(Closed) unbelievable awful officiant experience! the horror!

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
153 posts
Blushing bee


Post # 3
9109 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Dh found our officiant.  Beats me where.  The guy refused to allow music!  And Dh caved.  So I had to walk down the aisle in silence, it was awful.  I had no clue what was going on.  I just knew we had several pieces of music planned & I wasn’t hearing any.

I didn’t find out till after the ceremony that it was the jackass officiant.

Post # 4
1502 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

megsvintagetreasures:  We hired our officiant off of craigslist.  He wasn’t terrible, but he wasn’t great either.  He stumbled a bit, and he wore crocs with his suit….  My dad swears he was drunk for the rehearsal haha.

Post # 5
5886 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

megsvintagetreasures:  This is why I had my BFF marry us even though it wasnt legal in my state. (We got legally married on our honeymoon)

Post # 6
184 posts
Blushing bee

I am from that town and actually know the man’s daughter…it is a huge mess.  He says he was duped by the agency that licensed him but the couple (and other couples) say he was disorganized, refused to do rehearsals and has totally disappeared.  Luckily there are 2 local truly licensed officiates that are solemnizing the licenses for those couples (for free) who had this man as their officiate.

Post # 7
3360 posts
Sugar bee

This is terrible.. I can’t imagine… !! 

Soon2bBarker:  Oh wow… What a story.. 

Post # 8
22 posts

megsvintagetreasures:  ahhhhhh! This board  should be named THE HORROR in cap locks! The upset face on the bride made my heart break. 

In the end,  they get a funny story and a newspaper article out of it!  Haha. Sort of like a free wedding announcement ad in the paper.  🙂

Post # 9
360 posts
Helper bee

megsvintagetreasures:  I’m baffled anyone would hire a wedding officiant off Craigslist or something similiar.  This is one of those, you get what you pay for things IMO.  

Post # 10
2258 posts
Buzzing bee

Officiant: I now present Mr. and Mrs. Jessica O’Donnell…Groom: Whatever– works for me! Bwhaha! What a clusterf*ck. I’m surprised how well the bride held her composure. 

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Post # 11
863 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

MrsWFit:  Exactly.  If (theoretically, because I wouldn’t) I were to hire one this way, you’d better believe that I’d want proof that he was qualified.  I also find it hard to believe that they wouldn’t have clued in to his incompetency when they met him…. if they even met him. 

Post # 12
782 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

megsvintagetreasures:  omg.. I don’t even know if I want to read it.. I am so nervous to hire an officiant! It is literally like the last thing I need to do and I have been putting it off because it is going to be tough. At my aunts funeral the priest kept calling her Wendy even though her name was Wanda… I am so worried that it will happen at our wedding! haha I know it really doesn’t matter but it still kinda does!!

Post # 13
2691 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Sooooooooo glad I love my officiant. We met him for the wedding, but we became friends and now we go to his house every couple of weeks and play board games. I went to a wedding that had a horrible officiant. She spoke in monotone the whole time and pronounced the bride’s maiden name wrong.

Post # 15
3697 posts
Sugar bee

I am an Australian Marriage Celebrant ( we’re called officiants in the USA) and that clip makes me cringe.  One small mistake you might over look but that was just a litany of disasters.  I certainly hope the couple were given a full refund. 

Price is not necessarly an indicator of quality with a celebrant. I know of a celebrant who charges a lot more than me and delivers a very mediocre ceremony.  A few years ago, however, one of my couples attended a wedding where the celebrant had been engaged primarly on the basis of her very cheap fee ( charged about half the going rate).  Everyone was astonished, apparently, when she turned up for the wedding and conducted the ceremony wearing shorts and a T shirt!!! Now wouldn’t that look charming in the photos!

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