Laney Margolis, Humanist Celebrant
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Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers
Disinfect surfaces touched during the job
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Non-religious (no mention of God)
We could not have chosen a better officiant! I highly recommend Laney Margolis. We used the vows that she wrote because they were so beautiful and thoughtfully written. It rained on our wedding day and Laney was more than accommodating with her positive attitude and patience. Look no further, you’ve found the golden officiant!Sep 2, 2020Verified
We cannot say enough praise about Laney Margolis, our wedding officiant from the Humanist Society. When the magistrate’s office closed due to the COVID pandemic, we had to put together a ceremony literally at the last minute, to be done in our garden with two witnesses and physical distancing. We also wanted to send it out to friends and family via Facebook Live. Laney worked with us to come up with a beautiful, humanist, handfasting ceremony that said all that we wanted. Thank you, Laney for a remarkable event under trying times.Apr 20, 2020Verified
She is amazing, we were so happy to have her as an officiant for our special day.Sep 28, 2020Verified
Ms. Margolis was absolutely fabulous and creative. She was able to intermingle 2 very different cultures effectively -provide wedding guests with explanations of traditions they were viewing while maintaining a beautiful flow throughout the ceremony. She assisted the bride and groom with their vows. Ms. Margolis was professional, organized and responsive to the Last minute venue change for the ceremony was taken in stride. Our family was so thankful for a magnificent ceremony that went off without a problem. We highly recommend working with Ms. Laney Margolis!Apr 24, 2019VerifiedLaney Margolis, Humanist Celebrant's reply
Kari - you and your family were so great. So much warmth, love and humor in the room. It was my pleasure to be a part of such a great melding of two beautiful cultures.
Laney Margolis was an absolutely incredible officiant. We were planning our wedding from out of the country so we needed a professional who could work with us mostly through e-mail and Laney rose to that occasion flawlessly. She was always quick to respond to our e-mails and arranged video meetings via Skype so we could all get to know each other before meeting in person. She was also refreshingly honest; if we had an idea that she didn't feel would work out she would speak up and offer us alternatives. At the same time, however, she was very open to any suggestions we would bring up and really did everything she could to cater the wedding ceremony to meet our wishes. We cannot recommend Laney highly enough.Jun 22, 2020Laney Margolis, Humanist Celebrant's reply
Thank you Chris. Your wedding was so much fun. Best to you and Tatsumi,
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I provide officiant services and premarital counseling (as a licensed Clinical Psychologist). My prices for premarital counseling are $110 per session for the first two sessions, or $300 for a package of 3 sessions. Premarital counseling sessions are provided by video chat at this time. My prices for officiating weddings (and vow renewals) range from $250 for a traditional wedding ceremony with no customization (you can write your own vows or other parts of the ceremony or add a cultural/unity ceremony, but I will not write a personalized wedding) to $620 for a wedding that is highly customized and that includes a rehearsal. I charge $.60 per mile beyond the first 50 miles (25 miles each way) and I am happy to travel if the wedding is on the weekend. If the travel will be more than 2 hours one way, I will charge the cost of a moderate hotel room for 1 - 2 nights, depending on whether you need me to be present on two days (for a rehearsal) or one. If you do not wish to write personalized vows, I can provide some pre-written ones at no additional charge. I can write personalized vows for you, but there is an additional fee of $120 if I write them. Prices for funerals, baby-naming and other ceremonies are provided upon request.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Typically, I email with customers back and forth once they make initial contact and if they would like to work with me, we will set up a video chat to discuss the wedding or other services (such as premarital counseling or a memorial service) so I can give accurate pricing and understand their expectations. If there is little time between inquiry and the wedding or other ceremony date, we may decide through email to work together and then have a phone call later. If the service is premarital counseling, we will set up an appointment. Once a decision is made to work together for a wedding or other ceremony, I will email a contract and send an invoice for a retainer fee (half the cost of my services) and once I receive these things, the date is reserved. Typically, I will meet with the couple to get an idea of the wedding, their relationship, and what they want to include in the wedding. There will be other contact via email. About one month prior to the wedding, I will put together a wedding script draft and send it to the couple and we will communicate about changes. The wedding script will be finalized at least one week before the wedding. Payment for the remainder of the wedding fee will be invoiced one week prior to the wedding. I will perform the wedding and file the wedding license. The couple will provide a couple of pictures from the wedding when they are available shortly thereafter. This timeline changes if the wedding was booked with shorter notice and there are only weeks between contract and wedding. In any case, things happen as they should and the wedding will be wonderful.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have a BA in writing and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and have been a writer, clinician, professor and public speaker for all of my career. I have been through a training program with the American Humanist Society specifically related to performing secular services. I am uniquely qualified to provide both secular officiant services and premarital counseling.