Jacqueline Soares, Non Denominational Officiant
Mobile Notary Services
CHOOSING A WEDDING OFFICIANT
Your ceremony is the heart and soul of your wedding and will likely be the most personal memory of this special day. So choosing an officiant is more critical than most people realize. Many couples, especially those who do not have a regular place of worship, plan in advance for everything but the wedding officiant! Personal referrals can give you a sense of security but make sure the officiant meets your individual needs and requirements. There are many things to consider:
If at all possible, meet personally with the officiant to make sure you are comfortable in their presence. It helps to discuss in advance what you are looking for as a couple so you are prepared to ask questions about everything that is important to you.
Remember that your officiant should be able to reflect your values, beliefs and the meaningful aspects that are unique and special about your relationship.
If not, are you interested in participating? Even when not required, pre-marital education is an excellent investment in your future. Learning more about each other’s strengths and weaknesses and gaining enhanced communication/conflict resolution skills ensures the best possible foundation for a happy marriage.
The Ceremony and Vows
Your ceremony should be an authentic expression of who you are as individuals and as a couple. For the most personal and unique wedding ceremony, your officiant should act as a guide and co-creator (not a director).
Fees and Other Considerations
Don’t assume anything without asking about each of these possibilities and receiving clear answers from your officiant.
Finally, do you believe your wedding officiant will act as a trusted advisor capable of meeting your needs through listening and encouragement, linking you to other resources, or providing direction if desired?
This is your day choosing the right wedding officiant will create a special memory for years to come.
Jacqueline Soares copyright 2007
Wedding Officiant serving you since 2007