why are you more expensive than some other maine wedding officiants?
as an officiant, it is my responsiblity to help you through the process of creating your wedding ceremony from start to finish. i can spend up to 20 hours on one wedding including consulation meetings, emails, writing the ceremony, practicing the ceremony, creating the rehearsal schedule, facilitating the rehersal, performing the wedding, and filing the marriage license. this doesn't even include the bookkeeping, record keeping, filing, office-y kind of stuff or the time i spend on a sweet start business that isn't directly related to your wedding. i do a whole lot more than just show up the day of the wedding and read a script!
what makes you different than other wedding officiants?
i love weddings! i LOVE weddings! weddings are my passion. i spend much of my free time devouring wedding blogs, reading articles about weddings, researching wedding trends, and networking with wedding vendors. i'm hooked up with other wedding professionals through twitter, facebook, linkedin, and pinterest. this means i understand what's current in the industry and i have many sources to which i can go for information. i also write a wedding blog that has content related to weddings in maine as well as weddings in general.
do you support marriage equality?
YES! i am so proud that maine legalized gay marriage. i believe that love is love. period.
how do you work with couples who don't live in maine?
it's easy: skype! actually, we do most of our communication through email. i try to be very responsive to emails, because it drives me crazy when you contact a vendor and they don't get back in touch with you. i schedule a pre-wedding consultation about a month before the wedding and we usually do that by skype or the phone. it's happened where i haven't actually met a couple until their wedding rehearsal but it works!
do you have sample ceremonies and readings?
you bet! once you book your wedding with me, i send you some sample ceremonies that i think might match your style. i also have sample readings and love poems. if you need it i even have ideas for interesting elements to add to your ceremony. my blog is another good source of information. i have posts about the wedding ceremony timeline, love poems, wedding do's and don'ts, vows, and even first dance songs. i try to bring you new and interesting information all the time.
what are you like? (okay, so no one has actually ever asked me this, but i bet someone has wanted to)
first of all you can see me in this video, which will help you hear what i sound like and how i talk. then you can check out the about me category on my blog. another option would be to read the testimonials about me. and if you still want to know more, contact me and we can set up a short skype meet-n-greet.
what happens at the wedding rehearsal?
i typically run the entire rehearsal or do it together with the wedding planner if there is one. i come prepared with an outline of the ceremony from the processional through the recessional. i typically start by introducing myself and making sure i know who everone is (i literally take attendance!). i describe the ceremony and how the rehearsal will run. i put everyone in their places and we slowly walk through the ceremony once to get a feel for timing. then we'll run through the ceremony again in real time, to make sure we have the processional timed to the music, etc. they last about an hour.