I’ve been officiating weddings here in Maine since 2011 so you can bet I’ve seen lots of weddings that included dogs. There’s nothing cuter than a dog all dressed up for the special occasion with a floral crown around its neck or a fancy bow tie attached to its collar. We’re lucky that many of the barn wedding venues in Maine allow leashed and well-behaved dogs on site, which means you can include your pet in your wedding. In this post, I offer you some things to consider before asking your furry friend to be in your ceremony and some tips for making their participation the most successful it can possibly be.Read More
In 5 easy steps you could be working with Maria from A Sweet Start, one of Maine’s best wedding officiants! Wait, I’m writing this post, so I should say “You could be working with me!”
Step #1 The Inquiry Email
You might not know this, but the inquiry email is very important. You want your inquiry to stand out from all the other ones I receive. So, make it interesting and give me information about your wedding and your mate.
Step #2 The Meet-n-Greet
This is my favorite step because it’s when I get to meet you two! We’ll schedule a 30-minute video chat to get to know each other and see if we’re a good fit. You should look for an officiant you feel a warm connection with; someone who can earn your trust. Hopefully it’s me, but it might not be, and that’s totally ok!
Step #3 The Paperwork
This is when you read the service agreement carefully and then electronically sign it. Easy, peasy!
Step #4 Pay the Deposit
I require a non-refundable save-the-date deposit of 50% of the fee to officiate. The balance, including travel, parking, accommodations (if applicable) is due one month before the big day! You receive an electronic invoice and I accept all major credit cards.
Step #5 That’s It
We’re off to a sweet start! Woohoo!
This is the story of Jon and Amy, whose wedding that took place at the Coveside Bed & Breakfast tucked away in the seaside town of Georgetown, Maine. On one of the most beautiful days in late summer, these two continued their adventure by tying the knot while surrounded by Amy’s three children, Kyleigh, Stella and Evan and a warm and loving community of friends and family. I had the great fortune of being their Maine wedding officiant!Read More
As I do ever year, I’m sharing the best days to get married in 2019. I find this information in the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Up here in New England, the Farmer’s Almanac is a relied-upon publication and has been for many decades. It’ll tell you things like best days to cut your hair and best days ask for a loan. But you’re here to find out the best days to get married in 2019, so here we go.Read More
Really the title of this post should be 5 questions I’m going to ask you. As your wedding officiant, I want to get to know you and your sweetie, so when we meet for the first time there are certain questions I’m definitely going to ask. I can’t say this is true for all professional wedding officiants, but my approach involves forming a relationship with my clients so these are some of the things I want to know about you two.Read More
Let me start by saying, I love wedding programs, but maybe not for the reason you think. Sure, it’s nice to see who is involved in the ceremony and how the ceremony will unfold, but my main reason for liking programs is that they serve many purposes. One purpose is, of course, to list out the couple getting married and their wedding party (and even sometimes the wedding officiant).Read More
As a professional wedding officiant, I spend a lot of time with the groomsmen right before the ceremony starts. Many times the groomsmen need my help with some last minute details like affixing the boutonnieres, tying ties, deciding which suit button to button, etc. Because these questions come up again and again, I thought I’d write a special blog post for all the grooms and groomsmen out there.Read More