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officiate vs. officiant

Are these words interchangeable or am I using the wrong one? I call the person officiating our ceremony an "officiant," but I've seen other people use the word "officiate." My spell check says that "officiant" is not correct, but says it is. I made want to put this word in my ceremony program, so please set me straight!

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Re: officiate vs. officiant

  • You could also use "celebrant."
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  • The most used term is Officiant. The spell check may be identifying it as an error because it needs to be capitalized as it is a title just as Reverend or Minister. Yes, Celebrant and Minister will work well, as in the state of California you must be a Minister to officiate a wedding.
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