Looking for a wedding officiant and have no idea where to start? Although many couples generally select their officiant depending upon what religious services they attend, others face the daunting prospect of finding a virtual stranger to play such an integral role on their wedding day. Here are a few tips of things to look for when searching for an officiant:
- Look over their websites if they have one. Many officiant sites provide helpful links and testimonials. Some may include videos of ceremonies they have done before and also include practical information, like how to apply for a marriage license or name change. Some sites even have worksheets and outlines to help couples write their vows!
- When you meet your potential officiants, don’t rush through the conversation. It is important for you to feel comfortable with them; after all, they are marrying you! Weddings can often be filled with unpredictable moments; you need to find someone who is highly adaptable to any situation.
- Above all, if you can avoid it, don’t “settle” for an officiant. If you don’t feel at ease around them, or strongly disagree on philosophical or religious issues, keep looking! Your ceremony should be tailored to what the two of you believe is important.