Make sure that both you and your partner agree on who should officiate your wedding.
Choosing a friend to officiate your wedding is a good idea if you and your future spouse have the same friends. It is important that you are both happy with who you choose to be the officiator, as this is potentially the most important part of the wedding, and it could be difficult to agree if you have different friends!
Consider the basics
When choosing a friend to officiate your wedding, you need to go back to basics. Ask yourself if they can read well, if they have a clear voice, and if they are a confident public speaker. If you want your friend to officiate your wedding, you need to make sure they feel comfortable doing so, and that they will be able to conduct the ceremony to a good standard.
Discuss with your friend in advance how you want the ceremony to be
You need to inform your friend how you want the ceremony to be, for example do you want it to be light hearted and funny or more subtle and emotional? You should also tell your friend if you have any ideas or anything you want them to say at your ceremony. As it is your friend officiating the wedding, you will have more opportunities to speak to them and voice how you want it to be. Ensure that they make your wedding personal and to reflect your personalities.
The officiator at the wedding will feature on the photographs of you saying your vows, which could potentially be the ones you treasure the most! As a result, you should carefully consider what your friend will wear when they officiate your wedding – you will likely want your friend to be comfortable and stylish at the same time.
One of the most important things to ensure is that your friend who will officiate your wedding practises what he or she is going to say over and over again. They are unlikely to be a professional officiator, and therefore practice will be key if you want the ceremony to run smoothly!
So, here are some things to think about if you’re choosing a friend to officiate your wedding. If you want more information, you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.