Tips For Choosing The Perfect Wedding Officiant

Posted on: 3 March 2016

If you have spent the time, money, and energy on creating a perfect wedding, the last thing that you want to worry about is your officiant. You want to be able to reap the fruits of your planning without worrying about anything getting in the way. In order to make sure that you are able to do this, you will need to choose the perfect officiant for your wedding type. Here are some questions that you should ask yourself before choosing an officiant.

1. How religious am I looking to make the ceremony?

Your first step is to decide the level of religious symbolism and spirituality that you want in your ceremony. If you are very religious, then you will want to choose an officiant that knows how to strategically add symbolism to the ceremony and ensure that you get the religious wedding ceremony that you are looking for. You can talk to your church for advice on how to find an officiant that practices your faith and will be able to connect the ceremony to your faith.

If you are not particularly religious, then you will want to find an officiant that is comfortable having the service have very little religious symbolism. This is key if you have written your own set of wedding vows that you want to use, rather than the traditional set of vows that more religious ceremonies use. 

If you make sure that you and your officiant are on the same page, you will be able to relax during the ceremony.

2. Do I know anyone else who has been married by the officiant?

The next question that you should ask yourself is if you know anyone else who has been married by the officiant. People that you (or your friends and family) don't know tend to be wild cards and you may not know how they are going to behave. If you are especially anxious about the ceremony, reach out to your recently married friends to see if they can give you an officiant recommendation to set your mind at ease.

3. Do I want the officiant to stick around for the reception?

Finally, if you want the officiant to be part of your reception, as well as part of your ceremony, make sure that you book your officiant well in advance and ensure that you request that your officiant reserve the entire day for your wedding, if that's possible.

For more information, contact a church like Walton Memorial United Church or a local marriage center.