Working with an officiant is already hard work but did you know you could be doing it inefficiently? You might be doing it in a way that’s creating far more work for yourself and in the long run, costing you some money and hindering the ceremony’s overall experience. When you’re working with your officiant, make sure that all of these details are taken care of to ensure you have an efficient wedding. Working with an officiant is usually quite easy. They’re usually very easy going people and easy to work with as well.
When you think about choosing every other aspect of your wedding, you have the entertainment you have to go through and other things as well. Will the entertainment be too bland, did the band you choose do other weddings, and will they appeal to everyone at the wedding or only a small minority? What kind of reviews do they have for their own personal music? Then you have the catering. Catering is a huge part of the wedding and something that needs to be picked carefully.
The catering will determine the taste that’s left in people’s mouths and it’s going to be one of the most expensive parts of the wedding. Then you have the invitations which need to strike a pose and be fancy. So what about the reception location and where the ceremony will take place? For this reason, you need to be as efficient as possible when not only interviewing potential officiants but working with them as well. After all, these are the people who are going to legally marry you.
There’s step one. Flexibility Accountability is basically the process you’re going to use to make sure that the officiant is flexible enough to work with you and work with your schedule. All of the planning, all of the party and the ceremony needs to be well coordinated in advance with your officiant. Even the things he’s not officially part of needs to be discussed because this will help determine time slots and when he’ll be needed.
A legal officiant is also important. You don’t want an officiant that’s not going to be legal enough to marry you guys, which makes you legal. An illegal officiant can only marry you in open waters and even then, the laws are iffy on where that holds up in the states, so it’s best to make sure you do it right and not take the cheapest way out.
Make sure that you have the payment policy planned out if they even require a payment. Make sure that there’s some kind of understanding on how much they’re going to want paid, if at all. Make sure you setup whether or not there will be payment milestones such as 50% before the wedding, 50% after the ceremony or 100% upfront. Believe me, all of this will be much easier on you if you just coordinate all of this before the big day and you don’t have a minister coming up to you asking when they’ll be paid to make your day awkward.