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Tips for Choosing the Wedding Officiant


The wedding officiant is an essential part of the ceremony. This important person conducts the rituals of the ceremony, creates the experience, and makes it legal. These tips will help you choose the wedding officiant that will create the experiences you want.

Making it Legal

Not everyone chooses to have a legal marriage, but for those that do choose the legal status, a wedding officiant is required. Things generally work to the benefit of married couples. Check with your attorney and tax advisor about the benefits of marriage and your unique circumstances. The wedding officiant will help you through the process of obtaining your marriage license. They will also sign the license and file it with the court to make it legal. If you choose not to have a legal ceremony, the officiant still plays a very important role in your ceremony.

Commitment Ceremony

There can be certain financial and personal reasons that make a commitment ceremony beneficial. Whether you choose a legal marriage or a commitment ceremony is a personal choice based upon your unique relationship and situation. It is important to realize that a commitment ceremony will only be differentiated by the legal status. Choosing a commitment ceremony will not lessen the value of your ceremony or your relationship. Regardless of whether you choose a legal ceremony or a commitment ceremony, your wedding officiant will be the director of your magical moments. Make sure your officiant has experience with a commitment ceremony, and can help you create unique vows and rituals.


A Unique Wedding Officiant

Most couples seek ways to make their wedding day unique. Never be afraid to step outside of the box and imagine something different. Imagine how you want your ceremony to be, and create that. A wedding officiant is key to helping you design your ceremony and direct your moments. If you want to create your own vows, a wedding officiant can usually help you with the process. Special rituals can be incorporated into your ceremony, such as a unity candle and a sand ceremony. The officiant will be the coordinator of all your customs and rituals. They will deliver special speeches and pause for readings. They will explain traditions to your guests in attendance and lead you through the rituals of your ceremony. The wedding officiant you choose will make all the difference in how you create your special moments.

Get to Know the Wedding Officiant

You should interview a few different officiants to find the one that feels right. Some couples previously eloped and are seeking to create the wedding they never had. Some desire to recreate the magic of their wedding day in a vow renewal. Others want all the magic of a wedding day without the formality of a marriage license. Culture and orientation can affect the way a ceremony is performed. Wedding officiants are people with unique personalities, different levels of experience and different backgrounds that can affect your ceremony. It is important to interview your officiant to make sure their personality and ideas fit with yours. Your wedding day will happen once. Do not trust the moment to just anyone.

Planning Your Vows with a Wedding Officiant

Creating unique vows for the moment can make it feel more meaningful. If you want to write wedding vows that speak the love and commitment into one of the most momentous occasions of your entire life, find a wedding officiant with sample scripts and experience assisting couples with writing vows. We do not all speak the same language of love. Find an officiant that speaks yours.


Crystal Ballroom at Sunset Harbor

Create your magical moments at Crystal Ballroom at Sunset Harbor, an all-inclusive wedding venue with master designers. Bring imagination to Crystal Ballroom and let the professionals design a ceremony space from fantasy. Walk upon rose petals to a romantic wedding arch designed just for you, and experience the moment the way you want it to be remembered forever. Contact an event advisor for a complimentary VIP tour and customization consultation.


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