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The How, What & When of a Marriage Officiant

When you are about to get married you have a lot of questions and one of them is probably related to the wedding officiant that has to seal your marriage so in this article we are trying to address all those questions that you have.

How to hire a marriage officiant?

Depending on where you plan to get married your options might be a little bit limited though you could always send in a special request for the wedding officiant to travel to your location of choice as long as it’s within a reasonable distance.

If you are Christian you obviously want someone from your church to officiate your wedding, or perhaps a nearby church, while if you believe in Allah you probably want someone from the Mosque instead so decides on that first.

You also want to be clear about what will be said during the ceremony though, within boundaries, you do have your own way into this.

What does a wedding officiant do?

They lead your wedding and they need to be legally able to do that so you can’t just pick any friend or relative to fulfill that duty. If you’re not religious you can have a representative from your local government do the speaking on your behalf. Judges, court clerks, and any other justices of the peace are legally allowed to lead the ceremony so it shouldn’t be hard to find someone.

Some people prefer to do it without an officiant by applying two witnesses of their own which is rather controversial and not always recognized as an official marriage so please inform before you consider something like that.

When do I need a marriage officiant?

Well duh, when you are going to get married, of course, I mean the word says it all doesn’t it? Yes, I’m the author of the article and just later realized the when part so I have to fill it up with something don’t I? ;)

To finalize this article, be respectful to your wedding officiant, even if it’s their first time. Everyone can make mistakes sometimes and that doesn’t invalidate your marriage so take it as lightly as possible and everything will go fine, I promise you that.

For more information on officiants, I suggest you click on the link that I posted above, besides picking one they also cover a number of photographers, wedding locations, and other things so it’s definitely worth a visit.

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