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Wedding Officiant Gets Police Escort to Ceremony After Surviving a Car Crash!

Published Tuesday, Oct. 24th, 2023


Can you imagine stepping on stage to officiate a wedding ceremony only moments after surviving a three-car collision? 


Over the weekend, a wedding officiant in Fairfax County, Virginia, did just that -- after he found himself in the middle of a three-car accident on his way to perform a marriage ceremony. 


Talk about staying calm under pressure! 


According to local sources, police on the scene told the officiant that his car was no longer drivable…


…And gave him a lift to the venue so that he could officiate the ceremony on time! 



Wedding officiant carries belongings outside

Photo: Copyright  WJLA – Washington D.C. (Fairfax County Police)

Fairfax County Police Department



We’re so relieved to hear that this officiant made it through the ordeal safely, and was able to serve others on their wedding day. He sounds like an absolute rockstar! 


What would you have done in this situation? 


Get the full scoop in this article by 7News Staff by WJLA 7News







Preparing for the wedding day: Advice for Wedding Officiants


The example above is the perfect reminder that unexpected things can (and do) happen in the hours leading up to a wedding ceremony. That's why it's so important for wedding officiants to plan ahead and prepare for the unexpected. 


Below are a few of our most popular articles to help you avoid day-of disasters, stay calm under pressure, arrive to the venue on time, and perform an unforgettable ceremony. 




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Groom puts wedding ring on the bride's finger while the wedding officiant watches and smiles, in front of a wedding arch covered in beautiful leaves and flowers

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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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