Picking the right Wedding Officiant

Getting Married and need to find the perfect wedding officiant for your big day?

Here are 5 key points outlined by a professional:

  1. Ask Around: Get started on the right foot and start with someone your comfortable with. Ask your family and friends, they know you and can guide you in the right direction.
  2. Find someone with the same faith: Are you part of a Church? Ask around with people in community with the same beliefs and values.
  3. Clarity is Key: Be clear on what type of ceremony you and your loved one will be participating in, find your do’s and don’ts and go from there.
  4. That being said be clear on your wedding officiants basic rules: Take a day out of the week and meet with your potential wedding officiant and find out the established ground rules so you don’t run into road blocks on our big day.
  5. Golden Rule: Do onto others as… bottom line be respectful and keep everything in mind going into your big day.

Contribution by:


Gigi Lee

Licensed Hawaii Wedding Officiant



Weddings Service tips


Wedding Service Tips

More money?! But seriously… have some style.

Catering Tips:
The party should tip at least 15 percent of the total bill.

Wedding planner:
Wedding planners don’t necessarily expect any tips. Although, if you are receiving a big discount a tip will be icing on the cake for your wedding day.

Wedding Photographer:
Same goes for photographers and videographers, the tip is not assumed. Once again, if they are a friend or giving you a great discount, $50 goes a long way and says a lot!

Reception staff:
Again, not necessary to tip the reception staff. Although, you probably do remember those college days when you were hustling hard at the restaurant.

If you offer a tip they probably won’t take it but will generally donate it to their church.

Makeup and hair artist:
Tip is expected here. Account for 15-20% tip or else you might not get the pretty face you bargained for!

Band and/or DJ:
$25-$50 is more than enough if they are getting the crows involved on the dance floor!

Chauffeuring that many people can be exhausting. A 15% tip is a nice gesture.

Not mandatory but if they do an outstanding job and people are awing at your florals a tip doesn’t hurt.

I know your wedding day is already costing you an arm and a leg. IF your low on budget fill your bridal/groomsmen party on some of these tips. I mean that’s the least they could do for being party of your special day ;P.

Quick Wedding Checklist






1. Big Picture

  • Mission Statement
  • Budget
  • Guest List

2. Choose Your Venue

Choose multiple Wedding locations in case the one you want falls through.

3. Primary Wedding Vendor Research

  • Catering
  • Photography
  • Planner
  • Rentals

4. Secondary Wedding Vendor Research

  • Florist
  • Officiant
  • DJ
  • Attire
  • Hair Makeup
  • Baker

5. Get Your Wedding Moving

  • Invitations
  • Ceremonies
  • Rehearsal Dinner Plans
  • Day-of Timeline
  • Menu

6. Final Wedding Checklist Items

  • Marriage License
  • Payments
  • Delegation of Wedding-day Tasks
  • Transportation

Here is a quick wedding idea if your on a strict budget:


Getting Married? Prepare for your big day with our wedding tips


The “6” Simple Steps to Choosing the Perfect Wedding Officiant:

  1. Figure out what type of wedding you want:

    The first step is figuring out exactly what you and your future spouse want. Check out different type of ceremonies to get a range of great ideas that you are both interested in and then narrow it down.

  2. Set up a meeting with different officiants:

    Secondly, you will want to find an officiant that matches your personality style. Let’s be honest, we really get along with people like ourselves and when you find someone that has the shares the same values you’re starting on the right foot.

  3. Understand your state’s marriage laws:

    Different states have different laws and you want to make sure you don’t get in over your head. The last thing you want to deal with on your honeymoon is figuring out how you are going to make it official when you get back.

  4. Read different type of reviews:

    The web is power and it is a great way to find the best person to do the job. To start, look at reviews from Yelp, Google Plus, Wedding Wire, and Tie the Knot.

  5. Check out the work they have done:

    As stated before, you can find out the work they have done via the web. Instead of looking at only reviews, find their website and analyze the work they do so you know what to expect in the end. Preparation is key!

  6. Ask around and from different sources:

    Word of mouth, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Never limit yourself when trying to find the perfect wedding officiant for your picture-perfect day. Follow these steps and you have nothing to sweat but the planning!