ceremony is the spiritual heart and soul of your wedding day. Many
couples initially are intimidated when interviewing an officiant; however,
remember this is your special day.
Before you identify officiants to interview be clear as a couple
what you are looking for. Deciding what is important to you is the first step
to identifying the right person for your ceremony. Before meeting with the
officiant take time as a couple to discuss what you are looking for and the
questions you need answered. Here are some tips on what to consider:
- Are you associated with a
denomination or practice a particular type of faith?
- Are you looking for a wedding
officiant who will perform the ceremony in a church environment or other
- Are you looking for an officiant
who is experienced in performing interfaith ceremonies?
The ideal situation is to meet personally
with the officiant. This allows you as a couple to become acquainted with the
individual. Things to consider during the interview:
- Make sure the officiant is
available for your wedding date.
- Are you comfortable in the
officiant's presence, or do you feel like you are hiding things so as not
to arouse disapproval?
- Do you like their voice (is it
- Do they speak slowly and clearly?
- Can you understand what they are
- Will their voice carry?
- Can you write your own vows or
add special touches, will they co-create with you?
- Can you use contemporary readings
or are they required to be religious or scriptural readings?
- Are you confident that your
officiant will allow for changes as the wedding day approaches?
- Will they work with you to
develop a ceremony which honors you as a couple?
- How many times do you need to
meet prior to the ceremony?
- Does the officiant require
pre-marital education sessions with the couple?
- Are they available for the
- What will they wear?
- Their fees, additional fees, will
they travel and how far?
- Do they offer marriage
Last but not least a few titles that wedding officiants go by
and there meanings:
Wedding officiant, Celebrant- individual who has been registered
or ordained to perform weddings.