(Closed) Advice on officiant.

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Do you have anything in writing from him, or was all of this verbally discussed?

I had something similar happen with our muscians.  We verbally discussed a plan, but when it came to nailing down the details, they had other ideas.  It drove me bonkers, because it was so close to the wedding.

I don’t think you are being ridiculous.  I’m assuming the officiant knew the details of the wedding (ie: location) when booking.  I can understand how there would be some confusion regarding the rehearsal, however, that has to be quite common from in his line of work!

Post # 4
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 1997

As a person who Officiates weddings. I am often disappointed to hear stories like yours. To answer your question bluntly, No, you are not overreacting.

Any person who officiates a ceremony should have a written contract that you sign. It should outline absolutely everything that he or she will be doing along with prices for everything. It should outline all travel expenses, accommodations and the expectations for his or her services. It should outline the date, time and cost for the rehearsal and ceremony. It also should outline what you are expected to do.

If you do not have a contract with this man and have not paid him. Then thank goodness and find yourself a Officiant that will be open and honest with you. My advice would be to request the contract immediately. Go over it with a fine tooth comb. Ask any and all questions that you can think of, no question is dumb.

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