(Closed) How far ahead should you find an officiant?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We’re in the process of working with ours now!  And with anything for a wedding, the price varies based on where you live.  Ours is a donation, but they tend to run around $300 here, so we’re donating $300. 

And you just need to make sure that they fit the wedding, and they are flexible with what you want.  If you’re getting married in a church, I’d check to make sure that they don’t already require you to use theirs. 

Post # 4
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

As soon as possible! Besides you and your Fiance, they are the most important part! We found ours at a wedding show (they are exhausting, but they are useful when searching for vendors!).

Here are some questions we thought were important:

How many meetings do you typically have?
How will you be dressed?
Do you have any sample readings/ceremony videos?
Marriage License?: Please explain the laws in MD. What will you be helping us to do?
Should we bring you the marriage license before the wedding date? Will you mail it to the state for us?
What is the one question you wish people would ask, but don’t?
Do they have a back up in case of an emergency?
Do you have any restrictions?

Post # 5
16 posts
  • Wedding: December 2010

I would say the sooner the better – officiants book far in advance and if you have someone in mind you should contact them ASAP. Also be sure to find out what options are available if they are somehow “unable to do your wedding at the last minute” (this happened to a friend of mine).PP mentioned that you should find out about any requirements the officiant, church, or religion might have (meetings, classes, etc) – these can be hard to find/schedule if you don’t give yourself much time.

The officiant might also be able to offer options/recommendations for musicians, florists, or anything else you might have questions about.

Post # 6
2054 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We are getting married in april 2011 and we booked our officiant at the beginning of june this year. So about 10 months out. it took me a while to find someone that we were both comfortable with…and willing to work with us on vows etc

Post # 7
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

ASAP. We talk to our rabbis 9 months out and met with them a bunch of times. Find someone you are comfortable with and get to know him/her.

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