Q&A

Wedding Ministers Officiants

Wedding officiants

COMMON Q & A ABOUT WEDDING OFFICIANTS

Q: WHAT DOES THE WORD “OFFICIANT” MEAN?

A: The word “officiant” is a wedding marriage ceremony industry catchall word for anyone legally-able to officiate a wedding ceremony including any clergy, minister, reverend, chaplain, official, officiate, priest, pastor, rabbi or civil officiant. From what I’ve seen, “legally-able” is determined by state law and in some cases further defined by sub-jurisdictions in the state, counties or cities.

Q: WHAT WEDDING OFFICIANT TYPES DO YOU OFFER?

A: All and every from traditional and modern, non-denominational, wedding clergy, reverends. ministers, pastors, officials, officiates and civil non religious wedding officiants and ministers.

Q: WHAT MARRIAGE CEREMONY TYPES DO YOU OFFER?

A: We serve virtually every type of couple from purely civil non-religious to very religious and everything in between including non-denominational, interfaith, commitment, same-sex, holy union, sacred, spiritual, ethnic, multicultural renewal of vows. Note: Like books shouldn’t be judged by their cover as the saying goes, wedding ministers civil wedding officiants should also not be judged by their cover (title). Notwithstanding their title (label), most of our ministers, in real officiating life, do purely civil non religious well. We have wedding officiants specializing in civil only and civil officiants who regularly do non-denominational and interfaith ceremonies well. Clearly the “cover” of these wedding officiants ministers does not tell what the book has in it. All that said, it is equally important to include this reminder: That those with an ordination in a particular denomination have an the amazing wonderful gift of being able to perform fully authentic and legal religious ceremonies per the legality of their denomination.  Others not ordained in their denomination can NOT officiate these authentically and legally (again, per the denomination).

Q: WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER WEDDING OFFICIANT MINISTER SITES?

A: Really, it’s that we want the “officiant selection process” for you the couple to be as simple and as relaxed as possible. How we work it all is to get to know our associates by interviewing them and by getting to know details of couples looking to us for their officiant through our request form HERE.  gathering a lot of details about our wedding officiants ministers associates Then we look for matches: if the couple wants a female minister, we don’t have male minister contact them. And if when we check with our associate and learn they are not available for the couple’s date and time, we also don’t have them contact the couple.  We save couples time and energy. If we were to have every associate contact a couple without screening them, it would take up their time and energy in having to deal with unmatched, unavailable or otherwise unqualified wedding officiants, ministers. We see our matching technique is a better method for couples.

Q: WHAT SETS A WEDDINGMINISTERSOFFICIANTS.COM TYPE OF OFFICIANT MINISTER APART FROM OTHER WEDDING OFFICIANTS MINISTERS?

A: Our officiants ministers are initially interviewed based not just on their professional experience but on their attitude, their flexibility and their openness to the idea that couples are the CEOs of their ceremony and they are at best a great staff member working for them. We take pride in our view that couples are the sole deciders of what’s in their ceremony. Sadly, many wedding officiants ministers think they know –or that their denomination knows– what is right and wrong for a couple. We can understand this but we see it differently: that only a couple can really know what’s best for them.  Our job, then, as wedding ministers officiants, is to assist couples to know this for themselves. It’s there, in them, they just need support. Some couples are surprised to hear us say that they don’t have to walk on egg shells with us but, too, they welcome hearing it. None of this means that we don’t offer our ideas and experience to couples. Couples want us to do that and we do. We are just saying that when it comes down to it, a couple is the sole decider of everything, if they want that. (you may also like how we worded this answer in Step 2 on the Home Page and, also, Fee Myth #1 on our Fees Page).