Advice From EVOL.LGBT
HOW TO CHOOSE AN LGBT WEDDING OFFICIANT?
Before you start looking, make sure you define your best same sex wedding offician. Get inspired by officiants at your friend’s wedding. Browse the web for creative and inspiring speeches of ministers from around the world. Ask around and do a few searches for “officiant for gay wedding near me” to find professionals in your area.
The result of this should be a list of qualities you want your ideal LGBTQ officiant to have. The better you know what you want, the easier it will be to choose the right same sex wedding officiant.
Browse our list of gay wedding officiants in your area. Review their images, videos, samples of the ceremonies they officiated and reviews other couples left of their service.
Look into what service options are offered and what packages there are on your wedding day. Do they play an instrument? Can they offer extra services? What do their packages include?
As a result of this step you should end up with 2-3 local same sex wedding ministers before starting to reach out to them. It helps to prepare a list of screening questions. This way you’ll know you ask the same questions and can be as objective as possible in your selection.
Once you have your shortlist of LGBT officiants, it’s time to learn if your personalities click. Reach our “Request Quote” feature. It walks you through the key pieces of info to share with LGBT friendly officiants. Read the FAQs below for common questions about wedding officiants.
Make sure you ask questions about ceremony rehearsal, actual wedding location, the-day-of timing, theme, style. Share your preferences with the officiant. Many of them will have set packages, see if they’re willing to customize yours.
The key here is to identify if you feel good about this person. Being comfortable with your wedding minister is one of the most common things same sex couples recall about their weddings.
WHAT IS A WEDDING OFFICIANT?
A wedding officiant is a person who leads your wedding ceremony. They must be legally recognized to do so by the state in which your wedding takes place.
An official for same sex couples is not much different. It’s a professional that specializes or is friendly to LGBTQ couples. He or she has run a number of commitment ceremonies and marriage ceremonies and is familiar and comfortable with running an LGBT wedding ceremony.
WHAT DOES OFFICIATING A WEDDING MEAN?
Traditionally, if the wedding officiant is a minister and is marrying you in a church, they will lead your wedding rehearsal. It’s a church service, so it’s already organized. It’s done the same way every time.
Non-religious wedding officiants also organize wedding parties and lead rehearsals pretty much the same way a minister of a church does. The only difference is they use their wedding ceremony script as a guide for what happens during the ceremony and practice that at the rehearsal. There are many ways to organize a wedding procession.
A good and LGBTQ friendly wedding officiant will take it as part of their wedding officiant services to be flexible and work with the situation.
HOW MUCH DOES A WEDDING OFFICIANT COST?
A standard fee for a wedding officiant usually ranges from $500 to $800. Some wedding officiants charge more for add-ons such as custom ceremony scripts, premarital counseling and/or a rehearsal. The baseline package usually only includes your special day officiation. Your marriage license is also a separate expense but some might include it into their package prices.
HOW TO FIND A WEDDING OFFICIANT?
The key to finding a perfect minister for same sex ceremonies is knowing what you want at the end. So, start with defining your criteria of an ideal same sex officiant.
Only then you should scroll through the marketplace for professional wedding officiants, check couples’ reviews in your wedding location. etc. You can ask recently married friends for referrals. Ask your other wedding vendors.