The First Meeting: I schedule an initial meeting of 30-60 minutes so that both of you can meet me, ask questions and decide if I am the right person to accompany you on this momentous journey towards your wedding ceremony. If you feel comfortable with my approach, I will send you an email that includes an information page for you to fill out, a contract and an invoice with the price that we agreed on. If you want to secure your date, email/mail the contract back with a deposit and we'll start the process of creating the ceremony.
After I have received the the appropriate deposit,or used paypal to secure your deposit, You will receive an email with templates of recent ceremonies for you to look over, as well as my selection of the different elements of a ceremony, so that you can choose the perfect piece that defines you and your beloved.
The Ceremony and After: All ceremonies are done in-person. I can officiate at weddings in a wide variety of settings. After the ceremony, I complete the official marriage license documentation and return the appropriate forms to the county clerk, keeping a record for my files. Official copies of the license, if needed, must be purchased (for a nominal fee) from the county clerk. You must have a triple seal certificate from the county in order to change your personal documentation. I can provide an elegant Certificate of Union for Commitment Ceremonies for no additional charge.
For couples doing smaller, elopements at a private home, hotel, restaurant, park or lakefront I offer my $250 special Monday through Thursdays. Call to see if your date is available.
This is the most commonly requested service. It includes the creation of the ceremony, a walk-through of the ceremony one hour before the real event if needed, officiating at the ceremony, and doing the follow-up paperwork. It generally includes 1 meeting, but may have more depending on complexity of the ceremony and the couple's needs.
Additionally, sometimes there are strong reasons why the minister's presence might be required on a day preceding the actual ceremony for the traditional wedding rehearsal. If you have a wedding coordinator/planner, you may not need me to be there, as they know exactly what to do. However, If the two families are coming from long distances and have not actually met each other, it may be feel very comforting to have someone there who knows the couple and can smooth the transition. If the wedding itself is highly choreographed with lots of players -- half a dozen attendants on each side, flower girls, ring bearers, props to move, people to place, light and sound cues, etc. - it may be advisable to have a thorough rehearsal to raise everyone's comfort level. Bear in mind, a rehearsal is not required, but I am available for you.
There may be couples who just want help in creating the ceremony of their dreams, but don't need an officiant. Perhaps a friend or a family member will be presiding at the ceremony, or maybe you want to do a ceremony-on-location on a romantic island, but you want to retain control over what is actually said and done during the service. This option gives you the one-and-a-half hour meeting with all necessary email follow-up to produce a complete, personalized ceremony script for you to take with you. [This can be done over the phone and via email if distance is a barrier.]
In the event that I will be traveling to your destination outside of the immediate surrounding of Pittsburgh I charge a travel fee of $50
This page should spell out everything for you. Should you have any questions please email me, or call. I do have occasional specials, so feel free to ask!
I look forward to helping you create your Wedding day!