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
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
Now that you’re married, you might feel like all the romance of the day is over. Well, I have a great idea of a super romantic gesture you can make to your new spouse: purchase life insurance. Ok, ok, you’re probably thinking I’m crazy and that life insurance isn’t romantic, but hear me out.Read More
In order to achieve the fun and festive atmosphere you want at your wedding, there are a few things that you should never do. Actually, these are things that should never be done by anyone on wedding day, not your wedding vendors, wedding party, family members or anyone. In the past, I’ve talked about how to create a calm, relaxed environment on wedding day and how to calm your nerves on wedding day, but today I’m talking about three things to definitely avoid doing.Read More
In my experience as a professional wedding officiant, adding a unity ceremony into your wedding ceremony is a wonderful way to bring the ceremony to a close. It’s usually an element that symbolizes your union and commemorates your marriage. There are many different ways to do this and you’re only limited by your imagination! I encourage my couples who want to include an element like this in their wedding ceremony to find one or create one that is meaningful to them. This offers another opportunity to personalize their wedding.Read More