Provide a questionnaire so I can better support you in articulating the highlights of your relationship and what type of ceremony you're looking to create
A complimentary in-person, Skype or telephone meeting to get to know you, discussing your ideas and preferences for your wedding ceremony
Support in developing your own vows, if desired
Collaboration in the crafting of your ceremony. I will usually write (based on the info gleaned from our intial consultation) three different ceremonies from which you can choose. Each custom made ceremony is designed to be very fluid and I encourage couples to add, delete or switch around any of the content. Remember, this is going to be your ceremony, "not mine".
Additional meetings, e-mails or phone/Skype calls as needed or requested to review ceremony design
Final "talk through" meeting to review ceremony details one week before wedding day
A peaceful, warm, professional, and heartfelt presence to support you both on the day of your wedding
Filing of marriage certificate with County Clerk's Office
Facilitation of rehearsal (custom package only)
Actual video footage of a full service wedding is avialable at:
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TYPICAL ORDER OF SERVICE FOR A
NON-DENOMINATIONAL WEDDING CEREMONY
Approximate Time: 20 to 25 minutes
PRELUDE MUSIC * - to be selected by the couple and musician
PROCESSIONAL MUSIC * - often in two parts: music for the wedding party to process, followed by a pause and special processional music for the bride.
WELCOME AND MAIN ADDRESS: composed and delivered by Rev. Mike
After the main address is a good time to introduce a vocalist, music or reading by friend or family member.
INTRODUCTION TO THE VOWS - Rev. Mike
EXCHANGE OF VOWS *: Rev. Mike normally speaks the vows in short sections and have them repeated by the groom and bride. Or, the couple may choose to write their own personal vows in lieu of repeated vows, or combine the two: personal vows, followed by repeated traditional vows. You may combine elements of different “vow” examples to suit your needs.
After the exchange of vows is another a good time to introduce a vocalist, music or reading by friend or family member.
INTRODUCTION TO THE RINGS: Rev. Mike
EXCHANGE OF THE RINGS *: Couple may select ring exchange words from the packet or from other sources of their choosing. You may combine elements of examples to suit your needs.
Optional ceremonies you can incorporate at this time: UNITY CANDLE, WINE BOX CEREMONY * and other special touches/MUSICAL INTERLUDE : If the couple chooses to include a unity candle, wine ceremony, or other touches such as a sand ceremony, hand-fasting or any other meaningful ritual, it would occur here. See resource packet for examples and discuss other options with Officiant. If such a ceremony occurs, this is a good place for a brief musical interlude.
CEREMONIES INVOLVING CHILDREN *: If the bride and/or groom wish to include a unity ceremony for a new “family” coming together through this marriage.
PRONOUNCEMENT: Rev. Mike
INTRODUCTION OF MARRIED COUPLE: Rev Mike
BLESSING AND CLOSING WORDS: Rev. Mike
RECESSIONAL * - Music selected by the couple and musician.