Congratulations, you’ve been asked to officiate a wedding ceremony for a loved one! Preparing to officiate your first wedding can be daunting, but we’ve got expert tips covering “What do you say as a wedding officiant?” to “What do I even wear?” Let’s get your ready to perform and officiate your first wedding!
So you’ve been asked to officiate a friend’s ceremony and you have no idea where to start? Well, we’ve got you. At Offbeat Wed, not only do we have a massive archive of wedding ceremony scripts for folks who are officiating a wedding, plus tons of advice about how to officiate a wedding… but today we’ve got questions you can ask the couple getting married to help you write your wedding officiant script.
For many of us who are tapped to officiate a wedding for a couple of dear friends, it is our first experience designing a ritual, not to mention one so important. We take to the trusty Internet for answers, but find little. We can’t look to previous generations for wisdom, as most of them were either married by a religious figure by choice or obliged by their parents. To help fill in the gap, here are a few of the practices I’ve picked up along the way or created whole cloth.
Over the years, we’ve shared all sorts of advice for how to officiate a friend’s wedding, but if you’re someone who friend officiates multiple weddings, here’s one mistake you DON’T want to make…
So you’ve been asked to officiate a friend’s wedding. Congratulations! Even if you’re someone used to exciting things happening all over the universe, someone like, say, Darth Vader — that’s still pretty excited! That said, unless you’ve done this before, you’re probably a little overwhelmed… never fear! We’ve got step by step advice for how to officiate a friend’s wedding — complete with links to TONS of wedding ceremony scripts.
Words have histories, and the words that go along with wedding ceremonies have millennia of symbolism behind them.
But those of us with a progressive or non-traditionalist streak sometimes wrestle with those ancient meanings as we seek to queer our rituals and find words that reflect the humanity-uplifting equal partnerships we want to build…