Vendor Spotlight – Officiant Ralph Griggs

When deciding on vendors for your wedding day it is important to have them reflect you and your spouse. If you are looking for a personable, funny, and professional officiant look no further than Ralph Griggs! Ralph is life-long non-denominational minister and has officiated hundreds of weddings just about everywhere around middle TN (from a truck stop to the Governor’s Mansion) for the last 20 years! Keep scrolling to learn more about Ralph.


What was your dream job growing up?

Playing pro basketball. At 6’6” tall, my older brother was a star player & my inspiration. But my vertical ascent peaked at 5’11”. So much for ever dunking a basketball.

How long have you been in the wedding business?

In middle TN since Y2K. I’ve tied more knots than an Elvis impersonator in Vegas – but without the rhinestone suits.


If you could have married any celebrity couple, who would it have been and why?

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Nice people with a sizzling chemistry. 

Most unique or crazy situation you’ve seen at a wedding?

The animal presentation at the Nashville Zoo after the ceremony. Included a boa constrictor  slithering around the keeper’s neck. It could have swallowed the wedding cake whole.


What do you enjoy doing outside of officiating?

Travel. Right now enjoying ocean sunsets & coconut shrimp with my amazing wife in Mexico as we dodge the frigid temps back home. 

Advice for couples working on their ceremony content?

Remember that the ceremony is the most important part of the day (my bias). So spend some time making it you – your quirks, your humor, your story. Write your own vows if you want. You are saying to everyone, “This is the person I choose to spend the rest of my life with.” Let your ceremony show that.

A special thank you to Ralph Griggs and his awesome responses. If you’re thinking about an officiant for your wedding, consider checking him out!


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