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Know Who You Are Calling

In life, we typically get what we pay for and when it comes to hiring an officiant for your special occasion, there is no exception to this rule.

Formally educated, well trained and experienced officiants charge more for their services because the investment they have made in their profession is greater than those who are untrained, Internet ordained, or state officials working for the courts. It is important to ask the right questions when interviewing officiants.

Regarding ALL Types of Ceremonies--

Questions You Need to Ask.

What are your credentials?
You may be surprised. With a click if the mouse, anyone can become an ordained minister over the Internet. Ask where they were ordained and how many years of formal ministerial education they received.

How much training have you had?
Training is very important. The officiant you choose for your ceremony must know the state laws particularly those pertaining to marriage. Your officiant should be able to explain the marriage license procedure to you and what their responsibility is regarding completing and filing the legal documents.

A trained clergy will know how to structure a ceremony properly, create and perform it with confidence as well as follow through, in a timely fashion, on any questions or concerns you may have.


How much experience have you had performing ceremonies?
Officiants who have been formally educated and trained in the administration of the sacraments find it easy to convert their classroom experiences into the real thing.

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