Original post date: July 20, 2012
Lessons learned at the Marriage Factory:
1. Check the marriage license - helps discover couples who will need a ceremony in Mandarin, Thai, Lao, etc. The dates of birth helps pick out who's who in the lobby - not every bride wears a wedding dress.
2. Ask if everyone's there. Mention feeding the meter and using the restroom, or people will forget where their witnesses have gone.
3. Go over the license with everyone before starting the ceremony. Fixing typos before things start is free and easy. Fixing legal documents is neither.
4. Nervous laughter during the ceremony is normal. So are tears, so try to have tissues ready.
5. Nervous people can't remember more than 5 or 6 words at a time, so parcel out the vows accordingly.
6. Children are bored by weddings, and a wooden bench is really loud when a child is repeatedly kicking it.
7. And most importantly, be nice to the clerks!