6 Tips to Picking a Wedding Officiant

Choosing an officiant for your civil wedding doesn’t have to be a stressful and tiresome affair. Here are a few tips to make the experience go easier:

Talk to the officiant

Find someone you and your fiancée are comfortable with. Someone who easily puts the both of you at ease. That’s a good skill and can mean that the officiant can have the same effect on your guests as well.

Look to your community

You might already know someone who can act as an officiant. Consider your own family or community. Ask friends and family for advice.

Know what you need

A civil wedding ceremony will have fewer requirements than a traditional Catholic ceremony, for instance. But that doesn’t mean you’ll want to neglect those requirements. Get a list of the documentation you need and get those ready for the wedding. Then discuss the details with your officiant.

Provide transportation

If you’re doing the wedding out of town, you’ll want to make sure you hire the proper transportation to take your officiant to and from the ceremony. Make sure that’s covered in advance.

List things down

Lists can help you organize everything, says the Huffington Post. To-do lists make it easy for you to monitor the work and if everything’s right on track for the wedding. You’ll probably have a lot of lists for the wedding. Be ready to handle a mountain of details the nearer you get to D-day. Talk to your officiant as well to make sure you aren’t missing any of those details.

Pick someone you respect

Officiants typically set the tone for the wedding. That’s why finding someone you respect and admire can be a very moving and meaningful decision on your part. Choose with care and caution, then. That way, you’ll find the perfect officiant to hear you both say ‘I do.

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