Finding the right person to officiate your wedding can be a pretty hefty task. This is the person that will be responsible for bringing together the person you will spend the rest of your life with--how could you possibly be expected to pick the person that brings you together as well? This decision can be just as hard as picking the right dress, or the right guest list. There are a lot of things to remember about finding the right officiant, and this guide will walk you through what you need to know in order to make sure that your wedding is organized and officiated by the best possible option. After reading this guide, you will feel much better about the prospect of going out and finding the officiant that works best for you.
The first thing you need to do is start looking for the right officiant well in advance. This is not only essential to find a good officiant to make sure that they aren't booked up on that day already, but it is also common courtesy to the officiant, so they are able to put the date of the event in their calendars and plan their lives accordingly. It is common practice to look to book the officiant about nine months to a year ahead of the ceremony, to be sure that you have the officiant there and you can feel much less stressed out about the whole situation.
It's super important that the officiant is entertaining. Ceremonies, depending on how grand you want them to be, can start to be really dull for your guests, and they can begin to get restless. If you plan on having a reception party, the last thing you want to do is put all of your guests to sleep at the ceremony. This is why it is incredibly important to find someone that can keep an audience entertained, laughing, and emotionally vulnerable.
It is also important to know the difference between what a minister and an officiant are. A minister (reverend, pastor, priest, etc.) is ordained and received their education from whatever denomination that they belong to. They usually perform their ceremonies in whatever church, seminary, or religious center they belong to, so if you wish to have your wedding at whatever church, etc. that you belong to, then you should speach with the spiritual leader and see if they are available. An officiant, however, is a someone who has completed a course online or at a college in the art of officiating a wedding. This means that your officiant could be anyone--including your friend, brother, parent, or celebrity if you're lucky enough. It is also important to do your homework on officiants, such as asking questions of the officiants and checking their online reviews and referrals. This way you can ensure that the person you hire to officiate your wedding is professional and the kind of person you would want to have bring you and your loved one together.