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Going Pro: How Much Should I Charge as a Wedding Officiant?

Charge officiant

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 2019

Officiating demands a substantial amount of your personal time, effort, thought, consideration - and almost always, love.

So it’s only fair when a new officiant wonders, “How much should I charge for my services?”

The answer in short is this: Officiant fees vary drastically across the country, so you will have to do a bit of research to determine this magical number.

If you are considering performing ceremonies in a professional capacity, you will want to start by looking into what others are charging locally, and proceeding from there.

We recommend doing an online search along the lines of, “Wedding Officiant in [City Name]”. You can also use vendor searches for your area - like looking up Officiants in Wedding Wire's Vendor Search based on location.

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Tags: ceremony-planning, wedding-ceremony-planning, online-ordination, choosing-an-officiant, professional-officiants, professional-wedding-officiants




What is a Wedding Officiant and How Do You Become One?

Bonnie

Published: Monday, Oct. 21st, 2019

Bonnie Sanchez wasn’t a fan of her government job. She wasn’t happy. First of all, she didn’t like sitting in her office all day, and the tedium was wearing her down. But even more, she wanted a job that held meaning, where she could make a difference in people’s lives.

That’s when Bonnie learned about becoming a wedding officiant. 

We’ve all been to weddings before, and perhaps you’ve wondered, “what is a wedding officiant, and how does somebody get into a profession like that?” 

Maybe it was a particularly memorable wedding and you wanted to be a part of something like it. Or maybe it was a boring one and you thought to yourself, “I could do it better.”

 ...(continued)

Tags: choosing-an-officiant, first-time-officiants, las-vegas, lgbtq-weddings, professional-wedding-officiants




Are First-Time Wedding Officiants Hurting Professionals? Here’s How to Adapt to Online Ordination.

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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 2019

We’re at Wedding MBA in Las Vegas this week, meeting with wedding professionals from across the country and preaching our gospel of online-ordination and wedding ceremony planning. One topic that has come up enough times to warrant a response is the following: are first-time wedding officiants a threat to professional wedding officiants? 

Put another way, when couples ask “Uncle Bob” to officiate their wedding ceremony, does that put professional officiants out of a job? 

The answer is a bit more complex than just yes or no. ...(continued)

Tags: choosing-an-officiant, online-ordination, professional-officiants, professional-wedding-officiants, wedding-ceremony-planning





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Co-Officiating a Wedding Ceremony: The More the Marrier? 

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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 14th, 2019

Being asked to officiate a wedding is perhaps the highest honor a couple can bestow on a friend or family member. But what if there are so many great choices that they just can’t choose?

Couples facing this dilemma have asked us if it’s possible to have two or more officiants officiate a wedding ceremony and our position is...  go for it!

Here’s the deal. It’s all about planning and organization. If you are thinking about having two, or more, people co-officiate, here are a few thoughts and observations based on past experiences. 

 

1. Check in with your local clerk and see what the local laws have to say about it. Most states have requirements about who performs certain parts of the ceremony, signs the marriage license, and acts as a witness. County clerks are your friends. They are experts on the local rules, and they will be able to tell you exactly what’s required. ...(continued)

Tags: choosing-an-officiant, family-members, friends-and-family, officiant-registration-requirements




3 Reasons Why Couples Choose Friends & Family to Officiate Weddings

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Published: Thursday, Aug. 8th, 2019

We often find ourselves in conversations with professional officiants, and the following question comes up: “Why has it become so popular for couples to ask a friend or family member to perform their wedding ceremony?”

That might sound like an easy question to answer, but the reality is, this trend is part of a wider social change that is taking place in this country. We’re all carving out our own path in life, and that includes creating our own moments on our own terms… especially weddings. So in a sense, the explanation is deeply personal.

That said, it’s worth covering some of the reasons, because we want couples (and ministers of course) to realize that choosing your own path is empowering. We’re here to help! ...(continued)

Tags: choosing-an-officiant, first-time-officiants, friends, professional-wedding-officiants, wedding-trends






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