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Monday, January 14, 2013

Is a Memorable Wedding Officiant Worth the Splurge?

Naturally… “I” would think so. I am an award winning Wedding Officiant.

HEARTthank-yous1Memorable? My former wedding clients think so. Rave reviews!

A special “Thank you” to them!

How do I know… they send me LoveNotes and write endorsements on, talk about me on The Knot and other social media sites.

Sad as it is to say, most of the wedding details that you work so hard on will be mere memories the next day. Some you won’t even remember. The food will be eaten, the dress put away, the monogrammed napkins crumpled, the flowers wilted and the party of the year – your reception (intended to celebrate the wedding ceremony) – will be a distance memory. Be smart. The reception is not the most memorable part of a wedding! Even the guests will tell you that. Sure, it’s great to have a terrific party but when you hire the right wedding officiant, the buzz at the reception should be about the wonderful wedding ceremony.

Don’t hire the first wedding officiant you find online. Take the time to find the right wedding officiant. I promise… it will be worth it.

When asked what most brides and grooms splurge on, seldom does “Wedding Officiant” even make the list. Trends come and go, but your wedding is all about the “wedding ceremony.” If hiring the best wedding officiant stretches your budget, make some cuts in other places. I wish could tell you how many of the brides and grooms that I have talked with that have either hired their “friend” – who backed out at the last minute or had never performed a wedding ceremony – or they hired the “cheapest” officiant they could find and lived to regret it.

mcneilI’ve seen couples splurge on over-the top cakes, a Hummer limousine, a killer honeymoon, or flowers galore. There is nothing wrong with that if you have bags of bucks. Don’t skimp on your wedding officiant. It never ceases to amaze me when someone calls and says, “So-and-so across town only charges $_____!” Comparing prices will seldom get you the right wedding officiant for your wedding. The price should not be the only determining factor. Comparing the words in their wedding ceremony, their willingness to change what you don’t like and their wedding experience will.

I’ve built my wedding career on integrity as a wedding officiant and by demonstrating the “Lagniappe Principle” to every client. Lagniappe has been defined as: an unexpected or indirect benefit or, giving what your clients pay for… and then some. Most are surprised at the level of knowledge and experience that I represent when we first meet. I can honestly say that I have never had a bride and groom who has complained that I didn’t give them much more than they expected. Many refer to the numerous awards I have won and this blog as a example, which – as of this writing – has more than 330 articles, tips, suggestions, add-on ceremonies, etc., about weddings.

weddingwire2013I know you are busy planning the party, but I ask you to remember the most important part of the day – the wedding ceremony. Remember this: “Your wedding ceremony IS your wedding!” If anything from your wedding day is going to be permanently etched on your brains, it’s got to be the moment you look into each other’s eyes and exchange your wedding vows. The ceremony is the reason you are planning this elaborate bash, right? Consider a wedding officiant who will promise to respect your specific wishes and beliefs; vows, readings and who can artfully guide your guests to a better understanding of you as a couple.

Don’t wait until the last minute to book your wedding officiant. The choice wedding dates for the really good ones go fast!

Being budget-conscious is a good thing and the truth is… sometimes the best wedding officiants costs more. Why? Because brides and grooms say they are worth it. I know I am not the most inexpensive wedding officiant, but my former brides and grooms say I am the best! I agree. 😉 You can always find someone cheaper… but better? Never!

Remember, your wedding ceremony is much more than just saying, “I do!”

So, what’s your wedding day splurge going to be?

Suggested reading: Larry’s “Romantic” Wedding Ceremony! ~ This ceremony has a touch of traditional with a few modern twists, a slight Spiritual tint (or not! – your choice) and an emphasis on lots of love and romance! In other words, anything goes – with your approval, of course!

Copyright © 2013 – Larry James. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or Cell: 480-205-3694. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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  3. Choosing the right wedding officiant is very important in weddings. Before booking for your officiant you should know what to expect from them. It is important that both the couple should choose their officiant. They should choose someone they can trust and share their visions and plans.


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