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What To Know When Choosing A Wedding Officiant

What To Know When Choosing A Wedding Officiant

Things To Consider When Choosing A Wedding Officiant

Choosing a wedding officiant who will lead your ceremony is a very important choice. Picking the right person can be challenging, but knowing a few things will make it easy. The officiant you choose will greatly impact how well your wedding goes from start to finish. I Do Weddings is all you need! I am Rev. Phil Landers, and I plan and perform weddings in the Chicago area. I am the best person to lead a ceremony. I help couples plan their weddings from the pre-ceremony and ceremony part. I make sure that their wedding day is fun.

Read the reviews of my clients to find out how happy they were with my service. Please call me at (630) 664-3500 if you have any more questions about how to plan for the wedding.

What Is A Wedding Officiant?

A wedding officiant is allowed by the government to marry people. Most of the time, they are ministers who have been ordained. But they can also be judges, justices of the peace, or court clerks. In recent years, couples have had friends or relatives get ordained online.

Many people choose to have an experienced officiant officiate their marriage so that it feels more serious and formal. An officiant can also help the bride and groom make their vows more meaningful and personal.

Tips In Choosing A Wedding Officiant


It is important to think about their personality. Do they seem like someone who will make your ceremony fun and memorable? Or are they more serious and reserved? The officiant’s personality can play a big role in your ceremony. So be sure to choose someone whose personality you like.

Choosing A Wedding Officiant For Your Ceremony
Choosing A Wedding Officiant For Your Ceremony


Consider these factors when choosing a wedding officiant. The first is whether you want a religious or secular ceremony. If you want a religious ceremony, locate an officiant from your faith. Any officiant can perform a secular ceremony. 

Not so practicing – but your family is? Rev. Phil is a real minister who will include a few elements to make the family feel respected. He looks like a minister in his clerical collar. But he can share your love story – making it highly personalized, enjoyable, and memorable.

Another item to consider is the type of service you want. Do you prefer a formal ceremony or something a little different? Traditional ceremonies are shorter and more straightforward. Weddings that are one-of-a-kind can range from themed to handfastings.

Finally, you must decide on the ceremony’s details. Who is going to preside over the ceremony? Where will it happen? What time is it going to be? These are all key factors to consider while selecting a wedding officiant.


It is very important where the ceremony takes place. Many couples choose to get married in a church. But others might want something different, like a beach or park. If you want to get married in a specific place, ask the officiant if they are willing to go there. Some officiants prefer indoor or outdoor ceremonies, so ask in advance.

You should also think about whether you want a local officiant or not. If you have far-away family or friends, consider marrying in their hometown. They may still be a part of your big day even if they can not be there in person. Ask your officiant if they are available and how much they charge for other weddings.


One of the things you should consider is experience. Ask them how long they have been performing weddings and how many they have officiated. It will give you an idea of their level of expertise and whether they can handle your specific needs. 

Another factor to consider is their level of experience. If you have special needs, such as a religious tradition, be sure the officiant is familiar with them. You want someone who is experienced with the style of ceremony you desire. They make certain that everything runs smoothly on your special day. Experience is clearly shown by reviews (Rev. Phil has over 500 on WeddingWire) and awards (Rev. Phil is the 1st Chicago officiant inducted into the Knot Hall of Fame.)

Make sure to ask the officiant if they are available. You want to ensure they are available on your day and can work with your schedule. Once you know all this, you can choose who to hire as your wedding officiant.

Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony

Special Touches

When it comes to your ceremony, there are many ways to make it unique and special. One way is to choose a touch that will add meaning and significance to the event. Here are some things to consider when selecting a special touch for your ceremony:

The first thing you’ll want to consider is what type of special touch you would like to add. There are many options available. Take some time to brainstorm and develop something that fits your vision for the day. Rev. Phil offers 4 alternatives to unity candles – including unity beer! These are especially helpful for outdoor ceremonies.

After deciding on a special touch, choose a wedding officiant who can make it happen. Talk to a few officiants and find one who fits your goal.

Work with your officiant to devise a plan that includes your special touch. It might mean writing your vows or anything else you can think of. Remember to tell your guests about your special touch! It will help them understand what to expect during the ceremony. They may even be able to tell other guests about it.


Wedding officiant cost is always worth considering, and the officiant’s fee is no different. Some officiants have a fixed cost, but others may charge more or less based on time and work. It’s worth investing in an officiant who will make your ceremony personalized, enjoyable, and memorable. If you go cheap, you’ll have a boring wedding ceremony – like most. Who wants that?

It is important to find a wedding officiant who fits your personality. They will be a part of planning your ceremony, so you should feel good about them. Weddings are full of magic and excitement. Finding the right person to perform the ceremony will add to your happiness.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Ushers are an excellent way to include more friends and family members in your wedding without having too many groomsmen. The officiant is the person in charge of actually marrying the couple. A priest, rabbi, minister, or your closest friend are all examples.

A simple pair of dress slacks and a white button-up shirt are appropriate for a casual wedding. The officiant could also wear a suit jacket without a tie. If the wedding theme is simple and rustic, the bride may request that the officiant wear a nice pair of jeans and a white button-up shirt.

The officiant at your wedding should wear something that goes with the rest of the wedding party and the overall theme. Couples often ask their officiant to be inspired by the colors worn by the bridesmaids and groomsmen, either in the same shade or in a different shape.

A wedding officiant leads the wedding ceremony. They work with the couple to plan the wedding and make sure everything is ready for the big day.

Inquire with the family – One suggestion is to seek permission from your partner’s family before asking them to marry you. Asking about their parents or even their siblings shows that you know this decision affects more than just you and them.

Check to see if the person truly wants to assist you. Choose people you can rely on. Set expectations upfront and draft a simple agreement or contract if necessary. Understand the caliber of the work they provide.