Post # 1
I am curious when I should be booking a marriage officiant? My wedding is still over a year away, but someone told me to book the officiant asap, so you have someone you like on the date/time you need.
I have booked the ceremony and reception sites and our photographer, so my next task was going to be the officiant.
I contacted one and her response was actually a bit rude. She said it was way to early to book as she would have no idea what her schedule would be like next summer (whether she would be in town or not etc.) I am not sure if i am too early or just emailed a crabby officiant?
Post # 3
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
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
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 # 6
hmm, thanks ladies. I guess i may be a tad early, but I do also think i emailed a crabby officiant.
I will wait a month or two and start up my search again 🙂
Post # 7
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
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,