1. Figure out what type of ceremony you want
Prior to your first meeting with your potential officiant, you and your fiancé should make sure you’re on the same page about the mood and feel of your ceremony . Will it be traditional or modern? Religious or secular? How long would you like it to be? Share these thoughts with each candidate and then you can start narrowing down your search.
2. Set up a meeting
Whether it’s in person or via video chat, it’s critical that you actually have a one-on-one conversation with your potential officiant before hiring them. Do you like the sound of their voice and the way they speak? Are they willing to take the time needed to get to know you
3. Understand your state’s rules
Make sure your state and county recognize your officiant as someone who is authorized to perform the ceremony.
4. Read reviews and check out their work
Officiants who have professional listings on the major wedding directories, such as WeddingWire post reviews. Don’t just look only at the number of reviews though, read what the couples wrote because, ultimately, that’s what’s most important. Also check out their work- many Officiant’s have samples of ceremonies and other clips online. Here is an example of Annemarie Juhlian’s website video. Annemarie is one of many Seattle based officiant’s we’ve worked with and LOVE!
5. Ask around
When looking for an officiant ask your vendors who they would recommend. They work with all different vendors each weekend and will know who would be a potentially good fit for you. Here’s a link to our preferred vendors.