Ceremonies That Give Your Love a Voice
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you help us write our vows?
Yes. It’s often challenging for couples to write their own vows. I will send you pages of sample vows to support you in getting your creative juices going. You can use any phases you’d like to piece together, or you can create your own. If you need more help, I am happy to do so.
What about a rehearsal?
Simple weddings usually do the ceremony without rehearing ahead of time, and they go as smoothly as any other wedding with a practice. If you have a more complex ceremony (with musical numbers, etc) that last 30 or more minutes, you may desire a rehearsal during the day or night prior to your date. I am glad to organize and go through all the steps from entrance to exit of your wedding so that all who are participating feel comfortable in their part. There is a $100 fee for the rehearsal. Please mention this early on so that I can include this into my schedule.
How often will we meet?
We meet initially whether in person, on FaceTime, or Skype to see if we are a match. Then we get the ceremony creative process going in whatever way is most comfortable and efficient for you; usually through email. And after that, phone calls or emails usually take care of the details.
Do you travel to destination locations?
Yes, I am happy to travel to special locations couples have chosen for their wedding. If your event is held in Davis, Salt Lake or Utah counties, it is part of my services. If there is travel time beyond that which requires extra mileage and an overnight stay, those expenses are figured in to the wedding officiating quote.
What are your credentials?
In 2008 I was ordained a reverend by Universal Life Church so that I could officiate my friend’s wedding legally in Idaho. When I have officiated in other counties in Utah, Idaho & Nevada. I call the county courthouse to see if registration ahead of the ceremony is required. I have checked online about other states, and all of the western United States recognize my authority to officiate your wedding.
Are you LGBTQ wedding friendly?
I honor all relationships, and it is my privilege to create ceremonies that acknowledge and give your love a voice.
Who is responsible for handling the marriage license?
The couple is responsible for going to the courthouse, proving who they are and paying the fee to pick up their marriage license. The officiator makes sure that the license is filled out and signed properly. Usually there is a marriage license commemorative copy for the couple to take home after their celebration. Then the officiator is responsible to make sure the legal certificate is mailed so that it can be filed at the courthouse. Then they mail the legal marriage license to the couple’s address in approximately 2-3 weeks.
What do your wedding services cost?
Pricing depends on several factors: Where is your wedding being held? Is travel and an overnight stay required? Are you choosing a personally written ceremony? Or do you desire to choose from my selection of prewritten ceremonies with personal touches woven into it?
A price list with a breakdown of the fees for different services is available on request.
Do you have a contingency plan in case you are unable to officiate our wedding?
I have never missed officiating a wedding over the years. Once your date is set on my schedule, the rest of my life fits around it. Unfortunately, things happen that we have no control over so I have a number of trusted women and men that can be called upon as back up to step in and take care of your wedding.
Will you be joining us at the reception?
After the marriage ceremony is complete, the paperwork is signed, and congratulations have been given, I quietly leave you to celebrate with your friends and family.