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Bride and groom hold hands while walking along the shore on the beach on their wedding day in Hawaii

34 DAYS AGO | 5.13.2024

Your Hawaii marriage license appointment is available online… in about 88 years

Learn about updates to Hawaii marriage laws that make it possible for couples to meet with a marriage license agent remotely using online services. Once appr...

A bride and groom raise glasses of champagne next to two computer monitors showing all their guests attending remotely on zoom, during a virtual online wedding

38 DAYS AGO | 5.9.2024

Updates to Utah’s Virtual Marriage Laws Are in Effect This Month

Learn about updates to online/virtual marriage laws in Utah, and what wedding officiants and couples should know about remote marriage services in the state:...

An interracial couple, man and woman embrace outdoors in the sun on their wedding day

40 DAYS AGO | 5.7.2024

New Utah Marriage Law Protects Interracial Couples, In Effect This Month

A new law that protects the right to marry in Utah regardless of race, ethnicity, and national origin went into effect earlier this month, on May 1st, 2024. ...

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Ceremony Planning Articles

An Indian bride and groom sit together on the wedding day

59 DAYS AGO | 4.18.2024

6 Hindu Wedding Rituals You Might See at a Big Indian Ceremony

Learn about popular Hindu wedding traditions you might see during a Hindu Indian marriage celebration! Including the Varmala or Jaimala, Kanyadana (Giving Aw...

A young bride in a white wedding gown smiles while talking on her cell phone, against a tan background.

72 DAYS AGO | 4.5.2024

Can You Get Married Over The Phone? (Plus a Look at Other Remote Wedding Opti...

Learn more about remote wedding options, including whether or not it’s legal to get married over the phone, using online virtual / video-conferencing platfor...

Bride and groom laying in the grass in their beautiful wedding outfits, suit and dress, smiling at each other and holding hands. Photo taken from above, looking down.

73 DAYS AGO | 4.4.2024

Spring 2024 Most Popular Wedding Ceremony Scripts of the Season

The most popular wedding ceremony scripts of the 2024 Spring wedding season! Short, simple, funny, and slightly-spiritual, these are the trends to watch. Wit...

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Religion and Rituals Articles

Two brides exchange rings while a rabbi reads a blessing from the ceremony script during a happy outdoor Jewish wedding

136 DAYS AGO | 2.1.2024

5 Jewish Wedding Traditions & What to Expect, for Couples, Officiants, & Guests

Learn about 5 Jewish wedding traditions that are commonly included in traditional, modern, and interfaith Jewish weddings – from ketubah signing, to the mean...

214 DAYS AGO | 11.15.2023

Kissing Cousins - The Popularity & Controversy of Cousin Marriage

A quick intro to marriage customs between cousins. Curious if you can marry your first or second cousin, how common this practice is in the US or around the ...

251 DAYS AGO | 10.9.2023

Include a ‘Calavera Literaria’ in Your Day of the Dead Wedding Ceremony

How to write a funny calavera literaria (or calaveras poem) for your Day of the Dead wedding ceremony, and when to include it during the invocation, written ...

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Community Articles

A panel of wedding industry experts answer questions during the Officiant Accelerator DC event. They are sitting in wooden chairs on a stage at the front of an ornate historic church building.

88 DAYS AGO | 3.20.2024

Pro Wedding Officiants Give Advice on What to Charge & When to Raise Your Rates

Advice from experts on what to charge as a new or first-time wedding officiant, plus tips on when to raise your raises, how to choose your fees, when to char...

Officiant Norman Graham poses in a stylish purple suit next to a beautiful gazebo decorated with flowers on a spring day. He is smiling toward the camera

93 DAYS AGO | 3.15.2024

10 Tips to Grow a Wedding Officiant Business from Norman Graham of Wed By Norm

Ten tips to start and grow a thriving wedding officiant business from Officiant Norman Graham of Wed By Norm. Learn more about marketing, branding, and adver...

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108 DAYS AGO | 2.29.2024

Officiant Accelerator is in Houston on May 15th! Meet our Expert Speakers...

Calling all Texas wedding officiants! American Marriage Ministries is headed to Houston for a day of officiant-focused education, conversation, and networkin...

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