The interview is an important step. Remember that the officiant you choose will be saying the words that will seal possibly the most important relationship of your lives. When you think back on your ceremony in years to come, the JP will be in the picture. At the very least, you want to feel comfortable with your JP. Review the questions below for some guidance during the interview process, or visit a related link for more information.
Officiant Interview Questions
Of course the questions you ask a Justice of the Peace during the interview will depend upon the kind of wedding ceremony you are planning. Here are some leading questions to consider. Looking through them may prompt topics to be considered.
- Do you have a set ceremony or do you customize the ceremony for each couple?
- Do you have a policy on religious or spiritual ceremonies?
- Can we write our own vows or must we repeat after you?
- Can we include family members or friends in the ceremony?
- Do you offer bi- or multi-lingual services?
- Do you have your own microphone or audio system? If not, would you rent equipment?
- How much lead time is necessary to secure your services?
- If we have not finalized a location, can you help us find a great location for the ceremony?
- Have you done unity ceremonies [or wiccan or rose or …]?
- What are your thoughts on the length of a ceremony?
- Will you be performing the ceremony alone, or do you bring an assistant?
- How far will you travel?
- Will you attend a wedding rehearsal? Is there an extra charge?
- What are your feelings about same sex marriages?
- Do you wear a robe? If requested, would you wear something else?
- Can you recommend other wedding professionals with whom you work closely?
- Do you perform extreme ceremonies? (parachuting, skiing, underwater, etc.)
And there you have it. Finding the perfect JP is one less thing to worry about on the road to a perfect wedding!