What to Expect When Meeting with Your Wedding Officiant

You’re up to your ears in wedding planning and can’t seem to find a moment to rest, let alone take a breath that isn’t followed by more wedding planning.

We’re here to help, supplying you with everything you need to know about meeting with your wedding officiant so you can check that research off your to-do list!

From an experienced wedding officiant, here’s what you can expect:

couple walking down aisle at a wedding venue

You ask questions

As the expert wedding planner that you’ve become, you’re sure to have plenty of questions for your officiant.

From tailoring their words to the style of your ceremony to providing past samples or reviews to show their experience, you want to know every detail for your wedding. That’s why meeting with your officiant proves beneficial.

Come prepared with a list of questions to ask and a brain full of ideas!

The wedding officiant will ask questions

Just as you have questions for your wedding officiant, they’re going to have questions for you.

Get ready to dive deep into the love story between you and your partner! Not only is it the best way for an officiant to get to know you as a couple, but it will help them craft a very unique and intimate ceremony just for your big day.

Start planning your ceremony

There’s no sense in dilly-dallying when it comes to your wedding, so as long as the officiant is available and booked, there’s no reason you can’t start planning the ceremony.

Talk about venue

You’ll want to explain your wedding venue to your officiant and how you plan to set up, especially if they have never officiated there before.

When an officiant knows more about the venue, they’ll be able to decide what level of formality they need to employ. There’s a big difference between leading an intimate ceremony with your closest friends and family, and leading a large ceremony in front of 200 guests.

Talk about budget

Since the average American wedding costs $35,000, budget is of the utmost priority.

Though the cost of your wedding officiant in Las Vegas will be only a small percentage of your overall budget for your wedding, you want to make sure that you are getting exactly what you pay for.

In Las Vegas specifically, it can be easy to find a wedding officiant that will show up the day of, say their lines, and then bid you adieu. In our experience, we have found that a bit higher of a rate goes a long way, ensuring that your day is your day and that your ceremony is personalized to you and your soon-to-be spouse.

newlyweds during sand ceremony wedding ritual

Talk about traditions

This would be a good time to present any traditions or rituals you would like to include in your wedding ceremony.

First, it will allow your officiant to organize your wedding in the most efficient and sensical way.

It will also give your officiant a chance to introduce themselves to rituals and traditions they may not be as familiar with. (There are a lot of rituals that exist, whether they stem from family or religion; an officiant can’t possibly know them all!)

Talk about personalization

This meeting is a chance to get to know one another. After all, it will be the three of you standing together at the center of your wedding ceremony.

Take this opportunity to have a conversation with your wedding officiant. Not only will you be able to establish a connection with them, but it will help them understand who you are as a couple. Then you can talk about personalization!

What are the most important elements of your wedding ceremony that must happen to make your vision come to life?

These specific things can be worked comfortably into your ceremony’s design.

Wedding Wire agrees, it’s one of the top ways to successfully personalize your big day!

Or perhaps you want to keep it simple and stick to the script. Either way, your wedding officiant will need to know what you’re thinking so that they can properly prepare a ceremony that is truly yours.

exchange of rings at a wedding ceremony

Wedding day expectations

During this meeting with your wedding officiant, you’ll go over the mood you’d like to create for your guests and the style of your ceremony, but equally as important, you’ll talk logistics.

On the big day, how long will your ceremony be?

Of course, the length of your ceremony will be catered to your needs as a couple, taking into consideration your unique rituals, vows, and size of your wedding party—we have to give you all time to get down that aisle!

Many aim for a ceremony long enough to warm the heart, but short enough to keep your feet from going numb.

Your marriage license

Filing your marriage license can be a tricky task and often one couples forget to complete. Talk with your wedding officiant about the process because they may just be able to take care of the filing of your completed marriage license for you.

Hint, hint: we do!

So, does it feel like a good fit? Were you successful in finding the perfect wedding officiant in Las Vegas?

At Casual Elegance, we understand the importance that this day holds for you and strive to make ourselves available throughout the whole process.

Whether we meet in-person, talk on the phone, chat via email, or even Skype, we’re determined to make your big day special.

Give us a call at 702-580-6589 if you have any questions and we’re looking forward to working with you!