Author Archives: John Melchinger

About John Melchinger

John, his wife Jayne and Bob are all ordained ministers and FL Notaries. Our credo is "Your day, your way!" When the words and ceremony that start your journey together are important to you, start with an officiant who cares to marry you as you wish to be pronounced, and without any agenda except to make you, your families and guests happy to support you on your wedding day.

Pricing Officiant Services

In this economy, couples are sensitive to all pricing. Venue, catering, flowers, photography, limousine, MC/DJ, chairs, linens, officiant, etc. can all add up to a comfortable, pricey or completely unaffordable total. Often, the reality of “unaffordable” comes as a complete … Continue reading

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Your Dreams Team

If you don’t have a degree in management or don’t work in a well-oiled, productive team, you can still tell what distinguishes a great team from one that isn’t. Good teams are friendly, work well together, always consider the mission … Continue reading

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Be kind. Demand kindness.

You may have watched a variety of bridal shows on television. I am not referring to the bridezilla show that uses actors to highlight how selfish and insensitive some brides can be. I am referring to real bridal situations such … Continue reading

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Wedding Ceremony Programs

The wedding ceremony can be elaborate or simply elegant and without pretense. You can have pretense even without being elaborate, but don’t think that having a nicely decorated, printed program to let your guests know the score or to provide … Continue reading

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Rules for Groom and Groomsmen

Rules for Groom and Groomsmen—This deceptively simple title implies that the men in a wedding merely have to follow some rules and everything will be fine. For the average guy in a traditional relationship, this is probably true. For you … Continue reading

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Bell of Truce

You’ve read about many things about weddings in this blog. Most have been non-traditional or at least outside the norm. I’ve tried to help you become aware of alternatives to what people may say are “traditional” for weddings. I do … Continue reading

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Things Can Happen…and they do!

After so many weddings, we three officiants at A Perfect Witness (Jayne, John and Bob) think we’ve seen it all, and every time one of us mentions this, something new happens. There is no end to the surprises that can … Continue reading

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Tradition? Create your own!

Some brides and grooms like tradition. Besides pleasing themselves by following traditions, it pleases parents and grandparents with whom a younger couple has a bond. If tradition is what you want, then tradition is certainly what you should have in … Continue reading

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Love and Marriage

People always believe they are in love at the moment they become engaged and at the moment the officiant pronounces them husband and wife. Often they are right, and their strong, almost intoxicating belief carries them for many years. Yet our … Continue reading

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Let’s All Get Stones

Symbolism is something that brides and grooms often want in their ceremony. We’ve discussed the symbolism of Unity Candles. Incorporating a symbolic event in the context of your beach venue can be Unity Sand. Pouring two colors of sand into … Continue reading

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