Published: Friday, Mar. 11th, 2022
Once word gets out that you officiate weddings, all sorts of people come out of the woodwork, and you won’t always be so fond of them. But we’re in the business of love, and there’s always a way to respond that’s loving and respectful.
If the request comes from a distant cousin you’ve never really bonded with, it will probably be easy to simply say no thanks. But what if the request comes from a grandchild, a sibling, a niece, or a nephew? Or for the professionals out there, from a much needed wedding client?
Not so clear cut now, is it?
Remember... We're in the business of love.
Under many circumstances, the best course of action is to politely decline. If you dislike confrontation, you might offer up a small white lie about a scheduling conflict or incurable stage fright to soften the ‘no.’ And you can always recommend another wedding officiant better suited to the role and the couple.
But under other circumstances, you might put aside your personal feelings and officiate the wedding anyway.
After all, some family dynamics are too difficult to get around, and many professional officiants simply can’t afford to let contrasting personalities interfere with potential income.
In these cases, how should you approach the role of wedding officiant?
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