A wedding officiant may have the most important task of all: make sure you and your spouse are really married! Whether you are organizing a religious or secular ceremony, it is important to find a professional marriage lawyer. We recommend that you book your formal wedding at least eight months before the big day.
How to choose a great wedding officiant
While looking for wedding organizers may not be the most talked or fascinating decision to make during the process of wedding planning, it is essential for the ceremony. Let's be honest, there's no ceremony without an officiant. Unless you are absolutely sure of your officiant, finding the best person to celebrate the ceremony can be difficult, especially if you are married in an unknown area where you may not have a strong connection with a religious leader or a judge. If you have difficulty finding a person, do not worry! We're here to help.
First of all, check the laws! Find out if the state (or county) you are married to has restrictions on who can and can not marry you. Check out our state-by-state marriage laws to find out what your state requires. From there, official search can begin. For non-religious couples, here are some tips for choosing a non-religious official!
Ask for officiant advice
When you are finally ready to start your search, ask around. People are always willing to give advice on wedding planning. You can also chat with other couples in our Bridalope Wedding Blog. To find local workshops using Bridalope, simply type “officiant" on the search bar on the home page or click "More" under the image on top of the screen. You can read reviews of real couples who have already used the officiant.
When you’re looking at wedding officiants, whether they are religious figures or not, it is essential to meet them in person before booking. It is important that you and your fiancé(e) feel comfortable around them and that you understand that you two are a couple. It is not unusual for a wedding officiant to have several "counseling" sessions to learn more about the couple before the ceremony.
Questions to ask your wedding officiant
During this time, we suggest that you ask all your questions about their role in your wedding. Here are some suggestions:
- Are you available for our wedding day and place?
- What is the best way to contact you and how long should I expect an answer?
- What do you charge and how is the price broken?
- Is there some form of flexibility in the ceremony format?
- Can I talk to other people (family and friends) during the ceremony?
- Can you work on our theme?
- Do you want to take part in the rehearsals?
- How will you be dressed during the ceremony?
- Do you have a traditional model for each ceremony or can we add our personality?
You can also ask if they have wedding registrations that were previously offered. It would also be a good time to ask about their history and experience. Wedding officiants are not just present at the ceremony, they can give advice on how and when they apply for the marriage license, suggest readings for the ceremony, and help answer any questions about this process.
Whether you are looking for a person to talk a lot about your engagement or someone who will keep their short and sweet speeches, the ceremony is the reason why everyone has joined. While reception planning is very interesting, finding the most appropriate part of your wedding, your ceremony, the more special.
Last but not least, do not forget to officially sign the marriage license at the end of the day!