You have decided to interview a
prospective officiant for your wedding. Here are some questions you might want
- 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?
You have decided to marry – you have a venue
and a date, and plan to have a Justice of the Peace marry you. Now you have to
find the perfect JP. How do you do that?
- Start early –as soon as you have booked the
venue. Good JP’s, like popular venues, book early, often 12 months or more in
Think about any criteria you might have – age,
A wonderful comment I received after a wedding came from the
mother of the bride who said to me, “You made it seem as if you have known my
daughter all her life.” I had meet with the bride and groom once before the
wedding, learned the story behind their relationship, and presented it during my
personal remarks section of their wedding ceremony.
There is no secret to doing this well other than to be a
good listener. I spent many years as a high school counselor and mediator and
quickly learned that the key to being a good counselor is being a good
listener, easy to say, but often difficult to do.