Q. What ONE VENDOR must you hire when getting married?
A. Officiant, Of Course!
There was a time, not too long ago, when the celebrant/clergy/officiant performing and legalizing a ceremony was contacted simultaneously, or not too long after, the date and venue were selected. What happened to those good old days? Since everything old is new again (or RETRO, I should say), then perhaps that trend will return. Maybe in some markets, it never changed, but if 2014/2015 were any indication here in The Florida Keys, the shift was definitely towards booking officiants much closer to the wedding date.
Being the inquisitive type, I asked myself “Why? After a great deal of ruminating, here is what I was able to pull together from the answers rattling around in my head:
- Couples are overwhelmed with the other decisions and just don’t get to it.
- Couples are encouraged to focus on venue, food, photographer first.
- In destination weddings, there are all the travel, mail and communication issues, uncertainties and research to address,
- Because a wedding celebrant is such a personal and intimate element of the wedding date, the sheer importance of the choice makes the task more difficult
- Couples feel that if they book the officiant early – they will have to address the ceremony early as well.
- Lastly, they just don’t know where to start.
All valid and legitimate *Except for #2 and #6.
The individual creating and performing your ceremony is vital to your day and like, the other vendors, the exceptional ones are booked early. Their calendars mirror everyone else's and time is required to process your contract/payment, confirm and communicate with you as well as build the relationship and assist you in many ways. Sufficient time is needed to create the ideal bond and perfect wording without applying undo pressure. Ultimately the final product does not have to be crafted until much closer to your date.
The extra time will allow your officiant to make sure you have had a chance to go over all the options and resources that she will make available to you.
Most planners/venues/photographers will be happy to refer. Searching “Florida Keys Wedding Officiants” is a good way to find a pool of qualified professionals in this area.
A visit to the Florida Keys Wedding Center is another excellent option – either in person:1 Bowen Drive, Suite 1, Key Largo, FL 33037 -- 305-451-0370 or on their informational website.
So call your officiant early and improve your chances of booking one who is reliable, professional and the right fit for you.
©2016 Kat, Newman, Wedding Officiant and Writer
Ceremonies by Kat, The Florida Keys