This last month I have received over a dozen emails or calls from frantic couples telling me that their hired Officiant has cancelled and they are panicking...they need someone now!
I am always so sad to hear this. Often times that Officiant was a friend or family member looking to help out. But, nerves or other obligations or who knows what has made it now impossible for them to be there.
I know it is tempting to save the money of a professional Officiant and just use a family or friend - but think of it this way, they are not "free" either, you still need to pay for their dinner and drinks. You will also spend a lot of time writing the ceremony for them, time that could be spent planning other parts of your wedding, or grocery shopping, or heck just having a drink and relaxing.
Your wedding ceremony is an important part of your wedding day. You need someone reliable, experienced, friendly and well, you need an expert. I mean, the reason your having this wedding celebration is indeed to celebrate your marriage, and you can't do that if no one is there to make it legal.
Hiring a professional, experienced Officiant with a stellar reputation will allow you to relax or focus on other parts of your wedding day. A pro will write the ceremony for you, a pro will walk you through the processional order and all the little details of music, seating arrangements, how to include your cousin that you never really talk to but your mom said she must be a part of your wedding.
I am a professional Officiant, I take my profession very seriously. My reputation which you can see reviews on several online sites is stellar...that is because not only do I have 10 years experience, but I truly love what I do. I want nothing less than for you to have an amazing wedding ceremony. I have dealt with and seen many, many different things throughout my 10 years and being present during so many weddings allows me the ease to deal with anything that may arise with a polite smile and swiftness so that you don't have to.
My experience allows me to be comfortable in front of a crowd of people, speaking, greeting and meeting and directing. When I speak your ceremony I am able to draw in your guests, I am able to speak with passion and tenderness or laughter. I am comfortable and excited and that will show.
Most importantly, we have a contract, one that say's I will be there and if I can not I will do everything within my power to get another professional there.
I urge you to consider all the circumstances and facts when hiring a Officiant. Check their references, ask for a video or pictures, check their online reviews. Remember you get what you pay for and we all know the price of a rose is more than a carnation. Both are lovely but the rose has a reputation of beauty, the carnation has a reputation also.