Non-denominational ceremonies in Santa Barbara,
Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Malibu and Los Angeles. Rev. Charles W.
Laird Santa Barbara wedding minister wedding officiant.

  Wedding Ceremony Clergy      Traditional or Personalized
Ordained Minister

Hi! My name is Rev. Dr. Charles W. (Chuck) Laird. As the
Santa Barbara-Los Angeles wedding officiant for 1st Choice
Weddings, I officiate both religious
and non-religious wedding ceremonies
in a variety of Southern California settings — Santa Barbara to
Malibu, Hollywood to Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village; Ventura /
Oxnard to Ojai; beach weddings, backyard weddings, elegant weddings
and casual, informal weddings; non-denominational weddings and
interfaith weddings. Never frivolous, always fun!

What are
YOU looking for in a wedding officiant? What is most important for

Personality and chemistry matter more with
the wedding officiant than any other wedding professional (with the
exception of a wedding consultant). Do you want a wedding officiant
who relates well to you? A more wedding officiant more
authoritative and proper or a more down to earth wedding officiant?
A wedding officiant more outgoing who might be more unpredictable
or perhaps a wedding officiant more reserved and less personal but
safe and predictable?

Every wedding minister has his or her own unique mix of
personal, relational, and technical characteristics. Most wedding
officiants fall somewhere along a continuum. The 1st Choice
Wedding Officiant Inventory™
(if you’ve seen this on, now you know where it came from) is a helpful
tool for determining your own personal preferences for your wedding

Specialized wedding minister or Versatile
wedding minister – The Specialist wedding officiant
focus primarily on doing weddings only. This wedding officiant
excels performing various wedding ceremonies, polished
presentation, almost 2nd nature. The Versatile officiant is more
the complete package, can do more things well, more experienced
dealing with interpersonal and family dynamics and other crucial,
non-technical aspects of wedding.

Experienced wedding minister or Enthusiastic
wedding minister
– No substitute for Experience in a
wedding officiant to bring assurance/comfort to couples that
they’re in good hands. Safe. No surprises. Enthusiastic
wedding officiant not dry or boring, brings energy and life to
ceremony. Engaging.

Introverted wedding minister or Extroverted wedding
– An Introverted wedding officiant tends to be
more calm and unflappable. The more Extroverted wedding officiant
tends to be more personal and engaging.

Warm wedding minister or Polished
wedding minister – The Warm wedding officiant loves
people and people love the wedding officiant. Strong relational
attachment between couples/family and wedding officiant. Polished
wedding officiant makes fewer mistakes, everything done properly
and orderly.

Strong wedding minister or Tender
wedding minister – The Strong wedding officiant
commands respect, protects the bride and groom’s wishes,
takes charge. This wedding officiant is particularly good for
weddings where family dynamics are complicated. The Tender wedding
officiant is more sensitive to feelings, a true wedding minister
who works for solutions that everybody can be happy with. Smoothes
rough waters.

Elegant wedding minister style or more
Personal wedding minister – This perhaps
describes the character of the wedding ceremony under the guidance
of the wedding officiant more that the wedding officiant
him/herself. The Elegant wedding officiant is beautiful, flawless
to perfection. The Personal wedding officiant is real, the human
touch, vibrant with life, touchable, relational.

Intuitive wedding minister or Objective
wedding minister – The Intuitive wedding officiant has
a marvelous sense of knowing what’s right for the situation,
sensitive to the meaning of the moment, in touch with the
couples’ feelings. The Objective wedding officiant takes the
guesswork out of everything. This wedding officiant is clear,
usually concise, nothing left to chance, detailed and

Economical wedding minister or Professional
wedding minister – An Economical wedding officiant may
save you money but lack experience or the skills of a trained
professional minister. The Professional wedding officiant saves you
worry but always costs more. As with anything else you get what you
pay for.

Specialized 1 2 3 4 5 4 3 2 1 Versatile

Experience 1 2 3 4 5 4 3 2 1 Enthusiasm

Introvert 1 2 3 4 5 4 3 2 1 Extrovert

Warm 1 2 3 4 5 4 3 2 1 Polished

Strong 1 2 3 4 5 4 3 2 1 Tender

Elegant 1 2 3 4 5 4 3 2 1 Personal

Intuitive 1 2 3 4 5 4 3 2 1 Objective

Economical 1 2 3 4 5 4 3 2 1 Professional

Seminary 1 2 3 4 5 4 3 2 1 Mail Order

Choosing your wedding officiant comes down to knowing what
factors in a wedding officiant are most important. For example, if
there will be a lot of family input and involvement in your wedding
plans, you might prefer a more Versatile wedding officiant with
ministry training/experience in human dynamics — particular in
dealing with potentially ticklish personalities. On the other hand,
if yours is a simple, private, backyard wedding, economy and
availability in a wedding officiant may be your primary

After you’ve determined what gift mix you’re looking for in your
wedding officiant, research and/or ask questions of potential
wedding officiants to see how closely they align with your
preferences. Once you’ve found a wedding officiant you like,
BOOK HIM/HER as soon as possible!!

My profile leans:

More Versatile wedding minister
23 year Experienced wedding minister (but
being young at heart I confess having fun!)
Extroverted wedding minister
Warm wedding minister, but competent from
training and experience
Pretty even here since both are crucial
(reflects Versatile wedding minister)
More Personal wedding minister
Very Intuitive wedding minister (again,
perhaps reflecting experience/training)
Professional wedding minister (this is
what I do; not just a side business)

If that’s a wedding officiant profile you might be
interested in, GREAT! Click the ENTER SITE button on the left, come
on in and learn more! Or if you are getting married in Orange
County, click the Orange County link at the top of the page.

Rev. Dr. Charles W. Laird,
wedding officiant / wedding minister
Last updated October 12, 2010
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