Post # 1
How much detail should be in a contract with an officiant? Our officiant sent us an “agreement” with little detail. It includes the price of the ceremony fee. It says that she has reserved the date and notes the time and location. It also says that she will provide consultation to create the ceremony, but does not specific if there’s a limit to the meetings etc. It doesn’t have other specfics about the day or about what the minimum expectations are. I’ll paste a sample below to give you a feel.
“Ceremony Agreement: Ceremony fee=$xxx
It is a privilege to serve as an officiant at your wedding. I hereby reserve your wedding ceremony for:
(she lists appropriate detais her and the ceremony start time- but doesn’t specify that she’ll arrive earlier as she had menioned in our in-person meeting.)
I will provide consultation with you to develop a personalized service. To reserve this date, I request you to countersign this agreement, returning it to me with a nonrefundable deposit of $xxx.
Signature of Groom and/or Bride
Balance of payment is requested prior to performance of ceremony.”
Post # 3
Do you know your officiant? As in, do you regularly attend her place of worship or is she a family friend, etc? Or did you find her simply for the wedding?
If the former, I’d say the agreement she sent, with verbal clarification, should be fine. If the latter, I’d draw a more detailed contract (or add more details to hers) and ask her to sign it with you in addition to her agreement.
Post # 4
As an officiant myself, most of my contracts outline more specifics about the meetings and consultations – I specify that there are unlimited email and phone consultations. If this is something you are considered about, I would reccomend talking to your officiant about it. It worries me that there is nothing outlining a back up, in the unlikely case that your officiant can’t be at your wedding. Also, if you’re planning on having a rehearsal and want your officiant to attend and haven’t discussed that, it may be something you want to add onto the agreement. And arrival time?
Post # 5
She’s someone we found for the ceremony. We contacted references, and did some online searches but that’s it. Is there a standard contract available online that I could use as a guide?
Post # 6
our contract for our rabbi wasn’t that clear, but i’m not too worried because he verbally told us what we need to know, plus we’ve seen him do another wedding so we kind of know how he works.