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Things to Consider When Hiring an Officiant

December 3, 2021

It’s engagement season – an exciting time for couples, but also vendors. According to The Wedding Report, there will be over 2.5 million weddings in 2022, which is the most since 1984. So, we expect to be meeting some beautiful people over the next months. We are really excited about that! And we expect to be busy – very busy – this coming year.

To help our couples make some good, educated decisions about their vendor team, we are revisiting some tips from our blog. For the next six weeks, we are going to share some tips on hiring an officiant in a short, but important series. We hope you will embrace these words of wisdom as you consider hiring a professional wedding officiant.

First of all, please hire a professional officiant. Y’all! Wedding (a verb!) is the core of what you are doing. The party is nice, the food is delicious, the flowers are beautiful, the photos will preserve this moment for perpetuity. But you do all of that as a punctuation around the big event: your wedding.

So, would you really ask your uncle or friend to create, mark, speak into the gravity of getting married? Did you ask your neighbor, the gardener, to be the florist? Or your friend with the new iPhone to snap the pictures? I am guessing not.

Presumably this is a big deal. Hire a professional. We get that might be us . . . or not. It might be one of our colleagues. But please choose someone who can and will personalize your ceremony, cares about getting to know you, speak into your relationship, and understands the nuances and rhythms of a wedding ceremony.

When you interview them, ask about their training. Ask why and how they do what they do. Ask how they define marriage and their role in creating one. Ask about how they manage logistics of rehearsals and ceremonies. Expect thoughtful and knowledgable responses.

Next week: Tip two . . . hire someone who understands this isn’t about them.

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