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7. Kenney Creative
from 1 review
  • 26 years in business
"Cindy is the best of the best! She is someone you just want to get to know. She handled everything so beautifully and led us through it each step of the way. Our wedding was better than we could have ever hoped for! She made the entire wedding so personal and even wrote the most incredible poem about our lives together. We are going to have it framed as a lifelong reminder! With Cindy performing our marriage, we always felt comfortable that everything was in control and would go well - and believe me, that's a great feeling! After all, your wedding is your most important day! Cindy doesn't only have a lot of experience marrying people, but she has been a speaker for years! So she is very used to talking to big crowds. This was so wonderful, because she came across so natural, she could be heard well, and really knew how to "present" the ceremony so that it all comes off without a problem. She is also great for those awkward "on the spot" moments where no one knows what to do or say. (We had one of those with my mother-in-law, but Cindy handled it beautifully!) Everyone was so pleased and very impressed. She led us through our rehearsal so we all knew what to do and what to expect. She helped us to write our vows without being intrusive or pushy. She was sooooo helpful! She organized our music for us, helped us to chose readings and just put together and overall ceremony that blew us away! Oh, and she also created our wedding bulletins! They were really awesome! I just loved them!!! I will recommend Cindy to everyone (and do). She is that on-in-a-million type of person you just hope will come into your life. We will always be grateful that she came into ours!!!!"
8. Weddings/ Both Religious & Non-Religious
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  • 24 years in business
"Thank you for looking at my profile.... I have been serving in ministry for over 25 years. I was ordained in 2014. I perform Religious,Non-religious, Same-Sex, Elopements and Themed Weddings. I am not your ordinary Pastor... I want to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable in my presence. If it is a boring wedding you want... That is not me! I will make your day enjoyable, fun and carefree. I am available to perform Marriages, Re-new vows,Youth Baptisms and Adult Born-Again Baptisms. I can give pre-wedding counseling. I will do "Themed Weddings", such as Star Wars, Sports, etc... I can give you that personal touch you are looking for to make your day stand out! My quotes include the Consultation, My Travel, Custom Writing Your Ceremony, Same day Rehearsals ( Seperate Day Rehearsal fee with qoute ), Officiating the Ceremony, as well as taking care of your Marraige License back to the Courthouse for you, so you dont have to worry about it! I truly dedicated myself to making your day the best one ever! If it is a traditional wedding you want, a fairy-tale wedding, something simple and quiet, or even "out of the norm", I will customize it with you! I would be honored to be a part of your special day! I customize your keepsake wedding certificate for you... I have many to choose from and I can specialy design one of a kind for you. I hope to have the opportunity to make your wedding day fun and enjoyable. I serve in Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, Wisconsin, Maryland and Pennsylvania. I am licensed in all of the USA states, therefore I am willing to travel further if needed. There is a separate fee of $25 (non-refundable) Deposit to hold your date. I will give you that customized, wonderful wedding ceremony you desire. I can even provide you with a ceremony brochure customized with a poem, or your bridal party names, etc for you to copy and give to your guests. Please see my 5-star reviews on my VA profile page. I promise to make your day stress free, for I take care of as much as possible so you can take it all in and simply.... Enjoy! I look forward to your response. I do book up fast so give me a call. I am happy to answer any questions. I hope to be a part of your special day! I love bringing people together... helping plan their special day to make it comfortable and worry free. I enjoy being a minister and love my work. Have a great day."

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What does it mean to officiate a wedding?

To officiate a wedding is to oversee the official union of two people in marriage. A wedding officiant is vested with the power to legitimize your union in the eyes of the court. An officiant also sets the tone for your ceremony, leading the couple through their vows and shaping the experience with the words they choose and the pace they set. An officiant may be based in a religious faith, may be an interfaith officiant, may be a secular officiant, or may be a friend or family member who has received ordination online.

You can have a traditional wedding officiated, or you can also have an officiant oversee a commitment ceremony, a vow renewal or an elopement. Once the wedding is complete, the officiant will ask you to sign the wedding certificate, and will then submit the document to the court on your behalf. This makes your marriage legal. Wedding officiants work with you no matter how simple or elaborate you would like your ceremony to be. The more involved wedding officiants are in the planning and customization of the ceremony, the more they will typically charge.

How much does it cost to officiate a wedding?

The national average cost to hire a wedding officiant is $150-$200. Wedding officiant rates are affected by the date of the ceremony, the time of day, and how far the officiant has to travel. Some officiants may charge extra for additional ceremonies like unity candles or sand ceremonies, as well as the cost of the supplies. Many wedding officiants have higher rates for larger weddings and lower rates for smaller, more intimate ceremonies. Personalizing the ceremony means a lot to some couples. Wedding officiants may have flat rates for standard ceremony templates, perhaps $100-$125, and charge more for a more customized experience, such as $150-$200. This allows the couple to collaborate with the wedding officiant as they are building a unique ceremony script. At the pre-wedding meeting, the officiant will ask whether the couple plans to write their own vows and how much input they have about the rest of the wording and flow of the ceremony. Additional planning meetings and extra communication can add up to a higher overall cost. If your venue has parking or other fees, you may need to pay on behalf of the officiant. Often wedding officiants can rent sound systems and wireless mics if you have an outdoor wedding location or venue that is not wired. These extras will also increase the overall cost.

Who performs a wedding ceremony?

Anyone who is authorized by the court or a credible online source has the power to perform a wedding ceremony. Traditionally, wedding officiants were ordained members of a religious organization or civil officiants authorized by the court to legally marry two people. With the increasing customization and personalization of weddings, many couples are asking a friend or family member to become ordained and act as their wedding officiant. Wedding officiants can represent a wide range of backgrounds including Christian, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, nondenominational, interfaith or nonreligious. There is no legally required structure for a wedding ceremony, so couples can customize the language of the ceremony and their vows in any way they desire (though members of some religions may have specific requirements). To legally validate the marriage, the couple and the wedding officiant must sign a marriage certificate after the ceremony verifying the date and names of those involved. The wedding officiant should then submit the certificate to the court, which will in turn mail an official marriage certificate to the newly married couple.

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