Selecting a Wedding Officiant

The officiant of your wedding ceremony has a very important job. They are the ones that will set the tone and actually complete the task of marring you. There are different types of officiants, so here are some ideas for you to think about when selecting the perfect option for your Big Day.

A justice of the peace is the quickest way to get married. You just head down to City Hall and get married on the spot. Nowadays you can take a quick online course and get a license as an ordained minister; however there are different laws in different states. Some people think it would be a nice touch to have a family member or friend officiate the ceremony, but just make sure you do your research on the laws. Most professional officiants are non-denominational which means you can incorporate as much or as little about your lifestyle and beliefs as you’d like. Non-denominational officiants are great for weddings outside of the church, if you’ve been married before, or have different religions and want to incorporate both sides.

Lastly, would be a religious officiant. If you are already part of a church, you simply need to get in touch with the ministry and find out the costs and restrictions of the individual establishments. Some ministries will require you join their congregation in order to be married in their church. Others will just ask for donations in addition to the actual cost.

No matter which style you select, most officiants will schedule meetings with you and your fiancée to discuss your relationship and the details of the ceremony. This is more personal to some people, and not as personal to others. Regardless of your choice, you want to make sure you are comfortable with your officiant, since they are playing a major role in one of the biggest days of your life.