THE "bring your own officiant" WEDDING (CEREMONY) PLANNING PROCESS

Included in "Our Own Wedding" Package - $175

Initial Consultation.  We will meet to get acquainted and review how we will plan and create your wedding ceremony.

The Timeline. After booking you will receive a timeline with the steps for our working together to create your ceremony. This will be your "go-to" for all things ceremony planning.

The Intake. After you have booked you will complete an intake which will give me more detail on things like:

  • Your wedding party names and roles
  • Guest instructions and seating
  • Family members participating and the Processional
  • The Pronouncement
  • Venue contact

Wedding Component Review. This short online survey which you will (hopefully) complete as a couple will give me an idea as to what ceremony components you might like to include, as well as give me a general idea of the “feel” of the ceremony. It gives me insight into the type of language, warmth, color, tone, and levity.

Wedding Ceremony Consultation. This meeting and our other email, phone, text, Facetime/Skype conversations will be the time we spend together so that we may:

  • Get to know each other more in-depth so that I can personalize your ceremony to truly reflect you as a couple.
  • Discuss your families and their religious or spiritual backgrounds, your religious or spiritual backgrounds, and how you’d like that reflected in your ceremony
  • Explore ceremony components like a unity candle, wine box, God Knot, etc
  • Discuss readings, ceremony style, and more!

Your Customized Ceremony. I will submit your final ceremony draft for review. There will be no surprises on your wedding day and you will know the words your Officiant will be saying and when he/she is saying them.

Ceremonies typically run anywhere from 25-35 minutes including the Processional and Recessional depending on whether there are readings, other mini-ceremonies, a talk/sermon, etc. 

Your Ceremony Map. You will complete a final ceremony map which will give you rehearsal details and easy instructions, your wedding party names and roles, the processional and recessional order (as we planned), your standing order, etc. I will also include a easy to follow instructions so you'll "who goes where when" and this is also something that is easy to send to your venue rep for reference.

FAQ - These frequently asked questions cover just about everything you and your Officiant will need to know--simple and clear. If you have additional questions you can ask by text, email or phone.

Also included in "Our Own Super Officiant" - $250

These added components will really make your ceremony shine, and everything needed for both will be provided in written form so no one has to memorize or deliver remarks off the top of their head.

Personal Vows   I will provide assistance with the writing of your personal vows and will help you through the process, and be happy to take and look and make suggestions. I'll give you easy, step by step instructions on creating personal vows, and you may each email them to me so I can offer advice and ultimately have them available to insert in your final printable PDF.

Personal Remarks for Officiant: If you have opted for your Officiant to do remarks or a talk/sermon I will write the remarks based exactly on what you have shared in a "personal share" document which you will fill out. You determine the length of these remarks however they usually range from 5-10 minutes max.

Review with Officiant - I will meet with your Officiant in person or by phone, FaceTime or Skype to answer any questions and review the ceremony and cues so they'll feel confident and ready for your big day!

Blessing for the Meal - I will include a benediction or Blessing for the Meal which may be used by your Officiant or a family member, member of your wedding party or friend at your reception.