It’s almost that time of year again, wedding season, a time to get dressed up, reminisce with old friends, celebrate the union of a couple, take over the dance floor, and perhaps partake in a few adult beverages. This year is stacking up to be another busy one as I will be a best man in 2 weddings this year, a groomsman in another, and attend several others. I guess it’s safe to say that it is inevitable at my age. At this point in my life I have performed almost all the roles in a wedding. I have been the groom, the best man, a groomsman, an usher, a reader, and even a bridesmaid, but until last year I had never had the chance to be an officiant.

Last year I had the distinct honor of being asked to officiate the wedding of two of my good friends. After the excitement of being asked had worn off, I quickly realized I had no idea what being an officiant of a wedding entailed, so I turned to the one place that has all the answers, google. I was surprised at how easily one can become an ordained minister, and quickly finished my requirements. From there I spent some time with the couple to figure out how they wanted the service to flow and to gather content for a message.

Now, public speaking has always been something that I enjoy, but something about this was different. As I sat down to put pen to paper, I truly started to feel the weight of the day. I honestly spent weeks putting together the ceremony. I went through dozens of drafts, often just changing a word or two, to try to get it just right.

It would all pay off in the end, to see the smiles and tears of the bride and groom was truly special. If you ever get the opportunity to officiate a wedding I would highly recommend it. It may be stressful leading up to the wedding, but it is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. It was an honor to do, and something I will never forget.