It's a wonderful thing to have a close friend or family member to offer to perform your ceremony. Many couples appreciate the intimacy this option offers them on one of the most special days of their lives. While I am not personally against this for any particular reason, you should consider the benefits of hiring a professional wedding Officiant to solemnize your wedding ceremony.
A professional wedding Officiant or Ordained Minister has done this before. That means they are familiar with how a ceremony goes, from coordinating your procession and crafting a beautiful and meaningful ceremony to the legalities of solemnizing your marriage.
A wedding Officiant is adept at public speaking. They are comfortable addressing large groups, projecting their voice, incorporating children/step-children and lost loved ones into your ceremony and they know how to guide you and your wedding party, as well as family and friends, through the ceremony and direct them to the next event.
A pro Officiant has written many, many ceremonies before and will have a lot of creative and wonderful ways to draft the perfect script for you and your partner. In most cases, like myself, they can also incorporate your Love Story and are skilled at performing Unity Ceremonies like Handfastings and Unity Candle or Sand ceremonies.
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