Are you registered to perform weddings in my location?
Countries, States, and Counties often have very distinct rules and regulations governing the state of matrimony. Some locations' regulations are right down lax. The possibility to become an Officiant or an Ordained Minister online requires additional research to ensure that the credentials are recognized in any particular jurisdiction.
How long have you officiated weddings and what sort of training have you had?
The extent of the officiant’s experience will directly correlate to their ability to perform a proficient ceremony, give off an air of respectability to the festivities and file the paperwork in a timely manner.
About how many weddings do you do per year?
Practice makes perfect and perfection is highly desirable during your ceremony. Staying up to date with modern traditions and keeping a fresh tone to the presentation is highly favored.
Have you previously officiated a ceremony at ‘my location’?
While not a deal-breaker, having officiated at your particular venue might assist the officiant in incorporating the environment into the ceremony. In some cases, being familiar with the location and knowing the staff might help in your guests' overall experience. Bonus: No chance they will get lost on the way.
What are your rules for photography?
Is your officiant camera-shy? Could they be easily distracted by other professionals scurrying about? Is Godliness above even your once-in-a-lifetime event and your right to have it documented?
Is premarital counseling required?
This s a very personal matter that must be discussed with your Minister, Rabbi, or other trusted figure.
When do you suggest we sign our marriage license?
Determining your preference to sign before or after your ceremony might rely heavily on your wedding day schedule. Having the officiant coordinate with your wedding planner will ensure your schedule runs smoothly.
What are the fees charged?
You need to maintain a budget.
Important note: Consider making certain that the officiant is present at the ceremony rehearsal.