The duties of a wedding officiant vary greatly. Each officiant approaches the responsibilities of leading a ceremony a bit differently. An officiant typically responds to inquiries by interested couples in order to decide if they are a good fit with the bride and groom. A date is reserved and a contract is signed along with a deposit for officiating services. This is a good time to discuss the type of ceremony the couple is planning. Possibilities for ceremonies include religious, non-denominational, interfaith, spiritual, or multi-cultural. This is also a time to determine if the personality of the bride and groom is compatible with the officiant. The officiant, upon agreeing to lead the wedding ceremony, will need to check out the venue where the nuptials will be held. This is easy enough if the site is local but may not be possible if there's a significant travel distance involved.
There are several legal aspects that the officiant of a wedding ceremony is responsible for handling. The officiant will need to verify the legality of the marriage by examining state issued licenses and identification. Once the ceremony is concluded, they will need to complete and file paperwork with the vital records division. Officiants will need to make copies of the documents and make sure the bride and groom receive a keepsake copy.