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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

Essential wedding accessory

9 people found this helpful.
 on January 10, 2015
By Roz DeKett
Really a great guide for anyone wanting to officiate at a friend’s or relative’s wedding. Packed with guidance, information, anecdotes, and ideas in a readable format. If you’ve asked a friend to officiate at your wedding you may want to get them this book; or if you’re the officiant, it will help you prepare a wonderful wedding.

Happy Bride, Happy Me!

One person found this helpful.
 on June 29, 2017
By Auntie ME
Both the bride and I gleaned some useful info from this guide. Not a lot of really new ideas, but enough solid, helpful hints to make it very worthwhile. I found it easy to use as a resource….just wish a few areas had been expanded a bit. Overall, a good purchase….the wedding was a huge success!!

This book made officiating my friend’s wedding so easy! The whole process is well laid out

2 people found this helpful.
 on June 8, 2016
By Jocelyn L. Stephen
This book made officiating my friend’s wedding so easy! The whole process is well laid out, from interviewing the couple to preparing on the wedding day. The book mentions that sometimes officiants cry. That was going to be me. The first time I tried to read the ceremony out loud, I couldn’t make it through the first line without welling up. After reading it several times, I got much better. On the wedding day, I only had to pause twice, and it wasn’t enough to make anyone feel uncomfortable. If you think you may cry, I recommend lots of practice. It made the whole experience a lot more fun and less embarrassing for me!

Pretty good

2 people found this helpful.
 on November 28, 2016
By Necia JG
It’s not a bad book, there are some really good parts. However, I would say this is more appropriate for a bride and groom than the officiant that I am!

Easy Read

One person found this helpful.
 on October 26, 2016
By W. Goodwin
I flew through this book. I am two weeks away from performing my first wedding so I can rather quickly tell you how well it worked for me.

Great Book to plan your Ceremony and get your Officiant comfortable!

One person found this helpful.
 on July 20, 2016
By H. Somerville
One of the better wedding ceremony books out there – we bought this to give to our friend who is going to officiate our wedding (his first time doing this), and I felt that it was very well written and will guide him and us to create a great ceremony – it made me want to be an officiant myself!

lots of useful information.

One person found this helpful.
 on July 17, 2016
By irishar
This is a pretty detailed instruction guide on what you need to do to prepare for officiating a wedding. There is a lot of useful information and different questions you can ask. I was working out of a few different books and websites but this one was extremely helpful.

Best guide for peforming a ceremony-for everyone!

One person found this helpful.
 on July 7, 2015
By Troy M Palmer
I just solemnized my first wedding for a friend. This book got me through it. It’s honest and easy to read. It really fill you in on those details you would have never thought of. This book is useful to all denominations. I would recommend it to anyone looking to perform a wedding. I would like to see the author come out with a more updated edition for the new marriage laws. Including etiquette and wording for same sex couples.

Excellent resource

One person found this helpful.
 on October 19, 2016
By Cleanlife
Excellent with all the details you need to be an officiant. I thought I thought of everything until I read this book. I am SO glad I got this prior to the event I’ll be officiating for.

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!