Choosing an officiant is one of the most important steps in the wedding planning process, especially if you’re not affiliation with a religious organization. Here’s a list of questions and suggestions to make it easier for you.
· Do you have any restrictions on the type of ceremony or requirements to officiate my wedding? (Some ministers or officiants will only do a “traditional” wedding.)
· Are you available for my wedding date and location of ceremony?
· What is your fee? Are there any extra fees for mileage, extra ceremonies, attending the rehearsal, etc.?
· How will you be dressed?
· How long is the ceremony?
· Do you attend the rehearsal?
· Can I have readers besides the officiant?
· Can we meet with you in person before the ceremony?
· Do you offer any flexibility within the ceremony format to meet the individual needs of the couple?
· Are you supportive of interfaith, secular and same-sex marriages (if applicable) and if so is there ceremony format gender neutral?
· Are there opportunities for friends or family members to participate in the ceremony to add a personal touch?
· Do you accept credit cards?
· Do you offer any guidance on how to apply for marriage license including providing assistance and how to expedite the process of obtaining a certified copy of the marriage certificate?
· Can you provide reviews or videos on their web presence so we can see your work.
· Do you offer pre-marital counseling?
· Can you handle a complicated family situation? (if applicable)
· Can we write our own vows?
· Can we be creative and have a theme wedding (if applicable)?
· When I need to reach you, how do I contact you and if I don’t reach you right away then how soon can I expect you to respond?
For more information, I’d love to help you.
Rabbi Melinda Bernstein, Officiant for jewish, inter-faith, non-denominational, spiritual, same sex ceremonies. 954-901-1355
Below is a sample of a non denominational wedding I performed.