Photo Credit - Megan Gielow, Natural Bridge, VA
When you are first looking for an officiant feel free to contact me by phone or email. I am happy to tell you a little bit about myself including my approach and experience. I will get an idea about your wedding plans including the location, size and your thoughts on the ceremony. I will check my availability for the date you have chosen. If I am available, I will pencil in the date and set up a meeting with you. I require a deposit of $100 to reserve the date. You can send it to me in the mail or bring it to our first meeting.
This can take place by phone if necessary. However, if you are already planning a visit to your wedding venue it may be possible for us to set up a meeting at the same time. I will bring some ideas and listen to what you would like your ceremony to be. I usually take down some notes. I may contact you after our meeting to clarify your thoughts.
Creating the Ceremony
After our meeting I will create some prospective ceremonies based on our meeting and send them to you to review. After you and your fiancé have read through them I will get some feedback. Together we can proceed creating the best ceremony that incorporates your ideas and needs. At this point, we can decide if we need to meet again face to face.
Closer to your ceremony, I will check in with you to make sure that we have a finished ceremony that you are happy with and to remind you to get a Marriage License. At this point, we can make changes and accommodations that have emerged.
Rehearsals are a good idea if your ceremony includes multiple friends and family or you have chosen a more elaborate ceremony that involves more ritual elements. Rehearsals are also a great way for all the members of the wedding party to get to meet each other before the actual ceremony. If you are planning an elopement or short and sweet ceremony this may not be necessary.
I plan to arrive at least an hour before your ceremony to go over any last minute details and discover any changes to the plan. I will perform the wedding ceremony we have agreed upon. Afterwards, I will sign the marriage license and send it off to the state of Virginia.