The ceremony is the first thing that your wedding guests are going to experience on your special day. It should not only be a celebration of your relationship, but also should set the tone for the rest of the wedding day!
If you are just looking for somebody to show up on your wedding day and give a standard wedding ceremony, then I'm probably not the officiant for you =) On average I invest 25 hours of myself into crafting a completely custom wedding ceremony that will leave you and your guests with lasting memories of the wedding.
When researching officiant fees you will find that they are all over the board. Some charge as little as $150, and full-time professionals can sometimes have fees nearing $1000. My fees are usually right in the middle of what most professional officiants are charging, and depending on several factors will be in the $550 - $750 range. Please reach out to me for a personal quote at 619-316-3850 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After you have chosen me as your officiant I will include all of the following services:
-A formal details meeting with you both to learn more about you and discuss your ideas for the ceremony. This meeting is typically about 75 minutes and can be done face-to-face or via Skype/FaceTime for out-of-town couples.
-A custom ceremony that is written to reflect your personality and your values. I will never send you a selection of pre-written templates and ask you to choose the one you like best. Your ceremony will be written for you based on the notes I take in our details interview.
-Assistance with obtaining your marriage license. I will email you direct links to the county clerk's office with instructions on how to file.
-Close cooperation with your vendors (photographers, DJ, wedding coordinator, etc.). I will coordinate with your photographers, DJ, wedding coordinator and videographer at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony so that they all know exactly what is going to happen during the ceremony, and when.
-Professional PA sound system and microphones (if needed) I always carry a lapel microphone and prefer it to a handheld. This keeps my hands free and also eliminates the big ugly mic stand from your wedding photos.
-Custom-made vow cards (in your wedding colors) for your wedding day, that make a great keepsake (if writing your own wedding vows) See examples on the home page =)
-I will match my suit/tie to follow along with your wedding theme colors.
-Professionally officiate your wedding
-File your marriage license for you the following week. I will make copies and email everything to you with instructions on how to obtain certified copies.
-Unlimited email, phone, Skype/FaceTime or in-person communication.
What about the rehearsal? Many officiants charge an additional fee for this service. It is my belief that being at your rehearsal is just as beneficial to me as it is to you, and so I always try to be at every rehearsal. Because there is no guarantee that your rehearsal will not conflict with a wedding that I am scheduled to officiate, I cannot in good conscience charge couples a fee for me to be there.
DISCOUNTS: I do offer discounts for the following:
-Weddings taking place during the off-season (December thru February)
-Weddings taking place before 2:00PM.
-Active duty Military, Active Reserves, and First Responders.