There are a myriad of different traditions to consider when choosing an Orange County Wedding Officiant for your wedding. Here are a few questions you might have so you can make an informed decision:
What types of ceremonies do you normally perform?
One of the first decisions to make about your wedding day is the type of ceremony you are going to have. Are you opting for a religious ceremony or a secular ceremony? For ceremonies that are more spiritual based, you can seek out an ordained clergy who is of a similar faith as yours. You can also choose other officials that are licensed to perform wedding ceremonies such as justices of the peace. Check with your state to find out the lists of persons who can legally perform wedding ceremonies.
What is her/his fee?
Ensure that a portion of your budget is allocated towards your Orange County officiating minister. On consultations find out what the fees might be. Find out all the information that you need including if a deposit will be required.
How many wedding ceremonies have you performed?
You can decide on the minister you chose based on your preference and what is plausible. You might want a minister to which you are familiar, or one who is seasoned or maybe it doesn’t matter at all as long as they are competent.
What happens if the Officiating Minister cancels?
Ask about what happens in the event of a cancellation. A minister can get ill or have to back out because of an emergency. Ask if there is someone available at hand ion case anything should happen.
Will my wedding date affect the availability of the officiating minister?
Saturday is one of the most popular days to get married but not all couples wish to get married on that day. Some couples for one reason or another will opt for getting married on one of these nontraditional days. Check with the officiating minister to find out if they will be available on this day or if it falls on a day that the minister might have his worship service on that same day.
Do you offer premarital counseling?
Some ministers will ask you and your spouse to attend premarital counseling. If you are not familiar with the traditions of the church ask questions. Search for an officiating minister whose beliefs and ideas also reflect that of your own. You can meet with your minister so that you can relate the things that you want to bring across. You might have certain decisions to make prior to meeting with you minister.
What kind of expectations do I have of the minister?
Do you expect them to dress a particular way or to just wear their regular garments? If you have particular preferences that can be reasonably achieved you should relate this to your minister. Communicate your desired expectations prior to attending rehearsal.
Traditional or Unique Ceremony?
Decide on whether you want to have a traditional ceremony or if you would prefer something more unique. There are clergymen that will only perform traditional ceremonies while at the same time allowing you to get preferences such as writing your own vows. Whatever you decide, it should be a decision that both you and your spouse agree on.
Will the location for the wedding ceremony play a role in whether or not your minister will be available?
Wedding officials can get edgy about where they are required to perform ceremonies. Be very open about where your location I so that your minister can know beforehand. For example, a minister might not be comfortable working in a wedding location where alcohol is being served.