If you have decided to have a civil or spiritual ceremony but aren’t sure what you should consider before selecting an Officiant, here are some important questions you definitely want to ask.
Is the Officiant available on your wedding date? Just like other wedding vendors Officiants book months in advance.
Can the Officiant travel to your chosen wedding site? Is there an extra charge for mileage?
If you don’t have a site for your wedding ceremony, can the Officiant suggest a site or provide a site?
Does the Officiant charge a standard fee? What types of thing does this fee cover?
During your meeting:
Let your beliefs and values be known. Explain what kind of ceremony you would like to have. Look for an Officiant that will treat the ceremony with the right amount of reverence.
Ask lots of questions; Such as:
- Why does he/she perform weddings? Are the reasons consistent with your needs?
- Does the Officiant have sample vows, ceremonies and readings to show you?
- Will the Officiant let you specify ceremony details such as music, readings, and vows?
- Is the Officiant willing to discuss non-traditional wedding ceremonies and traditions?
- Is the Officiant available for a ceremony rehearsal? Is there an extra fee?
- Do you have final say over the script?
- How soon before the ceremony will you arrive?
- Do you require a deposit?
- Will you work with our other wedding professionals?
- Does it matter how many guest I have? Will that affect the fee?
- Will you be respectful to my family members?
- Is there anything else can you tell us about your services?
- Do you require ant type of counseling?
After the Meeting:
Are you comfortable upon meeting the Officiant?
Does he or she seem genuinely interested in you as a couple and is he or she willing to assist you with the creation of the vows and ceremony you’ve always wanted?
Would the Officiant (and his/her spouse) like to come to the reception and rehearsal dinner?