What is a Wedding Officiant

An officiant is someone who officiates (i.e. leads) at a service or ceremony, such as marriage, burial, or namegiving/baptism. Officiants may be ordained by any religious denomination as members of clergy, or by any official secular organization. Officiants differ from Chaplain in that Officiants serve the unaffiliated public at large, while Chaplains are usually employed by an institution such as the military, a hospital or other health care facility, etc.

The term “Officiant” includes Justices of the Peace, celebrants, marriage commissioners, ministers, notaries, and other people empowered by law to perform legally binding private ceremonies.

What You Can Expect

when you meet a wedding Officiant. If you’ve never heard the term before, an Officiant can be religious figure or judge other county official.

Not all officiants are true ministers or pastors.  A minister is a religious figure that has been through formal training with an established church.  Those who are ordained on the internet are what is known as honorary ministers some will have the title of Minister, some will adopt Reverend as a honorary sign of respect.


How To Prepare For Your First Meeting

Before you meet with your Officiant, there are a few questions you should know the answers to. It’ll help you and your Officiant plan your day as easily as possible, and you won’t be surprised when your Officiant asks. Most of my first meetings with couples run about an hour, so arrange a time when you can relax and enjoy talking about your wedding.

First and foremost, of course, your Officiant will want to get to know you and your fiancé.

  • Tell me how you met – every meeting story has something special. I also like to ask each person how they knew the other was The One. More wonderful stories!


  • What are the values that are important to you in your marriage?  Knowing what values are important to my couple helps me shape and focus the ceremony. Family, true partnership, love, honesty, and loyalty are great to talk about during the vows.  it helps me craft your perfect ceremony.


  • It’s crucial to nail down a style – short and sweet? Romantic and flowery? Solemn but joyful? Warm and familial?   For those who are undecided we offer video and audio samples – think of it like tasting ice cream.  When we know the flavor, you can build your Sunday !


  • How about your vows? Do you wish to speak your own personal vows?


  • Who is in the wedding party, if you’re being escorted down the aisle, and if you want to honor anyone special. Are we including  children in the ceremony.
    • There might be extra ceremony elements you want to include.
    • Rose ceremony,
    • The water or sand ceremony,
    • The hand ceremony, or a handfasting
    • Do you have a cultural ritual you want include



A good Officiant won’t insist on specific requirements and will give you every consideration on your day. It’s your wedding! Shop around – if there’s anything about the person you’re talking to that makes you feel uncomfortable, remember that you do have other options. Pricing varies widely based on location, so you may want to do a little research to make sure you’re getting a reasonable rate. Check reviews! It’s worth the time to investigate anyone you hire for your !