A wedding officiant may have the most important job of all - to ensure that you and your spouse actually get married! Whether you’re having a religious or secular ceremony, it’s important to find a professional wedding officiant. We recommend booking your wedding officiant at least eight months before your big day.
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Tie The Knot Ceremonies, LLC is located in Orange County California, serving most of Southern California. Frank is an ordained non-denominational minister/officiant who has been happily uniting couples in Southern California since 2005. He loves meeting new couples, hearing their stories, and seeing... (Wedding Officiants)
Jewish and Interfaith Weddings is a professional wedding officiant company based out of New Rochelle, New York. Cantor Ronald Broden is the owner of this passionate business, and he’s happy to marry couples all over the New York metro area, including New Jersey and Connecticut. Since no two couples... (Wedding Officiants)
All Faiths Ceremonies by Dr. Sheila Gay Gross is a wedding officiant business located in Edgewater, New Jersey and Asbury Park, New Jersey. As an ordained, licensed, interfaith minister, Sheila works with couples to produce a unique, creative ceremony that reflects their relationship. This business... (Wedding Officiants)
Justice Elizabeth is a wedding officiant provider located in Woburn, Massachusetts. Elizabeth Gemelli, the owner and officiant, specializes in both planning and officiating nondenominational wedding ceremonies. She works with couples to create customized vows and performs weddings throughout the... (Wedding Officiants)
Reverend Annie Lawrence is an ordained Interfaith Minister and wedding officiant in New York City. Her calming presence and open mind make her the perfect choice for weddings that are personal, romantic, and inclusive. Whether you want a small, intimate ceremony or plan on inviting every friend and... (Wedding Officiants)
Weddings-Bodas is a wedding officiant service based out of Montclair, New Jersey. Certified Master Celebrant Marcia Almeida is a Latina wedding officiant who can perform ceremonies in both English and Spanish. Her goal is to create a celebration that is a true reflection of who you are as a couple,... (Wedding Officiants)
Cynthia Grove, Licensed ULC, Ordained Minister, Licensed Clergy, Officiating all of Virginia, and Maryland. It has been my pleasure and honour to speak for my couples for over 20 years, at their weddings. Offering guidance, support, and enthusiasm, as they make one of the deepest and most profound... (Wedding Officiants)
Wendy the Officiant is British and performs wedding ceremonies and civil unions throughout Tucson, Arizona, where she is based, as well as eastern Mexico (the Yucatan; Progresso, Merida, Telchac Puerto, etc, Quintana Roo; Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Holbox Island) where she performs... (Wedding Officiants)
Since 2009, Splendid Ceremonies has been providing custom wedding officiant services throughout central and southern New Hampshire. Officiant E. Ann Poole is a state-licensed Justice of the Peace (JP) based in Hillsborough, NH. Romantically simple or wildly creative, you want your wedding to be an... (Wedding Officiants)
First and most importantly, North Carolina Wedding Officiant Reverend Angela Kelley LOVES what she does! For over 18 years Reverend Angela Kelley has served couples as a nondenominational minister in order to best respect various beliefs, faiths, and diversity. Reverend Angela Kelley is passionate... (Wedding Officiants)
Flow Ceremonies is a celebrancy service in Chicago, Illinois. As owner of Flow Ceremonies, Sheri Reda delights in meeting and getting to know her clients, and then writing personal, one-of-a-kind ceremonies to reflect your beliefs, personalities, and desires. Her words and ceremony elements will... (Wedding Officiants)
Minister Alan, Officiant is a non-denominational wedding officiant offering his services in Montclair, New Jersey. Embracing couples of all orientations, ethnicities, and beliefs, Minister Alan, Officiant will prepare a customized ceremony, including your vows, if you'd like, that matches your style... (Wedding Officiants)
Ceremonies by Carmen is a wedding officiant located in Lansing, Michigan. She extends her services to an array of couples, available to help customize each ceremony to celebrate the authentic love shared between two people. Carmen Conover takes the time to connect to each couple for a clear vision... (Wedding Officiants)
Marla Levine Officiant is a wedding officiant based in Ocean City, Maryland. She is pleased to offer her clients unique wedding ceremonies and specializes in providing couples non-traditional, alternative unions that cater to their beliefs and personalities. Maria customizes her services so they... (Wedding Officiants)
OBX Ministries provides wedding officiant services in Nags Head, North Carolina. They are non-denominational officiants excited to participate in your special day by creating a personalized ceremony for you and your other half. Services Offered The officiants at OBX Ministries respect and embrace... (Wedding Officiants)
There are a lot of wonderful officiants and celebrants out there so you may be wondering what sets me apart from the rest. It is very important to hire a trained officiant for your wedding ceremony. A trained officiant is someone that has both spiritual and academic insight, along with practical... (Wedding Officiants)
Weddings By Aretha is an award winning boutique wedding officiating company serving NY, NJ, PA and is owned and operated by Certified Celebrant and Wedding Officiant Aretha Gaskin, delivering bespoke wedding ceremonies to couples from around the world. With a flair for the fabulous and a passion for... (Wedding Officiants)
Father Joe is an Ordained, Old Catholic Franciscan Priest and wedding officiant in Cliffside Park, NJ, Father Joe ia graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with a Master of Divinity Degree in Ministry and Pastoral Care. He is assigned to Saint Joseph Mission Church, bringing... (Wedding Officiants)
One Soul’s Journey is a wedding officiant in Branchville, New Jersey. Reverend Suzanne Crouch is an experienced officiant serving the tri-state area, and is also available for travel. She offers custom-created ceremonies to suit the values, beliefs, and traditions of each couple together. One Soul’s... (Wedding Officiants)
While browsing through wedding officiants may not be the most talked about or glamorous decision to make during the wedding planning process, it's crucial to the ceremony. Let's be honest, there's no ceremony without an officiant. Unless you're absolutely certain about your officiant, finding the best person to perform the ceremony can be difficult, especially if you're getting married in an unfamiliar area where you may not have a strong connection with a religious leader or judge. If you're having trouble finding someone, don't worry! We're here to help.
First and foremost, check the laws! Find out if the state (or country) you're getting married in has any restrictions on who can and can't marry you. Check out our marriage laws by state to see what your state requires. From there, your officiant search can begin. For non-religious couples, here are some tips for choosing a non-religious officiant!
When you're finally ready to start your search, ask around. People are always willing to give wedding planning advice. You can even chat with other couples in our wedding forums. To find local officiants using WeddingWire, just select 'officiant' from the middle column in the drop down menu on the homepage and enter your wedding destination city and state OR zip code. You can read reviews from real couples who have used the officiant before.
When looking at wedding officiants, whether they are a religious figure or not, it is paramount to meet them in person before booking. It's important that you and your fiancé(e) feel comfortable around them, and for them to get a sense of the two of you as a couple. It's not uncommon for a wedding officiant to have several "counseling" sessions to get to know the couple better before the ceremony.
It's during this face-to-face time we suggest asking any and all questions you have concerning their part in your wedding. Here are a couple of our suggestions: Are you available for our wedding day and location? What is the best way to contact you and how soon should I expect a response? What do you charge and how is that price broken down? Is there any kind of flexibility with the format of the ceremony? Can other people (family and friends) speak during the ceremony? Can you work within our theme? Will you be attending the rehearsal? How will you be dressed during the ceremony? Do you have a traditional template for each ceremony or can we add our own personality? You can also ask if they have any video from weddings they have officiated before. This would also be a good time to ask about their history and experience. Wedding officiants aren't just there to preside over the ceremony, they can give advice on how and when to apply for your marriage license, suggest readings for the ceremony, and help answer any questions you might have about the process.
Whether you're looking for someone to talk at length about the commitment you are making, or someone who will keep their speeches short and sweet, the ceremony is the whole reason everyone has come together. While planning the reception holds a great deal of excitement, finding the right wedding officiant will make the most important part of the wedding, your ceremony, all the more special.
Last but not least, don't forget to have your officiant sign your marriage license at the end of the day!