How does one begin to select a wedding officiant anyway? It's so confusing!!! There are ministers, pastors, clerks, rabbis, justices of the peace; officiants who do you choose? Remember your wedding ceremony is much more than "just" a ceremony and whom you choose to perform it will set the tone.
If you have decided to have a wedding ceremony that’s not traditional, you may feel overwhelmed by all the choices that exist; not only what vows to include in the ceremony but who will be performing it.
We are here to simplify things for you.
The first question to ask yourself is what type of ceremony do you want to have? This is an important factor when choosing the officiant to perform your ceremony. The next thing to keep in mind is finding an officiant who will be open to your ideas. Choosing wisely will make it much more likely that your collaboration will create a meaningful expression of your personality and love.
There are several different types of wedding ceremonies you can choose from:
SPIRITUAL CEREMONY - a spiritual ceremony is an inspirational ceremony that is beautiful and sacred. It is a Divine ceremony, which is universal in content and is not based on any particular religion.
INTERFAITH CEREMONY - an interfaith ceremony or interdenominational is a combination or blend of religions ranging from only some religion to being entirely religious. Interfaith is in essence a respect for and an acknowledgement of all of the many different religious beliefs and spiritual understandings. It is an embracing of the values and traditions of all religious and spiritual paths.
CIVIL CEREMONY - a civil ceremony is a non-religious ceremony. It does not contain religion in the ceremony or prayers. Although it is not religious, it is not lacking of meaning or love. A couple can choose to include an invocation or poem that can be just as meaningful to them as a prayer is to a religious person. This ceremony is also known as a city hall, notary, JP or Justice of the Peace ceremony.
NON-DENOMINATIONAL CEREMONY - a non-denominational ceremony is a ceremony that is not of a particular denomination. In today’s evolving society, interfaith marriages have become very common. Non-denominational ceremonies are also quite popular because they too serve the purpose for the bride and groom who are of different religious backgrounds. In these types of weddings, the wedding officiant can creatively bring in prayers and/or customs that are not offensive to either side.
Your wedding day and ceremony is a magical time so choose an officiant that will focus their energy and efforts to create the perfect ceremony that is a reflection of you as a couple. If this is achieved, then your ceremony will be one that will be remembered and treasured forever!
We are all licensed wedding officiants here at Weddings InStyle and our services are included in all our packages, which simplifies the process for you. If you are looking to hire a wedding officiant for an offsite wedding and we are not available, not to worry - we have SEVERAL wonderful officiants that we highly recommend.
We look forward to meeting you and perhaps one day marrying you InStyle!