Your preference of a religious, spiritual, or civil ceremony.
This heartfelt ceremony includes an inspirational reading, ring exchange, and traditional wedding vows. This ceremony is typically 10 minutes in length.
A unity tradition may be added for an additional $25.
This ceremony is typically 10 to 15 minutes in length.
**Please Note – providing your own ceremony verbiage, deviations to this ceremony design, or any customization requests, will be upgraded to the Customized Ceremony designs mentioned below**
YOUR LOVE STORY UNFOLDS AT THE ALTAR – Basic Customized Ceremony
A consultation in person, via video chat, or through email to discuss ceremony options, design and content. The two of you are special and unique and your ceremony should be a reflection of your love for one another
You will be provided with a preliminary outline of a typical ceremony design, to get started. One week prior to the wedding, you will be provided with a final outline that will allow you to review the content and format for accuracy and ensure you are comfortable with the design.
In addition to receiving several vows and inspirational readings to review and consider, you will receive a detailed ceremony planning questionnaire. Your responses will guide me as I personalize your ceremony and create the design based on your wishes.
Let’s talk about your love story. What better time than at the altar to reflect on those special moments of when you fell in love; what you love most about one another; your romantic engagement story…and fast forward to that moment where you are about to say “I DO!”
Your guests may participate in a reading or prayer; let’s acknowledge and include your guests so they are kept engaged…after all – they are your greatest gift on your wedding day. I am also honored to acknowledge lost loved ones.
The tone of this customized ceremony may be formal, elegant, and dignified, or be formal but more relaxed and include light hearted humor.
This ceremony is typically 15 to 20 minutes in length.
INDIVIDUAL & UNIQUE ~ UNITED AS ONE – Upgraded Ceremony
Additional fee varies
Let’s customize your ceremony with a Unity Tradition or Creative Element that truly symbolizes your love for one another.
This ceremony includes all components listed above in the Basic Customized Ceremony, plus verbiage for up to two unity traditions or creative elements that express your unique relationship with one another.
The most popular unity traditions that I perform:
Handfasting (a.k.a. “Tying The Knot”) – I have modernized and recreated this special and unique tradition and it is a favorite of many couples. This is a beautiful century-old, tradition (most commonly used by the Irish, Scottish, and Vikings), that invites you to acknowledge six beautiful vows; each vow will be sealed with a binding of the cord. This is where the saying “tying the knot” originated. Up to 8 family members may participate in this tradition.
Rose Ceremony– You have just gifted each other your wedding ring as “bride and groom.” Now, you will present your first gift to each other as “husband and wife.” The rose may be substituted for a different flower or a gift to each other.
Unity Candle or Unity Sand ceremonies are a favorite of many and a wonderful way to incorporate your children or family members.
Fisherman’s Knot – The fisherman’s knot is the strongest knot known – your love is its strongest when tied together. In finishing the knot, Groom and Bride will understand that only together, and through continued effort can they create a lasting union.
Wine Ceremony – The bride and groom drink from a single glass of wine (or spirit of choice). This symbolizes drinking from the cup of life and sharing all of its experiences together, both bitter and sweet.
Love Letter and Wine Box Ceremony – Bride and groom will each write and seal a letter expressing what they love most about each other and why they fell in love. Other keepsakes can also be included: photos, flower petals from the actual ceremony, etc. The box is to be opened on a milestone anniversary, or earlier, if they feel their marriage has reached a hardship and they need to reflect upon the reasons they fell in love and chose to marry each other.
Sage Cleansing – unlock the powerful cleansing and healing properties that sage is known for. It encourages positive energy and good fortune, healing energy and will bring about a more loving balanced marriage.
Paint & Canvas – Your marriage starts off as a blank canvas and each day of marriage is celebrated with a splash of color! Celebrate your union in an artistic way that truly represents the two of you.
There are so many wonderful and creative traditions to be considered – to name a few more….
Ceremonial Foot Washing ~ Tree Planting ~ Jumping the Broom/Golf Club ~ Fisherman’s Knot ~ Breaking the Glass ~ Ring Blessing ~ Veil, Lasso, and Coin Blessing ~ The Three Strands ~ The Decadent Chocolate Ceremony ~ Doves ~ Butterflies ~ Viking Meat Horn Toast with Viking Blood
There are too many to list! I also welcome your ideas
Although I can make recommendations on where to purchase these creative elements, you will be responsible for providing all supplies relating to this part of the ceremony (i.e. candles, sand containers, broom, ropes, sage, cords, etc).
*A rehearsal is recommended if unity traditions are included
INCLUDED IN THE CEREMONY FEE
Detailed information on how and where to obtain your marriage license.
A decorative certificate to memorialize your Vow Renewal or Commitment Ceremony.
Referrals for other quality wedding vendors and venues.
For sand ceremonies, a small table and table cloth can be provided, upon request.
Early arrival to your venue to collaborate with your Coordinator, DJ, Photographer to ensure everything runs smooth and timely.
All efforts are made to ensure substitute Officiant coverage in the event of an illness or emergency.
Filing of your marriage license within 3 to 5 business days.
Information on how to change your name after the wedding.
To facilitate or attend your one hour rehearsal $100
Portable sound system with microphone $40
Additional fee may be applied for mileage/travel time outside regular service area; or if customary service time is exceeded (i.e. yacht, water taxi, or helicopter travel).
Admission fees into attractions, parking, boat or water taxi, air travel, etc., will be paid by the Couple.
Unity Tradition/Ritual elements ~ Although I can make recommendations on where to purchase these creative elements, you will be responsible for providing all supplies relating to this part of the ceremony (i.e. candles, sand containers, broom, ropes, sage, cords, etc).
CEREMONY SCRIPT WRITING SERVICE
If a friend or family member has requested that you perform their ceremony and you’re not sure where to start – I would be happy to guide you so you that you are “wedding-ready” and prepared to perform a beautiful heartfelt ceremony – like a pro!
WEDDING OFFICIANT TRAINING
Interested In Becoming A Wedding Officiant – One Time ~ Part Time ~ Full Time?
I am happy to work with you one on one and mentor you as you become a successful, professional Wedding Officiant (a.k.a. Marriage Minister, Wedding Celebrant). I have received over 300 – 5 star reviews; performed over 600 ceremonies in less than 5 years; and have united couples in love from around the globe, in every scenario imaginable! I would love to help you experience the same success!
Be prepared to respond to the craziest and most unexpected distractions and interruptions.
Learn how to conduct a rehearsal and handle the recessional and processional.
Learn how to advertise on a budget.
Find your niche and build on that passion!
Blessing of Rings The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two loyal hearts in endless love. Seal your vows as you bless your rings.
Sand Ceremony Together we can create a beautiful Sand Ceremony that is unique to your special day and situation. Similar to the Unity Candle Ceremony, the sand pouring can include additional family members.
Handfasting Ceremony A handfasting ceremony is an ancient marriage ritual made popular in Ireland and Scotland during the Early Christian period. This symbolic lashing together of the couple’s hands is the origin of the familiar expression, “tying the knot.” Today, a handfasting ceremony is a beautiful and unique way to represent your union and honor your heritage. The ritual takes place during the ceremony, before the rings are exchanged.
Rose Presentation The Rose Ceremony is simple yet moving. The bride and groom exchange two roses, symbolizing the giving and receiving of their love for each other throughout their entire married life. The Rose Ceremony also conveys how to use the rose and its symbolism in difficult times in order to forgive each other.
Blessing of the Coins Blessing of the coins originated thousands of years ago in Rome. The number thirteen represents Christ and his 12 apostles. The coins represent wishes for prosperity. We have God’s promise that our lives will prosper as we follow His Holy Word. It also symbolizes that in hard times the couple will never be without.
Unity Candle Ceremony There are several options to a Unity Candle Ceremony. We will customize a ceremony that best fits your situation (i.e. candle lighting by the bride and groom, or bride and groom’s children, or other family members)
Non Traditional Ceremonies – Lets Discuss!
(i.e. skydiving, remote locations, horseback riding or other fun ideas)