(Closed) OFFICIANT CANCELED 10 DAYS TO GO! (9 now – this happened yesterday)

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Oh my gosh, I am so sorry!

I have no advice besides what you’re doing, calling around to see if you can find a substitute… I’m just sorry this is happening!

Post # 4
2084 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1993

May be a silly q – why did they cancel at such short notice? Shouldn’t they have to find a replacement as they’ve dumped you in it?

Post # 5
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Glad you’re calm — freaking out won’t get you anywhere, it’s work time (unfortunately). Is the wedding in a religious space (ie can you rely on the church to find someone else)?

Post # 6
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

yikes! Are you having the ceremony in a church, or other venue? 

If my minister backed out, first thing I’d do is see if there’s another pastor from the congregation who could do it. Then just start calling other local churches, and see if they have available clergy. 

Post # 7
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Ah, I was in the same situation, only we had an extra month to find someone new… again.

I was so frustrated by the situation I let my Fiance pick. Ask the drop out if they can make a recommendation or two for a replacement.

PM if I can help somehow, best of luck.

Post # 8
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had the same exact thing happen to me, but with less a week’s notice! Our officiant FORGOT and had other plans that day. Yeah. Just take a deep breath, sit down with a list of nearby officiants, and start making phone calls. 

Post # 9
1400 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m in Indianapolis. If you can’t find someone, let me know. PM me or something and I’ll try asking around. You’ll find someone! I’m 5 months out from our wedding and we still don’t have an officiant and I’m starting to freak out.

Post # 12
12973 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Wow, that’s awful!  I agree with PPs, shouldnt the cancelling officiant have to find someone since it’s less than two weeks from the wedding?  Props on keeping your cool, though!

Post # 13
748 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Oh wow. I feel so bad for you. I’m sorry that happened. I wish we weren’t having an Uncle do our officiating for us so I could recommend a good pastor but unfortunately we are. Have you asked around with family and friends? Perhaps they know someone. Best of luck to you!

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