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15 Things Your Officiant Wished You Knew

Your officiant is a trusted counselor -- right along with your wedding planner. Rely upon and use their experience.

Are Officiants Wedding Vendors

Are officiants considered wedding vendors, and a legitimate part of the wedding and events industry?

At first glance, the question itself seems rhetorical – even a bit silly – but it’s a question that matters a lot to thousands of hardworking professional officiants around the globe.

Choosing A Reading

There are tons of inspiration for wedding readings out there; after all, a good reading can
come from anywhere.

You may have an idea already of what you might want to say, or you’re just getting started and reading every common passage that you can nd. Either way, we’ve got you covered!

Choosing Your Music

Music defines so many of the most important parts of a wedding -- reception entrance, first dance, last dance — that it only makes sense for there to be some good tunes playing before the festivities begin.

Choosing Your Officiant

We took the time to examine the advice offered on several of the most popular checklists available online to see what they had to say. Most lists started at about a year before the wedding, but there appear to be drastic diff erences in the advice given to couples – especially around the best time to hire specific types of wedding vendors. Here’s what we found.

Duties of an Officiant

The main duty of a wedding officiant is to make your wedding official by fulfilling the requirements set forth by the marriage laws in the state in which you are being married. This includes witnessing the couple deliberately give their consent to the marriage and signing the marriage license.

Finding True Love

What is true love all about? Everyone wants to know what true love is, and many people think they can feel it when it happens, but do they? Are they experiencing true love or are the experience infatuation, lust, or even wishful thinking? Moreover, is true love something that is actually possible, or is it all in our heads?

Florida Wedding Statutes

Florida has unique state rules and regulations that govern the marriages and the officiation of weddings. In our state guide, we have put together all the information you need from start to finish. If you are a member of the couple who is planning a ceremony in Florida, or you are a minister who has been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in the state we have all the details below to make sure you have a legally recognized wedding ceremony.

Getting To Know Your Officiant

Whether you want your ceremony to be led by a civil servant, a religious officiant or your best friend, here’s everything you need to know — and ask — before you seal the deal.

Marital Conflict

Conflict in marriage is inevitable, but if handled properly, it can also be healthy.

Understanding the four stages of marital conflict could help save your marriage relationship.

Meeting Your Officiant

The person who marries you has a big job. Not only must they be qualifi ed — or ordained — they should be someone you and your partner feel comfortable with who can make your ceremony special and keep your wedding guests engaged. To help you nd the perfect person, we rounded up everything to know about wedding officiants.

Our Services to You

We custom-craft your wedding ceremony based upon information you share with us during our initial interview. Then we send you samples to help in the creative process from which you can pick and choose precisely what fits the dreams you've always had for your wedding day. Finally, we create a keepsake booklet especially for your ceremony that is used by the officiant at your wedding and is then our gift to you as a memory of your special day.

Physical Marriage, Spiritual Marriage

Physical marriage takes place on this Earthly plane. It generally involves a period of dating, engagement, ceremony, celebration, the sharing of love and legal responsibility.

Spiritual marriage is a contract co-created before both souls decided to meet in human form at the same time, at the same place.

Pinellas County Beach Weddings

The Florida Gulf Coast is renowned for beautiful beach weddings -- most of them somewhere in Pinellas County.

Here's what the County Clerk is going to tell you when you inquire.

Planning Your Reception

Your wedding reception sets the stage for the entire party. Here is a step by step guide to help plan the perfect wedding reception your guests will remember.

Premarital Counseling

Premarital counseling can help ensure that you and your partner have a strong, healthy relationship — giving you a better chance for a stable and satisfying marriage. This kind of counseling can also help you identify weaknesses that could become problems during marriage.

The Bridal Party

One of the most personal and important aspects of your wedding planning process will
be choosing your wedding party. Your wedding party may vary depending on your personal preferences, religious practices, and cultural traditions.

Thoughts and Quotes on Marriage

Marriage is what you make of it. It can be fun and full of love and passion. Or it can be frustrating and full of stress and hardship. It all depends on what you want to get out of it, and how hard you’re willing to work at it. These quotes about marriage show that well!

Wedding Planning Concerns & Out of Date Trends

It's a universal truth – wedding planning is stressful. With an endless list of things to do, from the décor to the dress to the catering and everything in between, the stress can pile on at lightning-fast speeds. One minute, you're trying to choose between roses and ranunculus. Before you know it, you've fallen down the Pinterest hole, scrolling between 19 slightly different shades of pink petals while stress-eating wedding cake samples.

Wedding Traditions

A unity ceremony is a symbolic ritual woven into the wedding ceremony.

Unity ceremonies are meaningful rituals performed during your wedding to represent becoming a union. A unity ritual is certainly not required by any means, but there may be a ceremony option that's the perfect fit for you and your partner, whether you're looking for something religious, historical, or secular. Often, a unity ceremony allows for other family members to participate as well, furthering its meaning and representation of two families joining together. It may also be the perfect way to celebrate you and your partner's heritage with tradition.

Wedding Venues, Photos and Music

You can't have a wedding without the perfect space to host the event, which is why understanding how to select a wedding venue is a crucial component of wedding planning.
Whether you've dreamed of a destination wedding at a resort or an at-home wedding in your backyard, settling on a wedding location and the perfect wedding venue needs to happen before you get too far along in the planning process.

What Happened To Our Marriage

Marriage gets ugly. You see the absolute worst in someone. You see them mad, you see them be stubborn, you see them be unlovable. But you also get to see them laugh so hard they have tears run down their face, and they can't help but let out weird noises.

What's In A Name

Wondering how to change your name after the wedding? It's a serious undertaking—both because it's a big decision and because you're about to spend a lot of time wading through government forms and sitting on hold.

Why Hire an Officiant

Deciding to hire a professional wedding officiant is a choice you aren’t likely to regret.

If you’re anything like most couples planning a wedding, deciding whether to hire a
professional wedding officiant is only one of the many decisions you’ll need to make.

Writing Your Own Vows

One of the decisions engaged couples face all the time is whether to write their own wedding vows. Overwhelming as it can be, it's well worth the e ort. It's a chance to tell your story, give guests a peek into what makes your relationship tick, and to share meaningful, sweet words with the person you love.