Niagara Falls/Niagara-on-the-Lake Weddings – Hiring a Wedding Officiant
You’ve begun planning your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding and you’re focused on the gown, venue, caterer, flowers and cake. Make sure you don’t forget who’s actually going to marry you! Because the other details take months and occasionally years to figure out, sometimes the person who’s there for the actual moment you say I Do is an afterthought for couples. But selecting the right wedding officiant for your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding is very important. Finding someone who will enrich your overall wedding ceremony and facilitate a ceremony to unite you is not something to be taken lightly.
If you’re having the priest or minister of the church you regularly attend marry you, then you will already be confident and comfortable with your choice. But if you’re trying to determine who should marry you, here are some suggestions to selecting the ideal officiant for your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding.
- Shop around. Consider word-of-mouth recommendations, advertising and a wedding planner’s suggestions or the planner affiliated with your wedding location. With potential candidates, take the time for personal interviews to gauge your comfort level and to explore all possibilities, including the officiant’s level of involvement and flexibility.
- Make sure you begin looking for an officiant far in advance. They, like venues, can only handle so many weddings in a day. You don’t want to be disappointed.
- If you’re coming to Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake to be married, check with your local wedding planner to see whom she would recommend.
- Ask for testimonials. Officiants should offer references by couples who have used their services or others involved in the planning, such as photographers and caterers.
- Make sure the officiant is personable and easy to work with. Do you get a good feeling while speaking to him or her about your special day?
- An officiant should be helpful to you as you create your special day and you should find out whether you can incorporate poems, readings, unity ceremonies or other religious or ethnic customs into the wedding.
- Your officiant should not be judgmental or critical of your beliefs. However, some require you to attend marriage preparation classes. Make sure you know what their requirements are of you before hire them.
- Officiants in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake charge between $200 and $600. Find out exactly what’s included in this fee, including services such as pre-ceremony classes and performing the blessing at the reception. If you expect the officiant to be part of the reception, make sure that’s understood ahead of time and that he/she receives a proper invitation to participate.
- Finding an officiant you feel comfortable with and can build a rapport with is more important than dollars and cents. Your wedding officiant helps create your entire ceremony. If you aren’t concerned about how much your flowers are going to cost, you shouldn’t choose an officiant just because you will save $50.
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