I thee wed

Jus­tice of the peace Alia Saied strives to bring “hu­man­ity, in­no­va­tion and hu­mour” to the wed­dings she of­fi­ci­ates.

The Coast - Halifax Weddings Guide - - Advice -

Alia Saied loves crowds. She also loves emo­tion. Her per­son­al­ity is the per­fect recipe for a wed­ding of­fi­ciant, which she just sort of fell into do­ing a few years ago af­ter of­fi­ci­at­ing for friends. Saied of­fers her ser­vices in English, Span­ish and Ara­bic.

She has an im­pres­sive, multi-tal­ented re­sume with her work as a MC, a DJ and a doula. Saied is a su­per open per­son who has mar­ried folks ev­ery­where from a kitchen to a sushi restau­rant.

What’s im­por­tant to you in your work?

I think what’s im­por­tant for me is to get to know the peo­ple that I’m work­ing with. And it’s more than “What do you do for work?” and “How long have you been dat­ing?” but also like, “What’s im­por­tant to you?” and “What do you feel needs to be re­flected in your cer­e­mony?” and “What also do you not want re­flected in your cer­e­mony?” And that you take time, and don’t just try to ap­ply a uni­form script to ev­ery­thing, which you know…is easy to do.

Is there a mem­ory of a cer­e­mony that sticks out for you?

It was on a hill on the south shore, over­look­ing the wa­ter. Ev­ery­one that was at­tend­ing was at the top of the hill, and when the wed­ding party ar­rived, the cou­ple and the fam­i­lies all came in hold­ing hands in a big line. Then they came up and stood in a half cir­cle, fac­ing the group. And it was a re­ally beau­ti­ful way of chang­ing that script.

How would you de­scribe your style as an of­fi­ciant?

I’d say my style is friendly and ap­proach­able. I don’t have any ex­pec­ta­tions or de­sires for your cer­e­mony, I want you to do what’s best for you.

Do you have any ad­vice for folks who are look­ing to pick the right of­fi­ciant?

Look around, and if you have the time meet with peo­ple and get a sense of them. Ask your friends—if you know peo­ple who have been mar­ried, they might tell you “I re­ally liked this per­son, or I re­ally didn’t.” And try and think be­fore you go into it: What is im­por­tant to me? See if your of­fi­ciant can re­flect that back to you.

What el­e­ments of be­ing an of­fi­ciant in­spire you?

I love see­ing those joy­ful mo­ments. I love see­ing when the cou­ple, or the bride, walk into the room and ev­ery­one gets up. Like, it’s just such a pas­sage. And it’s such a mo­ment of com­mu­nity. I also just love get­ting to know peo­ple.

–in­ter­view by Ash­ley Cor­bett This in­ter­view has been edited for clar­ity and length.

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