Choosing an Officiant That is Right For You

It is very important to find your officiant early, they are an invaluable resource in planning your ceremony and in answering any questions you might have. In choosing this person, you will want to be sure that he or she is not only willing but able to reflect accurately what you want your ceremony to convey. You will want to find someone who can reflect the quality of your love and speak meaningfully to you and your partner. Think about the following questions:

1. Does the officiant reflect or embody the spirit you want to create at your wedding?

2. Do you feel comfortable with him or her? Will you be able to express your preferences about content; speak up about matters of concern in the preparation of the ceremony; voice objections you might have or ask for silly, even seemingly trivial things to be included in the ceremony?

3. Will the officiant show you a finished ceremony in a format that is best for you (via email or fax)?  And will the officiant change the ceremony upon your request?

4. Do you like the sound of his or her voice?

5. Do you have a connection with the officiant that allows you to trust that what he or she will say will be appropriate for the two of you? A person that has a sense of you and understands the uniqueness of your relationship?

6. Above all, will you value what this person has to say? Will he or she have delightful, meaningful, moving reflections that will elevate the ceremony from ordinary, generic, and formal to personal, beautiful and unforgettable?

7. Last but not least, relax in choosing an officiant. When you are all together, having a consultation, discussing how you celebrate your love and the type of ceremony that you have envisioned, you will know if that minister/officiant is the right one for the two of you. Something will click and there will be a connection.

So, how does finding and hiring the right officiant with Hudson Valley Ceremonies work? Here’s how:

  • First we have you set up a phone, Facetime or skype consultation with the officiant of your choice or one that has been chosen for you. You can see our officiants Bio’s here.
  • The officiant will ask you many questions about you and your fiance and what you most want for your ceremony.
  • Please ask them as many questions as you want, they are very happy to answer and assist.
  • If you wish to speak to another officiant we can set that up also.Finally you will choose the officiant that you have the best connection with and then choose a package.

Please check out our reviews, Hudson Valley Ceremonies has the best officiants in the valley!

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Mollie and Sean, Diamond Mills

Mollie and Sean

Diamond Mills

June 23, 2018

 

Wedding Location: Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern in Saugerties, NY
Ceremony Officiant: Lawrence McCauley, Hudson Valley Ceremonies
Photographer & Videographer: Secret Fire Media
DJ/BandPlatinum Party Events (no longer in NY)
Musicians: Andrea Shaut — ceremony and cocktail hour piano
Limos/Buses: none
Florist: The Colonial Flower Shop, New Paltz NY
Coordinator/Planner: Bethany Boyce at Diamond Mills
Bridal Attire: David’s Bridal
Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Rings/Jewelry: Bride’s rings from Yeraz Collection on Etsy, Bride’s earrings from Pandora, Groom’s ring from Chalmer’s Jewelers in Middleton, WI
Hair/Makeup: Primp and Glow — Caitlyn Rauh
Invitations: David’s Bridal
Favors: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital