Post # 1
I know the good etiquette is to extend an invitation to your officiant and their significant other for the reception. We have a hard limit of 60 people at our reception venue and I expect that we will probably be right at 60 people.
What would you do with regards to inviting the officiant if there isn’t room on the guest list?
Post # 3
Do you know your officiant at all? If you or your parents know him/her, I think you invite them. If it is a perfect stranger you are hiring just for that one purpose, you do not need to invite them. Are you having someone say grace before the meal? If you want to do this, it would b ea good way of including him. Then, of course, he would get to sit, as well for the dinner. If you need to find room, it’s normal to stick him with the bride’s family.
Post # 4
Thanks for the advice! We are hiring a wedding commissioner for a civil ceremony and we won’t know him or her.
Post # 5
If you’re just hiring him/her, I’m sure theyd understand if you can’t invite them! I bet the don’t get invited to EVERY wedding.
Post # 6
I don’t know the laws in Canada – would it be possible to ask one of your guests to officiate? We also can’t have more than 65-70 people. Since we’re not religious, we’re going to ask one of our close friends to lead the ceremony. In my state anyone can get a 1-day license to perform a marriage, and there are internet sites that will “ordain” you in order to marry someone too. But I don’t know what the laws are about that where you live.