What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
A simple ceremony only, using a standard religious or non-religious script, with a pre-ceremony phone or email script review consultation, is priced at $150.
A tailored ceremony, with an in-person up-front consultation, help with customization or modification of the vows and script — a draft of which I’ll supply in advance for editing — is priced at $200.
A tailored ceremony, with an in-person up-front consultation, help with customization or modification of the vows and script — a draft of which I’ll supply in advance for editing — and a semi-formal rehearsal, is priced at $250.
Rates shown above are for weddings within 25 miles of the Portland, OR, and Vancouver, WA, metro areas. Please contact me for travel surcharges for other venues.
A non-refundable $50 deposit via credit card is due when you book me in order to reserve your date. The remaining balance is due 3 days prior to the ceremony. You can make your payment using the pull-down menu and Add to Cart button below. Please check my Booking Calendar or contact me by email or phone before making a payment. Ceremonies that start more than 30 minutes late may be subject to an additional $50 charge.
And please don’t forget to have the marriage license, issued at least 3 full days in advance, on hand along with two witnesses! I can’t legally marry you without them!
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Once I am booked I provide processional/recessional forms, ceremony formation information for the bridal party, a questionnaire on Making It Meaningful and a sample script with typical readings and vows. We then have a consultation, usually by phone (or Skype or Google Hangout) or over coffee, to make sure we get everything pulled together as desired. Then I participate in the rehearsal (if there is one) and perform the ceremony. I fill out the paperwork and mail it to the appropriate County office for recording.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I follow the wedding groups and posts on Facebook and Pinterest so that I can make good suggestions to my clients.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
A friend asked me to get ordained so that I could perform her wedding ceremony. I very much enjoyed doing it and have decided that I would like to do more to help additional happy couples formalize their vows.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Those who want non-denominational or non-religious ceremonies who have appreciated my up-front consultations with them and the help with scripts and vows that I provide so that their ceremony goes exactly as they would like it to.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
My first one with 300+ people, two maids of honor, six bridesmaids and six groomsmen at the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland. It was a 30-minute ceremony. I had already worked with the bride on vows, readings, and the ceremony agenda. There have been many more since then and I invite people so see the reviews and photos on my website.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure it is someone who is flexible and has the resources to provide the details that you want included in your ceremony.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
The date and location need to be set up and firmly in place. Witnesses -- usually the maid/matron of honor and the best man -- need to be identified and their presence committed.