Hire a Wedding Officiant to Suit Your Style & Needs

Hire a Wedding Officiant to Suit Your Style & Needs
  • BY Randy Stratton
  • IN Wedding Officiant

Posted On: 20th of April 2024

After settling on your wedding date and venue your next step should be to hire your Wedding Officiant. A web search is a great place to start as search engines are wonderful tools to find an officiant close to you as Google, Safari etc are set up for localized results. 

In the Province of Ontario, wedding officiants come in “all shapes and sizes; including religious, non-religious/spiritual or government officials. When choosing your Wedding Officiant, make sure the person “lines up” with your goals and is on the “same page” as far as what you are looking for in your ceremony experience.

Why is an Officiant Important?

Why do you need an officiant for your wedding? Assuming you’re not just visiting the courthouse and standing in front of a judge, you need someone to perform the ceremony. Important officiant services for your wedding may include:

  • Giving a short speech about the couple and their love or a reflection on marriage

  • Guiding the couple to exchange vows

  • Acting as a legal representative who can ratify the marriage

  • Keeping track of the rings

  • Giving advice about organizing the wedding and providing recommendations for resources such as photographers.

If you want your wedding to be a memorable experience for you, your partner and your guests, you need a right wedding officiant that meets your ceremony requirements.

Here are 5 key items you should consider when selecting a Wedding Officiant:

  1. Experience: Look for an officiant who has experience officiating weddings and can guide you through the process.
  2. Compatibility: Find someone who aligns with your ceremony style and makes you and your partner feel comfortable.
  3. Personalization: A good officiant will work closely with a couple to plan a meaningful ceremony.
  4. Punctuality: Plan for punctuality to ensure that the ceremony starts on time.
  5. Legal knowledge: Ensure that the officiant is authorized to perform marriages in Ontario and understands their legal responsibilities

Seek a Recommendation

When engaging in professional officiant hiring, seek a recommendation from friends, family, or colleagues. If these people have the same tastes, style, or interests as you, you’ll likely also appreciate their officiant. Instead of just taking their recommendation, ask for details about why they liked the person and what made their ceremony special.

Knowledge of Trends

When the officiant is up to date with the latest wedding trends, they can offer great advice while you plan your wedding. For example, some of the most popular wedding trends in the 2020s include:

  • Photographers capturing candid moments in addition to pre-planned poses
  • Smaller informal locations, e.g. Parks, restaurants, and smaller venues
  • Spending quality time together before the wedding (don’t worry, it’s not bad luck!)
  • Themed rehearsal dinners
  • Audio guest books

Randy Stratton Can Officiate Your Wedding

When hiring an officiant for your civil wedding or religious/spiritual wedding, consider Randy Stratton. As a licensed officiant, he creates unique and personalized ceremonies with a light, casual, and refreshing approach. While also a pastor for the Be In Christ Church of Canada, Randy creates a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere no matter what the request. 

If you want your wedding ceremony to be relaxing, enjoyable and definitely memorable call Randy, to schedule an appointment, call (416) 970-2900.

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