Post # 1
I’m a Canadian bee and I came across this article in huff post. This couple found their officiant through an online listing called kijiji (like Craigslist). What they got is the stuff of nightmares ladies. I worry I’ll have the same bad experience.
The article with video: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/11/24/kijiji-wedding-officiant_n_6213660.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-living
“They had a wedding officiant from hell (hired on Kijiji) named ___________ who continually botched and bloopered his way through the ceremony — losing his notes, repeating himself, saying incoherent sentences, forgetting where the rings where, calling the groom by the bride’s name and much much much more.”
You really have to watch the video in the article. I couldn’t do it without my stomach twisting…. Anyone else have officiant horror stories? This is more of a fun thread, I don’t mean to offend anyone who have found their officiant through online buy/sell sites.
Post # 2
Oh my gosh CRINGE GRINGE CRINGE!!!,!,
Post # 3
Dh found our officiant. Beats me where. The guy refused to allow music! And Dh caved. So I had to walk down the aisle in silence, it was awful. I had no clue what was going on. I just knew we had several pieces of music planned & I wasn’t hearing any.
I didn’t find out till after the ceremony that it was the jackass officiant.
Post # 4
megsvintagetreasures: We hired our officiant off of craigslist. He wasn’t terrible, but he wasn’t great either. He stumbled a bit, and he wore crocs with his suit…. My dad swears he was drunk for the rehearsal haha.
Post # 5
megsvintagetreasures: This is why I had my BFF marry us even though it wasnt legal in my state. (We got legally married on our honeymoon)
Post # 6
I am from that town and actually know the man’s daughter…it is a huge mess. He says he was duped by the agency that licensed him but the couple (and other couples) say he was disorganized, refused to do rehearsals and has totally disappeared. Luckily there are 2 local truly licensed officiates that are solemnizing the licenses for those couples (for free) who had this man as their officiate.
Post # 7
This is terrible.. I can’t imagine… !!
Soon2bBarker: Oh wow… What a story..
Post # 8
megsvintagetreasures: ahhhhhh! This board should be named THE HORROR in cap locks! The upset face on the bride made my heart break.
In the end, they get a funny story and a newspaper article out of it! Haha. Sort of like a free wedding announcement ad in the paper. 🙂
Post # 9
megsvintagetreasures: I’m baffled anyone would hire a wedding officiant off Craigslist or something similiar. This is one of those, you get what you pay for things IMO.
Post # 10
Officiant: I now present Mr. and Mrs. Jessica O’Donnell…Groom: Whatever– works for me! Bwhaha! What a clusterf*ck. I’m surprised how well the bride held her composure.
Post # 11
MrsWFit: Exactly. If (theoretically, because I wouldn’t) I were to hire one this way, you’d better believe that I’d want proof that he was qualified. I also find it hard to believe that they wouldn’t have clued in to his incompetency when they met him…. if they even met him.
Post # 12
megsvintagetreasures: omg.. I don’t even know if I want to read it.. I am so nervous to hire an officiant! It is literally like the last thing I need to do and I have been putting it off because it is going to be tough. At my aunts funeral the priest kept calling her Wendy even though her name was Wanda… I am so worried that it will happen at our wedding! haha I know it really doesn’t matter but it still kinda does!!
Post # 13
Sooooooooo glad I love my officiant. We met him for the wedding, but we became friends and now we go to his house every couple of weeks and play board games. I went to a wedding that had a horrible officiant. She spoke in monotone the whole time and pronounced the bride’s maiden name wrong.
Post # 14
I’ve left my officiant as the last detail to my wedding… I just don’t know how to properly screen someone for a ceremony. At least with photographers you see their photos, djs you provide them music lists, and food you taste test. … but ceremonies? You can prepare a whole ceremony but you just can’t forsee them dropping the rings, pronouncing the wrong names, losing their spots in their readings, etc.
sassy411: Refused music?!?! What a Diva! that’s so odd.
kb7: crocs? I thought things like this was common sense what NOT to do.
Soon2bBarker: haha. I would disappear too! Everyone knows him now who reads huffpost! His name is right there and there’s a video! He needs witness protection now. Hahaha
MissHockey: A priest calling the wrong name at a funeral, that’s so disrespectful. Don’t these people take their jobs seriously?
MissComicBook: Yay, I love how yours is a happy story. 🙂 Wedding WIN!
Post # 15
I am an Australian Marriage Celebrant ( we’re called officiants in the USA) and that clip makes me cringe. One small mistake you might over look but that was just a litany of disasters. I certainly hope the couple were given a full refund.
Price is not necessarly an indicator of quality with a celebrant. I know of a celebrant who charges a lot more than me and delivers a very mediocre ceremony. A few years ago, however, one of my couples attended a wedding where the celebrant had been engaged primarly on the basis of her very cheap fee ( charged about half the going rate). Everyone was astonished, apparently, when she turned up for the wedding and conducted the ceremony wearing shorts and a T shirt!!! Now wouldn’t that look charming in the photos!