There is a lot that goes into answering the question, “When should our wedding ceremony start?” For starters you should hire a wedding planner or wedding coordinator who will help you decide when your wedding day timeline. I’m going to recommend you start at 3:30 p.m., but read on to see all that goes into making the decision.Read More
Over the years, I’ve officiated many secular (non-religious) weddings that incorporated Jewish wedding traditions. It’s worked out really well because I happened to have done the same thing in my own wedding in 2006. We had a birch tree huppah with a covering hand-embroidered by my mother, it was beautiful. We also conducted a simple wine ceremony during the proceedings and then concluded our wedding ceremony with a few quiet moments alone. All of these elements happen to come from the Jewish tradition.Read More
Clara and Dallas aren’t just clients, they’re friends. We live in the same community and run into each other in the grocery store. Their gorgeous home used to be a wedding venue, can you see why?! So, when they asked me to be their wedding officiant, I was completely floored and totally honored!Read More
Right up til the last minute we weren’t sure if we were going to have Kaitlyn and Ben’s wedding ceremony outside. The radar didn’t look great, but there’s something about Hollis, New Hampshire where the rain just passes by, so we went for it. Unfortunately, mid-ceremony the rain poured down, but Kaitlyn’s Mom and Dad popped up and covered them with umbrellas and on we went. It ended up being quite a magical moment filled with laughter and cheer!Read More
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
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