5 Things to Know Before You Pick a Wedding Officiant

Finding the ideal Christian wedding officiant can go a long way to ensuring the perfect ceremony. Read on for tips to make sure everything goes off without a hitch:

Look for credentials

Not all ministers ordained online can perform the ceremony. Check to make sure yours is fully recognized by the state before you talk to them about performing the ceremony, says Loverly.

Set a budget

Fees will definitely apply. One of the most important things you’ll need to know is how much and if you might need to pay for a deposit or not. On average a wedding officiant will range from $300-$1000 so since they are the only vendor you must have for your wedding it is important you budget for this expense.

Experienced or not?

There’s nothing wrong in hiring someone who might be a bit inexperienced at this. However, there is something reassuring about hiring a seasoned Christian wedding officiant, one who could bring his experience with a lot of ceremonies over years to bear on the event and add more meaning to the moment and problem solving if problems should arise.

Backup option

Just in case your officiant needs to cancel, does he/she have someone to take his/her place? If the cancellation is already too close to the date, you’ll rest easy knowing your officiant made alternative arrangements just in case. That’s going to save you a lot of headaches and stress. It also saves you from going off on a mad scramble to find an officiant when you’re racing against the clock. Hiring a companies that employ multiple officiants will save you from this nightmare.

Premarital counseling

Choosing a Christian officiant for your wedding may mean attending premarital counseling sessions. You’ll need to discuss this with your officiant to have a better idea of the steps you’ll need to take.

Getting married is just the start of your life together. And the right officiant can make that an excellent one.

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