Planning a wedding might rather straightforward in some aspects, but not every aspect can be easy, and it's different for every couple. Choosing the right officiant is no different, as some couples have a clergyman or woman they have known for decades, but for others it will take a considerable amount of time and deliberation. Whoever it may be that is honorable enough to have the duties of officiant bestowed upon them must carry themselves with professionalism, and treat the event with dignity and respect. Officiants have an enormous amount of influence over the proceedings of the ceremony, it goes without saying that you really need to trust this person completely. Seattle has plenty of options in regards to officiants, pertaining to religious and secular ceremonies. Here is a guide that should help provide you with the assistance you need to make this process as straightforward as possible.
You will want to consider what sort of ceremony that you want to have, either be it religious or secular. The great news is that the state of Washington is one of the easiest states you can possibly look to get married in, with some of the most relaxed marriage laws in the nation, and one of the few that allows gay marriage.
If you are having a religious wedding, this may be the more straightforward aspect of this stage, because you may have a clergyman or woman in mind to be your officiant from the house of worship you may have been attending since you were young. If this is not the case, there really is no reason to fret, because the solution is to look up houses of worship in your area that share and promote the same denominational beliefs that you have, or are at least close enough to them. Once you find a handful of good churches, you should set up an appointment with the head cleric, and see if the location is available on the date of your wedding. During the interviews, you ought to get a feel for the officiant's personality and foresee if you will be comfortable with them handling the task, get a scope of the location to see if it matches your vision, and ask about the specific religious rules for marriage ceremonies for that house of worship.
The other option is to have a secular ceremony, which opens up two paths that you can take to meet a similar end. The first path is to hire a Justice of the Peace for your wedding ceremony. A Justice of the Peace is a court official which handles all sorts of miscellaneous legal duties, including primarily officiating weddings. You can obtain a list of these officials from your local county clerk's office, where you may also obtain your marriage license. It is wise to go online via wedding directory websites, and search for officiants in your area that are highly rated. These websites are great sources of information on all sorts of wedding vendors, from officiants to caterers, and provide users with details on pricing, reviews, bridal testimonials, pictures, videos, and more! You should focus on the officiants that are closest to the location of your wedding—call them up to see if they are available on the big day, and schedule appointments with the ones that are. It is all about being comfortable with this person, and foreseeing if they will handle the duties to your expectations. If you do not click with any particular candidate, it is suggested that you avoid them.
The other path for the secular option is choosing a close friend or family member, this is steadily gaining popularity in the modern era, thanks in part to how easy it is to obtain an officiant status via your government or the Universal Church of Life via the internet. It is not surprising either as it is difficult for a stranger to gain the level of trust and comfort that you already have established with your friend or loved one. Being an officiant might not be as easy as it seems, especially if you have high expectations for your wedding. Be sure that you relay these expectations to the person you ultimately choose to be your officiant. Having a friend or a loved one be your officiant has the potential to add a unique sense of charm to your wedding, but it certainly will not be charming if they are not capable of handling the duties and end up uttering something incredibly embarrassing.
The key is to trust the person you are selecting for the officiant duties. Listen to your gut instincts!