It's time to start looking for your wedding officiant. You're getting married in Maine, and it's a destination wedding, so you have no idea who's going to perform your ceremony. You thought about asking a friend to officiate your ceremony, because it would be so meaningful, but, although that friend is a great public speaker, they're kind of disorganized and you're not sure you can trust them to pull it all together by wedding day.
Hire a Professional Wedding Officiant
So, you decide you want a professional wedding officiant, but you're scared you'll get one who:
is boring, monotone, and only does lengthy ceremonies
is too religious and/or too traditional
won't take charge so you can let go and not have to worry about anything
won't let you write your own ceremony
is strict, somber and won't really know you
You really want an officiant who:
performs engaging and interesting ceremonies
is professional as well as kind, warm and friendly
is willing to bring levity *and* gravity to the ceremony
can write a heartfelt, customized ceremony that reflects you
will give you ideas, suggestions and advice on our ceremony based on their experience
Now it's time to research officiants so you get a good one. Here are the 5 most important questions to ask each officiant so you find the one that's all the things you want and none of the things you don't.
5 Most Important Questions to Ask Your Officiant
How collaborative is the process of writing the ceremony? Do we get to be part of the process?
How do you make the ceremony meaningful and reflect us as a couple?
How involved are you in helping us plan the logistics and choreography of the ceremony (processional, timing of music, who is participating, etc.)
How do you coordinate with our other vendors to make sure the ceremony is integrated seamlessly into our wedding day?
What is your philosophy and why have you've chosen this profession?
Along with these 5 questions to ask your officiant, you might also read 10 Things to Consider When Choosing A Wedding Officiant. So many couples I talk to aren't sure what questions to ask me in our initial conversation. They know they want a meaningful ceremony performed by someone they feel a connection with, but they don't know what questions to ask. Hopefully, by asking your wedding officiant these questions you'll find the officiant that's right for you!