What To Look For In Your Wedding Officiant?
For weddings in the Buffalo/Rochester Area…
You will be trusting your wedding officiant with the most important day of your life. An officiant who does not do his job well will be the talk of the reception, and possibly for years to come. Unfortunately, many brides and grooms choose the least expensive officiant they can find, only to discover they got what they paid for. Here are some things to look for in your officiant:
1. DOES THE OFFICIANT ALLOW THE COUPLE TO DETERMINE THE CONTENT AND LENGTH OF THEIR CEREMONY?
Most officiants have a “one-size-fits-all” approach. They do not take into account the couple’s background, culture, or desires, etc., for their wedding. I have every couple determine the content and length of their ceremony, and therefore have never had a complaint. I will provide you with a 15-page document and you get to customize your own ceremony.
2. WILL THE OFFICIANT BE PRESENT AT THE REHEARSAL?
An officiant who is not present at the wedding rehearsal will result in mistakes during your ceremony. I am present at every rehearsal to ensure the bride and groom are very comfortable before their wedding day starts. I also arrive 30 minutes before the ceremony begins.
3. DOES THE OFFICIANT HAVE EXPERIENCE PERFORMING CEREMONIES?
There are many elements in a rehearsal and wedding ceremony. Unfortunately, many people get an ordination certificate online for $25 and are able to perform ceremonies in NY. I am 41 and was professionally ordained and have performed over 3,000 weddings. I also have a Master’s degree. I have performed weddings in every main venue in Buffalo and Rochester.
4. DOES THE OFFICIANT REQUIRE PREMARITAL COUNSELING OR CHURCH MEMBERSHIP?
I am a non-denominational minister who provides premarital counseling ONLY IF requested by the couple, but I do not require it, nor do I require a religious affiliation.
5. IS THE OFFICIANT PERSONABLE AND FLEXIBLE?
The officiant will be working with people and needs to be friendly and joyous on such an occasion. Also, most rehearsals and weddings start late for various reasons: guests arrive late, the bridal party is not ready, etc., Sometimes the bride and groom want to make some last minute changes. Unfortunately, many officiants are not willing to allow for uncontrollable circumstances. I meet with each couple free of charge at my office so they can get to know me before making such an important decision. I am very outgoing and personable. I am also flexible in working with the couple’s wedding budget.
6. WHAT IF THE OFFICIANT GETS SICK OR IS UNABLE TO OFFICIATE THE WEDDING?
As you can see, we have several experienced officiants that I have trained and will perform your ceremony under the same terms and conditions in the event I am unable to be present.
7. WHAT ABOUT THE OFFICIANT’S FEES?
We have several wedding packages. I AM ALSO WILLING TO WORK WITH EVERY COUPLE’S BUDGET. The initial meeting is free. Beware of very cheap fees! They may not include a rehearsal and may be a one-size-fits-all approach. Also, beware of officiants who charge for the initial meeting.
- Easily contacted
- Have church available…seats over 200 people conformably. Fee $150
- email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a wonderful day and congratulations!