You are embarking
on one of the most challenging tasks you will
endure as a couple...
ceremony... will it be performed by a Pastor,
Minister, Officiate, Justice of the Peace, Priest,
Rabbi, or Spiritual Guider? Ultimately, this
person provides you the service that your entire
day comes down to - seeing to it that you become
man and wife. While so many times left until the
last minute or not considered strongly enough,
this is 'where the rubber meets the road' on your
wedding day - so it deserves planning, serious
thought of what you want in a ceremony and
consideration of the person you will be working
with not only on your special day, but the weeks
leading up to your wedding for planning the
perfect ceremony that will announce you to the
world as a married couple!
Lets face it...
You'll try on 100 different dresses, interview
many photographers, DJs, taste dozens of cakes and
take the time to carefully select so many other
vendors. It is equally important that you take
the time to carefully choose an officiate as
well. He or she must be not just a warm body with
the same scripted ceremony used for 100 years, but
a person that you can connect with emotionally,
spiritually, personally... simply to trust and to
feel comfortable with to be creative enough to
take your ceremony to a whole new level - created
JUST for the two of you, designed around each of
you, and reflective of your relationship.
Best wishes on your journey together!
Tips on Selecting Your Wedding Officiate
All too often couples put off finding their wedding officiate until the end of the planning process. It is important to take into consideration the importance of this role in your wedding day. Your Pastor, Minister or Officiate is the person who will stand before you to unite the two of you together in matrimony. It is this person who helps with your vows, signs your marriage license to make your marriage legal, and can help to include children in a blended family ceremony. Although a Justice of the Peace can provide you with a simple ceremony, they are more than likely less personal than working with an individual who will take the time to meet with you and get to know who you are to customize your ceremony prior to your wedding. That being said, your wedding officiate can be, and SHOULD be an integral part of planning from the early stages.
When you choose an officiate, you’re choosing someone to perform your dream ceremony on your dream day. Some questions you may want to ask include:
A) Are they experienced? Will he or she be completely comfortable speaking in front of your guests? Does he or she know the legal aspects of a wedding ceremony, filing your license and general state laws? Is this how he or she makes their living, or is it a hobby, or even a one time thing?
B) Are they personable? Do you feel comfortable with their personality, can he/she make you feel at ease? Do they sound rehearsed or scripted? Is he/she willing to improvise... and add a sense of humor and ease your nerves during your ceremony? Will they evoke emotions in you and your guests such as laughter, reflection of their own relationships, or even tears of joy?
C) Will they talk with you and provide what you want in a ceremony? Other than adding your names into their standard script, will they customize your ceremony to reflect who you are as a couple?
D) Do they take the time to get to know you? Are THEY asking questions? How you met? How you became engaged? About your families? They should want to know more about you than your wedding than just the location and time.
E) Do they encourage an open line of communication? Do you feel comfortable enough that you can call him/her during the course of your planning to ask questions, even if they are not directly related to your ceremony?
F) Do they respond to requests in a timely manner? Do they have experience in assisting you with complicated situations or answer your questions on etiquette, cultural traditions, etc?
G) Do they have back-up officiates? In the case of an emergency, do they have back up ministers or pastors on their staff prepared to step in at a moment's notice? Or, if they are booked, do they have alternative staff available to perform your wedding ceremony?
Remember, it’s your day, it should be your ceremony
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The Stanley Hotel
Inverness Golf Club
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Fountains of Loveland
Black Canyon Inn
Twin Owls Steakhouse
Four Seasons Hotel
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Indian Peaks Golf Club
The Plaza Hotel
Mad Russian Golf Course
Lodge & Spa at Cordelier
Stanley Hotel Manor House
Estes Park Marina
Brown Palace Hotel
Rocky Mountain National Park
Dripping Springs Resort
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