Finding An Officiant You Can Trust- By Lauren-Michele
In today’s world, so many of our choices are based upon Reviews. Movies, restaurants, clothing choices – – how many “stars” so they have shinning on them?
If a Couple will not be marrying in a church, many are turning to social media to find good Officiants in their area. Wedding Wire, The Knot, Wedding Chicks are just a few of the major Wedding websites that can offer a good selection of Officiants in your area. But just because they are listed, doesn’t mean that they will be your best choice. Be sure to read their reviews, and go back a few pages to see if their reviews have been consistent for the past several years.
Another good way to find your Officiant is to pay close attention to your venue’s Preferred Vendor List. Your venue coordinator knows the people who are familiar with the venue, will do a great job, and make the Wedding Day easy for the Couple AND the venue. Pay close attention to the Officiants on the list. It means they are properly credentialed, will know the physical layout of your venue, and will work well with your Wedding Team members.
Today, many people are choosing to use a friend or relative to act as an Officiant. It’s always wonderful to include family in any capacity for your Wedding. But be sure to choose someone who is mature, well-spoken, and will do all of the preliminary, mandatory leg-work to make sure you have a legal and flawless Wedding Ceremony. This is one job where the preparation cannot be left to the last minute. It takes time to put all of the wheels properly in motion.
He or she needs to be sure they are properly credentialed for your marriage to be legal. They need to be able to create a wedding ceremony script (complete with stage direction cues for photographer, videographer, musicians or DJ). They should be prepared if something goes a bit amiss like a run-away ring bearer, or Dad accidentally stepping on the Bride’s veil. And lastly, they should understand California law when filling out the Marriage License to make sure this important legal document will not be rejected or require an amendment when it is filed with the County for recording.
At Two Rings and A Kiss, we not only offer Wedding Ceremonies that are reflective of the love of the Bride and Groom, but we also offer an “Officiant Guidance Package” service for the friend or family member that will be conducting your Ceremony. It helps to insure that you will have a professionally written Ceremony and all legalities will be covered. With every good wish for a lifetime of happiness!
Lauren and Karon from Two Rings and A Kiss