When I think of a wedding officiant, the first thing to comes to mind is the old priest in the movie, The Princess Bride.
“Mawige. Mawige is what brwings us togedda today.”
Check out this You Tube link if it’s been a while since you’ve watched Westley the stable boy rescue Princess Buttercup from Prince Humperdinck.
The wedding officiant is the most important vendor you’ll hire on your wedding day. Believe it or not, a wedding can actually happen without including flowers, a photographer, videography, music and food. We booked the ceremony location, but Chuck and I are still working on that special person to actually make the whole thing legal.
Though Chuck and I were brought up Catholic, our current religious beliefs are, well, nonexistent. Getting married in a church, any church, with its built in officiant, would be done just to appease our still-Catholic relatives and would start our marriage off on a dishonest foot.
I’m sorry, Nonna.
There were only a handful of weddings I’ve been to where the couple had an actual relationship with the officiant. Those were the most personal ceremonies, in my opinion, because the officiant could share his own stories of how he’s watched the couple grow.
Then you have the guy that chats with the couple at the rehearsal, takes a few mental notes then regurgitates it the next day while mispronouncing the bride or groom’s name.
That’s exactly what I’d like to hear on my wedding day.
“AReeyella/Areelia/Mariella/Ariel/Areiola do you take Charles to be your husband?”
I don’t know who that chick is, but I know I do.
The fact that we’re planning from 550 miles away doesn’t make the process any easier because interviewing our prospective officiant has to be done over the phone, which is almost as impersonal as email.
I’d much rather have a friend or family member get a one day pass from the Town of Islip to perform our ceremony, a la Joey on Friends, than some stranger. Friends and family, I know you’re reading this and I’m taking volunteers.
If we do go the stranger route I’ll just have to force our officiant to practice my name beforehand.