How to Choose Your Wedding Officiant

Promises, in the shape of a pretty rig on your finger…


Authored by: Annette Marchant
Oct 13 2021

Congratulations, to you both, this is an exciting time in your life and we hope you’ve taken a moment to bask in the excitement—gushing with friends and family, making memories, soaking in the joy, sharing tender moments with each other, embracing the hope of the future!

But now, the wedding dreams have begun!

We’re guessing that’s why you find yourself here, how do you choose an Officiant for your wedding?

Enduring Promises can help, and we’re so glad you’ve found us, either by the internet ‘gods’, reviews, a referral from friends, or by happen-stance…

We offer a FREE, no-obligation consultation—so you can get to know us, and we can hear your vision for a perfect wedding day. We’re confident we’ll be able to help!

Then, it’s important to note, that it’s never too early to book with us…

We happily save your date and promise to be flexile. If things have to move around, plans change, or you know—a pandemic gets in the way, we will work with you so you have the perfect wedding day!

“My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Enduring Promises for our big day and we couldn’t recommend them enough. 

We originally had planned for my husband’s father to marry us, however, when things fell through weeks before the wedding, Our Officiant worked with us quickly to find a plan to still have him included in the ceremony while making sure all the legalities were covered. 

With his help and expertise, we were able to build a perfect ceremony that flowed beautifully and included everyone we wanted. He made the process fun and easy for us when we had no clue what we were doing. We are so thrilled with his service and how much thought and care he put into making sure we had everything just as we envisioned. 

Thank you again, so much, for making our big day come together flawlessly!”

Megan S. on Wedding Wire 2021

We strive to have you feel, like a family friend, is marrying you. We are a group of personable, highly trained, professional, detailed, knowledgeable, on-time, award-winning officiants. 

It is our job to make your day as stress-free as possible, for your family and friends to enjoy the ceremony, and for you to be able to focus on each other. 

“We wanted someone who was friendly and charismatic to officiate our wedding. Enduring Promises knew exactly who to match us with.

With the first meeting, we knew that he was exactly who we wanted to marry us. He was so knowledgeable and more importantly, so dedicated to his couples! He shared with us, his suggestions, but opened it up for us to do exactly what we wanted. 

He did both traditional and contemporary vows, as well as a cultural tradition for our families. Our guests and us laughed and cried throughout. It was perfect. Thank you so much Enduring Promises!”

Vicky Y. on Wedding Wire 2021

If we’re being honest, for us, it’s not about choosing the right officiant, because each and every Officiant at Enduring Promises loves what they do. So essentially, we have the right Officiant for you to choose!

On your special day, we’re here to support you. It’s easy to know that you’re looking for someone who is professional, has experience, will show up early on the day of your wedding, and is kind—with a touch of humour.

Can we humblebrag…that’s us, here at Enduring Promises. 

“Our Officiant exceeded our expectations! On the day of our wedding, both my husband and I were a little nervous (more so—me) and he knew what to say to calm me down a little. I love how he personalized our ceremony and kept our guests entertained throughout.

The online Ceremony Console was very helpful and let us be fully involved in the process of what would be said. It was very easy to use!

As a company, Enduring Promises was very responsive and I am happy we chose them. There is a reason they are the top-rated company for Officiants. I would not hesitate to recommend Enduring Promises to anyone considering them.”

—Lynne R. on Wedding Wire 2021

And you don’t have to believe us, though we do think we’re pretty reliable! As you are reading this we have 886 reviews (and counting) on Wedding Wire, every Officiant, with glowing reviews, because we truly love what we do. 

You will not be “just another wedding” with Enduring Promises, your day and celebration will be yours, we will support you, come alongside and make it a wonderful experience…

“It was a wonderful experience with Enduring Promises. Our Officiant made our special day even more special with her sweet words. The experience from the beginning to the end was just amazing!!!

—Kanika on Wedding Wire 2021

As you are set to exchange rings and promises on your wedding day—we have our own promises to make to you…

We promise to make your day enduring in your memories, to bring all our professionalism, support, and kindness—it means that much to us! 

Choose Enduring Promises Now

 About the Author: Annette Marchant

Annette Marchant is a copywriter and homebody from Calgary. She writes—and is a happy contributor to this blog. Her love of words is fueled by black tea and a great set of headphones. Her home is filled with boys and one of them is an Officiant with Enduring Promises.

Enduring Promises Encourages You to SAY YES!

 7 Hot Tips on What To Do After You’ve Attended a Wedding Show


Authored by: Annette Marchant
Sept 29 2021

You stopped to smell the roses, you rocked your 10,000 steps—and then some. You tasted, touched, oooh(ed), and awed over all the pretty things.

And OMG the dresses….., was there a dress that caught your eye? Close your eyes, breathe deeply and imagine the luxurious fabric hugging your curves in all the right places, YOU are beautiful!

Tell me you didn’t have fun…

I see those stars in your eyes, the ideas are flowing, you’re in the planning groove now! 

So, where do you start? 

Enduring Promises has been to many a wedding show, spoken to thousands of brides and we have some hot tips to share with you…

Hot Tip #1

Our First Hot Tip may be a bit woo-woo but hear us out on this one…

You, as the Bride, had one thing on your list, that you went to the Wedding Show looking for. More than likely you found it—so it’s time to dig out that contact information and make an appointment—say Yes! Your wedding day is about you, your love, and following your ❤️.

Hot Tip #2

This hot tip, is an unofficial rule for every Bride, and it’s your “wild-card” pick—were you surprised by something at the show? Something you hadn’t thought about and it made you feel happy. Your wedding is your special day, but, a “wild-card” pick truly makes it uniquely you! Say Yes to it, whatever it is, because that’s how you create memories—enjoyed for years to come!

Flowers, photography, and food—Yes, Yes, and Yes! Get booking girl! 

Hot Tip #3

Flowers are an automatic Yes, but be realistic. You can save $$ putting bouquets together yourself, but instead of indulging in some self-care, laughing with your girls, and shedding a tear or two with family, you’re working on getting those flowers put together. Take a little stress out of your day, and say Yes to a florist!

Hot Tip #4

Great photography is a photo that caught and captured your attention. Did it inspire you, give you ideas, or was it fun, casual, and so you? Say Yes—to the photographer whose picture you can’t forget, it lets you know if you’re looking for formal, great candids, or a mix of both. You will remember and treasure your Wedding with photos!

Hot Tip #5

Food—need we say more? SO. MANY. OPTIONS! From formal options to informal food trucks. You usually have a preference. If you’re looking for informal did you watch that food truck vendor under the pressure of all those brides (at the show) handle all the requests *no sweat*? Book it!

Or, did you find a venue that also included a food option? Many great options out there, and again, follow your heart, because when it comes to flowers, photography, and food—you’ve got three big Yes(es) to hand out!

Hot tip #6

Psst, You can’t get married without an Officiant! Enduring Promises is an award-winning and trusted team of experienced and highly trained wedding Officiants. We hope you had a warm and friendly conversation with us at the show. Our greatest desire is to help you realize that your wedding ceremony is a beautiful part of your day, a very personal part of your day, and it can be a very made-for-you part of your day. 

It’s never too early to “save the date” with us, we’ll help you with ceremony options, choice of Officiant, and all the support we can offer. Say Yes to Enduring Promises—so you can have a perfect, personal, one-of-a-kind Wedding Ceremony!

“Enduring Promises made it incredibly easy to meet an officiant that we connected with, create a beautiful ceremony based on a huge variety of templates, easily customize what we wanted, and overall make the most important part of our wedding day amazing! Within a couple of days of meeting Enduring Promises, we had a few officiants to choose from that matched our personality (as a couple) and by the end of the week, we met with and confirmed our officiant. Our officiant was fantastic! He answered emails within an hour, consulted with us on our ceremony, came early, and performed a beautiful ceremony for us. I also loved the ease of online payments in only two installments. Amazing experience that I would recommend to all future couples!” —Kira S. on Wedding Wire

Hot Tip #7

Yes has a polar opposite—you guessed it—No! Freebies, flyers, samples, and all the discount codes you collected at the wedding show, sort through these. Get rid of those that will just add to your clutter. It’s ok to say no, you can’t do it all, stick to your vision and follow your heart. 

It’s decision time—don’t be indecisive, because really, no matter what happens your wedding day will be perfect. You’re there for each other, to celebrate your love surrounded by loved ones—these are the things that truly matter. 

At Enduring Promises, we understand that planning a wedding is huge. A once-in-a-lifetime event that you will stress over. But, if you say Yes to us, we can take all the stress out of your Wedding Ceremony, really…

We’re hoping that our Hot Tips will help you follow your heart, to plan, what feels like to you, a perfect day. And in the midst of all the planning maybe you should keep and use that spa discount code!

About the Author: Annette Marchant

Annette Marchant is a copywriter and homebody from Calgary. She writes—and is a happy contributor to this blog. Her love of words is fueled by black tea and a great set of headphones. Her home is filled with boys and one of them is an Officiant with Enduring Promises.

You + Me + Wedding = Wedding Shows in person!

Authored by: Annette Marchant
Aug 17, 2021

We have missed you! It’s been a crazy season but we are so glad we can rub shoulders with you again, ok, no… 

We’ll respectfully keep our distance but we would love to meet you at one of the many in-person shows coming soon! 

So come on, put on your comfy shoes—your feet will thank you! Bring someone who’s going to love this as much as you, and grab your pre-made labels with your contact info (you know, all the fabulous prizes—someone has to win 😉) and we’ll see you there!

Close your eyes for a second, and see yourself sipping a drink, sampling mouth-watering cake, having fun with your bestie, dreaming, and hoping you’ll win your honeymoon or even your wedding!

Sounds like a great day out after being ‘in’ for so long…

For all things Wedding, we sure hope to see you at an in-person show. You will not only meet us, Enduring Promises, but all the top wedding professionals in one place. You belong here—you beautiful bride—you!

Ready for a little truth bomb? You can’t get married without an officiant. Eeps—I know!

Enduring Promises wants to be one of the first details you line up, not the last. That way we can get to know you (your story) and provide you the tools that will make your ceremony practically perfect! 

We have wedding packages for every couple. Your Ceremony, Your Way is our premier package with access to an online portal that provides you with the content you need to create your wedding ceremony, incorporating every detail that expresses your love.

And we’ll show you! Come and see our wedding portal, and the power at the tips of your fingers to create a personalized, unique, one of a kind wedding ceremony. We will guide you through the process of creating your ceremony with flexibility. 

“We had access to the online wedding portal (fabulous!), which helped us finalize our ceremony. The whole thing turned out beautifully and many guests told us afterwards how fantastic our Officiant was and how beautiful the ceremony was. I wasn’t really sure guests paid much attention to these things and was surprised at how many of them went out of their way to tell us how beautiful the ceremony was.”

Jennifer G. (Wedding Wire)

 

Once your ceremony is perfect, telling your story, we got it from there. You can leave it in our experienced, award-winning hands, reducing the stress of your wedding day.  

We are a group of Officiants that’s witnessed (over and over) that your wedding day is love and joy in its purest form and that’s the part we love the most as officiants! We do this for you!

“Enduring Promises made it incredibly easy to meet an Officiant that we connected with, create a beautiful ceremony based on a huge variety of templates, easily customize what we wanted, and overall make the most important part of our wedding day amazing! Our Officiant was fantastic! He answered emails within an hour, consulted with us on our ceremony, came early and performed a beautiful ceremony for us. Amazing experience that I would recommend to all future couples!”

Kira S. (Wedding Wire)

 

Wedding shows are fun and full of inspiration, where dreams are within reach, ideas grow legs, and your love is rightly celebrated. 

Planning a wedding is a special season in your life, because it’s more than a wedding—it’s a marriage! You’re making memories, changing your life, following your heart. 

At Enduring Promises, we love to help, celebrate, tell your story, and see you marry the one you love. Attending a wedding show makes your special day a reality…

Visit Enduring Promises at the Wedding Show!

 

About the Author: Annette Marchant

Annette Marchant is a copywriter and homebody from Calgary. She writes—and is a happy contributor to this blog. Her love of words is fueled by black tea and a great set of headphones. Her home is filled with boys and one of them is an Officiant with Enduring Promises.

 

Making Your Destination Wedding Legal Without The Hassle

Photo Credit: Victoria Mae Photography

Authored by: Annette Marchant
July 30, 2021

The word destination says so much—sun & sand, carefree days, rest, adventure, and time away from the day to day. 

But, if you take the word destination and add wedding it says so much more!

Love & marriage are their own special destination, an important day that is carefully chosen and filled with precious memories. 

As a couple it’s a new beginning, focusing on each other, the true destination!

At Enduring Promises, we understand that destinations are about the journey and the memories. Let us help you on your way to a hassle-free destination wedding.

What You Need To Know:

Making your marriage legal in another country isn’t as easy as picking an Officiant. Every country has its own legal requirements. Involving paperwork requiring your birth certificate, medical records, letters of intent, proof of residency, and (in some cases) blood tests. 

Keep in mind that if you would like a religious/spiritual wedding the religious organization may have its own requirements needed in advance of your ceremony. In some countries your religious/spiritual wedding may not be legally recognized unless it is combined with a civil ceremony. 

Obtaining a marriage license, applying for your marriage certificate, and changing your name all require different applications. 

Depending on the country in which you marry, you may need to hire the services of a translator, adding an unexpected element to your special day. Cancellations from service providers do happen from time to time.

Make sure you know all the requirements (well in advance) so you have enough time to get everything together, and in motion before you arrive. 

Hassle-Free Destination Wedding? 

Enduring Promises offers a Mobile Ceremony package that is easy to slip into your suitcase! 

If you have a destination wedding in mind, we would be honoured to come alongside you, taking care of the legalities for free—when you plan (a personalized, made for you) ceremony with us!

How does it work? 

  • We will legally marry you before you leave for your destination wedding. Omitting the different requirements for legal/religious/spiritual marriage in other countries.
  • With your special destination in mind, you will create a personalized, just-for-you, wedding ceremony with help of an Enduring Promises Officiant (of your choice) and our wedding portal. 
  • You choose a loved one to perform the wedding ceremony, and we will spend time coaching them, before you leave, using the ceremony you created. (No guessing who would otherwise perform the ceremony or needing the aid of a translator at your wedding.)
  • We are here for you and always ready to help, a text or phone call away. Our Mobile Ceremony is a beautiful way to add a little extra meaning and love to your memorable day!

Your Hassle-free Legal Destination Wedding

Enduring Promises, award-winning Wedding Officiants  

For more information visit: enduringpromises.com

P.S. If you’d just like to take care of the legalities before you leave, we’d be happy to help with that too!

 

About the Author: Annette Marchant

Annette Marchant is a copywriter and homebody from Calgary. She writes—and is a happy contributor to this blog. Her love of words is fueled by black tea and a great set of headphones. Her home is filled with boys and one of them is an Officiant with Enduring Promises.

O’ Canada!

Canada may be our home but isn’t always our native land..

Authored by: D.K Diosi
January 20, 2021

As Canadians, we have so much to be proud of!  Did you know that Canada boasts the longest coastline in the world and the tallest mountain peak?! Not to mention our greatest invention yet, hello POUTINE!!!

But what really makes our nation exceptional and unique is our ethnic diversity.  Statistics from statista.com show that approximately 21.5% of our permanent residents have immigrated from many different countries of origin and cultural backgrounds. India, China, and the Philippines to name a few. The result? Canada is one of the most interesting and wonderful places to explore and live.

Indeed we are the land of opportunity…

With so many countries represented in Canada comes a unique set of opportunities for those providing services to our citizens. The service industry in general has had the opportunity to evolve by offering bilingual and multilingual options for their customers. And many service providers including those in the wedding industry have had the opportunity to take into consideration the unique cultural differences that can exist within their clientele.

For Instance…

In the article 12 ways wedding traditions differ around the world on Insider.com, I learned that Brides from India may choose to not wear hand jewelry but instead get mendhi (a paint made from henna) painted in meaningful designs onto their hands and wrists. And that it is a Filipino newlywed tradition to release one female and one male dove as a representation of their love and future life together.

What this means for you…

When exploring your options for a Wedding Officiant it is important to take into consideration what your unique preferences and needs may be and find an officiant who can best assist you. An award winning and well respected company such as Enduring Promises has so much to offer. They are flexible in their approach and excellent in their service! They recognize that you may have unique cultural preferences for your special day and will work with you to help you create a perfect ceremony that is reflective and respectful of those preferences.  

Enduring Promises has Officiants who are bi-lingual and offer services in English, Cantonese, French and German to name a few.  Enduring Promises Officiants are the best in their field, they are passionate about what they do and are experienced to help you.

Book your consult today!

 

About the Author: D.K Diosi

Debbie is a freelance Copywriter/Blogger and a Certified Life Coach. Her goal is to live a life that out-lives the breath in her lungs. She believes that each of us possesses an unique life purpose fueled by our passions and her desire is to help others through her love of writing and coaching to define and achieve their best self resulting in living their best life!

 

Virtual Ceremony NOT Virtual Guests

Virtual Ceremony NOT Virtual Guests

5 Tips For The Best Guest Experience

Authored by: D.K Diosi
January 19, 2021

Having a virtual wedding ceremony may or may not be the format you’ve always dreamed of for your big day. But if you are like many other engaged couples, it’s the recent restrictions to gatherings that is causing you to pivot in this direction, leaving you with a lot of questions about how to make it a memorable and enjoyable experience for your friends and family. Although the ceremony is virtual, your guests are not avatars, they are your dearest family and friends and you want them to enjoy the day just as much as you will!

For the best guest experience here are 5 things you may want to consider….

1. Sending a Guest Bag

You will be off to a great guest experience with this one! I mean, who doesn’t like to accept a lovely package delivered right to their door!  You can stuff it full of goodies and send it to your guests ahead of time. A guest gift bag can serve as a way to provide your guests with much-needed communication and fun stuff too!  

Of all of the guest bag ‘stuffing’ be sure to include…

  • Day of Details: Set your guests at ease by ensuring that they are well informed of the days’ happenings.  From log-in through the ceremony to cake cutting, toasts, and speeches. This is your opportunity to provide them with all the information and itinerary for the day. This can be as simple as a print out on nice paper to a fancier picture postcard with a customized QR code for the tech-savvy crowd leading them to all the details. It is good to be mindful that your guests may have questions ahead of the big day so help them to get the answers they are looking for by providing them with your preferred method of communication like an email address or phone number to your wedding planner, helper, or yourself.
  • Gifting Details: As with an in-person wedding your guests will want to give you gifts, so be sure to include this information. In an easy to understand format or a one stop location link to your wedding website, gift registry or E-transfer details. 
  • Wedding Day Momento:  Guests will feel included when they see that you have thought of them! A small gift as a thank you is a wonderful way to say thank you and celebrate them. If your budget will allow, this may be a good place for a bit of splurge. One example would be a small bottle of Prosecco with a personalized label and a couple of glasses both classy and fun! That being said, one of the hottest trends in 2020 was a personalized hand sanitizer!

2. DRESSING UP

Some of your guests are attending from home but that does not mean they should attend in their jammies, at least not from the waist up! 

Invite them to attend your wedding wearing the attire that they would have worn in person. Dressing up at home will help that day and time to feel special and set apart from regular at home activities. 

3. FLOWERS FOR VIP’S

Help any VIPS who are attending virtually to stand out from the crowd and feel extra-celebrated, by arranging to have boutonnieres or corsages for them to wear.  Delivered to them on the morning of or evening before the special day.

4. FUN FOR YOUR GUESTS

Fun is always part of any wedding day, to help the virtual crowd relax and enjoy a laugh plan to have the virtual host (emcee), play some virtual ‘get to know you’ type games either before the ceremony or whenever there is downtime. Another idea would be to ask your guests to pre-record videos of their well-wishes and messages and have your host play those throughout.

5. PHOTOS

Let’s face it, you cannot have enough pictures on this special day and will definitely want photos of your guests and I’m sure they will be happy to oblige! Invite them to photograph themselves and their guest experience for you. If you have a “couples” hashtag ask your them to use the hashtag when posting their pics so they can view other attendees photos as well. Compile the photos of your choice into a  digital or printed memory book that you can enjoy for years to come.

A virtual ceremony does not have to be anything less than a dream wedding for you, and a really good and memorable experience for your guests as well!  Your ideas can be unique as you are so be creative, have fun, and most importantly enjoy this unique opportunity to shine!

About the Author: D.K Diosi
Debbie is a freelance Copywriter/Blogger and a Certified Life Coach. Her goal is to live a life that out-lives the breath in her lungs. She believes that each of us possess an unique life purpose fueled by our passions and her desire is to help others through her love of writing and coaching to define and achieve their best self resulting in living their best life!

Virtual Wedding?

Google analytics says “virtual marriage” is trending…

Authored by: Anette Marchant
January 19, 2021

You are not alone in wondering if a virtual wedding is for you. Your hesitation in moving forward is understandable in light of Covid-19 restrictions. Your carefully selected wedding date along with all your plans, on pause. The simple desire to celebrate with family and friends is hard to ignore… 

But sometimes there are special considerations to make. As one couple decided, they wanted her grandfather to see them get married. They went ahead with a virtual wedding and one month later he passed. Now they cherish the fact that they didn’t wait. 

Though restrictions vary from province to province, couples can plan on having 10 people attend in person. If you look at it this way, you can invite more people than you initially planned to a live-streamed event!

It may be difficult to make this decision but virtual or live-streamed weddings aren’t going away any time soon. Many couples are already making this choice as they have family and friends all over the world.

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Live Streamed weddings are every bit as special…

“It wasn’t how either of us had imagined we would get married, but it was so full of love and pure joy…we still hope to celebrate sometime soon with family and friends in person, but for now, we are so glad to be officially husband and wife.” 

—Julie and Benjamin

It is important to clarify that you can’t have a fully virtual wedding in Canada. For legal purposes, your marriage license must be signed and witnessed in person, with your officiant on the wedding day.  

We’re finding that couples have a hard time letting their wedding day pass and don’t want to postpone. So honor the wedding date you’ve picked. Your full wedding plans can be realized down the road should you choose. You can do both—we encourage it!

Enduring Promises offers a special package for those couples wanting to take care of the legalities now, followed by a ceremony with family & friends at a later date.

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Don’t leave out any of the trimmings! If you’ve already booked a florist, see if you can have curbside pick up of smaller bouquets or, maybe they offer a virtual tutorial on how to make your own bouquet. 

You will want the memories and photos of your special day; so it’s still a good idea to hire a photographer. 

Do all the special moments you want! A cake can also be ordered for curbside pickup, or be brave and make it yourself. Stack up the happy memories, and show us that love conquers. It will be a day to remember for all involved. 

Though you can’t be with all your guests, make it special for them! Click the link at the end to get some ideas of what you could do. 

A few things to keep in mind…

The first thing you need to consider is what platform you will use to make your virtual wedding possible. Google Hangout, Facebook Live, Instagram Live, and Zoom are the most popular options. 

Live streaming options such as Facebook or Instagram, allow guests to view the wedding and use the chat feature, sending their love and happy wishes. 

Zoom and Google Hangout are video conferencing apps where guests are encouraged to use ‘Speaker View’ to see you, but can also see and interact with each other. Zoom also allows a virtual waiting room where guests can log in and mingle, adding to the wedding atmosphere.  

Ask someone to be the technical administrator for your day. They can be the virtual host to welcome guests when they log in, moderate the waiting room, mute and unmute, and even make sure the video call is being recorded as a special memory. 

Please keep provincial marriage license regulations in mind. If your original wedding day has passed since the license was issued, confirm with your registry office that the license is still valid.                                                                                                       

What Enduring Promises can do for you…

We will tell your story the way YOU created it! Our online console is accessible to you once you’ve booked your wedding with us. We have always been about minimizing the stress of your wedding day. We want to help you celebrate and we’re not camera shy!

 “We used Enduring Promises to design our ceremony and couldn’t be happier. Using the ceremony builder you can really make it your own. We received so many compliments about our beautiful and unique ceremony! Our officiant did an amazing job and was such a pleasure to work with! I could not recommend this company enough!”

—Samantha & Jordan

You may not have expected to do your wedding this way, but we’re here for you! Now more than ever, we need a reason to celebrate–bringing a little joy into each other’s lives. Imagine the stories you’ll tell and happy memories you’ll create!

5 Tips For The Best Guest Experience

About the Author: 
Annette Marchant is a copywriter and homebody from Calgary. She writes—and is a happy contributor to this blog. Her love of words is fueled by black tea and a great set of headphones. Her home is filled with boys and one of them is an Officiant with Enduring Promises.

How To Plan A Wedding During Covid-19

Feeling overwhelmed and short on ideas?

How To Plan A Wedding During Covid-19

Virtual wedding shows bring the inspiration!

Authored by: Annette Marchant
January 14, 2021

 

The excitement is setting in, your Honey has proposed 💍 and the next chapter of your life is about to begin. Then t he anxious thoughts move in–how on earth are you going to plan a wedding during a global pandemic and the current restrictions? You’ve found the one you love, your lives have blended, your home is where the other is and you are moving forward together. Our world has indeed changed but there is no reason for you to miss out on this special time in your life! 

It’s easy to assume that you’ll be able to book an appointment to try on wedding dresses, but where do you go if you just want to see what’s out there first? 

We understand and want you to know that there are solutions to your questions and we have good ideas to share with you. Schedule a day in, grab your warm drink, pull a blanket over your knees, and sign in to join us at a virtual wedding show. 

Virtual wedding shows make planning your upcoming wedding easy! Don’t miss out on celebrity guests and featured presentations, no jostling for a seat in a cramped auditorium. You can experience a virtual show by registering (for a reduced price) with all the same benefits of attending in-person! What’s better than Pj’s, coffee, and all things Bridal?

Every vendor you would expect to see at an in-person show is there; your ability to connect with them is easier than it would be in a crowded venue. Exclusive vendors include special offers, prizes, and are open to your questions. Use this unique opportunity as a resource of idea inspiration!

Fashion is a vital part of wedding shows. The best from exclusive bridal boutiques with all the latest in gowns and bridesmaid dresses for you to enjoy and be inspired by. We got you!

Workshops and demos from wedding planning to floral design, and everything between. Ideas and resources to help you plan and make your day special. Many vendors are adapting to the changes, and their ideas are fresh. Register and see for yourself!

Wedding shows are the perfect virtual option for you to connect with wedding professionals, including Enduring Promises. We are a group of award-winning wedding officiants who have the expertise, experience, and passion for your day. 

We want to help you create your unique and memorable wedding ceremony at the location of your choice. We will guide you through the process with flexibility, to help reduce the stress of your wedding day. 

“With the chaos surrounding COVID-19, our officiant went above and beyond our expectations! He was accommodating despite our multiple date changes and made this part of our wedding a breeze. Mike had a clear voice and allowed our guests to enjoy every word. The online tool was helpful and straight forward which allowed us to have the exact ceremony and vibe we wanted. Enduring Promises was phenomenal to work with and stress-free. HIGHLY recommend!” —Jennifer on Wedding Wire

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“Enduring Promises’ process was easy and worry-free from start to finish! We chose Glenn to officiate our COVID wedding. He is a kind soul who was very helpful and accommodating, especially with our uncertainties! He assured us he would be there wherever and whenever we needed to go in order for us to be married. We are glad all worked out as planned and that we had Glenn officiate and be a part of our special day!” —Stephanie Lee on Wedding Wire

Don’t let choosing your Officiant be the last detail you consider, because hey, you can’t get married without us! We look forward to meeting with you at one of these upcoming virtual wedding shows…

The Wedding Planning Summit

Love’s Not Cancelled

The Wedding Ring

Bridal Expo

Take the stress off, enjoy the show, and let the planning begin! It’s not too early to book your Officiant. If changes are needed we promise to be flexible and accommodating!

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About the Author: Annette Marchant

Annette Marchant is a copywriter and homebody from Calgary. She writes—and is a happy contributor to this blog. Her love of words is fueled by black tea and a great set of headphones. Her home is filled with boys and one of them is an Officiant with Enduring Promises.

 

6 Things to Look for In an Officiant!!!

Authored by: Brian Manuel

The venue is booked, you now have a date, time  and location for your wedding to take place.  You possibly have your photographer and music taken care of as well.

Now that you have an idea of when, where and who is going to be involved in that special day, what about the person that’s actually going to officiate your ceremony?

The officiant plays a significant part in your day.  The ceremony is more than a prelude to a great party, it’s the beginning of the next chapter of life and should reflect your personalities, vision and of course your values.

So, what should you look for when searching for an officiant? I’m glad you asked …

1. Flexibility

The ceremony is a reflection of what you both want.  It’s important to ensure that the Officiant you choose is someone who is flexible and willing to work with you, to help create the ceremony YOU want, where you get to choose every word that is spoken.  This is your day, not his/hers, so make sure they will help you create your vision. 

2. Personable

This is a simple thing, but so very important.  When you select an Officiant make sure they are friendly.   It’s important that you and your families get the sense that you are being married by a friend, without being married by a friend.

Your Officiant must be professional and able to work under just about any condition, for example what do they do if a microphone quits during the ceremony?  At the same time, they must be warm and personable so as to set a mood that is relaxed, putting you both at ease, instead of on edge of what is coming next.

Ask yourself this question “when I see this person on my special day, how will I feel? Relaxed or stressed?

3. Detailed

An Officiant isn’t a wedding planner but they ought to have a sense of what is happening around them and an eye for detail. 

They are there to make your day everything you hoped it would be and if they can look around and pick up on small things, you’re in great hands.  For example, an Officiant was seen asking a relative who had parked their walker in the aisle if it could be moved for the ceremony (it wasn’t infringing on the actual aisle but it looked terrible in photos).  The wedding could have gone ahead without doing this and technically the Officiant wasn’t required to deal with this situation, but they were thinking ahead, knowing how it would look on the photos that would be cherished for years to come.

You may not be able to assess what your potential Officiant would do in this situation during your first meeting with them.  You can however listen to them talk about your ceremony in detail.  If they are not aware of what makes for great photos, then maybe they aren’t the Officiant for you.

4. Punctual

Again, this is a simple request. but vitally important.  When you first met them, were they on time (or early) for your meeting?  If you have not yet met them, please pay attention to that.  It will tell you lots about who they are as a person and if you can depend on them to be on time for your special day.

Venues are becoming more focused on timing and you do not want to be waiting for your Officiant to show up for your ceremony to start.

5. Credible

Do they have positive reviews?  Specifically, do the reviews speak well of their personality and the way they conducted themselves?  Yes, you want someone who as a great voice and can project well but more importantly you want someone who is engaging and a review that reflects that is GOLD!

The greatest reviews are the ones that refer to the fact that the couple felt as if they were being married by a friend.

Are they registered to Officiate marriages in your Province?  There should be a list provided by a governing body to verify they are.

Finally, make sure that you have a good combination of someone who is personable and professional.  This may be a lot to determine in one meeting but the real question is, do you feel a connection with the person you are meeting with or met with?  Trust your instincts!!!

6. Knowledgeable

All of the proceeding characteristics are very important but only in as much as your Officiant is knowledgeable of how to help you create your personalized ceremony.

Are they familiar with the important aspects of a ceremony and how to manage it?

For example, have they done a wedding at your venue, or at the very least, have they researched the venue to see what the ceremony space looks like?

Do they have experience in performing ceremonies, are they familiar with all the different elements of a ceremony, such as mother’s rose presentation, ring warming, love letter ceremony, etc.?

From a legal standpoint, do they have a good understanding of what needs to be done with the license after the ceremony is completed?

About the Author:
Brian has worked with hundreds of couples to identify what they want in a ceremony and help them create a ceremony that is reflective of their personalities and vision. He is a husband, father, friend, cyclist, scuba diver, golfer, teacher and passionate about his family and work. Brian would love to help you imagine, create and celebrate your dream wedding ceremony. Contact him today, to get the ball rolling.

Sara and Elliott

We Couldn’t be Happier…

“Enduring Promises came recommended to me from my cousin whose friend used Enduring Promises to find her officiant. I contacted the company, and someone emailed me back very quickly giving me options for officiants who would best fit our non-religious wedding ceremony.

We met Brian Manuel and instantly knew he’d be perfect. He made everything less stressful by giving us ideas for our ceremony. The website was very easy to use and extremely helpful. We were able to use examples and change them to fit our ideas for our perfect ceremony. Brian supported us the entire way and made it so easy. When our big day arrived, I was so relieved to see Brian’s smiling face – he was so personable and very professional. Brian made the entire process stress free and helped create our ceremony.

We recommend Brian and Enduring Promises to any engaged couple looking for an officiant. This was truly an amazing experience and there is nothing we would have changed.”

Sara & Elliott
Wedding Wire

What Guests Care About at A Wedding

Authored by: Rinette Emerson
March 15, 2018

In our last blog we shared some insights that we have seen over the years that guests are relatively indifferent about when it comes to a wedding celebration. Now it’s time to share what our experience has shown that guests do care about when attending a wedding.

The Ceremony: Your ceremony is the most important part of your wedding celebration, and your vows are always the intimate and emotional part to witness.

The Start Time: The key to starting your wedding ceremony on a high note is to start on time. A 10-15-minute delay is acceptable, but after that the Tweets are flying!

Comfort: If guests are comfortable, they’ll be able to enjoy your ceremony, which sets the tone for the rest of the day. That might mean adding some padding to the seats or exchange plastic folding chairs for something sturdier. It may also mean renting some heaters in the fall or offering parasols and handing out water on a hot summer day.

There should also be enough space between chairs and rows that guests have some leg and elbow room. After all, if your guests are comfortable they will be engaged in your celebration, which means they will fondly remember your Special Day.

The Food: Enjoying an fantastic meal with family and friends is a treat for guests. Some of them have waited all day to enjoy those special treats on the dessert table, so make sure your food choices are crowd pleasers. A great meal will keep the atmosphere celebratory, but a bad one could really bring down the mood. In addition, be sure to offer vegan and vegetarian options or choices for those with common allergies, like gluten and nuts.

The Drinks: Weddings and signature cocktail drinks go together like a horse and carriage. So, keep the drinks flowing, because there’s nothing that wedding guests dislike more than a liquor well that runs dry.  A well stocked bar will also keep the energy high and your guests “in the mood” all night long.

The Music: The tunes will be going strong from the first arrivals through the last dance. So, make sure your music list is on point, especially once guests start hitting the dance floor. Skip the chicken dance and opt for fun, contemporary tunes that everyone is sure to know and love. This will unite the crowd and give your guest an opportunity to work off a few calories on the dance floor.

The Venue: Skip the outdoor venue during the hot and humid days of summer. Likewise, consider an indoor spot during the cooler fall and winter months. In addition to the climate consideration, does it reflect your personalities? Does it offer free parking, is it assessable, and how far away is it from the nearest hotels?

We post new content regularly that will help you create your personal, hopefully stress-free, and engaging wedding ceremony. Follow our Blog for additional wedding ideas and we’ll catch up with you next time.

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About the Author: Rinette Emerson

Anyone who knows me would say that I am fairly laid back, easy going and love my morning coffee. I love chocolate, preferably milk chocolate, and when time allows I enjoy painting and running.
I grew up in South Africa before moving to the UK and finally settling in Canada where I married my best friend and loudest supporter. We love to travel and would consider ourselves to be “adventurous” foodies.
Enough about me, now tell me about you?

Author Website: https://www.enduringpromises.com