Cakes, flowers, the perfect venue—a lot of couples believe their weddings wouldn’t be complete without these. However, a huge part of your wedding involves finding the master of ceremony for your special day. That’s your wedding officiant. Here are tips to help you find the right one:
Know what you need
There are a number of options you can consider. You could choose a justice of the peace, a clergy or pastor or even a friend or relative who’s been ordained as a minister and can perform the ceremony, Brides says. There are also non-denominational officiants who might fit the bill. Knowing what kind of ceremony you want will help you choose the perfect officiant for your wedding.
Meet in person
Before you decide on an officiant, it would be much more meaningful to you and your future spouse if you both took the time to meet with the officiant in person. That way, you’ll have a better idea if it’s a good match or not.
Don’t settle for an officiant you only marginally like. You want to make your wedding day special and the right officiant can help make that happen. That’s why it’s important that you keep looking until you find someone both you and your future spouse are comfortable and at ease with. Someone who knows how to tell a story to set the mood and ambiance will be just perfect.
Book in advance
Don’t book too close to the date. A few months or weeks are better. The best officiants will often have a full plate so booking their services early on is an excellent way to make sure you get the one you and your spouse want.
Know the costs
This will depend on the wedding officiant you choose. Some charge less than others. Checks in advance to make sure you’re donating the right amount and that it’s well within your budget.
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