27 Mar 2015
March 27, 2015

When to Choose Your Wedding Officiant

We were amazed that wedding industry surveys show that most couples choose their wedding officiant, on average, about 3 months before their wedding.  Based on the same surveys, the wedding officiant was actually among the last of the “vendors” chosen (only transportation consistently ranked lower).  This amazed us because the ceremony should be the most special, and dare we say it, important part of the wedding day.  Yes, everyone wants to throw a great party but the parents and grandparents aren’t coming for the great party, they are coming to see the couple get married.  

One of the keys to making the ceremony special is making sure there is plenty of time to choose, and work with, a wedding officiant.   We recommend starting the process of choosing the officiant once the couple has a wedding date and location locked down.  If the couple is going with a professional wedding officiant, they should meet with as many as it takes until they find one that is their fit and is going to create a ceremony that is personal and meaningful to them.   By starting this process early, it gives the couple time to choose and helps to make sure the officiant they want is not already booked for their date.  If the couple is asking a friend or family member to marry them, by asking early, they give that person plenty of time to do the research and spend the time that is necessary to prepare the ceremony the couple wants.   The friend or family member probably has not done this before and has to prepare the ceremony while still doing everything else in their daily life.  Trust us when we say that earlier is much better when making the officiant decision.

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