Frequently Asked Questions
Is premarital counseling required?No, premarital counseling is not required.
Can we write our own vows?Yes! It is your day, we are available to help and provide samples as inspiration if needed.
How many readings are customary? Are there any restrictions on the choice of readings?Typically there are between 1-2 readings and family members or guests are welcome to read them. There are absolutely no restrictions on readings or how many you can have.
Are there any restrictions on what you will and will not allow in a ceremony?No restrictions!
Will you conduct the ceremony outside of a house of worship? If so, does that change any of the restrictions?Because I am a non-denominational officiant, I perform ceremonies everywhere and anywhere! There are no restrictions.
How long does a typical ceremony?The length of the ceremony is up to you, but they typically last between 15 – 20 minutes.
Is there a fee, honorarium, or requested donation? Is a deposit required?There is a fee for officiating a wedding ceremony. You can learn more about my services and fees by clicking here. A $50 retainer is requested to reserve the date and time. The balance is due anytime prior to the start of the ceremony.
What does the fee include? All Masterpiece Ceremonies include:
- Complimentary consultation
- Personal and fully customized ceremony
- Unlimited phone and email support
- Travel to the ceremony venue
- Arriving 30+ minutes prior to ceremony start time
- Completing and mailing marriage license
Will you be doing other weddings that day? What happens if you’re running late or can’t make it?During wedding season, it is possible that I’ll have another ceremony. In order to avoid the possibility of running late, I never have two weddings that start within several hours of each other.
Will you lead a rehearsal?In most cases, your wedding or site coordinator will lead the rehearsal. For couples that want me to attend, please contact me for pricing.
How many times would you like to meet with us before the wedding?We can meet as many times as you would like before the ceremony. We can go over details, have a cup of coffee, or answer any questions.
What authority do you have to perform legal ceremonies?I am an ordained wedding minister and have full legal authority to perform your wedding ceremony.
Will you be able to legally officiate at our wedding location?I am legally authorized to officiate wedding ceremonies in California. If you live in another state I may have to register as an officiant. There is no additional fee for the extra paperwork.
Can you provide references from couples you’ve married?
When do you sign the marriage license? At the ceremony or beforehand?I arrive early to your ceremony to go over last-minute details and also complete and sign the marriage license. This allows you to celebrate at the conclusion of your ceremony with no interruption for signing documents.
We are an interfaith couple. Does this pose any problems? Will you be willing to co-officiate.I perform ceremonies for all couples. Whether you are religious, spiritual, interfaith, or no faith, I officiate ceremonies for everyone.
One of us is divorced. Does this pose any problems?No problem at all! I am happy to officiate your ceremony.
We have children. How will you make them feel part of the ceremony.There are many ways to include children in your ceremony besides being a ring bearer or flower girl. We can add family vows or include them in the blending of sand.
I’m pregnant. Are you still willing to marry us?Absolutely and congratulations!