A Day in the Life…of this Celebrant
So, what does a wedding officiant do all day? Isn’t it just a matter of showing up and officiating? Well, I cannot speak for all officiants, but I can speak for myself and for others who are trained and certified Life-Cycle Celebrants®. Before the actual ceremony day, I have spent hours writing and re-writing the ceremony script so that it is just the way the couple wants it to be. For many couples, I have also planned and run their rehearsal, sometimes alone, and other times in coordination with an event planner.
Of course, not every ceremony day looks the same for me. Sometimes I am officiating at two weddings in one day. In that case, I do not put other things on my morning schedule. Other times I spend Saturday morning in meetings with couples whose wedding ceremonies we are only beginning to plan.
Just for fun, I listed my activities on October 28, 2017, in order to compare schedules with the bride and groom. Thanks to Simcha’s Events for these excerpts from Hanna and Tim’s Graham Chapel wedding itinerary.
Itinerary for Bride and Groom
9:45 Bride and Bridesmaids meet for hair and make-up in the bridal suite.
11:00 lunch for Bride and Bridesmaids arrives (Panera).
12:00 Flowers arrive.
12:30 Groom and Groomsmen arrive at Knight Center.
1:00 First look with Father of the Bride and Bride.
1:05 First look with Groom and Bride.
1:10 Couple photos taken.
1:30 Wedding party heads to Forest Park for pics.
3:45 Family photos at Graham Chapel.
4:30 Photos complete.
5:20 Ceremony begins.
6:30 Cocktails and Reception begins.
Itinerary for Celebrant
9:30 Ruth meets her sisters for breakfast at the London Tea Room. Runs errands.
12:00 Back home. Adds notes from yesterday evening’s rehearsal to final copy of today’s ceremony. Prints final copy.
12:30 Practices delivery of today’s ceremony out loud.
1:00 Lunch at home (leftovers – yes!)
1:45 Puts final touches on Sunday’s Jewel Box wedding and prints final copy.
2:00 Practices delivery of tomorrow’s ceremony out loud, with one more run through of today’s.
2:30 Sends review requests to recent couples for The Knot and Wedding Wire.
3:30 Hair, make-up, get dressed.
4:10 Leaves home for Graham Chapel.
4:45 Checks in with Bride, Groom, Reader, Planner, and DJ. Mic/sound check.
5:20 Ceremony begins.
6:30 Greeted at home by hubs who has dinner ready for us to eat. Life is good!