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Thumbtack presents the 12 biggest ceremony planning mistakes and expert advice on making your ceremony RAD

If there's one detail that we consistently see couples confused about, it's finding an officiant and crafting up a meaningful ceremony that rocks their socks. We've written before about writing your own ceremony and your own vows, and even having a friend officiate. But with the help of our sponsor, Thumbtack, we've got insight from loads of amazing professional officiants to inform your choices!

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So you want to craft a processional…

A processional is an important element of any wedding ceremony. We're creating a special moment that separates the mundane, everyday life from the extraordinary, ceremonial moment of your wedding. I'm going to talk through a fairly traditional processional. Although I'll be using the terms "bride" and "groom," this doesn't mean that ANY of these positions and traditions can't be used by anyone in any way they want…

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Have your UK wedding anywhere in any way with Humanist Ceremonies

If you're one of the many non-religious couples in Britain who are thinking about having a humanist wedding, you'll want to read up on our sponsor Humanist Ceremonies. Yes, humanist weddings are still not (yet) legally recognized in England and Wales, so you'll still have to go to the register office to take care of the legal formalities a few days before or after your humanist wedding. However, a huge advantage of a these humanist weddings is that you can have complete freedom to express yourselves on your wedding day. Here's how…

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When a tuxedo-clad "gride" and "broom" get married by a self-described drag clown nun

Nicole and Melissa's Washington wedding at Nature's Connection Place is one for the books! For starters, they crafted "gride" and "broom" signs for their chairs and were wed by a bearded be-glittered member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, who officiated while rocking a massive rainbow sequined headdress. There were hints of purple in everything from the couple's matching boutonnieres to the violets cascading down the side of their wedding cake.

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4 reasons San Diego's Revolution Weddings should be your wedding DJ

Okay, let's talk about wedding DJs again. Longtime readers might remember how often I mention having the hardest time picking a "non-cheesy" DJ, and then ending up with one anyway. Oh how I wish there were more services like Revolution Weddings — the DJ and officiating service owned by Staci Nichols. Here are a few things that Revolution Weddings offers to help couples like you pull off your flawless marryin' and dancin' times:

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Luv Bug Weddings will turn ANY place in Las Vegas into your wedding venue

After a massive heart attack and emergency triple-bypass, Reverend Tim Rowland decided to take a break from his full-time ministry services in Las Vegas. But he still wanted to officiate weddings with the aid of his wife Pam. So rather than finding another church project to tackle together, they decided to launch a special wedding project: Reverend Tim and Pam now provide the opportunity for weddings just about anywhere in Las Vegas, through their pink Volkswagen Beetle known as the Luv Bug.

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So you want to have a friend officiate…

This is a notion that is near and dear to my own heart because that's how I got started as a professional officiant.  My best friend asked me to perform her wedding ceremony, and her big fat Jewish-Lutheran-Pagan ceremony inspired me to become a Life-Cycle Celebrant.

Having a friend-officiate can be a lot of work — in the end, it is DIY project.  But if it is something that you have your heart set on, there are ways to really make it work, and make it work well. So, as a friend-officiant turned professional, I'd like to offer some advice and suggestions for having a friend officiate at your wedding.

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Wedding Ceremony 101: Crafting your own wedding ceremonies from scratch

Jessie Blum is a New Jersey celebrant who specializes in crafting wedding ceremonies for nontraditional couples. She's also a longtime Offbeat Bride sponsor, and a WEALTH of knowledge for those of you wanting to craft your own wedding ceremony. With tips on how to welcome everyone, incorporate unity ceremonies, and why you should never have readings come one right after the other…