A lot of couples completely forget about an officiant or a minister for their wedding in the middle of the preparations for the big day and leave it until last. But it is one of those thing that you need to plan ahead so you have enough time to meet at least a couple and find the right for you. We are here to offer you few tips:
Book in advance! Many officiants are booked out far in advance. We suggest trying to book at least 1 year to 9 months ahead of time. This way you can take your time and interview a few so that you are comfortable with the right person.
Choosing the right person for you. Your ceremony is the main event and the reception is the celebration to follow. The words that are spoken at your wedding are the words that form the agreement you live by, so choose wisely who speaks those words for you!
Consider credentials. If you’d like a close family member or friend to perform the ceremony, make sure they have experience. The officiant is just as important as your photographer. Most professional officiants and ministers have performed hundreds of ceremonies and their polished presentation skills can bring a sense of calm to your sometimes chaotic wedding day.
Know the difference between a Minister and Officiant. A Minister is an ordained professional and has the education and credentials from a specific denomination. Most have had a church where they performed all the duties of a trusted spiritual leader. Along with this title comes the respect they are due for the education the experience they posses. And this translates into someone who can help you create the ceremony that is right for you. An officiant is usually someone who has completed a course of study from an online company or college in the art of performing a wedding. There are schools that train wedding officiants with very good curriculums to back up their title. This is ok if they are honest about it and tell you up front that they are not a Minister or call themselves Reverend.
Do your homework. Ask questions, get referrals and read what other say online. Make sure that your ceremony is in the hands of someone you can trust and who will make your day incredible! Also remember there are certain legalities from state to state as to who can legally marry you. So check before you hire someone!