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Why I Decided to Become an Officiant

It all started in the summer of 2018 when two of my friends, Adam and Liz, asked me to “officiate” their wedding. At the time, I had never officiated a wedding. I had been a groomsman a few times and maybe did a speech or two at a reception, but that was it. I’m pretty sure I mentioned Joey marrying Monica and Chandler on Friends at some point during that conversation too.


On September 1st, 2018, I had the privilege of marrying two of my friends at a farm up in Muskoka and I had an absolute blast doing it. It felt really special to be able to do that for two people you care about. Adam and Liz (pictured below) also hired a licensed officiant to do the legal declaration at the end (at which point, I simply stepped to the side and let her do her thing). It was an awesome day and an experience that would throw me into an industry I did not imagine being a part of.

Fast forward to January 2019, another good friend of mine decides to elope and asks me to officiate her wedding. That was when I decided to take the plunge and go through the licencing process. And on April 26th my friends, Fiona and Jeremy (pictured below), were legally married by me. Little did I know that 30 weddings later, I would still be doing them. It’s a great way to meet new people, learn about their stories and have a huge impact on a day that is so meaningful to them. Wedding guests will remember the ceremony so it’s important for me to work with couples in ensuring that the details around this particular aspect of their wedding day is flawless. So there you have it. This is why I became an officiant and I look forward to working with all of you in helping prepare you for your big day.


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