There is only one thing you absolutely MUST have when it comes to your wedding; you need someone to perform the marriage. You need a person to speak the words that will join your lives together in a legal union; without one your wedding it's just one very expensive party! If you don't have a connection with a Church or a Reverend, Minister, Pastor, Priest or Rabbi, and don't want to go to the courthouse, you need a Wedding Officiant.
You may be thinking it's easy to get your friend, uncle, or cousin ordained online or you have a friend of the family that's agreed to marry you; but the reality is that a high percentage of "friends" back out on couple's. Take, for example, this forum post by a Bride the made the mistake of not hiring a professional"...I have about 6 weeks left and my fiance's sister backs out of marrying us and we are left finding an officiant..."
Everyday I get an email or call like this or find a couple posting for help on a forum, don't get caught in the same position. Take my advice and hire a professional Wedding Officiant.
Hiring a Wedding Officiant
Here are a few tips to remember when hiring a Wedding Officiant;
1. Only Hire a Wedding Officiant if they use a contract
Not using a contract is a tell tale sign of a non-professional. Review the contract carefully, question areas that aren't covered or that you object to; most things are negotiable; be sure to retain a fully executed copy for your records.
2. Don't hire based on price alone - you will (usually) get what you pay for! Why skimp on the person who can make or break your day? Your wedding ceremony can either be the joke of the night or one that is talked about with admiration and compliments for years to come.
3. Book as far in advance as possible
A great Wedding Officiant will book up just as fast as every other good wedding vendor; book one as soon as you have a venue secured.
4. Wedding Officiant's are people just like you!
Apply the rules of common courtesy; if you're late - call. If you must cancel an appointment please, do so with adequate notice. If you'd like your Wedding Officiant to attend your rehearsal and/or reception sending an invitation is a nice touch and shows her/him how considerate your are. Last minute dinner invitations are awkward, give them the same advanced notice that you would appreciate.
No matter which Wedding Officiant you choose to use it should be someone you are completely comfortable with, and they with you. Remember - it's not only about finding an Officiant, it's about finding the right Wedding Officiant for you.
Love & Joy!
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Dream Day Weddings is a boutique wedding planning company, based in Saugatuck, catering exclusively to LGBT and low drama couples. They also work in collaboration with local wedding professionals to create stylized elopements, intimate ceremonies, and beach weddings packages, in Saugatuck, Douglas, and South Haven, Michigan
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