CORONAVIRUS The pandemic has dramatically effected our income just as it has millions of others around the globe. Weddings are being postponed and/ or cancelled. You can help us survive this storm by purchasing one of Dr Graham relationship books or participating in a couple's counseling program which Dr Graham facilitates and can be completed online and via telephone or video conferencing. Please contact us for details.
Covering the ENTIRE
state of MISSISSIPPI
New Rule to get married in ALABAMA
A reminder to couples who are getting married- though you SHOULD postpone your wedding especially if it is scheduled for sometime in the next couple of months- you do not have to postpone getting married. In a recent al dot com article I just posted there is something misleading- at least for Alabama. To get married in ALABAMA since August 29, 2019 there is no need to ever go to a courthouse, no trips to probate are needed and are highly discouraged in fact.
Alabama NO LONGER issues Marriage Licenses. You simply go to the Alabama Department of Health's web site and then to the VITAL RECORDS and MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES (linked below) Fill out the PDF form online, print it out and get it notarized. No formalities needed at all. No vows or ceremony required. The legal part is done. Then you can schedule your WEDDING and/ or reception much later in the year after things settle down and it is safe.
It is very common for military couples to get married legally on one date and then have a reception and ceremony on another date. Some tell their families others chose to keep it secret. There are many reasons to get legally married- insurance, property- military couples do so because of requirement for shared housing.
We are not just another minister that stands up and reads a script. As our reviews share we put our hearts into the celebration of the uniting of your hearts. Over 40 years of public speaking brought to your special day!
We are not judgmental! We are here to serve not judge. It is YOUR wedding, YOUR memories and we happen to think that LOVE is worthy celebrating and who YOU fall in love is not our concern.
We DO NOT require premarital counseling however we do facilitate the SYMBIS program should you feel the need of desire.
You are most likely investing a lot of money in your wedding- dresses, tuxes, venue, photographer, DJ, catering and the list goes on and on. With the average wedding cost going up to around $30,000 the question needs to be asked: HOW MUCH ARE YOU INVESTING IN YOUR MARRIAGE?
Your wedding gets you married but does not keep you married nor does it actually create your marriage. Having officiated over thousands of weddings in my lifetime nothing is more heartwarming than seeing a couple still madly in love and happily married years after the wedding. But it does not always turn out that way. No matter the words used in a ceremony, no matter the prayers said and no matter the sincerity and genuineness of the couple- the marriage can fail.
As a facilitator of SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Begins) I am confident that our couples counseling with improve your chances at not just surviving marriage but THRIVING in marriage. For a small fraction of what you are spending on your WEDDING this investment in your MARRIAGE will pay dividends that last a lifetime!!!