• Is premarital counseling required?
No premarital counseling is required but I do offer it for couples wishing for that service.
• Can we write our own vows?
Yes! Absolutely! If you would like help crafting your vows please let me know.
• How many readings are customary? Are there any restrictions on the choice of readings?
Typically there are between 1-2 readings and family members or guests are welcome to read them. There are absolutely no restrictions on readings or how many you can have.
• Are there any restrictions on what you will and will not allow in a ceremony?
• Will you conduct the ceremony outside of a house of worship? If so, does that change any of the restrictions?
Because I am a non-denominational Officiant, I perform ceremonies everywhere! There are no restrictions.
• How long does a typical ceremony?
The length of the ceremony is up to you, but they typically they last about 20 – 25 minutes.
• Is there a fee, honorarium, or requested donation? Is a deposit required?
There is a fee for officiating a wedding ceremony. You can learn more about my services and fees by CLICKING HERE. A $200 retainer is requested to reserve the date and time. The balance is due 60 days prior to the date of your ceremony.
• Will you be doing other weddings that day? What happens if you’re running late or can’t make it?
During wedding season, it is possible that I’ll have another ceremony. In order to avoid the possibility of running late, I never have two weddings that start within several hours of each other.
• Will you lead a rehearsal?
I am always happy to attend the rehearsals. In many cases, your wedding or site coordinator will lead the rehearsal. For couples that want me to attend, an additional fee will apply.
• How many times would you like to meet with us before the wedding?
We can meet as many times as you would like before the ceremony. We can go over details, have a cup of coffee, or answer any questions.
• What authority do you have to perform legal ceremonies?
I am an ordained wedding minister and have full legal authority to perform your wedding ceremony. Click here to view my certificate of ordination.
• Will you be able to legally officiate at our wedding location?
I am legally authorized to officiate wedding ceremonies in the State of Washington and Wyoming. If you live in another state I may have to register as an Officiant. There is no additional fee for the extra paperwork.
• When do you sign the marriage license? At the ceremony or beforehand?
There are different options for signing your marriage license documents. I will review this with you during our initial consultation and/or at rehearsal. It is my job to insure all signed documents are immediately returned for processing to your County.
• We are an interfaith couple. Does this pose any problems? Will you be willing to co-officiate.
I perform ceremonies for all couples. Whether you are religious, spiritual, interfaith, or no faith, I officiate ceremonies for everyone.
• One of us is divorced. Does this pose any problems?
No problem at all! I am happy to officiate your ceremony.
• Is it acceptable to include a pet in the ceremony.
As long as you don’t want to marry a pet, I am happy to include them.
• We have children. How will you make them feel part of the ceremony.
There are many ways to include children in your ceremony besides being a ring bearer or flower girl. We can add family vows or include them in the blending of sand.
• I’m pregnant. Are you still willing to marry us?
Yes and congratulations!
• What if something happens and you can’t officiate our ceremony?
I have always shown for a wedding even when I didn’t feel well or had a death in the family. In the event something catastrophic were to happen, I would work to insure a suitable replacement for your date/time, although this can’t be guaranteed, especially in the summer high season. I don’t worry about this and trust that if something were to happen, we’d work together for a best solution.
• Can children and other family members take part in our ceremony?
Yes, it’s important for me to offer opportunities during a ceremony for family and children to participate as appropriate to a couple. If you desire, you may work with me to incorporate intimate and memorable rituals into your ceremony. I am a big fan of involving children in a ceremony without taking the focus off the bride and groom.
• On a wedding day, when do you arrive?
It all depends. Most often, I arrive anywhere from 30-60 minutes early so I can be helpful to a couple, their wedding party and family and friends.
• So, what do you “do” at a wedding rehearsal?
I re-connect with you. I meet your family and friends. I whip everyone and everything into shape! It’s important for me to lead a fun and easy “run through” of the processional and recessional and to go over the internal parts of a ceremony with a couple. We don’t go through the words, special elements or rituals. We leave this for the wedding day.