I am new to being an officiant but have worked with several couples to create customized, meaningful ceremonies that have been well-received by the couples and wedding guests
I have been a theater performer for over thirty years and have appeared in front of crowds of varying sizes. My passion for being an officiant is evident during the ceremonies I perform.
I am an ordained minister through the American Marriage Ministry.
Requirements vary by state. I can perform ceremonies in Connecticut and Rhode Island without additional steps. If I officiate in Massachusetts, I obtain a special non-resident clergy solemnity certificate. This is merely a formality and can be done easily. If you are getting married outside the tristate area, I would research requirements before you hire me.
The opportunity for couples to meet with me is crucial in the process. I meet with couples in person or virtually for a chance for the couple to get to know me and determine if I am the right officiant for them.
Absolutely not and I encourage couples to think about it before deciding. The person who officiates a couples’ wedding must be trusted by the couple and should be the right person to bring them together in the way they envision.
No. The couple needs to choose the officiant that is perfect for them, and different couples want different things in the officiant.
Ouch. Yes. A couple said they were hiring me at the initial consultation, I created and sent them the paperwork, and I never heard from them again. I would prefer a couple think about it before deciding and hire the right person. If you hire me before you sign the contract and then change your mind, just let me know. No hard feelings. Couples should expect the same consideration from me.
My fee schedule is on the website and most costs are clearly indicated. There may be some things a couple wants that go outside of my listed prices and we can discuss that before we sign the contract.
A lot of things. My fees include unlimited emails, texts, phone calls and virtual meetings to create the perfect ceremony. Based on the type of ceremony selected, the fee includes traditional or customized vows, ring exchange and special features (unity candle, breaking of the glass, etc.). Travel beyond 50 miles and attendance at the rehearsal are extra but agreed upon prior to the signing of a contract.
To protect the couple and myself a signed contract is essential. It defines what is expected and holds all parties accountable.
A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required at the time of the contract with the remainder of the fee expected on or before the wedding date.
The couple can obtain the license from the town or city in which they are getting married and pay any license fee directly to the municipality. I usually do not participate in this.
I can assist with the filing. In some cases, the municipality requires the officiant be the one to file the signed marriage license.
That is up to the couple. It is nice if I can be there to run through the ceremony and meet some of the family and wedding party, but it is not essential and costs an additional fee.
Not at all and I prefer not to unless I am officiating for friends or family. As much as I enjoy a good celebration, this is a time for family and friends to celebrate with the couple. My job is done.
Of course. I can’t cover everything here and you can ask me any wedding-related questions you want during our consultation or the crafting of your perfect ceremony.
After the initial consultation and contract, we will meet as often as needed. However, there will be one -to-face or video meeting that will last 30 to 60 minutes so I can get to know the couple and they can learn more about me. I want to have a sense of the couples‘ personalities so I can be mindful when working with them to create the ceremony. Plus it’s more fun when we know each other better.
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