Hello Wedding Officiants,

I need your help!  I'm preparing a blog post that will be published next month, which will be called: 10 Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Wedding Officiant.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on what those questions should be.  I'll pick the 10 best questions.  If I choose your question, I'll be sure to mention your business name and link to your website.  So, this is a great way for you to get a ton of free exposure for your business.  

Here's what I need you to do...

  1. In the discussion thread below, please share one question that engaged couples should ask when interviewing a potential wedding officiant.  You may also include a beautiful photo. 
  2. Be sure to include your business name as well as a link to your website and/or blog.

Thanks in advance for your help.  I can't wait to hear what you have to say!

Christine Dyer, Creator and Founder of BridalTweet

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You are a minister, but we're not religious.  Can you help us with a non-religious wedding ceremony?

Do you love your position as a wedding officiant?

http://www.davidsmothers.com/weddings.html  Walking with the Master Ministries

For the couple whose families come from two different spiritual traditions, ask the officiant how she can bridge the gap to ensure the ceremony is respectful and meaningful for everyone.

Zita Christian of Moon River Rituals

http://MoonRiverRituals.com

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These are all great.  Thanks again!

- Christine

What is your process? How will you get to know us and honor our wishes for the ceremony?

www.commongroundceremonies.com

Rev. Samora Smith

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What is your contingency plan in case you become ill or have an emergency?

Do allow us total control over our ceremony and do you require pre-marital counseling?

Do you move out of the picture for the first kiss?

I have noticed the responses seem to be questions that officiants would think of to ask an officiant, not so much questions a couple should ask an officiant!

Following your request, one question that engaged couples should ask when interviewing a potential wedding officiant:  "What makes you/your service different/better than any other local officiant"?

Wendy Kotch

A Lovely Wedding

www.WendyTheOfficiant.com

Make sure your questions are not leading, so they get the response you need and not the response you want to hear. For example;  Don't ask your Potential officiant "Is it O.K. for my photographer to take pictures during the ceremony?"  The answer will be "yes" 99% of the time. That is a Closed  ended question. Ask him/her, an open ended question such as "What if any restrictions are there for Photography during the ceremony? "  Here you will get a true and honest answer of more than one word. You might even find out if this ceremony is more about them or you. If they put huge restrictions on the photographer "and believe me this happens", they are more concerned about their show and not your memories. Use this technique with all your question;  ask open ended questions so they have say more than just Yes or No.

Vince Maggio

Dixieland Photo and Photo Booth Rental

www.dixielandphoto.com

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