Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: Tip of the Week...What the Pros Want You to Know, part 5

DG's 12 Week Series of Tips from the Pros!

Your Marriage Commissioner

The most important thing to note in working with an officiant is the timing. It’s important to be aware and respectful of the fact that your Officiant likely has another wedding taking place within one-two hours of yours so starting the ceremony (or rehearsal) at the expected time is crucial (although a 10 minute delay is common and forgivable).

One way to manage the ceremony and ensure that you are able to start on time is to invite guests a ½ hour earlier than you intend the ceremony to begin. It gives everyone a bit of time to chat and take their seats without rushing and also allows the late comers to not be disruptive to a ceremony already in progress. I will rarely allow one client’s tardiness to affect the next client and so if a wedding is running late I am most often forced to cut back the length of the couple’s ceremony and sometimes exclude certain elements so that I am able to make it on time to the next event.

~ Reverend Marilyn Knipp

When working with a Justice of the Peace it is important to be aware of several facts. The first is that JPs are not paid by the hour for their work and they are not government employees. The fee associated with hiring a JP is split between the JP and the government. Travel costs and gratuity is expected to be paid on top of the flat fee. JPs are not required to meet with a couple in advance (although the good ones often do) or attend rehearsals (can be arranged for an additional charge of $30.00).

~ Anonymous Justice of the Peace (they are not permitted to advertise)

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