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Choosing An Officiant

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May 31, 2011

The first thing you need to decide is to find the person that is right for you.  Someone who fits your personality, your beliefs and is willing to work with you in creating a ceremony that reflects your own unique love story. Christina takes a "Design" approach in creating your unique ceremony. In our work together, I listen to the story of your love, we share ideas, and I offer you a package full of examples for every element of the ceremony. I love the challenge of finding the right words and the special touches to make your ceremony express the true meaning that is in your heart.

When choosing an officiate, price should NEVER be the deciding factor If you need a little financial help, most officiates, like myself, are willing to work with you.  If we are several months away from your big day a payment plan can easily be set up. $50 or $100 difference in price for an experienced and highly qualified officiate or minister  and a so-so one should not stand between you and having a beautiful, meaningful and memorable start to your married life.

Check references. Most reputable officiants have sites like the Wedding Wire, The Knot, etc. where you can read what other couples like yourselves have said about their experiences with the officiant they chose.

Your ceremony sets the tone for the rest of your wedding day.  It’s the first impression your family and guests have of you as a married couple.  You want your family and guests to comment on how beautiful and heartfelt your ceremony was not just ho-hum and ordinary. Wouldn’t you want words that were written about you specifically, your relationship and your beliefs, rather than a “fill-in-name here” canned ceremony that everyone has heard a million times?

If possible always try to meet your officiate. Unless you have seen them officiate another wedding, or they come highly recommended by a family member or friend, it’s always a good idea that you meet them in person.  Nothing can beat a face-to-face meeting if at all possible.  If an in-person meeting is not possible because of distance, than spend some time with them on the phone.  Email should NEVER be the only way you communicate.  E-mail correspondence does not always convey to you the personality of the person – nor the quality and tone of their voice, which is vitally important.

If you spend some time with choosing your officiate with some of the above qualities and guidelines, you are sure to have the ceremony of your dreams!

"Christina was great to work with. Planning a Florida beach wedding from Indiana would have been very difficult for us. Christina put everything together including the location, the officiant and the photographer as well as offering great ideas and additions to our ceremony. Every email was answered right away and each change was accommodated. Our ceremony was EXACTLY what we wanted. I highly recommend Weddings By Christina!"   ~   Read More »
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