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How to Choose Your Wedding Officiant

There are many people who will play an important role in your wedding, such as your maid of honor and bridesmaids, best man and groomsmen, flower girl, and your ring bearer. They all work together to create your perfect ceremony. However, don’t forget about your wedding officiant! After all, they will be the one who is actually reciting the words that unite you and your partner together forever in marriage.

Officiating is no easy task! As they are the master of ceremony. So, it’s important to choose your officiant wisely. But, how do you know which officiant is best for your big day?

Here at I Thee Wed, we believe that every role within a wedding should be chosen with care, don’t you agree? That’s why we have put together a few top aspects to know about choosing your own wedding officiant. If you are planning your own wedding ceremony, be sure to keep reading to discover more:

·         Choosing a loved one. Your wedding is a very special and personal point within your life. This is your time to marry your soul mate and have only your closest friends and family present. It can seem impersonal to have a stranger marry you. If you have a loved one that is ordained, this is the perfect opportunity to keep your wedding exclusively to friends and family. This is also a great way to make your ceremony a little more personal. After all, your loved one knows you much better than a complete stranger. If you have a loved one who will perform the ceremony, but is not yet ordained, you can rest easy. Getting ordained is not a difficult task, as your friend or relative just needs to be over the age of eighteen.  
·         Choosing a Justice of the Peace. If you prefer a more formal setting for your wedding day, you can enlist the services of a Justice of the Peace. This is especially a lovely option if you and your partner are not religious. A Justice of the Peace is simply a licensed individual who can officially perform the ceremony for you. One great aspect about a Justice of the Peace is that they can tailor your ceremony to represent your interests personally, as not religious restrictions would need to be considered.
·         Choosing a clergy member. For those who hold a special place within their hearts and their life of religious beliefs, you can have a clergy member perform the ceremony for you and your partner. Choosing a clergy member from your own church not only prevents a complete stranger from officiating the ceremony, but also ensures that your ceremony is personal and perfect for your religion. As a side note, it’s important to check with your officiant about any rules that would prevent them from marrying you, such as your partner not being a member, or any other scenario. Some religious practices even require marriage counseling before they will officiate the wedding. Take your time and choose wisely.

For such an important role within your wedding, only the best will do. These tips will help you choose the right officiant for your own big day. Here at I Thee Wed, we want to help your wedding day be a complete success. If you are ready to begin working with a greater area Cincinnati wedding planner, be sure to contact us today.


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