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What Should You Look for in a Wedding Officiant

What Should You Look for in a Wedding Officiant

Sometimes you may be disappointed by officiant as they might be lacking the right credentials to precede your legal wedding.  Others may even fail to attend your event even giving them a very last-minute call. Nevertheless, don’t worry! Here are some tips on what you should look for in your wedding officiant.

  • You need to find an officiant who you feel comfortable with. Your wedding needs to be officiated by someone whom you have trust in, this person will give you an easy time, and you can just sit down and watch back as they perform their duties without worries. An officiant is a significant person as he will facilitate your big day as you take an extra milestone in your life. So, there is a need to have someone who does not take any judgment about your unification, but whose only apprehension is giving you ceremonial experience.  
  • Find someone who is within your spiritual community.  Although most weddings happen in wedding venues, but not in worshipping house, it is vital to look for a religious officiant. Come to think of a family clergy, minister, or rabbi who you share the same faith, and then just understand their parameters. It is worth noting that if you choose a traditional clergy, then don’t expect that all your needs will be met. Look at how the officiant is flexible especially about same-sex and interfaith unions.
  • Get to know what the ceremony entails. The couple should be aware of what the ceremony will have regarding readings, rituals, and language. In addition, the couple will have the final word on the wedding script. This implies that the couple should be made aware that there will be no surprise preaching while tying the knot. The officiant that you are going to choose should be loyal to and stick to his words to the end without being offensive in your big day.
  • Respect officiant’s faith. It is important to respect the faith of your officiant. For instance, if you bump on an officiant to precede your wedding who is a Christian clergy, it will be hard to expect him to conduct a Hebrew prayer. However, sometimes you may have officiant from different faiths, but only according to your will. It is vital to learn your officiant from the start and gauge what they are capable of and what they are not. This may include getting to know whether an officiant can take on the same-sex or interfaith wedding.
  • Ensure that your officiant is able to sign your license. Never assume that all officiants can sign your license. Ask in advance whether the officiant you have in mind can make your wedding be bound legally. So, if you want a legal ceremony, choose an officiant who is certified to conduct such a legal marriage.