I'm writing this post to help you craft the kind of meaningful wedding ceremony that I create with my clients. Meaning comes not just from the words of the script, but from the tone that is set by your wedding officiant. It comes from small but powerful moments during the ceremony. It comes from being present and not rushing through this portion of your wedding day.Read More
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
Maine has such a special place in my heart. I grew up in Southern New Hampshire, but every summer my family camped on Mount Desert Island off the coast of Maine. My parents fell in love with the rugged coastline and vowed to one day retire to Maine.
Their dream came true in 2006! That year also happened to be the same summer that my husband and I got married in the backyard of their Maine home.Read More
One of the best ways to make your Maine wedding fabulous is to use lighting and decor! It’s simply the best and easiest way to add ambiance and atmosphere to your wedding. Glamorous draping, a sparkling chandelier, warm cafe lights or even marquee lighting can literally transform a space.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
As a professional wedding officiant, I arrive to your ceremony at least an hour early. That means I get to see the finishing touches of the hair and makeup team (if you’re not doing a first look and already ready). The ladies are often in colorful robes, drinking champagne and laughing at inside jokes. I get to observe the catering staff and wedding planner finalizing the tablescapes and decor. And, I get to check in with the groom and his groomsmen (if there is one) to see how they’re getting ready. Sometimes it’s loud music, shots of whiskey and maybe even lawn games. It’s such a relaxed and happy time!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!
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