• The Wedding Officiant’s Guide How to Write and Conduct a Perfect Ceremony
  • The Wedding Officiant’s Guide How to Write and Conduct a Perfect Ceremony
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  • Tradition Wedding Ceremony Order
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Last year, one in three American weddings were officiated by a friend or family member. With the officiating trend on the rise, novice officiants need a resource to guide them. In The Wedding Officiant's Guide, interfaith minister Lisa Francesca breaks down the entire officiating process, from becoming an ordained officiant and interviewing the couple to drafting and performing a moving ceremony. Written in an engaging and friendly tone, and featuring empowering advice, suggested readings, stories and lessons learned from new officiants, and practical tips from wedding planners, this inviting handbook will help new officiants write and deliver a wedding ceremony that fulfills marriage laws, delights guests, and honors the marrying couple.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (December 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452119015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452119014
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces

Customer Reviews

Very Helpful for last minute wedding

 on November 10, 2017
By Rick
My Sister asked me to officiate her wedding and I only had a month to prepare. Since I never done this before I needed help and quick. This guide was very helpful. From the beginning, the guide put me at ease and gave me all the information I needed to perform the wedding in clear steps. It gave me samples and ideas and I was able to put our own spin on the wedding that made it personable and special for my sister, her husband, and our family and friends. She was overjoyed on how I conducted the wedding, thanks to the guide.

Invaluable tips in preparing and officiating wedding ceremonies.

 on October 20, 2017
By Rhonda
This guide gives very quick and reliable tips on pitfalls to watch out for when preparing and officiating a wedding ceremony, even if you never have conducted one (I had not). Fairly short read, and easy to follow. Gives a very nice outline form to prepare your own ceremony. I could have prepared my reading without it, but without some of the tips it offered I think that the ceremony would have had a few hiccups! Highly recommended.

Excellent Book!

One person found this helpful.
 on March 23, 2017
By Angel
Excellent book!! It has helped me with ideas for my website content, preparing for interviewing with couples, as well as drafting ceremonies!

Fantastic book, especially for first time officiants and soon …

One person found this helpful.
 on February 6, 2017
By Amazon Customer
Fantastic book, especially for first time officiants and soon to be newly weds. It gives easy to understand chapters of how an officiant should approach the preparation and execution of a wedding ceremony.

so it was a quick read and a great way to begin the research an officiant’s duties and …

 on August 4, 2017
By Marissa O
This book was just what I needed! The thing that I found most helpful were the tips from the author’s own experience about how to conduct the interview with the couple, writing the script, the officiant’s role in a ceremony rehearsal, and things to think about that a person who has never assumed the role of officiant before would probably overlook. The book wasn’t incredibly dense with detail, so it was a quick read and a great way to begin the research an officiant’s duties and areas of responsibility. It definitely made me more confident in assuming the role.

Exceptional resource

One person found this helpful.
 on July 22, 2015
By Vaccine Researcher
This book was instrumental to the process of planning and officiating my friends’ wedding. I had tried consulting various online sources, but I couldn’t find all of the answers to my questions in one, comprehensive, easy-to-reference place. The book covers everything–from how to get ordained and file proper paperwork with the state where the couple is getting married, to how to craft the script, to how to best conduct the rehearsal (much harder than I thought it would be, but I would have been absolutely lost without this guidance). I’d highly, highly recommend this book for anyone officiating a wedding for family or friends.

Not much new here.

One person found this helpful.
 on November 13, 2015
By the gardener
It is good, but not as good as I had hoped it would be.

Great for new officiants

4 people found this helpful.
 on March 3, 2016
By Daniel S
I was recently asked to officiate a wedding for two friends. I had never done this before, and as I perused the internet for some info, I came across this book. It is the perfect place to start if you are new to this, as I was. It offers some insight on the ordination/deputization process, and then it will walk you through the types of ceremonies, the types of officiants, your role in all aspects of the wedding (pre-wedding, on the wedding day, and post-wedding). It also gives you ideas to make the ceremony unique and special. It should be noted that this does not have a full script or anything of the sort, although it does contain samples of phrases/greetings/etc that you can use at various points in the ceremony. If you are looking for more ideas for readings or scripts, it does provide some additional sources. I highly recommend for any new wedding officiant .

Hes been flying through it and it has a ton of great info!

2 people found this helpful.
 on April 27, 2017
By Jesse Lyon
We ordered this to give to a friend who were asking to be our officiant at our Fall 2017 Wedding! Hes been flying through it and it has a ton of great info!

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on November 14, 2016
By Joan
Purchased this for my daughter who was asked to officiate a wedding. Really helpful