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3 Reasons Why You Need to Book Your Officiant Early

Have you ever been to a ceremony where you either fell asleep during the ceremony, raised your eyebrow in confusion, or had your eyes open wide in shock because of something the officiant said? Because I HAVE. I don’t officiate every wedding I’ve attended, so I’ve seen the good and the bad side of wedding ceremonies. 

A wedding ceremony can seriously make or break a wedding. If you don’t think that’s true, do you remember the last wedding ceremony you went to? Probably not, and that’s not a good thing. The last thing you want at your wedding is grandma snoring (my grandmother has snored during a wedding) or Uncle Bon cracking inappropriate jokes about you peeing in public as a child during your ceremony (I have also heard this story at a wedding….). Your flowers and photos and food choices are certainly important, but this day is about your commitment, right? 

As wedding ceremonies become more and more personal and non-traditional, professional officiants are booking real fast. Whether you use a pro or enlist your friend, here are some important reasons why you should find an officiant first.


Popular officiants have their weekends booked far in advance

I’ll bet that my schedule for one year from whenever you contact me is already booked. If you want to marry on a weekday, well that’s a whole different story. But a really popular officiant is going to be booked months or years in advance, and if you want to snag them to kick off your wedding, don’t wait.


The ceremony is one of the most time-consuming aspect of your wedding

An officiant who writes ceremonies from scratch will dedicate anywhere from 20-30 hours working on just the ceremony alone. That’s not even including the time spent in meetings. I average around six hours of meetings in person because I want to get to know my couples. If I don’t get to know them, I’m basically writing a fictional ceremony, and nobody wants that. The process can be sped up, but if you really want to enjoy the process (and grab beers with your officiant!), you’ll need to book them as soon as you’ve set a date.


Officiants have fantastic vendor recommendations

Officiants are usually great listeners and naturally curious about other people, so, you can bet that they have their eyes and ears towards everything happening on a wedding day. Many officiants have an unbiased list of vendors they’ve loved working with and can easily vouch for how that vendor works and communicates. I can distinctly remember vendors who go out of their way to introduce themselves to me, and you can bet those are the vendors I’ll recommend. Additionally, some officiants have discounted partnerships with vendors they’ve established relationships with, so, be sure to ask after booking! (We have a discount list as well.)

Wedding officiant and modern couple

Hopefully, this list has inspired you to search online for your favorite person to ring in your marriage. And hey, they might save you a few dollars and time with their experienced recommendations, too!

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About the writer



Founder + Officiant


Liz founded Liz Rae & Co in 2015 during her best friend Maranda’s engagement. Her friend, Timmie, at the time also struggled with finding an LGBTQ-friendly officiant that custom-wrote ceremonies. Liz believes the ceremony is the best part of the wedding day and wanted to make a change in the industry by emphasizing not only the importance of marriage ceremonies but inclusivity as well.

Since starting her business, Liz has officiated over 400 ceremonies across the US and Europe. She started Vows Well Traveled shortly after to plan custom elopements and small weddings for international couples.

When she isn’t writing ceremonies, she works for a tech company during the day and a film production company by night. She’s been writing her whole life, but gained her storytelling knowledge through Faber Academy’s novel program and UCLA’s TV and Film Writing degree. You can read some of her writing on her website, Liz Rae and more notably on Thought Catalog.  She writes freelance for a variety of clients in various industries.

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