Friday, December 20, 2013

Duck Dynasty; A slight business standpoint

I am so disappointed in reading so many peoples responses to the whole Duck Dynasty thing. The fact that I have to read things like, "What's wrong with what he said? It's the TRUTH!", "Homosexuals are wrong and should die", and other ignorant ideals such as those make me beyond sad.

The fact is, you don't know what is or isn't the truth. None of us do. This is why we have faith and hope and LOVE. Gay, straight, bi, transgender; we all are children of the same universe. The general principle should always be about supporting and loving each other.

Now, on the topic of what was said, the guy has every right to have an opinion, BUT as any company would do with any other hired/contracted employee, when you do not promote the BUSINESS in a professional manner, while keeping their image clean, THEY, the BUSINESS, have every right to suspend and or terminate such employee. Go ahead, try it at your job. Go ahead and say whats on your mind about any minority, or any person in a negative manner, see where it gets you. He is lucky that he was just suspended for such a public response while representing a BUSINESS and not removed completely!

By all means, you can easily respond by quoting misinterpreted scripture from Leviticus, 1 Corinthians and Romans, but I can easily do the same with some other everyday element that you should supposedly be put to death for.

Just love and be loved. It is the meaning of our very existence. We live for love; without love, life doesn't seem worth living. Live for love, people...Live for love.

~Rev. William Marcus McFarland III

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Friday, July 19, 2013

5 Secrets to a Stress-Free, Happy, Healthy Family from The Las Vegas Minister | Best Las Vegas Wedding Officiant

It is very unfortunate that I do not have any children. Having a child is the one thing in my life that I have always wanted. Way before I was a Las Vegas Wedding Officiant, I had to take care of my baby brother and sister after they were born. Although sober now, my mother was a drug addict, a gambleholic, and in an abusive relationship. I had no choice but to try and shield them from that life. Since then, I have always wanted a child. So, I can relate to this article below and I find the items listed to be very good tips for a family. But don't take this Las Vegas Wedding Ministers word for it, read it for yourself.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Have over-the-top prom proposals gone too far?

As a Las Vegas Wedding Officiant, I have seen my fair share of proposals, but never have I seen one for a High School Prom. Is it such a bad thing? Well now, the question may have multiple answers, but it is something that this Las Vegas Wedding Minister doesn't think is so bad.

Although I do agree that some may spend a little too much money on something that can be achieved with a creative mind and little to no cash spent. I can't complain when someone is going out of their way to be romantic. It is perfectly healthy at that age. As we get older, some people would give anything to have that spontaneity left in their lives. But, don't take it from me, here is an article written about the newest fad: Promposals.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Marriage Survey From Reveals Men's Attitudes On Marriage

As a Las Vegas Wedding Officiant I hear this stereotype for men very often: do men really fear commitment? Well, I have searched for hours (well, more like a couple minutes) and found a short, to-the-point article to share with the world. Please enjoy this article brought to you by your favorite Las Vegas Wedding Minister.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Maid of Honor

Ancient Romans believed that evil spirits haunted weddings so to protect the bride and groom they required ten witnesses to dress in the same clothing as the couple so the spirits wouldn't know who was who. The maid of honor was one of these attendants. She and the other bridesmaids dressed like the bride for another crucial reason – to trick very mortal aggressors, the men in the groom’s village who were jealous of the groom and might try to steal the bride away before the ceremony. Brides in ancient times traditionally traveled to the groom’s village for the ceremony so she really needed reliable protection. The maid of honor made sure to stick by the bride, dressed exactly like her, to confuse any threats natural or supernatural until her fate was secured.

The maid of honor also helped the bride dress before the wedding, as she still does today, and helped her weave a wreath of aromatic flowers believed to protect her from evil spirits. The term “maid of honor” came from the United Kingdom, meaning female attendants to the queen.

The position of maid/matron of honor today is usually reserved for the bride’s closest confidante. She plays an essential role in the event planning and assisting the bride. She performs all of the bridesmaid expectations as well as many additional tasks to ease any stress on the bride.

When you begin to plan a wedding, you may be a little confused about all the terms involved with the wedding party. Some wedding parties include simply the bride and groom, but more often than not, wedding parties will have several bridesmaids and groomsmen. One special member of the bridal party is the maid or matron of honor. What exactly, though, is the difference between the maid of honor and matron of honor?

Traditionally, the maid of honor is the unmarried best friend or sister of the bride. Most brides have at least one maid of honor in their wedding party.

The matron of honor is usually a close friend or relative of the bride who is already married.

No matter which title is used, the duties are the same. Here are a few to mention:

Generally the MOH shops with the bride for wedding dresses and attends fittings. She also usually has a voice in choosing the bridesmaid dresses.

She helps the bride with wedding event planning as the bride needs. Some brides want the MOH to come along to all vendor consultations; others just want someone to bounce ideas off of.

Takes the lead on any bridesmaid group gift to the bride (if applicable) and organizes a bridesmaid luncheon, if the bride chooses to have one.

Serves as the bride’s assistant on the wedding day, helping her with everything from lipstick freshening to herding the single ladies for the bouquet toss.

Gives a toast at the wedding reception.

Often plans the events such as bridal showers or bachelorette parties, but is not required, and these duties can be split amongst other bridesmaids and friends.

Just keep in mind, although you are the “go to” person for the bride, don’t let that get to your head. You are there to help the bride and assist, she trusts you more than anyone, don’t try to take over. Many relationships have ended due to “power hungry” MOA’s. Don’t worry ladies, your day will come.

You should know by now what you plan to do and how to go about doing it, but here are some “DON’TS” to add to your list:

DON’T: Get drunk.

At least not before your speech! If you are one of the terrified 15% of Americans, use other relaxation techniques to calm yourself. Feel free to jump into the libations (responsibly) when you’re done. If you make a fool out of yourself while drunkenly attempting to deliver your speech, you will most likely end up on YouTube.

DON’T: Be anti-marriage.

Don’t express these sentiments in your speech, even if you are doing so in order to emphasize how the bride’s relationship defies your preconceived notions. You might be booed offstage before you can get to that part. For example, avoid quotes such as this one from Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary:

“Love, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage.”

If your goal is to never be invited to another wedding ever again, this is the way to go.

DON’T: Mention the bride’s past boyfriends or any other intimate details.

There is no good reason to mention past boyfriends, and if you do you’re liable to make everyone in the room uncomfortable. The last thing you want to do is open a can of worms between the bride and the groom on their wedding day. Also, don’t mention past exploits, including those crazy college nights or anything that happened at the bachelorette party.

DON’T: Drag on forever.

You can say everything you want or need to say within five minutes. Anything else can be said in private later on. You are probably not going to be the only one giving a speech, and you don’t want to put your audience to sleep. Ceremonies can be long, so everyone probably wants to get to the dancing and eating by that point. You don’t want the only memorable thing about your speech to be that it wouldn't END.

DON’T: Express your undying passion for the groom.

Or the bride. Or anyone really.

And lastly,

DON’T: Take your frustration out on crew and vendors the day of the service.

This can be a little tricky to explain, but if you have an issue with someone who is hired help, the worst thing you can do is cause a scene and feel you have to address it then and there. If it is something you feel you need to take care of that moment, find the appropriate person to bring it up to in private. Normally if you have a wedding planner, this is the correct person to go to. You have to remember that these workers are getting their orders from several different people leading all the way up to the bride. I know we all want everything to be perfect for this special day, but do remember that they are still human and mistakes may be made. If you can wait, bring these issues up after the service. This is supposed to be a fun filled day, don’t let something get in the way of achieving this.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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