Beth Ann Short MA ATR-BC, Officiant

Portland, OR

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

You and your partner are about to commit the remainder of your days to each other. I would be honored to assist you at this point in your walk on the earth. Marriage and commitment can be celebrated so many ways from the more basic, secular vows that can happen anywhere to more elaborate vows with music, readings, testimonials or hand-fasting ceremonies. Life is a beautiful evolving process. Let me use my creative training and life experience to help make your ceremony unique to you both. Breathe, it is your time to celebrate and be celebrated! It is my goal to take care of the ceremony so the couple is able to be present and grounded for each other. Types of Services Weddings/Vow Renewal/Commitment Ceremony Interfaith/Non-denominational Religious/Spiritual Non-religious/Secular Inspirational/Meaningful Traditional/Non-traditional Formal/Large/Elaborate Casual/Small/Simple Outside Natural Setting Same-sex/LGBT2-S All initial consultations are complimentary. I want to ensure that I am the right fit for you.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love the variety of people I get to work with. Working as a clinician since 1999 I have witnessed and supported many individuals and families. I added officiating weddings in 2016. It is an honor to be considered to join two people as they enter a new phase of life together.
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Location

Portland, OR 97214

Background check

Complete

Years in business

18

Number of employees

1

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
All initial consultations are complimentary. I want to ensure that I am the right fit for you. In our consultation we will define your expectations, needs and requirements. We will look at details including date, location, who else might be involved. Included in all wedding packages: Meetings: As needed after initial consultation to review script, vows and/or share ideas. My time: Writing/composing your individualized ceremony scrip, vows, reading (approx. 5-8 hours) Take Away: Wedding packet of information that includes vow and reading samples. No Charge: Emails, calls or text as we plan your special day.​ Couples will complete a questionnaire, each separately, so I can create a ceremony and include their vows where the couple does not have to remember or read anything. In this format couples are able to relax and be present throughout the ceremony.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
In addition to my ministry credentials, I also have a master in art therapy and have provided support to individuals and families since 1999, but only started doing weddings recently. I feel that as a masters level clinician I am able to be intuitive to personalize the ceremony into mindful and authentic experience for the couple and all present to witness.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
All initial consultations are complimentary. We will want to make sure that we are suited to each other. At that time couples that decide to move forward will pay their deposit and receive a planning packet. You must purchase your marriage license in the state where you will be married, not the state where you live. Within the state, you may purchase your license from any county and use it anywhere in the state. Elopement Package (Portland wedding) Small, intimate with couple and two witnesses over 18 years of age. Elopement weddings are in most cases subject to a three-day waiting period and performed on the fourth day, after you have purchased your Oregon marriage license from the county. It is possible to request a waiver at the county offices and have your Oregon marriage license effective immediately. State of Washington marriage licenses will not grant a waiver for any reason. Includes basic ceremony format. Cost $140 Add $125 for out of Portland metro area-Mountains, Oregon Coast Wedding Package 1 (Portland wedding) Planning meeting, personalized ceremony, paper work. Cost: $200 Wedding Package 2 (Portland Wedding) Planning meeting, rehearsal, personalized ceremony, paper work. Cost: $275 Wedding Package 3 (Mountains- Oregon Coast) Planning meeting, ceremony, paper work outside of Portland metro. Cost: $375
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have worked as a therapist with individuals and families since the late 1999. It made sense to add the joining of couples to my work.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Types of Services I Offer: Weddings/Vow Renewal/Commitment Ceremony Interfaith/Non-denominational Religious/Spiritual Non-religious/Secular Inspirational/Meaningful Traditional/Non-traditional Formal/Large/Elaborate Casual/Small/Simple Outside Natural Setting Same-sex/LGBT Friendly