Business Overview

A wedding officiant business provides couples who want to marry with someone who is licensed and authorized by the state to perform the wedding ceremony. Wedding officiants must be ordained to marry people in a wedding ceremony. Notable ULC ordained officiants include Richard Branson, Paul McCartney, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. 

Usually, wedding officiants perform non-religious ceremonies, but some wedding officiants are ordained by a religious organization to perform religious weddings. Some wedding officiant businesses provide couples with wedding planning assistance for an additional fee.

Who is this business right for?

A wedding officiant business is a good match for anyone who is looking for a side business. Wedding officiants themselves should enjoy interacting socially with a wide range of people, be comfortable speaking in public, and love weddings. In addition, since weddings are typically held on the weekend, someone thinking about starting this type of business should have a flexible schedule.

What happens during a typical day at a wedding officiant business?

A wedding officiant spends most of the week marketing and speaking with potential clients. Many people choose to run their wedding officiant business on a part-time basis, and they only work an hour or two a day answering emails and speaking with clients. Wedding officiants usually spend a few hours at each wedding presiding over the ceremony. Some wedding officiant businesses choose to offer wedding planning services, so they spend much more of their time consulting with clients, caterers, florists, space managers, and other wedding-related businesses.

What is the target market?

Most clients of wedding officiant are couples who want a non-religious wedding for personal reasons. Since the nationwide legalization of same-sex couples to marry, many clients are members of the LGBTQ community.

How does a wedding officiant business make money?

A wedding officiant business makes money by charging for conducting a wedding service.

What is the growth potential for a wedding officiant business?

Since the legalization of LGBTQ marriages, more same-sex marriages are performed in the US than ever before. The number of heterosexual couples plus the rising number of same-sex couples seeking non-religious marriages means that wedding officiants will continue to be in high demand.