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How to Add a Quaich to Your Wedding Ceremony

Confession: I'd never heard of a quaich before until I had a couple with Scottish roots ask me if we could add it to their wedding ceremony. "Uh, yeah! Of course... sure we can do that! ...What is it? And how do you spell that...?" Are you wondering how to add a quaich to the wedding ceremony for your couple? Technically, a quaich (pronounced "quake", but with more saliva) is a style of cup or bowl that traditionally originates in Scotland. So really, we would properly call this a quaich...

How Many Times the Wedding Officiant Meets with the Couple

We wedding officiants are going to meet several times with our couples in person. This is not a remote transaction, after all. We're looking to strike a balance between advising the wedding couple from our experience and expertise and giving them as much say and input about what they want for their wedding day. Another balance we're looking for is that sweet spot between meeting too many times and not meeting enough. How do we strike this balance? How many times do we need to meet with them? A...

Write Your Own Wedding Officiating Contract and Terms of Service (Today!)

One of the most daunting tasks to starting up our own officiating practice is putting together a Contract and Terms of Service. After all, we wedding officiants have enough to worry about - we're doing the actual wedding ceremony work stuff! We're putting together the script, the officiant speech, the rehearsal, and all the other elements of a wedding ceremony. So maybe we let the contract part slide. It's not that big a deal, right? What could go wrong? It's time to change that today. Over...

How to Officiate a Wedding with (or without) a Microphone

As wedding officiants, we have so many ceremony details to prepare and fuss over: the script, the rehearsal, the processional, our outfit, our speech, the license.... And a lot of the time, we can totally forget about this one major item until the moment we arrive at the wedding venue: the microphone. And chances are, our wedding couple hasn't thought about it either. That's our job. This is where we wedding officiants can come in at the top of our game. Let's not leave the mics as an...

3 Risks to Consider when Officiating a Wedding with a Tablet

As iPads and Surface Pros become more common, it's a question that's more pervasive among wedding officiants: "Should I keep reading the ceremony out of a binder in the wedding, or should I get with the times and use a tablet?" I've tried both. My verdict: I do prefer to use my tablet in the wedding rehearsal, hands down. But for the ceremony, I'm sticking with my trusty binder. There are pros and cons to each option. But in a nutshell, when I apply the question "What could go wrong?" to my...

The Most Common Mistake Wedding Officiants Make

It happens all the time to wedding officiants, and it's the most common and preventable mistake we make. Especially we professional wedding officiants who serve new couples every weekend. It might be a small slip of the tongue or memory, but it can lead to a disproportionately big embarrassment. What's the mistake? The wedding officiant gets the bride or groom's name wrong. If it's just a slip of the tongue or a brief mispronunciation, no big deal. But if it's saying the wrong name, or drawing...

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