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How to officiate a wedding: Here’s how wedding guests will judge you

How to officiate a wedding: Here’s how wedding guests will judge you

Nonverbal communication is perhaps the most important kind of communication.nondenominational wedding ceremony, nonreligious wedding ceremony

Studies have consistently shown that audience ratings of a lecture are more strongly influenced by delivery style than by content. I’d love to tell you that my ceremony material is all you need to do a great job, but that wouldn’t be correct. I made the video training and offer 1-on-1 coaching to help with this.

“When our verbal and nonverbal signals are in congruence, the nonverbal amplifies the verbal. When they conflict, we tend to trust the nonverbal.” Olivia Fox Cabane from her book, The Charisma Myth.

Wedding guests will judge your appearance, posture, voice fluctuation, how often you look up from the page you’re reading from, and in other ways. Fluctuating your voice by pitch (high or low), volume (loud or soft), tone
(resonant or hollow), tempo (fast or slow), or rhythm (fluid or staccato) are all ways to improve your stage presence and overall success of your ceremony.

The “cheat sheets” that come with my video training have words underlined so you not only know where to inflect your voice in some way, but will also be able to keep your place as you look up and then back down at the page you’re reading from.

It’s important to look up and speak to the guests and the couple. Staring at your ceremony book and reading will come off as insincere and will seem like you don’t know what you’re doing. The goal is to speak to people in a conversational way, not read to them.

The guests will also pick up on the newbie ordained minister mistakes, that I detailed in a different article here. If this will be the first time you officiate a wedding, be sure to read that article.

Also be sure to read my article, How to manage unexpected noise and distractions, here.

How to officiate a wedding: Here’s how wedding guests will judge you

Matt T. Nathanson, 1st Officiant

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