Frequently Asked Questions
Is premarital counseling required?
No premarital counseling is required, but if considering, here is a link to request services.
Can we write our own vows?
How many readings are customary? Are there any restrictions on the choice of readings?
Typically there are between 1-2 readings. Family members and/or guests are welcome to participate. There are 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?
My slogan is Your Wedding....Your Way!
Do you conduct ceremonies 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 almost everywhere. Safety is my main concern.
How long does a typical ceremony last?
Typically, most ceremonies last about 20-30 minutes.
Is there a fee, or donation requested? Is a deposit required?
There is a fee for officiating a wedding ceremony. A 40% retainer is requested to reserve the date and time. The balance is due within14 prior to the start of the ceremony. You can learn more about my services and fees by clicking here
Will you have other weddings that day? What happens if you’re running late or can’t make it?
During wedding season, it is possible that I may have another ceremony the same day. In order to avoid the possibility of running late, I never schedule two weddings that start within several hours of each other. More importantly, is it my practice to try and avoid scheduling weddings on the same day.
Will you attend a rehearsal?
In most 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?
For the wedding package, you have unlimited contacts with me. We can meat for coffee ( I love coffee) and go over details, or talk/text and email. It's important for me to be available, and answer any questions you may have.
What authority do you have to perform legal ceremonies?
I am an ordained wedding minister through Universal Life Church, and have full legal authority to perform your wedding ceremony.
Will you be able to legally officiate at our wedding location?
I am legally authorized to officiate wedding ceremonies in Georgia, New York, and many other states.
Do you sign the marriage license before or after the ceremony?
I arrive early to your ceremony to go over last-minute details and also complete and sign the marriage license. This allows you to celebrate at the conclusion of your ceremony with no interruption for signing documents.
We are an interfaith couple. Does this pose any problems?
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?
Not all all. I'll be 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. Can 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?
I am having a same sex marriage. Will you still marry us?
Absolutely without question, as long as your state supports it.