Going Pro: How Much Should I Charge as a Wedding 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.
Are First-Time Wedding Officiants Hurting Professionals? Here’s How to Adapt to Online Ordination.
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)
You Only Get One Shot at a Wedding Ceremony… Be Prepared!
Published: Monday, Jul. 29th, 2019
You’re probably thinking, “Jeez AMM, isn’t officiating weddings stressful enough? Why are you dialing up the pressure even more?”
Don’t worry, folks! We aren’t trying to stress anyone out here. Quite the opposite, we’re eliminating stress by frontloading this one important fact -- wedding ceremonies are a big deal, and the only way to eliminate stress is to be prepared. That in turn, requires a clear understanding of what’s at stake, and guess what… it’s a lot!
As we all have learned, probably from not being prepared enough ourselves, the first few times you do anything, it’s always a good idea to be over prepared. Now, let’s take that notion one step further and talk about something you only get one shot at… a wedding ceremony.
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Three tips for planning a WTF (Wedding that Fits) Wedding Celebration
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 20th, 2018
Weddings are expensive and it’s important to remember that after the guests have gone home, you’ve still got bills to pay. Life goes on. There’s a reason that DIY weddings are so popular these days. Couples want a wedding that is less expensive, and yet, still reflects who they are.
That’s why we recommend a WTF style wedding…a Wedding That Fits.
This is your special day and you are inviting your closest friends and family to celebrate it with you. Shouldn’t you go as big as possible where it matters to you? To us, a WTF is created when you decide what is most important to you on your wedding day, and figure out how to make those pieces special. ...(continued)