Your wedding officiant is not just a throw in as many people tend to think when it comes time to bring someone in to lead them through their ceremony. First of all, ask yourself how you think things would go if you and your fiancée officiated your own wedding. Probably not very well. There are many moving parts to a wedding ceremony, consider the fact that you don't just go up there are say I do and then head to your reception. When you hire someone that understands weddings and realizes how important the feel and mood of what goes on as you join hands with your fiancée, you will know the difference that someone with a good handle on the process can provide for you. This is not an element to be taken for granted. An experienced professional will keep everything that is important to you on track and all of the elements will come off very well in terms of there impact. Trust us when we tell you that inexperienced officiants will not be able to recover if something goes wrong and you will be left there with a stunned look on your face. So, right now, make it your goal to head out into the Phoenix area and and find a wedding officiant that that will make your ceremony something very special. Where should your search start? There are a number of places that you can find potential candidates. On-line is always an option. Do a Google search for “wedding officiants in the Phoenix area.” You can always ask your friends, family, and co-workers if they are aware of an potential professionals that might be worth looking at. Or there is always the option of asking your other wedding vendors that you have already booked. When you have made a list of the ones that are worth an interview, set-up a meeting. You will want to go to each interview with some pointed questions that will help you gain insight into whether you should consider hiring the candidate to be your officiate.
Your whole goal at each interview is to find out what this person in front of you could possibly bring to your wedding ceremony. Start by asking them why they got into this business in the first place. Do they actually care about the people that they are providing their service to or was this just a way to make a quick buck? Are they open to having the ceremony customized? For instance, will they let you and your fiancée write your own vows? You want to make sure and look at videos of past weddings they have been a part of. Pay attention to the tone and the way in which the events come off to the crowd. Go over with them the kind of events and order of events that you have in mind. What are their comments? They may even have suggestions that you like. What kind of ceremony do you want? Do you want religious language incorporated into the ceremony? What if you only want a civil ceremony, can they accommodate you?
What about their requirements for you? What about pre-marital counselling? Will they file your marriage license with the county? Are they willing to participate in your rehearsal. This is something you should absolutely insist on so that everyone knows what is going to happen and when and everyone at least goes through the motions once or twice. As them for references and follow through by calling each one.
The fee that they present to you will not be exorbitant. But you will want to touch on their experience as an officiant. Find out how many years they have been officiating weddings. How many have they done? We recommend that they have enough experience that you will feel comfortable that they have a handle on all that a ceremony entails. Evaluate their voice. Do they seem to be interested in you as a couple and in your marriage being successful? After all of your interviews, one candidate should stick out from the rest. Congratulations on finding the officiant for your wedding.