Yesterday it was standing room only in the chapel during the short, humanist service conducted by the chapel officiant .
Among the Lao the officiant is usually an ex-monk who has attained considerable esoteric knowledge of the ritual language of the ceremony.
All told, 21 worship services take place in the chapel every week, whether anyone but the officiant is there or not.
More than 100 guests attended the non-denominational ceremony, which was held on the beach during sunset and performed by a local officiant .
The officiant should then appraise the boy and girl of the duties and obligations of conjugal life according to the Gurus tenets.
The choice is yours, just remember to check with your officiant before totally committing to whatever vow you choose.
What if someone asked you to be an officiant at a wedding?
Born in a village of poor fisherfolk and growing up illiterate, Hung Tung worked as officiant in a Taoist temple while doing odd jobs to maintain his family.
When holding it high above his head did not make the sacrament sufficiently visible to the congregation, the officiant could take other measures to ensure its visibility.
Now brides often have their fathers or both parents accompany them, and have the officiant ask ‘Who supports this couple in marriage?’