What’s In A Name?

When I was growing up, every once in a while we’d play “wedding”. Someone would play the bride, someone would play the groom, and the third child would play the minister.

It probably looked something like this.

It probably looked something like this.

Somewhere between the playground and adulthood this term wedding officiant came into existence. Perhaps it always existed, but I personally didn’t hear it until 2006 when my wife and I were planning our own wedding. Before that, (at least in my book) the officiant was known as, “the minister” or “priest”.

Wedding officiants direct the ceremony

No matter what you call us, a wedding officiant is the director of the ceremony. While you and your wedding coordinator plan and arrange everything for the ceremony, the wedding minister is in the driver’s seat once you walk down the aisle. It is a lot of responsibility, but can (and should) also be very fun. Creating your custom ceremony is both an honor and a privilege. No matter if you call me your wedding minister, wedding pastor, celebrant, priest, or simply wedding officiant, I am here for you.