Choosing  your wedding officiant is a very important decision.  The officiant you choose can enrich your overall wedding experience and help you prepare for married life.  They will be a major influencer on the tone of the ceremony. Getting to know your officiant and discussing what you can expect from each other will help eliminate unnecessary anxiety on your wedding day.  You’ll want to find someone who is willing to perform the kind of ceremony you want for your perfect day.

Things to consider:

  • Do they have a style and belief system similar to your own?
  • Are they legally able to marry you in your state?
  • Do you want a religious or secular ceremony?
  • What are your expectations of the wedding officiant?
  • Traditional Wedding Vows
  • Writing Your Own Wedding Vows

Questions for the Officiant

  • How much are we allowed to customize the ceremony? Can we write our own vows?
  • Will you marry us even if we are not current members of your church/synagogue/etc?
    • How do we become members?
  • If we are of different faiths, or one of us is not religious, is that a problem?
  • One of us is divorced, does your religion allow you to marry us?
  • Are we required to attend any classes or counseling before the wedding? If so, what are the costs?
  • How much are the officiant fees?
  • What happens if the officiant cancels at the last minute?
  • Will our non-religious friends be allowed to participate in the ceremony, including giving readings, singing, or (if appropriate) taking communion?
  • How will you be dressed for the ceremony?


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