(Closed) How did you choose your officiant?

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We found ours online.  I sent my fiance a link of websites with listings for officiants in our area.  He chose a top 3 based on reviews & we narrowed it down to one.  We booked her without meeting her and we met her for the first time last week and are both very happy with the decision.

Post # 4
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570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I still don’t know what to do about our officiant, because we don’t attend church, and I need someone just for that day. We might have to go online too.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ours was a priest through my husband’s church. He grew up in this church, went to their grade school and high school. Actually the priest that he was closer with and who over time I came to know was unavailable on our wedding day (he apparently does mission trips in Poland and Italy during the summers), so the priest we ended up going with was the best friend of the priest that was unavailable. He was really nice, easy-going, and made us laugh so that’s why we asked him 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

my godfather – who’s a minister in the Salvation Army – will be officating our wedding. He has been my godfather since birth. He will be doing our actual wedding vows and sand ceremony – but his wife as well as another minister, who is a close family friend as she was our minister at our church for about 10 years – will be doing a reading – and she “legally” married us last year. so for us – it was obviously easy.

I do know that a lot of people have friends and/or family actually get ordained online and can do it that way. Doesn’t the new vendor’s part of the bee have officiants listed?

There are some churches – such as the Salvation Army – that will perform ceremonies for non-church goers. you may wanna check that out – find the closest one near you (salvationarmy.org)

good luck!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

We just had my uncle get a one day ordination.  It was super easy in MA so check out what your options are.  If you want someone you are really comfortable with it may be beter to just pick someone you already know and have them get ordained.  We are so happy with the decision we made.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

He’s my FI’s old football coach who is also a Revarend (Spelling??) @ a local church.  He also married and preform the baptismal ceremony for friends of ours.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Our officiant is actually a great family friend of my grand-parents and he also married my parents. My mother has already asked him (she saw him at the grocery store a week or so after I told her what we wanted to do) so he’s just waiting on our date.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Our Officiant is a pastor we both know. He was my pastor of my church when I was pretty young, and then moved to FI’s church in his teen years. When we first started dating, he was still the pastor there. So we’ve got an amazing connection from our childhood! 🙂

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

Ours is a friend. Actually, we met through him. We are both close to him, so it’ll be meaningful, and he’s very charismatic, so he’ll have no problem running the ceremony. He got ordained online the day we asked him. I’m so excited!

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Ours is FI’s childhood pastor whom his family is very close with. We had our choice between his current pastor, my uncle who is a pastor, and his family friend/childhood pastor. After evaluating our choices, we chose ours, plus of the three with thought he was the better fit.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our officiant is my FI’s childhood pastor. It worked out well because FI really admires this person and the officiant is also a close family friend.

I just helped one of my close friends find their officiant as well. They were having a hard time so I asked the hospital chaplain from where I work (big hospital) if he would be their officiant. He agreed and they all get along great!

 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ours is my cousin, but if he hadn’t been able to we probably would have asked the minister of the church I used to attend.

Post # 15
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626 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I still haven’t found mine! Its the one thing we still need! AHH!

Post # 16
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Helper bee

I went online and found someone with good reviews, met him for breakfast and hit it off so we hired him. There are a ton of great people out there, you just have to treat it like an interview I suppose.

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