We have a minister! This one was easy; we asked the minister at the church Ellie grew up going to, and he was available for our date so he said yes. We made the trip down to Montgomery County to meet with him this weekend; he took our information, checked that he had us down on his calendar, and gave us a "choose your own adventure" service order as a starting point. Then we chatted for another half hour or so. The conversation definitely put us both at ease; he was easy to talk to, and he's happy to do the ceremony pretty much any way we want.
This wasn't really a big deal in my mind, but Ellie wanted to get it taken care of (ed. note: and the Knot checklist was freaking out that we didn't have one), so she's happy that it's done, and I have to say it's nice to have one less thing to worry about. Now we get to spend the next few months plotting out a ceremony. (ed. note: or not, because really, we would both be comfortable just picking most of the stuff from the booklet if we run out of time.)
We wound up asking the minister from Ellie's church because, frankly, we didn't have any other ideas. Between us we had visited a couple of different local churches as well, but we didn't like any of them as much as this guy, even if he does have to travel a little farther. Since Ellie is affiliated with the church, there's no required fee, but given the travel and services provided, we (or her family) will be making a reasonable donation to the church. The only thing we're not sure about is whether to invite him to the reception (or how to do so un-awkwardly).
Do you have an officiant yet? Where did you find one? Is he/she coming to the reception?