Your guide to hiring a wedding officiant

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Planning checklist

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6–8 months ahead: Research options
  • Read reviews for the officiants in your area. You may also ask potential officiants for references.
  • Find out if the officiant is available to legally marry couples in the state where your wedding will take place.
6 months ahead: Start selecting
  • Select two or three officiants that look promising. If you have religious preferences, you may want to focus ordained officiants.
  • Some officiants prefer to marry couples in specific locations, such as churches. Make sure your officiant is comfortable with your venue choice.
  • Be upfront about your budget. Many officiants offer wedding packages for various prices.
  • Jot down your vow preferences and share them with officiants. Don’t get stuck in a situation where the length or language are limited.
5–6 months ahead: Start interviewing
  • Schedule meetings with multiple professionals, preferably in person.
  • If it is impossible to meet ahead of time, schedule a video chat or, at the very least, talk to him or her on the phone.
  • Be sure of the exact date of your wedding so that you can ensure your schedule matches the officiant's.
  • Consider whether or not you want the officiant present at your rehearsal.
5 months ahead: Sign contracts
  • Make sure you are completely comfortable with the person performing your ceremony before signing a contract.
3 months ahead: Provide details
  • Work with your officiant to settle on the tone and content of your ceremony.
1 month ahead: Address changes
  • If you want to make any changes to your ceremony, let your officiant know so he or she can alter his speech if necessary.
The night before: Rehearse
  • Ensure your officiant can make it to your wedding rehearsal to run through the ceremony once or twice.
The day of: Stick to scheduling
  • Make sure your officiant is present at the venue at least an hour before the wedding is set to start.

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