Have you thought much about who will be the person standing in front of you and your fiance as you say the most important words that you have ever uttered in your lives? If you do not have a house of worship that you regularly attend where you could tap into the minister there, you will need to do a search for one. Before you start to take this search lightly, we want to repeat what we just said above. You and your fiance are going to be standing in front of family and friends and you are going to be saying the most important words they have ever uttered to anyone in your life. All the while your wedding officiant will be setting the tone and controlling the series of events that you have scheduled. The wedding officiant's role is much more important than most people even realize. If you end up with someone who can't handle all elements of your ceremony, your special day could become a laughable joke really quickly. Consider some friendly words of advice, you want to avoid that at all costs. You need to find an officiant that will be confident in what is about to happen and their role in each part. This in turn will give you confidence and you will be able to relax and enjoy everything that your wedding is to be about, celebrating your love for each other. The best advice that we can give you is to do your homework and then follow the guide below.
If you do a Google search for “Corpus Christi Wedding officiants,” you will be amazed at the number of results that return. Many of the results are wedding vendor pages and many are individual wedding planners. Start your homework by delving into some of these pages and reading reviews on various candidates. Check out the individual pages and read through their information. You should be able to start making a nice working list of potential officiants. Contact everyone on your list and see if they are available on your wedding date. If they say yes, meet with them at a location and time of your choosing. Have a nice long chat about your ceremony and the order of events and type of events you want included. Find out if they are alright if you design many of the elements. What if you want to write your own vows? Will they help you do so? If you and your fiance are from different faiths, will they perform an interfaith wedding? You may not care if religion is involved much at all. If that is the case, talk to the potential officiant about having more of a civil ceremony. Either way, some of the questions are generic. How long will the ceremony be in length? What kind of experience do they have performing weddings? How many wedding have then performed? How many have they done in the last year? Have they ever been an officiant at your chosen venue? Related to this, depending on far away your venue is from where the officiant is located in the Corpus Christi area, you want to make sure that they are willing to travel to your venue. What if something were to happen on your wedding day that caused them to not be able to make it? What would the backup plan be?
Are they licensed to perform a wedding in the state of Texas? How many times would they like to meet with you? Do they require you and your fiance to participate in any kind of premarital counseling. What would that entail and how much would it be? How much will their services cost? What are they planning to wear? If you do not like their answer here because it would clash with your theme or motif, then don't be shy about bringing up the subject and see if they are willing to wear something else. It is usually the wedding officiant who fills out the wedding certificate and send it in. Make sure that you confirm that they will do exactly that.
Have them show you some footage of past weddings they have officiated. Pay attention to how their voice sounds. Do you like the tone? Do they seem to be knowledgeable and understand all that is going on? Are they able to roll with the punches? This can be a much more important element than you might think depending on what might go wrong. Do they have a likable personality? Make sure they agree to attend the rehearsal? Everyone needs to be on the same page on your special day. You will want to make sure that they can provide you with references. Make sure you call each one and ask some routine questions about how things went for them in reference to the candidate. After doing all of this homework, you should be ready to hit a home run when it comes to choosing the officiant for you.