There are plenty of priorities you must deal with during the course of planning your wedding. One of the central priorities you will have to consider is your wedding officiant. To whomever you bestow these wonderful duties upon, they must be fully aware of how much influence they wield and how sensitive of an atmosphere they must maintain. It really goes without saying that you need to be comfortable with this person, and you really ought to trust them implicitly with the duties. They need to carry themselves with every ounce of professionalism they have within themselves, and they need to treat you and your guests with dignity and respect. The great thing is, Dallas offers so many options when it comes to officiants. If you follow our tips, you will be one step closer to finding the perfect candidate.
The first step is to decide what sort of wedding ceremony you will want to hold. If it is a secular ceremony you desire, then you have a couple of options. The first option is hiring a Justice of the Peace, you can obtain a list of officials from your local country clerk's office, where you may have already obtained your marriage license. You can also search through phone books, and online wedding directories. You should call the officiants that are closest to your area, particularly the location of your wedding ceremony, and schedule an interview. You really need to get a good sense of the candidate's personality, because they will not be able to provide you with much of a personalized touch if you do not communicate with or trust this person.
Another option which is rising in popularity is to use a friend or relative as your wedding officiant. There really is no one more personally connected to you than your loved ones, so there really isn't anyone that can obtain that level of trust in the time that you have during the engagement period. Just exercise a bit of caution if you elect to go with this option, make sure the person you choose for it will follow the rules you give to them. Anyone that is prone to making jokes or a comment at inappropriate times should probably not be considered for this, unless that sort of thing would be acceptable for your wedding. This is usually the most cost effective way to go. Depending on the state, you can either obtain a temporary permission form that allows your friend's to officiate the wedding, or alternatively, your friend can become ordained online at the Universal Church of Life.
If you are planning a religious ceremony, you most likely already have a family clergymen which you have known for some time, and with that, you will most likely have a venue for the ceremony as most clergymen belong to a certain house of worship. If this is the case, you should still meet with them, going over your dreams for the wedding, and the specific religious rules that apply to the house of worship your cleric belongs to. If this is not the case, you wish to have a religious ceremony, and you don't have a cleric or a house of worship, you should decide what denomination fits your beliefs the best. Go to Google or online wedding directories, and search for that specific denomination's house of worship that is local to you. Call up their head cleric, and set up an interview with them, again, you will want to share your vision with him or her and inquire into the rules they have established there.
The biggest factor in deciding who is right to officiate your wedding is how well you mesh with the potential officiant. This person can make or break your wedding, so choose wisely!