ceremony is one of the most important elements of your entire
day. Just as a beautiful ceremony can set the tone for a
successful and meaningful day, so to can a poorly conducted
and poorly organized one cast a shadow over your day. Unfortunately,
the need to find someone to conduct the ceremony is often
lost amongst the choosing of bridal gowns, flowers, cakes,
invitations, music and other important planning items. SO
choosing an Officiant is sometimes relegated to the bottom
of the list, when there are so many other details to attend
to. Since your ceremony will be the highlight of your day,
creating memories that will stay with you for years to come
then choose your Officiant wisely and early!
KIND OF PERSON ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? Before you
initiate the contact, you should have a general idea of
the kind of person you want to officiate at your ceremony.
Some couples may want a polished 'clerical' or 'official'
presence; others may want a more informal presence. Some
couples may want someone who takes a more formal dignified
approach in conducting their ceremony, others prefer someone
with a more casual 'lighthearted' demeanor. I believe the
Officiants personality, and 'chemistry' are two very important
items to look for in your Officiant.
A KEY INGREDIENT One of the most important elements
in your relationship with your Officiant is trust; trust
in their professional competency! Trust that your ceremony
will be conducted according to mutual agreed plans and according
to your wishes. Trust, that you can leave it in his or her
hands knowing that your day will begin with a beautiful
personalized ceremony that will reflect the love between
the two of you.
QUALITIES TO CONSIDER What qualities are most
important to you? Once you have a understanding of your
'likes' and 'dislikes' you will be better equipped to choose
the right Officiant. Important qualities you may want to
consider are versatility, experience, warmth and caring,
professional and qualified. Speak to them over the telephone,
view their web page, and read their material Ask for references.
If you are still not sure then ask for a meeting. It may
not be a good fit for them as well. Flexibility, adaptability,
personality, experience, competency and trust are major
considerations in the selection of your Officiant. A good
ceremony will reflect your personalities and family traditions
and will set the tone for your entire day!
LEAST EXPENSIVE ITEM OF THE DAY
Your ceremony may be conducted in a half hour or so. However,
the time most Officiants spend on preparing, meeting, coordinating,
traveling and responding to e-mails and phone calls far
exceeds what your family and guests see on your day! In
most cases the Officiant fee is the least expensive item
of all your wedding expenditures. Yet, your Officiant and
your ceremony are the two key components in your entire
Officiants fees vary according to your needs. If you are
planning a small home or backyard wedding with no meetings
then cost and availability becomes the essential factor.
Fees vary from Officiant to Officiant. Remember as in most
cases, 'you get what you pay for' or 'buyer beware'. THE
COST FOR AN AVERAGE WEDDING CEREMONY FOR THE 'FRUGAL BRIDE'
IN THE YORK, DURHAM, AND PEEL REGIONS I suggest you budget
anywhere from $225.00 to $350.00 for an Officiant. All the
best to you as you plan your wonderful day!