Craig's List Wedding Officiant

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@SummerLove24:  I would definitely meet up with her beforehand.  What if she’s weird or unprofessional?  Or she smells bad?  Or you just don’t click with her?  I wouldn’t want to be married by a complete stranger because if you don’t like her on your wedding day, you’re stuck with her because otherwise you aren’t getting married.  I would want to meet with her at least once before booking her.

Post # 5
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11379 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@SummerLove24:  does she have a professional website?  can you ask for references?

i found my officiant online (i was planning from another country).  i checked out his website thoroughly and i set up a phone interview with him (i wanted to make sure he “sounded” professional) before i booked him.

he sent me over a few different services to choose from and i did.  we spoke once more on the phone before the wedding to go over positioning, etc.  kind of like a verbal rehearsal.

i met him only 30 minutes before the ceremony.  he was wonderful.  our guests commented how beautiful the service was.

Post # 6
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2962 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@SummerLove24:  I would meet up with ALL vendors PLUS get references. It may sound like a lot but I regretfully got my DJ from craigslist. He was THE WORST!!!

 

Post # 7
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753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@SummerLove24:  Def meet her! what if you dont like her vibe? we were going to hav our officiant from carigslist but decided to ask a friend to get ordained (much cheaper) instead..

kind of off topic but we found our first DJ on craglist and met up with him.. his demo was good, his website was good, his prices were GREAT.. BUT when we met him he had never done a wedding before and seems uncomfortable witht he idea.. needless to say we did not end up using him.

Also, we found our cake person on craigslist.. we met her and she was great and gave us a great deal 130 for a 3 tier cake.. she worked at a  bakery for 15 years and got laid off so now she makes cakes out of her house.. seemed sketchy from her ad but we met her and it ended great!

AND every officiant that i talked to, before we decided to hav our friend do it, wanted to meet before.. 

Post # 10
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2962 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@SummerLove24:  I was going to go with an officiant I found on craigslist but ended up chickening out and going with a judge in the county I was getting married in. It only cost me $150 for him to show at both the rehearsal and the wedding and we talked and exchanged emails multiple times before the wedding. He also custom made my wedding and emailed me examples of wordings he’s done in other weddings. Maybe you can do this instead?

Post # 15
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2962 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@SummerLove24:  You have to be VERY careful checking out things on craigslist. Do your research. I was scammed TWICE on craigslist… well hell 3Xs now that I think about my DJ referring me to the WORST wedding planner in the world!

Post # 16
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528 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@SummerLove24:  Absolutely, yes. I think you should meet wedding vendors face to face whenever possible, especially those who will be visible the way an officiant would. There are so many things you can tell by meeting someone in person that you can’t tell over the phone or by email. An officiant may only be part of your day for 15 -20 minutes, but it’s such an important role in your wedding day. Meet this woman in person before you book her and definitely before you give her any money. 

Every wedding vendor I have booked has been willing to meet me in person, that’s just being a professional. You want to make sure this woman is someone you get along with and want to share one of the most special days of your life with. She’s wrong if she says most couples don’t meet their officiant before the wedding. 

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