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When you start your search for your wedding ceremony officiant, there are a few questions you want to ask up front. First, (and this is a no-brainer) make sure he or she is available on your wedding day and ideally on the day of your rehearsal. Second, if you are holding your wedding in a different town than where your officiant lives, make sure he or she can travel to the ceremony. (For destination weddings, you may have to pay an extra fee for this.) Speaking of fees, find out if your officiant charges a fee for weddings. Sometimes the fee is a donation, but it can still be a nice gesture to contribute. If you have never met your officiant before, find out how long he or she has been doing weddings and even how they got into it. Getting comfortable with him or her can help make your wedding ceremony much more personal and meaningful for you and your fiance. If you want to write your own wedding vows, make sure this is something your wedding officiant is okay with. If you're having trouble finding an officiant, you've definitely come to the right place -- our local resource guide lists expert wedding officiants across the country.
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