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4. Tatiana Berindei Spiritual Life Coach
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"Working with Tatiana Berindei, Spritual Coaching has changed my personal, professional and spiritual life. When I first began working with Tatiana I was unsure that there was anything else a coach could help me with, pompously feeling as if I had "tried it all" but very struck by this idea of spiritual coaching. I didn't know what it meant but I wanted to give it a try. As we began our work, I observed Tatiana engaging her strong spiritual intuition as she listened reflected and began to help me find ways to guide my process through tapping in to my own innate spiritual sense. It has been a process of learning to listen to my own tuition to trust my own intuition and to hold myself gently in those moments when my intellectual mind overrides that intuition. I can report that almost every time the intellect was wrong and my intuition was right. I also had the pleasure of working with Tatiana and my partner through couple sessions. After just two couple sessions Tatiana was able to get us unstuck and help us lay the foundation we need moving forward to be able to deal with the small repetitive conflicts that can arise when two people bring their lives together. At the conclusion of my work with Tatiana I was invited to spend an overnight in her yurt on her land. That was an extremely profound opportunity. For a busy mom entrepreneur such as myself having even 20 hours entirely to myself was life-changing. Additionally being able to reflect on my discoveries with my spiritual coach, be nourished and to be free from the distraction of my technology made that overnight so much more powerful. During my retreat I was able to reflect respond and make an action plan moving forward on how to really leave behind some very painful patterns. My recommendation when speaking to your referrals who may feel shy and confused about what spiritual coaching is would be to let them know this has been the most direct path to accessing my own powerful and persuasive intuition. I have learned to make the best decisions for myself, feel solid in those decisions, and follow through on those decisions thanks to the clarity I experienced working with Tatiana Berindei"
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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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