I am honored to be part of your BIG day and to assist in being your voice to help you celebrate all that your share. As a celebrant unaffiliated with any specific religion or organization, I will design, create and officiate a unique ceremony. For me, the wedding ceremony is all about celebrating your relationship. I tell all of my couples that there is a reason they are getting married in front of people instead of simply taking care of the legalities at the courthouse. While small, private and intimate ceremony is all that some desire, many want to celebrate their relationship in front of the people who matter most to them. And that's exactly what we will do together. With a fun, personal, meaningful and traditional or non-traditional ceremony that fits you and your relationship truly magnifying who you are together!
The process begins with a phone consult or email exchange-likely to be followed up with in-person meeting (or via FaceBook/FaceTime or Skype) to see if we are a good match for one another. I will ask what seems like a million questions and we will discuss what is important to you, what you want and don't want in your ceremony, and then we'll talk about my process and how I work, including talking about some ideas you may not have considered. Then, with the input you provide through the "Homework" assignment I give you both, I will design a ceremony that truly reflects who you are, and your wishes for your ceremony - and that truly celebrates you in the way you deserve to be celebrated.
I will present your ceremony, professionally and with caring, that will bring you and your guests tears of joy and plenty of smiles. (That's my personal goal...)
RETAINER: 50% of the main officiant/celebrant fee, any travel charges, etc. To lock in the date and time, a 50% retainer is expected to be paid within 48 hours via with a debit/credit card via a secure “Square” option or mailed in with your signed contract within 3 days via Priority Mail. Please note that NO date is “held”or “reserved” until such time as a retainer has been received & cleared.. All retainers are non-refundable. We accept cash, check, money orders or debit/credit cards. (I have often given a small discount to couples paying in full at contract signing. If this is something you're interested in, just ask.)
BALANCE DUE DATE: If you choose to pay a retainer and then a balance closer to your wedding day, the retainer is due at contract signing and the balance is due 30 days prior to the wedding date. If a wedding is scheduled within 30 days of the ceremony date, all fees are due in full at contract signing.
ELOPEMENTS: $150 For those inviting no guests & up to 4 maximum. Pre-written ceremony with/without ring exchange. Quick and “civil” or as spiritual as you’d like. Short notice only. No rehearsal available. Travel fees DO apply for this option as well. May not be booked more than 2 weeks in advance.
SMALL CEREMONIES: Start at $300. For small “home” weddings or more intimate affairs with few guests (up to 20) Civil or non-denominational, spiritual or religious. All beliefs can be incorporated to reflect your personal wishes. No rehearsal needed. Ideal option for VOW RENEWALS. Travel fees apply.
FULL CEREMONIES: Start at $500. Final rate is calculated based upon length, location, and complexity of ceremony. Includes 1 hour in-person consultation, unlimited phone, e-mail, Skype/FaceTime/Facebook exchange, ceremony scripting and research, inclusion of religious/cultural rituals, foreign language translation, ceremony officiating and license certification and filing. Travel fees apply.
“SEAL THE DEAL” SIGNATURE SERVICE: $100 When all you think you need is just a signature on the license to “make it legal”, I will ask all the pertinent legal questions and assuming all is in order, will sign your license and help you make it legal. No ceremony. Just a few minutes of our time. We will meet at a location convenient to both of us in the jurisdiction from which you secure your marriage license. Travel fees apply beyond 25 miles from my home.
WEDDING REHEARSAL $150.00 Includes two “run-throughs” of your ceremony, or @ 1 hr. Additional time is billed at $50 per hour. Round-trip mileage/travel fees for this day apply as well. If your ceremony location is more than 60 miles from my home, I’ll ask that you secure a hotel room for that evening the rehearsal is to take place-or that we simply plan to rehearse earlier in the day on your wedding day. BUT--BUT--BUT--Please keep in mind that a rehearsal is NOT always necessary—or at least, MY presence at one is not always necessary unless your ceremony is complicated. If my calendar allows it, I am more than happy to schedule one for you, but if you have a planner or coordinator you can often skip this option with the written plan I provide you with.
MILEAGE/TRAVEL: Any travel within the first 25 miles from my home in central Baltimore City is included. After that distance has been reached, mileage charges apply in a bullseye radius out to 200 miles. Fees are calculated for EACH day my services are required at the rate of $.58 per mile round-trip. All wedding couples should plan to cover hotel charges, tolls and any associated parking fees in the mileage/travel fees as well. Total depends on final distance from 21214 to your venue.
LATE FEES: There is a $50.00 pr 15 minutes late fee for any ceremony starting 15 minutes after the scheduled start time. (Why? Because believe it or not, sometimes couples are not fully honest with me, or quite by accident they give me the guest gathering time and not the ceremony start time. There are also couples who fail to plan their day efficiently, so the fee is really to protect my couples from being inconsiderate to one another. I just want everything to be perfect and running close to schedule helps that happen.
FULL DAY SERVICE
This works well for couples who want to be the only wedding scheduled on their day. Some like to rehearse not an hour before but 3 hours before and then do pictures. Some weddings in Western Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in particular require the time that two or three local weddings could be performed in. The fee will be based on traveling and time spent both on the day and for what ever levels of pre-ceremony service you choose. Depending on my schedule for the day you choose, fees start at $900.
MEAL BLESSING: $50 Most couples have a family member perform this function. However if you would like me to stay and give a blessing before dinner I would be honored! I am scheduled to leave after concluding the ceremony so small fee is required to reserve this extra time on my calendar. It must begin no later than 1 hour after the ceremony concludes.
As my home page says I’ll go anywhere, especially if the flight is on you! The fee will be based on real time spent to make your day amazing and perfect! Air, meals and lodging, if necessary, for destination weddings are provided by the couple. My passport is ready to go at a moment’s notice!
All the above services include the changes and fine tuning that make the draft into your ceremony, and as much email and phone support that you need to be comfortable with every aspect of your ceremony.
All of my wedding officiant/celebrant fees and services include not scheduling closer than 3 hours in between weddings, unless of course they within a couple of miles of one another or at the same venue. I get to the site 45 minutes to 1 hour early to make sure that any one who has a part is comfortable, and to sign paperwork and coordinate with the other vendors and such.
MILITARY/FIRST RESPONDERS: I happily offer a military discount for our active military couples and "first-responders"so my base fee for a full ceremony is only $400 ) no travel fees. Rehearsals excluded. Other discounted rates are offered on other services as well.
BAPTISMS/BABY BLESSINGS/ADOPTIONS: It is such a joy to participate at ceremonies marking the beginning of family life. The fee for this service is $300, including RT mileage up to 50 miles.
FUNERALS/MEMORIALS: Compassionate and tender caring is offered for all those wishing to commemorate a life with funeral celebration or memorial service. The fee for this is $250. If a graveside service is requested as well, the fee is $300.
CANCELLATION: ALL monies paid in as a retainer are non-refundable. All ceremonies canceled within 60 days will be billed in full-unless I can re-book the exact date and time with another ceremony.