|‘I Do!’ What You Must Know Before Selecting An Officiant For Your Wedding Ceremony…|
|Written by Annemarie Juhlian, Wedding Officiant|
ShareAh, you have the big task of finding, interviewing and selecting a wedding officiant for your wedding ceremony!
In the Puget Sound area, there are wedding officiants of all denominations and backgrounds and all with different personalities and styles.
As you ponder the process of hiring an officiant for your Northwest wedding ceremony, I invite you to consider the following tips as you make your best choice/selection.
Find an officiant who inspires and excites you.
The Seattle area hosts thousands of weddings each year and there are hundreds of officiants of all faiths and traditions.
Knowing you have a choice, be selective about who creates and delivers your wedding ceremony. Do your research, make a short list of candidates, conduct your interviews and then say “yes” to the person who resonates most deeply with you. For an officiant, the old adage, “you get what you pay for” really applies!
Do not engage an officiant without a contract.
As you select and book your officiant, make sure you have a contract and all of your terms and considerations are in writing. Why?
Each year, it’s not unusual for me to get calls from freaked-out couples who just learned that their officiant “cancelled” on them days or weeks before their wedding day.
In my experience, I’ve found this most often applies to a wedding where considerable travel time is involved and on very popular summer dates. In other words, while an officiant may have you on his/her schedule, they may opt to cancel on you because they receive a more attractive and central invitation which involves no travel.