This is always a difficult discussion, and totally understandable. Of course, I believe the ceremony is the most important part of the entire day – I would, wouldn’t I! – and while my rates will probably not be the lowest of the choices, the care with which I treat all of my clients is highly personal and unusual! You will absolutely find officiants who are cheaper – notice I didn’t say less expensive… Some are higher. It seems as though you are only paying for 15-30 minutes of the officiant’s time for the fee – but, are you?
* The time that goes into the ceremony is not always obvious:
Initial conversation and time on the phone – anywhere from five to ten minutes on up to a couple of hours.
* Meeting time (including travel to and from), if requested, with the couple – depending on location, this could be anywhere from two hours up to five hours (again, including travel time to and from).
* Time developing, creating and editing the ceremony and the drafts – including email and phone time concerning the editing – time working and follow-up with emails/phone calls and questions that may or may not be related to the ceremony itself… where can we have the wedding? is it okay to have a memorial ceremony included for loved ones who have passed? … and many others.
* Rehearsal time – for me, not a requirement as many coordinators, planners and even family friends can help with the smaller size bridal parties – if you have someone who is very familiar with the process, this fee can be used elsewhere in the budget. If not, and you are worried about having a no-stress wedding day, then by all means, book me for the rehearsal! You will know for sure that your wedding ceremony will flow and be as beautiful as you have always hoped it will be
My marriage ceremony costs include all meetings, emails and phone discussions, legal responsibilities, designing and writing your ceremony, conducting the ceremony and marriage registration.
After learning more about your event and expectations, I will provide you with a price quote for my services. I will happily officiate your event in New York City, Hudson Valley, Westchester, Long Island, and the Tri-State Area, and other locations, upon request.
Like every bride and groom, each wedding is unique. Fees vary depending on: Services Required; Wedding Site; Style of Wedding; Travel/Distance; Time and Date.
For an exact quotation, call to discuss your particular needs or to schedule a personal meeting with me. I will always quote an estimate within 24 hours after our initial meeting. My goal is to give you everything you want without having you pay for things you don’t need! Keep in mind I receive multiple inquiries for the same date, once your deposit or full fee is received I will send an email to confirm your date. Until you receive the confirmation email it is possible that another couple will have secured the same date. Any balance due must be paid on the day of the wedding ceremony.
What is a wedding ceremony is composed of?
Every wedding ceremony has some basic structure. As your marriage celebrant, it is my job to help you to have the wedding that is true to you.
Processional music for the arrival of the bride recorded music or live music
A welcome to those attending.
An introduction that deals with the couple’s ideas about marriage
A reading it’s good to involve family & friends
Presentation of the bride by her father or parents
The ring ceremony
Sub ritual – optional, eg handfasting, sand ceremony, loving cup, cultural ceremony
Another reading or readings
Declaration of the marriage
The signing of the Register
Music during the signing
Introduction of the newly wed couple & presentation of their certificate of marriage
I have three wedding plans, the Edinburgh, Stirling and Gretna Green Elopement.
Edinburgh Castle Wedding Ceremony:
This is a Friday, Saturday and Sunday ceremony rate with the same professional services.
Stirling Castle Wedding Ceremony:
This is a Monday through Thursday ceremony rate with the same professional services.
My Gretna Green Elopement Ceremony:
The use of a basic and generic wedding ceremony. It can be either civil or spiritual in nature.
Takes place at Beacon Hermitage, Beacon
Takes place at your choice of location within the Hudson Valley area or 20 miles from my home.
This is a short ceremony with a few guests.
You have the officiant attire including suit & tie, suit & clerical collar, Kilt with clerical collar or choice of special religious vestments.