Why Hire a Professional Officiant?

There's a good (and very simple) reason we'll always encourage you to leave the majority of the wedding day details to the pros...  It's their job.  Whatever it is - be it catering, ceremony music, cake baking, photography, or even event rentals - they love it, they're good at it, and they have experience.  The same applies to your ceremony officiant too.  There's absolutely something special about asking a loved one to get ordained in order to preside over your nuptials; but there's a level of quality, professionalism, and peace of mind you'll get from leaving your ceremony to a seasoned vet.  Here's why you'll never regret hiring a professional officiant:

1.  They can customize your ceremony:

A hired officiant or celebrant will have the experience and know-how to help you customize your ceremony so it's uniquely yours.  Anyone planning to change or fuse different cultural, religious, or even brand new traditions will find working with a professional officiant extremely worthwhile.

2.  They're comfortable in front of a crowd:

Your closest friend from college or your Uncle Fred may know you best and have the greatest repertoire of anecdotes about you and your partner.  But that doesn't mean they're equipped to stand in font of 100+ people and engage with the crowd, keep their cool, and not be a nervous wreck during the most special and important moment of your life.  With a hired officiant you know they'll be nothing but professional (and we don't mean dry or stale - we mean effortless and seamless in their delivery).  You already have enough to worry about with remembering where to stand, and when to say your "I do's".  You don't want to worry about your novice officiant's performance too.

3.  They might give you some good advice on writing your vows:

Experiencing writer's block?  Your officiant is a wonderful resource to tap.  They can work with you to craft and edit your wedding vows until they're perfect for you.  They can offer you helpful pointers, traditional examples, and even ideas taken from other couples they've married (which is also a good way to see what not to do if you're trying to be totally original) that you won't be able to find anywhere else.

4.  Your friends and family won't have to "work" on your wedding day:

While it might be wonderful to have your favorite aunt to get ordained and marry you, consider that while it might be an honor, you're technically giving her work to do.  A HUGE responsibility.  She loves you, but she may already have a full time job and other tasks - no need to add to her plate.  Let your family and friends enjoy your day, and leave the serious stuff to the pros.

5.  Experience, experience, experience!  

We can't state this enough!  Your professional officiant has done this before.  She knows what she's doing, and how to delivery your ceremony in a polished, beautiful, professional way.  She has most likely seen it all and experienced so much when it comes to weddings!  She'll know what to do in those unexpected moments that you may not have even thought about.  Do you know what to do if a bridesmaid faints and lands at the feet of you and your partner as you're saying your vows?  Or if your best man realizes he has forgotten the rings just as you're about to exchange them?  Your professional officiant does.  She'll attend your rehearsal to ensure everyone will be on the same page for the big day, and is able to direct the rehearsal if needed.  She'll also provide unlimited consultations with you to talk about your wedding and assure you that your ceremony will be perfect for you.

Your wedding day is the biggest day of your life;  the day you've been dreaming about for as long as you can remember.  You've planned for months and even years, and have spent your precious money and resources in preparation for this one incredible moment.  So why would you leave this most important aspect of your wedding day up to someone with no experience?  Trust the professionals with your beautiful wedding day!  You won't regret it!