What To Look for in a Wedding Day Officiant

Updated: Feb 26


An exceptional wedding officiant can set the tone for your entire wedding day! Look for the person who can create a personal message that pours out the emotion you feel for one another and make your “I DOs” memorable.

Look for an Ordained Wedding Officiant


A wedding officiant needs to first and foremost be ordained, but also a professional speaker comfortable in their craft with a willingness to bring the love you feel for one another to center stage. They will have experience mapping out traditional ceremonies as well as incorporating elements that reflect the unique qualities of each individual spouse. Let your wedding officiant show your family and friends why you two are meant to be while you simply focus on enjoying the moment stress-free.


Don’t forget, this day is about making your dreams become reality and one for the ages. Every detail should be special.

Quality Over Quantity

Your ceremony should be about quality rather than quantity. So much meaning can be said with such few words in a short amount of time with the right person at the helm. Your officiant should be able to guide you smoothly not only into your reception but also into a long, happy life together. Set yourselves up for success…. by starting with your officiant.

Interview Wedding Officiant Candidates


A wedding officiant is one of the most important vendors for your big day! Take the time to interview each one and ensure they are the right fit for both of your personalities and overall vision. As previously mentioned, an articulate, professional speaker can make all the difference in expressing to your guests the passion your relationship holds through their words. If you and your spouse meet an officiant, but only one of you feels good about it, continue to interview. It is important that the couple share a sense of comfort for such a decision.

Here Are Some Wedding Officiant Questions for Your Interview:

  • How many weddings have you officianted?

  • What are some of the primary venues you have been to? Worked at?

  • Have you ever double-booked by accident? What did/would you do?

  • What happens if you get sick on our Wedding Day and cannot perform the ceremony?

  • Are there any hidden fees or travel fees?

  • Do you use a script and just plugin names, or do you write each ceremony from scratch?

  • When do you arrive at the Wedding?

  • Do you attend the Rehearsal?

  • Can you do/lead a Rehearsal for us?

  • Do we need a Rehearsal?

  • What if we want a family member to do a speech or participate in the ceremony?

  • Will you use a microphone?

  • Will we use a microphone for our Vows?

  • How do you send the marriage license to the County Clerk?

Wedding Officiant Services With Brey & Co.

Learn more about how wedding officiant services work when you choose Brey & Co.


How many weddings have you officiated?


Chris has witnessed more than 500 Weddings and Michelle has a focus on elopement weddings.

What are some of the primary venues you have been to? Worked at?


We know our way around numerous venues in the greater Houston area such as the Aquarium, Jennings Trace, McGovern, and the Japanese Gardens at Hermann Park. We’ve also worked with Texas Ave BnB, George Ranch Historical Park, Crystal Ballroom at the Rice, Magnolia, each of the Spring Event venues, backyards, and many more. We always look forward to seeing new venues as well.

Have you ever double-booked by accident? What would you do? What happens if you get sick?


We have not double-booked a wedding. If it occurred by accident or if one of us got sick, the other would officiate. Also, we have a small network of trusted officiants in the Houston area we can call on to assist.

Are there any hidden fees? Travel fees?

We do not have any hidden fees.


Travel fees do apply for mileage and lodging if needed outside the greater Houston area. If you have any additional questions regarding fees, contact us directly. We are happy to answer those questions specific to your needs.

Do you use a script and plugin names, or do you write each ceremony from scratch?

Every ceremony is written just for you. Your character and vision will shine throughout.

When do you arrive at the wedding?

We arrive at least 30 minutes before to check in with you or the wedding coordinator, test the microphones, and mentally prepare for the ceremony. We want you to feel at ease knowing your ceremony will be smooth and exactly as we discussed prior to your big day.

Do you attend the rehearsal? Can you do/lead a rehearsal for us? Do we need a rehearsal?

We do attend and can lead your wedding rehearsal as an additional service that can be added to your package. If your wedding party has a couple of members, you probably do not need a rehearsal. We are happy to advise you, so just ask. We have got you covered!

What if we want a family member to do a speech or participate in the ceremony?

We are happy to help you incorporate someone special into your ceremony! This is your day and we want to help do it your way as much as possible!

Will you use a microphone?

Chris loves to use a handheld; Michelle prefers a lapel. We will hold a handheld microphone for you so everyone can hear your vows. If you like and are comfortable, you can hold onto it yourself.

How do you send the marriage license to the County Clerk?

We mail all marriage licenses certified mail. After it has been posted, we email you a photo of the signed license and post office receipt with a tracking number. It is essential to have peace of mind.


Get Started With Brey & Co. Wedding Officiants

Your wedding day is one of the most special days in your life. Take the time to find the right officiant that fits your style. It will one of the best decisions you make for your wedding day! If you’re ready to get started with Brey & Co., contact us today. Or if you want to learn more about our small wedding packages, visit our website.


*All photos are credited to Rebecca Griffith Photography. Post written by Chris Brey & Taylor Sethna (2020 Brey & Co. Bride).

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