Best Time to Book an Officiant
There is not a lot of agreement on when a couple should book their officiant. Some publications say 3 months, some say 9 months and some say 10-12 months. We think the important question to ask yourself is how important is this portion of my wedding ceremony. The exchanging of vows to many couples is the most meaningful part. Yet to others it's a minor detail. Although we'll have to say, without the officiant and the license there is no marriage, at least not legally.
The second question would be - do I want to purchase a service or is the person performing the service important to me? Is it important that the officiant have the right personality and level of professionalism for me? Do I feel rapport with this person? Or would I prefer to have an Elvis? And there is absolutely nothing wrong with an Elvis impersonator as long as that fits your style and he/she is licensed in the state of Nevada with permission to solemnize marriages. An online certification won't work in Nevada unless you go through all the necessary hoops to also get licensed in Nevada. Check with local officials in the state you plan to be married in as that is where the license must be purchased.
So back to when is the best time to hire an officiant; I'd say as soon as your date and venue is set. Book the officiant at the same time you book your photographer and videographer. Remember you are competing with every other couple getting married on your wedding date for the top professionals in your wedding area. Making the choice early means you get your pick rather than being left with who's still available.