Your ceremony is a significant part of your wedding day, and you want to be sure each detail is well thought out. The first step is to find an officiant who can help give you the ceremony of your dreams. If you are not getting married in a place where you have ties to a house of worship or a local judge, it can be tricky to know where to start. We’re here to help! Here are three important steps to take when finding your ceremony officiant.
Review Provincial Laws
Before starting your search, make sure to familiarize yourself with the marriage license laws in the province where your wedding will take place. The law varies province-to-province and, since it could affect who can or cannot perform your ceremony, you'll want to get this information straight from the get-go.
Use WeddingWire’s vendor search tool to find a list of officiants in your area and read reviews written by past brides and grooms. Reviews are a great resource when booking any wedding vendor—don’t underestimate the value of honest feedback from couples who have been in your shoes!
Get to Know Each Other
Schedule a time to meet with your officiant in person (or, if that’s not possible, a phone call or video chat will do) to become better acquainted. This is the best way to determine whether he or she will be a good fit for conducting your wedding ceremony and to ensure that you’re all on the same page. It will also give your officiant a chance to get to know a bit about you as a couple—like your love story and a few anecdotes—which can help make your ceremony a bit more personalized.