Why are we here? This is all about weddings! And other than having a bride and groom – which you have – what is the third most important element of the day? Your officiant! Without an officiant, a wedding is just a REALLY expensive party.
You may be asking who exactly is the officiant…I get that question a lot. Your officiant is the person that actually performs your ceremony – so you can see why that is important. It can be a member of the clergy, a judge, or a non-denominational officiant (like me).
But when should you book your officiant? Sadly I find most couples wait until the end of the planning process to book an officiant – usually just a couple of months before the big day. I had two weddings this year with less than two weeks notice! They didn’t get married on a whim, they just forgot they needed someone to marry them. Once you have your venue you should start looking for an officiant. We are not all alike and it may take you awhile to find the right one.
Personally I have already booked several weddings next year as an officiant – I am not booked solid yet, but there are already some prime weekends that are no longer available. If you haven’t booked your officiant yet – get started! You don’t want to have to settle for someone because they are the only one available.