you will be officiating a wedding next year
If you haven’t done it yet, you will soon. Officiating at your friend’s wedding is about as common as godparenting these days, except there’s no risk of getting stuck with guardianship. Oh, and did we mention the lifeaffirming tingle you’ll feel while facilitating the union of two previously lonely earth creatures? Here’s how to set about the task
1. ask them: why me?
You’re not fishing for compliments; you’re gathering crucial intel. If they say ‘Because you knew Steve back when he was shattering collegiate flip-cup records,’ your assignment is a lot different than ‘Because your track changes on Steve’s lit-mag submissions were so insightful.’
2. it’s not an extended toast
You’re not going for laughs. Don’t rehash wild times. At no point should you utter the words ‘this guy knows
what I’m talking about.’ The glory in officiating comes from letting the gravitas and beauty of the occasion do the talking.
3. at least pretend to Be a holy man
Life offers but few
opportunities to invest in a leatherbound folio. This is one of them. Relish it. And make sure you look the part – suit and tie, etc. Full papal regalia, however, is not encouraged. Unless you’re at AfrikaBurn.