FAQ

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Why might we choose a Celebrant, rather than another kind of officiant?

Because each ceremony is personal, reflecting you as a couple – your story, your shared or differing faith traditions, beliefs, and curiosities! A Celebrant certified by the Celebrant Foundation & Institute will take the time to understand YOUR beliefs and values to make your ceremony unique.

In a Celebrant ceremony, YOU are empowered. Nothing is imposed on you. Instead, in a collaborative process, a Celebrant guides you in choosing rituals, readings, symbols and music to fulfill your ideals and vision for a Ceremony. No two Celebrant ceremonies are the same.

Celebrants are ceremony specialists who have a solid background in the history of ritual and ceremony, and the traditions of many cultures, beliefs and religions. They are experts in composing ceremonies, managing rehearsals and performing life-cycle ceremonies. Celebrants are also experienced in the art of ceremonial public speaking.

What is process like?

Through a collaborative process of consulting, conversations, your questions, and my learning about your unique story of love, I will create a unique and memorable ceremony that you and your guests will cherish.

After we reach the heart of your story of love together, we then discuss other elements of your ceremony, plus your hopes and desires: readings, music, and any rituals and customs you wish to include (from your own tradition or from others). The ceremony essay will be guided by compelling questions, like the ones listed below and on the right.

Again, this process is open and collaborative! I work in partnership with you to answer all your questions so that your special day truly reflects your own authentic story of love. Through this collaboration, I will revise your essay and ceremony until it is just right! Your satisfaction is paramount!

How far in advance should we book our wedding?

This can vary from couple to couple. However, I must tell you that working with a celebrant to create a ceremony that is just right for you does take time and care – and advanced planning. I can make arrangements up to a year in advance, but depending on my schedule, a good rule is to speak to a celebrant no later than 3 months before your ceremony. That said, I know that every situation is unique, and I will make every effort to accommodate a couple’s needs in creating a unique and memorable ceremony – in whatever time frame that is possible and agreed upon.

Do you perform ceremonies only in Minnesota?

Yes.

Do you work with couples who are eloping?

Yes! The Minnesota North Shore area has become a fabulous location for destination weddings and elopements! I can also perform more “simple” last minute ceremonies as well.

Do you officiate other ceremonies or events?

Yes! You can learn more about all of the various types of ceremonies I can provide as a Life-Cycle Celebrant® by visiting my other website, Labyrinth Ceremonies.

Do you do any wedding planning?

I am not a wedding planner or coordinator. However, I can consult with your wedding planner and/or other vendors we agree upon.

Are there any other services we should be aware of?

Yes! If you have already selected a celebrant, or you live far from Minnesota, I am available for consulting and assistance. I also am willing to write a customized ceremony for any couple – to use with a celebrant or with friends and family.

Do you have a contract that we must sign?

After our initial consultation, I will provide you a contract and agreement form to return to me. The contract and agreement outlines my commitment to you, what I am able to provide, your responsibilities, scheduled rehearsals, and other ceremony details.

What are your fees?

Every ceremony is different, so many factors are taken into consideration. A typical ceremony is generally priced between $400 and $800, depending upon additional requirements, rehearsals, etc. Very simple ceremonies (such as an elopement or last minute “standardized” ceremony) can begin at $200.

My price includes, but is not limited to:

  • An original wedding ceremony, including your custom Love Story
  • Unlimited email and phone consultations
  • Research and resource materials
  • Travel expenses
  • Rehearsal or final consultation meeting (if requested)
  • Full script and cue sheets prior to the wedding, for your wedding party, musicians, wedding planner, etc.
  • Day of consulting with anyone involved with your ceremony
  • Officiating on the day of
  • Mailing expenses for the license
  • A final digital “keepsake” copy

How does the payment schedule work?

Normally, I request that half of the payment be paid when the contract is signed. The other half of the fee is due 30 days before the wedding.

What will you wear to the ceremony?

I generally wear a black suit and will try to coordinate my top or scarf to blend with the colors of the bridal party.
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