Helpful Information: Hiring Someone to Officiate Your Wedding

Choosing Your Wedding Clergy  An officiant can be a great resource for helping plan your wedding. Good officiants are usually in demand, so when you find an officiant you like it's a good idea to reserve for your wedding as soon as you can. Most officiants require a nonrefundable deposit to guarantee the date and time. Here are some things to consider when choosing an officiant:

  • What is your first impression? Do you feel at ease? Is the officiant professional in appearance and demeanor?

  • Do they have a pleasant voice?

  • Will they explain their training, their experience and their credentials?

  • Is the officiant ordained? Licensed? Where did the ordination come from? "Ordination" is now available for purchase off the Internet — this isn't a true ordination — ordination is God's way of confirming a call to ministry.

  • Does the officiant belong to any professional organizations/associations that have professional codes?

  • Does the officiant offer premarital counseling? Is it optional or required?

  • Is the officiant a truly caring person, interested not only in the ceremony, but also in the success of your marriage?

  • Will this officiant honor your values and spiritual beliefs and help you to express them?

  • Are they able to meet your unique religious/spiritual needs and requirements?

  • Do they exhibit a willingness to create a ceremony that expresses exactly what you want to say to each other?

  • Can you speak up for yourself, ask for what you want and voice any objections you may have?

  • Does the officiant have creative ways to allow friends and family to participate in your ceremony?

  • What are their fees? What services are included?

  • Will they be available for a rehearsal if necessary or give rehearsal instruction?

  • In the unlikely event of an emergency, do they have professional backup?

  • Finally, is this the officiant you want to share this incredibly special day with?

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Obtaining Your Marriage License  Marriage licensing laws differ depending on the state and county you get married in. It is a good idea to check into rules, waiting periods, fees, documents needed, etc. at the beginning of your wedding planning process. Before you visit the licensing location to apply, you will want to verify the requirements by calling the county, or visiting their website.
And be sure to confirm details with us!