There are a lot of choices you’ll have to make as you’re planning your wedding. Who will take on the role of leading your ceremony and officially marrying you is one of the most important ones on the list.
A lot of couples are drawn to the idea of having a close friend or family member act as their officiant. Somebody who means a lot to you joining you in marriage (for free, no less) may seem like an obvious option. But for most ceremonies that expand beyond a very tight-knit circle of guests, there are more advantages to hiring a professional officiant than opting for an amateur. Let’s take a closer look at what those advantages are!
A professional officiant has years of experience behind them.
Performing a wedding ceremony is not as simple as reading from a piece of paper, as many people mistakenly believe. An experienced officiant will have already mastered the art of pulling off a warm, inviting, and flawless ceremony. They will be ready to adapt to any last-minute changes and prepared for all scenarios. A professional officiant will also already be comfortable in front of a crowd, allowing them to keep their cool and deliver a high-quality performance in any situation.
A professional officiant can help you with other aspects of your ceremony.
The knowledge and experience a professional officiant builds up over the years makes them a great resource for planning the details of your ceremony. They will be able to guide you through the planning process and help you make choices based on what their experience has taught them does and does not work. Your officiant will also be able to customize your ceremony to yours and your partner’s personalities, culture, religion, or any other needs/preferences.
A professional officiant will coordinate with your other vendors.
There are a lot of elements and details that must come together to ensure your ceremony is the smooth experience you’ve envisioned. A professional officiant will work with other vendors planning your ceremony—photographers, videographers, musicians, wedding planners, venue representatives, etc.—to keep everything moving according to plan. You can trust that they will assure your ceremony flows nicely and plays out exactly to your liking.
There are certain formalities that are required to make your marriage official before your ceremony. An officiant who has experience in your state and locale will be familiar with these requirements and help you through the process. They’ll be aware of federal, state, and county laws for things such as where and when to get a marriage license, so you can be sure everything is in place on the day of your ceremony.
Hiring a professional officiant allows all of your loved ones to enjoy the ceremony.
Asking a friend or family member to officiate your wedding may make them feel honored and excited at first, but once they realize how much work is required, they may get nervous or even cold feet altogether. Officiating a ceremony can be a lot of pressure for people without experience. The last thing you want is someone dropping out at the last minute or freezing up when the time comes. When you hire a professional to officiate, no one will have to work on your wedding day and you can rest assured your officiant knows exactly what they’re doing.
Are you planning your wedding in the Las Vegas area? Casual Elegance can set you up with an officiant that will guarantee your ceremony is treasured and unforgettable! Since 2003, our incredible officiant—Pastor Ed Bruning—has been giving couples the ceremony of their dreams. Pastor Ed can help you plan, execute, and then officiate weddings of all styles, including both religious and secular events.
For more information about our wedding ceremony services, give us a call at 702-580-6589 to schedule a consultation!