If you are reading this, you most likely are on a mission to hire an officiant. This site provides you with a good introduction to many experienced wedding ministers and justices of the peace in Vermont.
Before you call or email a wedding officiant there are several pieces of information you should have handy.
- DATE – An officiant can’t tell you if they are available with out this. You don’t want to fall in love with the officiant on the phone only to find out they are booked on the day you want them.
- TIME – The time of day sets the tone for how formal your wedding will be. The general rule is the later in the day the more formal the ceremony. Again the officiant cannot confirm availability without it.
- LOCATION. The venue makes a big difference. Most officiant charge for travel. Therefore, if you want an estimate for their services, they will need to know where you are marrying. The location conveys the level of formality. Someone’s backyard verses Topnotch Resort & Spa.
- GUEST COUNT – You don’t have to have the exact number, but a ballpark is important. If it is just the two of you or have you invited all the aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, co-workers… The responsibilities of the officiant during the ceremony change will the size of the wedding. An elopement can be more casual whereas, a 200-person wedding will require a rehearsal and the day of the ceremony the officiant will need to be there early; spending more time.
Most officiants are hired over the phone. When you discuss the above and ask for an estimate, you will get a sense of what it is like to work with the officiant. You should hire someone with a personality that fits your style and budget.