A recent survey looked at which people from various professions made the best wedding officiants and, not surprisingly, it’s those folks with the “gift of gab” that topped the list.
Out of all the “feeder” categories, radio announcers and disc jockeys were the clear-cut number one. Having to jump in with a few words before the start of a song, or having to talk off the top of your head before sending it over to the traffic report, radio people have the innate skills needed to perform marriage ceremonies.
And with the shaky state of the radio industry, more and more radio personalities are lining their wallets with extra cash these days, picking up an extra $500 to $1500 each weekend by performing two, three or even four weddings!
Also high up on the list are attorneys. Not surprisingly, having a career that requires you to think on your feet and be prepared — or over-prepared — is a significant benefit when it comes to serving as a ceremonial minister.
Of course, attorneys make a pretty penny practicing law, so most barristers aren’t in the wedding business to earn extra dollars — most perform ceremonies for friends, clients and colleagues.
Teachers, especially those in secondary education, rounded out the top three. It appears that the same skills that help you communicate in front of a classroom full of students also comes in handy when you’re at the altar, and knowing that many teachers are scraping by from paycheck to paycheck, picking up an easy $250 to $500 for an hour’s work as a marriage minister on the weekend certainly helps to ease those financial burdens.
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