Before you say “I do”, do a little homework on who you select to marry you. The right marriage officiant can make a world of difference in your wedding, marriage and entire life.
A religious ceremony, performed by an ordained officiant such as a priest, rabbi, or minister, is recognized not only by the state, but also by the affiliated religion.
A civil ceremony is performed by an officiant who has been certified in accordance with state laws — a county clerk, justice of the peace, mayor, or celebrant affiliated with a nonreligious organization.
The officiant you choose can enrich your overall wedding experience and help you prepare for married life. Getting to know your officiant and discussing what you can expect from each other will help eliminate unnecessary anxiety on your wedding day.
Planning my wedding was one of the most empowering things I have ever done. I loved everything about it. Our wedding was a love story. I’ve learned that every couple has one. As a recent Universal Unitarian Wedding Officiant I love helping couples share their story. Being a wedding officiant as I’ve learned is much different than planning a wedding. Learning on the job has been a blast. I’ve put together a few things that should be covered by both the couple to be wed and the officiant. This is kinda large in volume so I broke it up in two blog post.
- What is your main responsibility as an officiant?
- Can you recommend other wedding vendors?
- How much interaction can we expect leading up to the wedding? Are you available for questions?
- What is your biggest challenge when officiating a wedding?
- What is the funniest or oddest moment in a wedding you celebrated?
- What is your wedding officiant attire?
- What is your rock bottom wish for every couple?
- Will you be responsible for mailing the license to the state after the ceremony?
- Can you do personalized rituals within the ceremony, e.g, Hand Blessing, Rose Ceremony, Unity Candle, or Sand (uniting of your two families) Ceremony?
- Do you require any pre-marital counseling or religious class?
- Do you have a written agreement or contract?
- Would you like to join us at the reception?
Ensure that the officiant is licensed or registered to perform a wedding in your state by contacting the city clerk. You can also ask the officiant which seminary he or she was ordained through, then contact that seminary. Years down the road, you wouldn’t want to discover that your marriage is not legal.
How much do you charge?
Know what, exactly, you will be paying for. Talk about deposits and types of payment, as well as cancellation and refund policies. Inquire about fees for traveling out of town, which include transportation costs, hotels and meals, and costs of (commuting) time. The wedding officiant is the person who must fill out the wedding certificate and send it in.
Here are a few important questions to ask yourselves:
- Do we feel comfortable in the presence of this officiant? Does he or she seem flexible?
- Does he or she seem genuinely interested in us as a couple, and honor our spiritual beliefs?
- Do we intuitively feel we can entrust ourselves to this person for this important and tender part of our wedding?
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