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6 Tips on How to Choose a Non-Religious Officiant for Your Wedding

Updated: Feb 2


Not everyone is religious.  Some people see things more from a spiritual perspective.  If you fit in the spiritual category, then you may want to choose an officiant that is non-religious for your wedding ceremony. Choosing a non-religious officiant for your wedding can be a pivotal decision in creating a ceremony that truly reflects your values and personality as a couple. Here is our list of 6 Tips on How to Choose a Non-Religious Officiant for Your Wedding to help you make an informed choice.


How to Choose a Non-Religious Officiant for Your Wedding

6 Tips on How to Choose a Non-Religious Officiant for Your Wedding

Photographer: Mack Julion Photography



1. Understanding Your Vision


First, our list of 6 Tips on How to Choose a Non-Religious Officiant for Your Wedding is understanding your vision. The key elements to understanding your vision are as follows:


  • Define Your Ceremony Style: Consider the tone and style you want for your ceremony—formal, casual, thematic, or a blend of various elements.

  • Personal Values and Beliefs: Identify the core values and beliefs you want your ceremony to reflect, ensuring they align with your chosen officiant's approach.


2. Researching Officiants


  • Do your research early: Begin your search well in advance to ensure availability and ample time for planning.  

  • Seek Recommendations: Ask friends, family, or wedding professionals for referrals. Online wedding forums and review sites can also be valuable resources.

  • Consider Professional Associations: Look into organizations that certify non-religious officiants, such as the Humanist Society.



3. Evaluating Potential Officiants


  • Review Credentials and Experience: Verify their experience, training, and familiarity with non-religious ceremonies.  Ask how many non-religious ceremonies have they performed.

  • Consider Personality and Communication Style: The officiant should be someone whose personality resonates with you and who communicates clearly and effectively.

  • Discuss Ceremony Customization: Ensure they are open to customizing the ceremony to suit your preferences and include personal anecdotes or rituals.


4. Meeting Officiants


  • Initial Consultation: Arrange a meeting, whether in person or virtually, to gauge your comfort level and discuss your vision for the ceremony.

  • Ask Key Questions: Inquire about their approach to ceremonies, availability, fees, and any legal requirements they assist with.

  • Observe Chemistry: The right officiant should make you feel at ease and understood and should always listen to your vision for your wedding.


5. Making Your Decision


  • Reflect on Interactions: Consider which officiant you connected with most and who best understands your vision.

  • Review Contracts and Fees: Ensure clarity on what's included in their services, any additional costs, and the terms of the agreement.  Your wedding planner would be able to assist you with reviewing the contracts.

  • Confirm Availability: Once decided, promptly secure your officiant's services by confirming the date and completing any necessary paperwork.


6. Collaborating on the Ceremony


  • Share Your Story: Provide your officiant with personal stories, values, and elements you want included to make the ceremony uniquely yours.

  • Review and Revise: Work together to refine the ceremony script, ensuring it aligns with your vision and preferences.

  • Rehearsal: If possible, arrange a rehearsal to walk-through the ceremony and finalize any details.  Some couples choose not to have the officiant at the rehearsal but we highly recommend it.


If you are interested in learning more about our 6 Tips on How to Choose a Non-Religious Officiant for Your Wedding, contact us to speak to one of our wedding planners.


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