Choosing a Wedding Officiant that reflects you and your needs as a couple is very important. If you belong to an organized religion, getting someone to conduct your ceremony can be as easy as meeting with your clergy. If you want a civil ceremony many city halls have clerks and witnesses that can marry you. Most couples I have met in the past couple years want a ceremony that uniquely reflects them and their love. When choosing an officiant don’t be afraid to ask them questions. You will need to know: Do we have to attend any pre-counselling sessions? Do you have any restrictions regarding music, readings, location or photography? How long is their typical ceremony? What is your fee? and does it include a rehearsal? Ask for testimonials from couples they have married.
What I do at Pond Side Ministries is shortly after you contact me, we get together to discuss what type of wedding you would like, the size of wedding party etc. I provide some resources should you like extra information to create a unique and personal ceremony. I get a deposit which firmly books your wedding date and time. I go over the legal requirements for the ceremony as well as provide a typical ceremony that we make truly yours. We then meet about a month before the wedding and finalize plans and then I conduct a rehearsal (included in price, and recommended for parties of more than one attendant each).
Many wedding officiants are booked well in advance. (I have 4 bookings for 2013 and 1 for 2014 already). It is important that you get the right officiant so that your day can be as memorable as possible.