1. Q "HOW DOES YOUR SERVICE STAND OUT FROM OTHERS?"
A What makes my services stand out? Well, there are a few things. First, and probably most important is that I am an ordained Minister....and that's it!! I do not offer any other services but perform a beautiful ceremony, as well as help, prepare you for marriage. With my ordination, I am legally able to marry couples throughout the world. I was NOT ordained online or by having a document signed. I have gone to school, putting many hours, days, weeks, months, and years into my service and I believe it shows. My license has been filed in Nevada and I have obtained my "Certificate of Permission to Perform Marriages in the State of Nevada" from the Clark County Clerk's Office. Whoever you hire to officiate your ceremony, please go online to make sure they have their Officiant ID #. If the officiant does not have one, your marriage will not be legal!!
I made a promise when I started my business: I would never jeopardize my commitment to my couples. Part of that commitment means I never book more than one ceremony per day. Ceremonies rarely begin on time, so booking multiple ceremonies on the same day could mean taking the risk of being late — and that is something I am not willing to do on one of the biggest days of my couple’s lives! I work closely with my couples, giving 100% of myself, to creating a personalized, memorable ceremony that fits their wants, desires, and most importantly, their personalities. My couples pick out every word said on their special day, making their ceremony...all about them. My couples will NEVER receive someone else's ceremony where just the names are changed! Also, being a minister I am able to provide a premarital counseling course for my couples.
While I am certainly not for everyone, I am the right fit for the discerning Couple who wants an original script and vows that reflect their love and who consider the ceremony to be a vital part of their wedding day. If you're wanting a close relationship with the person who will be performing the ceremony that will join you and your partner in marriage, and be proactive in every part of planning your ceremony, then give me a call. I'd love to talk with you. :)
2. Q "WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT THE WORK YOU DO?"
A I love everything about being an Officiant!! I truly do. From creating the ceremony that is perfect for my couple to my couple standing in front of me on their wedding day. The whole process is something I cherish.
3. Q "WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A COUPLE LOOKING TO HIRE A PROVIDER IN YOUR AREA OF WORK?"
A Go with an Officiant that you feel you have that immediate connection with. I know there are many Officiants here in Las Vegas that charge all different prices, but go with the Officiant you know you can talk with, share with, feel comfortable with and trust will have your best interest at heart. I tell my couples all the time, I'm not for everyone but for the ones I am, you have all of me!
Also, DO YOUR RESEARCH and make sure the Officiant you hire knows all the ins and outs of the legal process as well (and again, has their State of Nevada Officiant ID #). You'd be surprised how many don't know this!
4. Q "DO YOU CHARGE EXTRA FOR "ADD ONS" WITH YOUR CEREMONIES?"
A NO! My quote to you will always include writing, performing your ceremony, filing your license as well as all travel. There are never any hidden costs and I will NOT charge for additional services in your ceremony (like unity ceremonies, readings, etc.). If you're having a Unity Ceremony, the couple is responsible for purchasing the items required for the ceremony (ie: candles, sand, stones, etc.).
5. Q "WHAT IS YOUR TYPICAL PROCESS FOR WORKING WITH A NEW COUPLE?"
A Before booking my services, I require either a phone call or a video call. This helps both the couple and myself see if we would be a good match. I always want my couples to feel completely comfortable with me. Then, if we know we want to work together, I love getting together so I can show you all the beautiful options I have for your ceremony. If the distance is a problem, we can do an at-length video call via FaceTime, Zoom, or Skype. My goal is for you to feel as if a friend is marrying you on your wedding day and not a stranger you met online. I will hold your wedding day for 2 days. If I do not hear back from you, I will put your wedding date back on my calendar. If you would like me to officiate your ceremony, I will send you my contract, and once that, and your deposit has been received, I will send you all the options we discussed to make your ceremony all about the two of you. I am there for my couple 24/7 and will do whatever is needed to ensure your wedding ceremony is perfect!
6. Q "CAN'T I JUST HAVE A FRIEND MARRY US?"
A My answer to this is, "Yes, you can. It's your day and you can do whatever you want, BUT: Do you really want a friend or a relative or person with limited experience, to lead the most important moment of your life? "
I've been performing weddings for almost 10 years and there are things I am still learning, but my experiences allow me to give my couple a flawless ceremony and one that they will cherish. My personal opinion is that it is a great honor for the couple to ask family and friends to come up and do a "reading", but not perform the entire ceremony.
Now, if it is important for you to have a friend or relative perform your ceremony, but are worried about all the details, I am available for "ghostwriting services" and will work with the person you choose, ensuring they know the details of a wedding ceremony as well as all the legal work with regards to filing your marriage license. You get the best of both worlds then!
7. Q "WHY DOES IT COST SO MUCH FOR 20 - 30 MINUTES OF WORK?"
A The average fee for a quality Las Vegas wedding officiant is $200 - $500 depending on whom you choose and what's included. What's extremely important is that you choose a wedding officiant you feel a connection with, someone who is trustworthy and has great reviews. It is completely understandable for couples and their guests to assume officiants earn an unusually high amount of money for simply prompting the couple through their vows and pronouncing them married, but that is only part of the story, the most visible part. Competent officiants invest time before the wedding gathering the pieces together and ensuring the desired flow of the ceremony is there. Time may be spent helping the couple customize vows, decide between a unity candle or a sand ceremony, and/or writing the opening words, a homily, and a blessing. Ceremony composition is far more time-consuming than the joyful occasion itself. Officiants are often present well before the service to calm nerves or confer with a wedding consultant, the photographer, and other wedding vendors. I honestly believe that money is not the main issue. The Officiant's fee is probably one of the least costs on your wedding day.
Officiants are also responsible for ensuring accurate completion of the marriage license and submitting it to the appropriate county clerk's office within the matter of a few days and there are travel and/or postage expenses associated with this responsibility. Not to mention travel. We have the expenses of wear and tear on our vehicle as well.
Wedding officiating is a business with accompanying expenses. Officiants must advertise, maintain home offices, have internet access, make long-distance phone calls, and travel to the ceremony among other costs.
Your officiant is a professional, every bit as much as your caterer, your DJ/Band, and your photographer. Your officiant leads your wedding ceremony and is the main reason you can get married :)!
8. Q "WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PET PEEVE?"
A I am a perfectionist. I ALWAYS return a phone call or email just as soon as I can and pride myself on giving my couples the perfect ceremony! All I ask for in return is respect and an understanding that I perform multiple weddings a week and that it is important to get their information for their ceremony back in a timely manner and not wait till the day before. I completely understand how busy my couples are but when we talk, they understand how I run my ceremonies and what I need from them, and when I need it back. If they can not commit to what I need, then it might be best for them to search out another officiant. When I see my couple fully committing to selecting their ceremony, and giving everything to their marriage, I will go above and beyond for them.
9.. Q "DO YOU PERFORM SAME-SEX MARRIAGES?"
A You bet I do! I am honored to be a part of ANY couple, who shares a deep love for one another, wedding ceremony! I truly believe that there is no power on heaven or earth that can come between two people who love each other so much that they want to commit themselves to each other in the amazing partnership of marriage!
10. Q "IS A REHEARSAL REALLY NECESSARY?"
A Couples have different feelings on this issue. Some couples find that a rehearsal is necessary and feel it is an important part of the process. Some brides take comfort in knowing just what will happen. It doesn't matter if you have a small bridal party, a large bridal party, or just the couple, in my opinion, if it makes you happy, then do it. However, normally the venue coordinator will handle the rehearsal. Primarily the rehearsal is about the line-up of the wedding party. You do not repeat your vows at the rehearsal and I will NEVER read your ceremony at your rehearsal.
If you do not have a coordinator, then I can help direct you and your bridal party on the line-up of your ceremony. I have loads of experience and even offer you lots of unique options for your ceremony layout as well.
11. Q "HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE LICENSE TO BE RECORDED?"
A The Officiant legally has 10 days to file your marriage license. If you need this done sooner, let me know and we can work something out.
12. Q "HOW FAR AHEAD DO WE NEED TO BOOK?"
A I suggest 10-12 months in order to get your choice of Officiants. As soon as your venue and date have been decided, then book your officiant at the same time you book your photographer and videographer. April and October are generally the busiest months in Las Vegas due to the excellent weather.
13. Q "CAN WE WRITE OUR OWN VOWS?"
A Absolutely! It is a beautiful addition to any ceremony. Let me know and I can give you helpful ideas to make this less stressful for the two of you!
14. Q "WHAT IF WE ARE TWO DIFFERENT FAITHS?"
A No problem. I have performed many interfaith ceremonies and will work closely with the couple to make sure both faiths, and/or traditions, are represented.