I can't tell you how many consultations I've been to. But I can tell you that every one that I've been to, the couple hasn't interviewed us.
I'm actually very shocked at this. Probably the most important person in the grand scheme of your wedding day and we aren't asked any questions? I mean, yes, decor and clothes and food, and, and and...are all so very important. Did you think about the person that signs that marriage license to make your marriage legal?
Wow. This actually pretty interesting to think about. Just because someone is willing to take your money and stand in front of a crowd and say the words, does not mean that they are allowed to legally marry you. This is one HUGE important question you should be asking. But there are more...
So what should you be asking potential officiants?
And now you know, and knowing is half the battle! GI JOE! Oh wait, nevermind. (Are you a kid of the 80s and think of that tagline every time someone says, "And know you know"? Please tell me I'm not the only one!)
This is a lot to soak in, a lot to ask, but you definitely need to take the time to do so. My first marriage, I hired our JoP over the phone, we never had a rehearsal, never met him until the day of, and while I wasn't disappointed, I definitely would have liked a more customized ceremony script! Live and learn, right?
I leave you with all this to absorb and reflect upon. Don't glaze over this part of your wedding planning, as this person is THE most important person of the day, other that the two of you! In a later post, I'll cover some items that you'll want to bring to the consultation with your officiant, especially if you're meeting with me!
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I'm Rebecca, owner and clergy for True Hearts Weddings. I love performing weddings, I love my 4 children, and I love life.