(Closed) When to book an officiant?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve heard a year in advance is about right. I hate it when vendors act like you’re jumping the gun by trying to get things taken care of early. I feel like saying “Um, excuse me, do you want my business or not??”

Post # 4
178 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I think we booked our officiant at 8 months prior to our wedding but I don’t remember now… I’ve been using the knot.com check list and have pretty much been taking care of things as they come up.  Super helpful!!! 

Post # 5
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We booked our officiant before we did anything else, over a year before the wedding.  We knew we needed a rabbi in Massachusetts who was willing to marry an interfaith couple.  It was hard enough to find one that we thought we should start early.

Also, for us, the officiant determined the ceremony location.  NotFroofy liked the idea of getting married in a synagogue, so we used the synagogue our rabbi was associated with.  Everything else went from there–accommodations for up to 20 people near the synagogue, a restaurant for the luncheon after the ceremony near the synagogue, etc.

However, a lot depends on what you are looking at in an officiant.  For someone who is looking to have a family member ordained, for example, the officiant can be decided much later.

Post # 7
453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

i don’t know, but i booked mine about a year ahead of time. probably overkill, but i wanted to make sure we got someone!

Post # 8
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

You can definitelly schedule officiants as early as you want them, and if an officiant does not want to book a date in advance is their loss. I usually plan my events, vacations, etc around the weddings I need to perform.

You should have no problems in finding an officiant that is able to accomodate you well in advance.  There are some weddings I have booked a year and a half in advance, others that done it two days in advance.

Best of luck,



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