Oh boy, this is a big one! First of all, I'll say that I am totally biased about this. I'm not going to pretend to be all fair and balanced on this topic. Because I'm a professional wedding officiant, you can't blame me, right? I believe strongly that you should hire professional wedding vendors for every aspect of your wedding and especially for the ceremony. I understand why a couple would consider asking a friend to be their wedding officiant, but before doing that I want to give them my advice. This is based on being a professional wedding officiant with years of experience.
As you can see, there many, many cons to asking your friend to officiate your wedding. Another one that didn't make the graphic is: it's nice to just let your friends be guests at your wedding. It's a lot of work and pressure to officiate a wedding ceremony, and it can also be very stressful, especially for someone who isn't experienced. Rather than putting your friend in this position, just hire an experienced professional. As a professional, I've perfected the process of collaborating with my couples to craft a custom wedding ceremony. I've organized and run many rehearsals and it's a stress-free and efficient process.
I understand the importance of this significant moment and that's why I manage all of the details of the ceremony so you can just let go and be present with your beloved. With me or another experienced wedding officiant, you can relax, take a deep breath and focus on what's important rather than worrying about the speed of the processional, or whether or not the microphone will work, or if your friend remembered to make sure the best man has the rings, or if they'll say the correct words to make your marriage legal, or...you get the idea.
Hire a professional!