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~ Frequently Asked Questions ~
following are typical questions couples ask in preparation of their wedding
day. If your question is not answered here, do not
hesitate to contact me.
My fee is based upon how simple or how detailed you would like your ceremony to be. Most of my events booked for next year will be in the $500-1000 range. This isn't greed speaking, just the reality of time and care involved, and a fee that allows me to do this work full time, which contributes to the quality of both the finished ceremony and the process that leads up to it.
Why does it cost so much?
This is always a difficult discussion, and totally understandable. Strangely enough, many people worry more about planning the reception than they do the ceremony. However, the ceremony is the "heart" of the whole event. It is the ceremony where two individuals are married into one. It is the ceremony that marks the beginning of a new life together. It is the ceremony that truly is the "main event."
My fees reflect many things. Time is just one of them; planning, writing, editing, officiating, of course, fuel and travel expenses on the day, and follow-up for the license, are just parts of the process. There is also the factor of availability Once you book, I block off that time, and in many cases the entire day, to dedicate myself to you and your wedding. In doing so, I may have to turn down other couples interested in getting married on the same day.
My wedding ceremony services are moderately priced and I stay competitive with my rates to others who offer similar services. I find that I have been one of the most affordable of professional Officiants in the area. I try to keep my rates reasonable without compromising my priority of personalized attention to each couple and their own wedding. Each couple has my full undivided attention when I officiate -- I spend time and care on each couple and their wedding ceremony.
Of course, I believe the ceremony is the most important part of the entire day (I would, wouldn't I!), and while my rates will never be the lowest of the choices, the care with which I treat my clients is unique. I dedicate myself to making sure my clients are getting everything they wish for out of their ceremony and that each ceremony is special in its own way. I strive to make sure it will be a ceremony that you and your guests will remember. I make sure that our work together results in a script that is truly your own, truly reflective of your personalities and your story, and gives your guests a gift of inspiration, of laughter, and of joy for you.
Many people are surprised by how "expensive" wedding fees are with Wedding Officiants. But, if you reflect on the realities, it is not surprising. Besides the initial consultation, I usually have several follow-up telephone and e-mail conversations with each couple. In some cases there is a rehearsal, where more details are worked out. There is the actual wedding ceremony, and finally, there is the official paperwork that must be filed. I usually put in at least 20-30 hours of work for each couple that I marry… even more with a customized ceremony. There is a lot that happens behind the scenes.
Is a rehearsal necessary and how much does it cost?
A difficult call. Much depends on the place and size of wedding. You should always, at the very least, walk through the ceremony with your wedding party. You may or may not need your Officiant present. I gladly participate in any rehearsal or rehearsal dinner, subject to availability. For a formal rehearsal or rehearsal dinner, my fee is $100, based on up to one hour of rehearsal. Rehearsals outside of service area are subject to additional travel fees.
What time does the Officiant arrive on our big day?
I arrive 30 minutes or so before the ceremony, unless otherwise requested. If we have not had a personal meeting in advance of the ceremony, it will be necessary to meet with the Bride & Groom, (whether individually, or separately), before the ceremony starts, as well as up to two witnesses you select, in order to review the marriage license, check photo IDs, and record the marriage in my notary journal. This may take up to 15 minutes, depending on the logistics of your wedding. You should plan accordingly, so that the ceremony can start without delay.
Does the Officiant stay for the reception or dinner?
An invitation is never assumed, nor are you under any obligation to extend an invitation. There is no additional charge if you request my attendance at a dinner or reception after the ceremony. It is not always possible for me to attend, especially if I have another wedding or event to officiate. You are welcome to ask when the time comes, and if a place setting has been planned for me. As a courtesy, if you wish for me to attend your reception, a formal invitation is helpful in advance of your wedding day.
Do we get to meet you?
A personal meeting is encouraged when possible, but is not required. Your package includes unlimited email consultation. You are welcome to come to my office to meet me and discuss options for your wedding. However if traveling is involved to meet you, I must charge for my time and fuel expenses.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your lives. Therefore it is my personal opinion that you choose your Wedding Officiant with care. This person, after all, will be in many of your wedding photographs for years to come! I hope you find this information helpful as you research Wedding Officiants in the area.