What is an “Officiant” and is this different to a Marriage Officer?

by Apr 16, 2019

“Marriage Officer” is not a very sexy title. Some instead use the word “Officiant”. So in some cases they are the same thing but not always. 

It is also a word that has less religious so for people who perform non-religious ceremonies this is a better word than “minister”.

Countries like Australia and New Zealand most commonly use this word as the official word but it is possible that a person may not be officially registered or designated by Home Affairs but does weddings ceremonies. This person would be called an Officiant. 

The term has not gained a lot of popularity in South Africa but it is used from time to time. If you are engaging with someone who calls themselves an Officiant make sure they are also a registered Marriage Officer so that your marriage is recognised and legal on the day!

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