Friend Officiates?

For those of you who are wanting to keep your wedding more personal and private have you ever considered having a friend officiate your ceremony? It’s food for thought for all you brides out there. This subject, though it may be controversial and very preference based, comes up more often than you think in the wedding world.

Traditionally, the bride and groom are married by a priest, rabi, or other religious officiate. More recently, however, that traditional mentality has shifted into having close friends and loved ones officiate the wedding ceremony. After all, they may be the best fit for the job.

Choosing an officiate is never an easy task. Choosing a friend as an officiate make it all the more difficult, as it would be hard to take back the decision after it’s made. There are some things to consider when making this decision–the friend should know the couple {both of them} inside and out, get along with both parties very well, have a strong presence,  and of course strong public speaking skills.

Essentially all they need is to be ordained and sign the marriage license for them to be official! Of course some kind words never hurt anyone as well!

One word of advice with deciding to go the friendship route is to explicitly inform them of every detail of your wedding, your vision, and your expectations prior to committing. It’ll make for a smooth, special, and extremely memorable day.

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What are your thoughts on the matter? Are we for or against the idea of friend officiates?