Your guide to hiring a same-sex wedding officiant

We've helped many customers hire an officiant for a same-sex wedding in the past year.

Planning checklist

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9–12 months ahead: Make decisions
  • Decide if you want a religious or civil ceremony. Some same-sex officiants also have the ability to provide spiritual ceremonies.
9 months ahead: Begin researching
  • Look at the online reviews. As much as you might want to hire an officiant on the spot, online reviews tell an important story.
  • See if the officiant has LGBT-friendly wedding venues and vendors in mind. You want your wedding day to go off without a hitch.
6–8 months ahead: Do interviews
  • Choose two or three officiants based on your online research and schedule interviews to ask important questions.
  • Talk with the same-sex wedding officiant before hiring him or her. A wedding officiant is a highly personal decision.
  • Find out if the officiant can legally sign your marriage license. If he or she can’t, you’ll need someone to legalize the marriage.
5–6 months ahead: Hire
  • Choose an officiant with whom you feel most comfortable and hire him or her.
  • Once you agree to the terms, get it all in writing. You don’t want to lose a good officiant, so secure it with a contract.
  • Check the officiant’s contract. Officiants often require that their clients provide them with pictures and other items.
3–4 months ahead: Go over details
  • Ask the officiant if you can help with the ceremony. Your officiant wants to know your story.
  • Make sure you have discussed the tone of the event with the officiant so it suits your wedding.
1–2 months ahead: Revise
  • Your officiant should have speeches prepared and a schedule written up. Confirm the details and make any necessary changes.
  • Provide your officiant with details about the venue and an emergency contact number.
The night before: Rehearse
  • Have your officiant attend your rehearsal so you're both familiar with the plan for the big day.
  • Make any last-minute changes to speeches at this time.
The day of: Be timely
  • Ensure your officiant gets to the venue at least an hour before the ceremony's start time for any final preparations.

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