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Meeting your marriage officiant

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Who is going to conduct our marriage ceremony?

Once you know the venue for the wedding ceremony itself, you will able to choose an officiant.

If you are getting married in a religious setting, the officiant will be most likely be your priest, minister, or rabbi. However do check that he or she is available on your chosen date to avoid disappointment.

Book your officiant well in advance as this person can set the tone for the whole day and make it something really special.

If you are having a civil wedding, you could choose to be married by the county clerk, a licensed officiant, or a judge, for example.

It is important that you have a good rapport with your officiant from the start, and this is a key person before and after the wedding. Ensure that they will be available to attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

For more information on officiants, look at our pages at Getting married, with a state-by-state guide to applying for a marriage license and other practical information.

Talk to your ceremony officiant

It is important to speak to your officiant some months in advance to find out more about your wedding ceremony and to ensure that you have all of the necessary documents for the wedding. The documentation required varies by state, county and religion, so don’t be caught unawares.

This is also a chance to ask any questions about the marriage ceremony and clarify any doubts. Your officiant will give you advice regarding the vows that you are to take, and will help you write your vows if relevant.

Some religions may require you to take premarital counseling as part of your marriage preparations. Your officiant will advise you on how to go about this, and may actually be the person to conduct this counseling with you.

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