage license.

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1992 DAYS AGO | 1.10.2019

Bridesmen and Groomsmaids: Tips for Planning an Unconventional Wedding Ceremony

More couples are choosing unconventional gender roles for their wedding parties, this article explains the history behind this trend, and gives planning tips.

Edited photograph shows the bride and groom 'facing off' in a magical duel, with their wands casting colorful beams of light at each other

1998 DAYS AGO | 1.4.2019

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

In order to celebrate their love of the Harry Potter series, this couple planned a unique wedding ceremony with awesome pictures.

Asked to Officiate a Wedding?

Follow these simple steps to perform marriage for friends and family.

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2000 DAYS AGO | 1.2.2019

Asking a Friend or Family Member to Officiate Your Wedding? Read This First...

Before choosing the a friend of family member to perform your wedding ceremony, you should consider whether he or she is the right fit

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2007 DAYS AGO | 12.26.2018

Wedding Ceremony Disasters, and How to Avoid Them

There are a million ways that things can go wrong during a wedding ceremony, but effective communication and planning will ensure that the couple and their o...

Close up photo collage of an American flag and a red door sign that reads 'Shut down'

2015 DAYS AGO | 12.18.2018

Will a Government Shutdown Prevent You From Filing Your Marriage License Or G...

Will you be able to file for your marriage license or get married if there is a government shutdown? We checked with local government offices to find out.

A bride and groom wearing Zombie themed wedding attire walk across a field holding hands, while their wedding party walks in a large group behind them wearing fake-blood splattered zombie outfits

2016 DAYS AGO | 12.17.2018

Blood, Guts & Gore: British Couple Celebrates Zombie-Themed Walking Dead Wedd...

A couple in England incorporated their love of the TV show The Walking Dead into their wedding ceremony with surprising results.

A wedding minister officiates an outdoor wedding for a bride and groom. They newlyweds are holding hands, while the officiant reads from a book he's holding. They are all wearing beautiful formal wear.

2019 DAYS AGO | 12.14.2018

Words are Powerful – Creating a Wedding Ceremony that Suits the Couple

Is your wedding ceremony modern, or traditional? Making and understanding that distinction will allow you to choose the right words for your wedding ceremony.

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2020 DAYS AGO | 12.13.2018

New York Times Features American Marriage Ministries in Article about Online ...

The New York Times featured American Marriage Ministries in a story about getting ordained online to perform weddings.

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2021 DAYS AGO | 12.12.2018

Writing Tips: It’s Personal… Putting the “You” into a Wedding Ceremony

The best way to make your wedding ceremony personalized is to ask the couple the right questions about their relationship, and to avoid making it feel like a...

A close up photo of a cute dog with a black spot over its eye wearing a black bowtie. Behind the dog are the bride and groom, visible from the waist down, in their wedding dress and suit, holding hands. They are all posing in an open farm field, with green grass.

2023 DAYS AGO | 12.10.2018

5 Tips for Including Pets in Your Wedding Ceremony

Including pets in your wedding ceremony is fun and makes for great pictures and memories, but it's important to be prepared for unexpected developments!

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2024 DAYS AGO | 12.9.2018

Wedding Ceremony Tips: How to Compromise with Religious Relatives, for Non-Re...

Some couples want no religion, no matter what the expectation of their families, and that’s fine since the ceremony should represent the couple. However, the...

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