Stay up to date with the latest wedding ceremony trends, script writing inspiration, tips and advice for first-time officiants, and news that matters to couples and wedding ministers.

Wedding Officiant Do's & Don't's

Published Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 2020

A wedding officiant presides over a wedding ceremony, holding a microphone up to speak, while the bride and groom hold hands and smile happily. Beside them is the best man, who watches with a smile.
Cheers to the happy newlyweds! This wedding ceremony was a success, thanks to a prepared wedding officiant.

Advice from AMM: The essential dos and don'ts of officiating a wedding for the very first time



We’ve scoured our most popular guidance articles and compiled a helpful list of officiant pointers that are frequently overlooked in the hustle and bustle of wedding preparations.


Without further ado...



Wedding Officiant Do's & Don't's



  • Do attend the rehearsal!


  • Do have the venue address(es) and a prepared route ready to go prior to the rehearsal and ceremony. (If you’re unfamiliar with the area, this is even more important.)


  • Do make several printed and digital backup copies of the ceremony script.


  • Do keep your scripts, credentials, and other important documents like the marriage license organized and in one place at all times. (Our Officiant Folio is perfect for keeping all of your ceremony components together.)


  • Don’t show up late or push your commute until the last possible minute.


  • Do check the forecast! Changes in weather can drastically affect traffic routes and commute times, and if the ceremony is outdoors, you’ll need to plan your attire accordingly.


  • Do check the sound system.


  • Do check with the Best Man (or the Ringbearer) to make sure they are in possession of the rings.


  • When you ask guests to rise for the bride, don’t forget to instruct them to be seated afterward.


  • If it’s an unplugged ceremony, do kindly remind guests to silence their phones and put them away.


  • Don’t read from a tablet or phone. (Our Officiant Folio isn’t just for keeping your ceremony documents organized – it also looks polished and professional at the altar!)


  • Don’t wear a large smartwatch or keep your phone in your front pocket. As a general rule, avoid wearing anything that’s flashy or distracting.


  • When it’s time for the couple to kiss – do remember to step out of the way!


  • Do get to know your fellow wedding vendors. Networking and building excellent working relationships is valuable and rewarding!




Officiant Wedding Emergency Kit


Do bring a wedding emergency kit! Here's what to pack in this essential kit...



Now it's time to go the extra officiant mile. Gather all of these items listed below (most of them are available in small, compact travel sizes!) and keep them handy in an accessible pouch or cosmetic bag... Show up prepared with your own Officiant Wedding Emergency Kit! 



What to pack in your Officiant Wedding Emergency Kit


  • Spare set of venue address and directions
  • Ceremony program, order of events, and ceremony script + copies
  • Extra pens
  • Scotch tape, masking tape
  • Lighter, matches
  • Stain remover wipes or pen
  • Lint roller
  • Safety pins
  • Bobby pins
  • Comb
  • Aspirin, Ibuprofen
  • Antacid tablets
  • Eye drops
  • Tissues
  • Band-aids
  • Dental floss
  • Mini deodorant


Related: The best Officiant Wedding Emergency Kit we’ve ever seen


Updated December 2023


Signature Wedding Officiant Package



Our Signature Wedding Officiant Package includes everything you'll need to successfully officiate a wedding ceremony! It includes your minister ordination paperwork, AMM's updated Minister Manual, Getting Started kit, and more. 






Read Next: 




A male wedding officiant adjusts his tie ahead of the wedding ceremony

What does a wedding officiant wear?! Read the full article here. 



Lewis King
Lewis King

Lewis is AMM's executive director. He also wears other hats at AMM, like taking out the recycling, restocking the sparkling water, and watering the office plants.

How To Officiate By State

Will You Marry Us? Gift Package

Who Will Officiate Your Wedding?

Choose Your Officiant with our "Will You Marry Us?" Gift Package.

Signature Wedding Officiant Package

Signature Wedding Officiant Package

Our premiere package contains everyting you need to officiate like a pro.

The Book of Wedding Vows and Ceremonies

The Book of Wedding Vows and Ceremonies

It's finally here! Timeless scripts and heartfelt vow inspiration to bring life to your ceremony.

Professional Wedding Officiant Certification Course

Learn from the Pros to Officiate with Confidence!

Wedding Officiant Training

Wedding Officiant Training

Everything you need to know to officiate.

Read our sample wedding ceremony scripts online

Sample Wedding Ceremony Scripts

Need inspiration? Check out our free ceremony scripts!

Subscribe To Our Newsletter!


Become a Wedding Officiant with Our Free Online Ordination!