The person who marries you has a big job. Without them, you can’t get married! Your officiant needs to be someone who you connect with well, who can conduct a special ceremony, and who you are comfortable with. Here are our recommendations on how to choose the best ceremony style and officiant for your wedding.
First, decide whether you want a religious service performed by an ordained priest, rabbi, or another cleric, or a civil service led by someone certified by state laws.
Here are several different types of officiants to consider:
Texas – Go to your county clerk’s office to get your marriage license at least 2 weeks before your wedding day. You’ll need a valid ID and to pay a fee when obtaining your license.
On your wedding day, give your marriage license to your officiant to sign and mail it for you. You can also drop it off to the county clerk’s office. The original will be returned to you after it’s filed.
You’ll want to ask your officiant questions so that you know they are prepared to conduct your ceremony. Here are our recommended questions to ask:
Remember to discuss the flow of the ceremony with your officiant. Should you decide to include a ceremony program, it’s important to understand the flow, and have this complete so your programs could go to print. This includes how your bridal party will process down the aisle, any traditions or rituals you’d like to include, as well as readings, and your Ceremony Music Selections. Here are a few great Ceremony Readings provided by The Knot that you can use.
When deciding on your flow, describe to your officiant how you envision the ceremony being, what roles you’d like your family to play, what you’ve seen at other weddings that you liked and did not like, and if there are any traditions you’d like to include. Discuss with them how you both met, how you fell in love, and how you got engaged. This will help your officiant to better get to know you as a couple and share your love story.