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Hello, and congratulations on your upcoming wedding! My name is David Cutler, and I have been officiating weddings throughout Southern California for more than 11 years. If you are searching for the perfect officiant for your wedding, I would be honored to meet with you and help you put together the perfect ceremony for your special day!
About Minister David Cutler
As a non-denominational Christian minister I have had the honor of marrying loving couples throughout the Southern California area for more than 11 years. Although Christian in faith, I understand that everyone comes from different backgrounds and different faiths. Because of this I officiate weddings in all styles, religious or non-religious. Whatever your faith we can work together to find you the perfect ceremony.
In 2005 I graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Sociology with an emphasis in marriage and family counseling. I also have an extensive financial advising/planning background and used this in the ministry as a financial coach and counselor at one of the largest churches in Southern California.
My wife and I settled in Temecula a few years ago and we absolutely love it here! In our free time we like to explore the local wine country, take in a great minor league baseball game with the Lake Elsinore Storm, and spend lots of quality time with our amazing pooch Harlow. Harlow and I can be seen running together frequently on the roads near wine country.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you attend the rehearsal?
I believe that my attendance at your rehearsal is not only valuable for you, your wedding party and your coordinator, but also it is very valuable for for me as it helps me greatly with the wedding day logistics. Because of this I will always try to be at the rehearsal if my schedule permits, and I do not charge an extra fee for this as long as I am available. An additional fee would apply if you would like me to guarantee my availability.
How many people write their own vows?
Truthfully, not many couples write their vows in entirety. Normally I provide you with several ideas and samples, and you can add your own personal touch to the template to create something unique and special to you. Or you can leave it up to me, and I can write them for you.
Do you require premarital or religious classes? What are those requirements?
This part I leave to you. While I do not require that you go through any particular kind of pre-marital counseling (religious or not) I do advocate for it. You have so much to gain as partners by attending a pre-marital class together, and nothing to lose.
Can we choose non-religious readings or music?
Absolutely. Your wedding ceremony should be centered around your love for each other and your own personal set of beliefs. We can tailor a ceremony for you that is beautiful and meaningful, whether religious or non.
Will you give a sermon during the ceremony? If so, can we have some input?
I typically do not include a sermon in a wedding ceremony unless it is requested by you. If you would like this we can certainly discuss it and settle on a theme for the sermon.
Should we bring you the marriage license before the wedding date? Will you mail it to the state for us?
While it is best to complete the marriage license before the ceremony, you may want to get with your photographer to decide if you want formal pictures of me signing you marriage license on the day of the wedding. If so, it has been my experience that it is better to take care of this before the ceremony, as you are going to be very busy after I pronounce you husband and wife!
I am happy to mail in the license for you, however many couple nowadays prefer to do this themselves so that they can include their order form for official copies of their license and their check for payment.
Do you stay for the wedding reception?
I am always honored when I am asked to stay for the reception. My belief is that feeding your minister should not be a part of your wedding budget, so normally I will stay for 20-30 minutes following your wedding to take any pictures that you may want with me, and to express my congratulations to your parents and immediate family. However, if you would like me to be a guest at your reception I only ask that there be room for my beautiful wife, as we do like to have dinner together :-)
Is flash photography allowed during the ceremony?
Absolutely! I have no problem with it, and I'm sure your guests are going to want pictures of you both looking your best!
Will you wear a mic if the videographer requires one to capture the ceremony?
Yes. I will coordinate beforehand with your DJ and videographer to sound check everything on the day of the wedding. I also have my own wireless PA System for wedding venues that do not have electrical outlet access, such as beaches or other such outdoor areas.
What is the fee for your services?
My fees are very reasonable and competetive. If you have included my services as part of a package through your venue then they will quote you a fee for me. If you are booking me on your own I am happy to work out a fee that fits your wedding budget. Please contact me at 619-316-3850, or email at email@example.com.
How long will the ceremony last?
That depends on what we put into it. Typical ceremonies last from 12-20 minutes. I am happy to give you an approximate timeline once the final draft has been written.
Can we read the ceremony first?
Of course! Some couples prefer to go into the ceremony not having seen the entire ceremony, while others like to read through it entirely to be sure it is exactly the way they pictured it. The choice is yours! Feel free to browse through some of the ceremonies I have used in the past. I have them categorized as either Religious, Light Religious, or Non-Religious. They are located in the folder to the right. --->
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