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Questions To Ask An Officiant

You have decided to interview a prospective officiant for your wedding. Here are some questions you might want to ask:

  • How will you customize our ceremony to make it uniquely ours?
  • Can we write our own vows?
  • Can we include family members or friends in our ceremony? If so, how can we do it?
  • Are there special options you can add to our ceremony?
  • Do you have your own audio system? Is there an extra cost for using it?
  • What are your thoughts on the length of a ceremony?
  • Will you attend a rehearsal? Will you run the rehearsal? Do you insist on being at the        
  • Can you give me an example of how you will interact with other vendors – photographer, DJ,      wedding planner?
  • How far will you travel? Do you charge a travel fee?
  • What are your fees for doing a wedding? (In Massachusetts fees for a Justice of the Peace are set by the state – theoretically all JP's should charge the same)
  • Are there other fees applicable – a fee for customizing our ceremony, date reservation fee?
·         Will you schedule other weddings on our day?
  • Do you wear a robe? What if we want you to wear something else?

The answers to these questions should go a long way in helping you select the perfect officiant for your wedding.

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