by Tony Joseph of I Do OBX Weddings & Events
In most areas of the United States, it is relatively simple for anyone to perform a legal marriage ceremony. Most often, the only barrier is that one needs to become an ordained minister, which is a simple process and can be done online through a variety of websites. With the exception of a handful of states with more stringent requirements, this means that practically anyone can perform a wedding ceremony - but is that a good decision for the two of you?
Aside from being a once in a life-changing display of your love and commitment to one another, your wedding ceremony is also your guests' first impression of your wedding and sets the tone for the rest of the day. If you wouldn't trust your friend to photograph your wedding or DJ your reception, then why would you put something as important as your wedding ceremony in the hands of an amateur?
A professional officiant has a level of comfort that comes only from experience, which can help maintain a state of calm and focus despite changing or unforeseen circumstances. This leads to a better experience for you, your families, and your guests - you can relax and rest easy, knowing you're in the capable hands of someone who knows exactly what to do. A professional understands they're a part of your wedding team and not a solo act. They are accustomed to working with a team of vendors ensuring everything happens according to the plan. They will be there to take direction to make your day special. Little things that can turn into big problems won't because they have been through those situations before.
Having a professional wedding officiant perform a personalized ceremony allows your guests a glimpse into how you met, fell in love and decided to spend the rest of your lives together. They will bring your love story to life. Your loved ones are there because they want to witness a truly unique event and hear your story, not a cookie cutter version of it. It lets them know what you love about each other and why you are making this commitment to the other.
Don't start your wedding day like you're in a room with a justice of the peace, say I Do, and walk out with a ring on your finger in five minutes. Find a professional officiant that you connect with and let them create a memorable ceremony that you and your friends and family will remember for many years to come. Give guests something to talk about at your cocktail hour and tell you, "That was the best ceremony I have ever been to!"
Photo: Neil GT Photography