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What does your Officiant do when they arrive on site?


I arrive early and what I typically do after checking in with the couple (just to say - HI, I’m here!) during that time includes:

- I check the mic (if any); I move the stand out out of the way so its not in any photos.

- I check out where we will sign the Register (before, during or after the ceremony); if its a table, I make sure there is only one chair and that there is no post for the bride to bang her shines on.

- I check to ensure I have the vows from the couple if they have them printed.

- I check in with the 'point person' who will let us know that the bride is ready and we can start.

- I check to make sure someone has the rings; I then tell that person to not stand with their back to the guests, but on the side of the groom.

- I check to see if the ladies have their flowers in water and if so, I take them out and dry them off; flowers will survive without being in water for the whole ceremony and bouquets are drippy if kept in water.

- I remind the maid of honour to fix the train when the bride first arrives and throughout the ceremony.

- If there are kids, I get them warmed up to me so they will be more inclined to come up the aisle towards me and not be so freaked. Sometimes I save them from putting things in electrical outlets (seriously, people get distracted at big events and wee ones can often go rogue!)