So now that you have your Venue Picked out, the planning process can great really scary and depending on how far out your wedding is, can be very Overwhelming. As I mentioned in my Previous Blog, Check with your venue concerning what vendors are included in your package. Most of the time, Your venue will not include your main Vendors. These are in no particular order,but Your Main Vendors might include Officiant, Photography based services (Photography, Video, photo booth, etc.), DJ and or MC, Baker, Caterer, Florist, Wedding Planner, Make-up and Hair stylist, Transportation, Candy Bar, etc.
Each of these next Blogs will showcase each of these vendors, what they might do, as well as pro's and con's of going with different options. My personal opinion is that there are 3 people REQUIRED for a wedding. Of course you need the 2 people getting married, weather its Bride and Groom, 2 Brides or 2 Grooms, You need two people that are wanting to get married in order to have a wedding. The 3rd Person is of course, The officiant!
Officiants come in all sorts of ways, weather it be the pastor at your church, a Hired Officiant, a Friend or Family member. No matter what the case, The person performing the ceremony must be certified or Ordained. Officiants are really important, not just in the fact that they performing the ceremony itself, but they really set the ton and flow of the Ceremony itself. This is key, because people dont realize that yes, as I mentioned, They are PERFORMING!
For a More Traditional Ceremony, you might want your Pastor to Perform at your ceremony. Which is Great! If they have been the Pastor at your church, they may know you personally, how you met and can tell stories of different experiences they have had with the two of you. When Its a Pastor, you will either have your ceremony at your church, or at the venue you selected. Keep in mind that Churches can be and may restrict some of the services you are wanting, such as photography and video. Some Pastors at churches require no flash (which will effect quality, because flash does stop motion), some pastors may not allow movement, or may restrict their locations. Vs when you get married at a different location, there might not be any restrictions. One of the other benefits is they are not to expensive, but they are set in there ways and conform to how they want things done. Its there way or no way. And you never know how long your ceremony might be, most of the time these ceremonies are on the longer side.
Some Couples choose to hire an Officiant. These Officiants are awesome and will Perform for you! They will meet with you several times and go over all the aspects that they include, and some different options to customize your perfect wedding, They can be funny and entertain, they can be traditional and maintain traditional, or Wild and crazy to go outside the box. I personally like these Officiants the best because they are all about your style, your way, your mood, and well, really all about you! They can be on the pricy side depending on what your looking for, but again, its all about you, they are very flexible and can either rock out your ceremony in 10 mins, or 1 hour, its about what you want.
With Friends and family being your officiant, it makes it really special and will mean the most to you. To have your father, Mother, Best Friend, Son, Daughter, etc. Perform your ceremony will give you memories that will last a long time. As Much as this is an awesome thing, and will save you some money as they will most likely do it for FREE, You tend to get what you pay for. Some of the draw backs is that your friends and family may have never performed the ceremony before, so they may not know what to do. For the most part, Your officiant is in charge, and if your sufficient is not sure what to do or how to do it, things may not go smooth. Also consider that if it is a friend or family member, they may not enjoy it along with the rest of your guests.
All in all, its up to you who you choose as your officiant. Please keep in mind, if your unsure, talk to your other vendors to see if they know any officiants that you might like. Most of the time, you will want to talk with your venue, your photographer, your wedding planner or your DJ/MC. As those vendors tend to work very close to officiants during your big day. Take time in choosing your perfect officiant, Personality is key, after all, they are Performing!