If Your Ceremony Will Be LocalBrides- and grooms-to-be currently living in Maine can start by asking their priest, minister or rabbi, if they currently belong to a religious organization. Nonreligious couples can seek the services of the local justice of the peace or find a professional wedding organizer who is qualified to marry couples in Maine.
If you and your groom have spiritual beliefs, but do not currently belong to a church or other religious congregation, ask a practicing friend or family member whether you can tag along to observe a service. Explain that you would like to be married in a church or synagogue of that religion and that you'd like to meet with the minister, priest or rabbi. Most religious leaders are happy to sit down and discuss the organization's philosophy and the requirements for marrying in that faith.
A nondenominational wedding can be just as beautiful as an officially religious one, and nondenominational ministers can be found throughout Maine. If you can't find a referral for this type of officiant, look online; all major and most minor religious organizations and service coordinators today on the web. Try sites such as Onewed or Wedding Ministers to get you started.
If You're Planning a Destination WeddingCouples who do not currently live in Maine will want to travel and meet potential officiants in person, if possible. Your relationship with your officiant of choice is an important one. The officiant should make you and your groom feel comfortable. He or she should listen to your concerns and special requests (such as writing your own vows or having two officiants attend a combined faith ceremony).
As different as their philosophies can be, Maine officiants are known for their down-to-earth and accepting natures. If your potential officiant doesn't have these qualities, move on. Your officiant's personality will have a big impact on how you feel during the ceremony and on the style of the ceremony itself. Take your time to find the minister, priest or rabbi who seems to understand you and your groom, from the inside out.