CHOOSING AN OFFICIANT
Your religious preferences will be the primary consideration in choosing both the church and officiant. Some religions require that you get married in the church where you worship while others have no such restrictions. In weddings where the bride and groom each belong to a different religion, some churches will allow officiants of each religion to perform the ceremony together. Today, there are many options for the wedding ceremony. Oftentimes officiants will have restrictions regarding your ceremony. Certain types of music, writing your own vows, Scripture readings or special blessings may not be permitted by some officiants, while others just require that everything be approved though them first. If you are marrying in a church you are affiliated with they may also require that you participate in a pre-marriage class, and attend their services, until your wedding day. Discuss all aspects of the ceremony with the officiant. You need to know if there are any problems early in your planning so that you can handle them.
A FEE OR DONATION REQUEST
Whether you choose an officiant from the church you are marrying in, or select your own, a fee or donation for the service is required. Officiants are paid the day of the wedding; the groom typically handles it or delegates it to the best man.
THE DAY OF YOUR WEDDING
On the day of your wedding, don’t forget to bring your marriage license to your ceremony site. Your officiant and witnesses will need to sign it. Also note that in some states, if the marriage license is not present during the ceremony process, the marriage may not be considered official.