Questions To Ask When Interviewing Officiants

Be In The Know

Just like any other wedding vendor, it’s important to make sure this person is a good fit for two of you and what you’re looking for in terms of your wedding ceremony. Take the time to ask some important questions so you feel comfortable with the decision you’re making. Here are some other hints:

 

  • I encourage you and your fiance to meet with your potential officiant together. This is someone who you both want to feel comfortable with.
  • Ask your officiant if they have any videos of them performing a ceremony. If not, do they have any sample ceremonies that you can read through to get a feel for their style.
  • Ask them how long they have been a licenced marriage commissioner.
  • Confirm what there fee is and what it entails. Make sure there won’t be any unpleasant surprises on the wedding day.
  • If you are asking the officiant to travel outside of the city, then expect for there to be an additional fee. Make sure to confirm these details when booking.
  • Most officiants will require a deposit to be paid to hold your wedding date and time. Verify the timing for the final payment and also ask them to explain their refund policy.
  • Many officiants do multiple weddings on a weekend. What you do want to ensure, however, is that they are planning to arrive at your ceremony a minimum of 30 minutes before hand to allow ample time for the documents to be prepared.
  • Ask them to review with you how it works in terms of giving them the marriage licence and how you get your marriage certificate.
  • Be sure that they have a contract/agreement that is signed by both of you and them. Make sure you have a copy to keep for your own records.
  • If you are choosing to write your own vows, is this something the officiant is able to help you with or will you be on your own?
  • Are they willing to help you customize your ceremony and possibly include special readings, poems, or even song lyrics to make the ceremony more meaningful to the two of you?
  • Do they have any ideas for ceremony inclusions, such as a winebox ceremony, hand binding, and such?
  • Do they make you feel like they understand and respect what you want?
  • Will you get to see the ceremony they have written before the wedding day?