Weddings

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It’s your special day, where you celebrate YOUR STORY of love for your partner.  Your ceremony deserves the time and attention to reflect that story.  My full service wedding package includes consultation time with you, the creation of a complete ceremony, vows, and a narrative of the story of the love you have for each other.

In consultation with you, I can provide resources and help you select readings, music selections, and other ceremonial aspects for your special day.

In a collaborative creative process, I will create a full draft  of your ceremony, then collect your feedback and edits.  Together, we’ll craft a polished finished product that your family and friends will never forget.

I can also work alongside any other professionals involved in your wedding.  I often consult with wedding planners, musicians and DJs, caterers, or event planners.  Together we create a smooth and worry-free experience.

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If you choose, I will also conduct a wedding rehearsal for you.  Also, after your special day, I will present you with a keepsake version of your wedding ceremony.

Every wedding is unique.  Depending on the details, my fee for a full service wedding can range between $400 to $800.

Simple Ceremonies or Elopements

Sometimes, a simple, impromptu, or last minute wedding or commitment is needed.  I can help you work out the details and also provide a simple ceremony that you and your partner will love.  Last minute “elopement” and simple ceremonies begin at $200.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Weddings

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How long do the ceremonies take?

The length of my customized wedding ceremonies are on average 30 minutes..

Do you stay for the reception or rehearsal dinner?

Although your invitation is always appreciated, I do not attend the rehearsal dinner or reception but would love to stay for some photos, greet your family members and thank the other vendors.

Should we have a rehearsal?

I would encourage you to have a rehearsal so that we can go over any choreography with processional, recessional, rituals and readings. Rehearsals are a great way to calm any nerves you may have and ensure that things run smoothly.

How do I change my name?

Make sure to obtain an official copy of your marriage license from your local government agency (county, city hall, or registrar) after your wedding ceremony. Multiple copies are always a good idea, so you are prepared if other agencies (public or private) request the information. Your marriage license will be needed to change your name with the U.S. Social Security Office, your driver’s license, and often bank accounts or credit accounts.

Where can we find Marriage License information for our county?

You can find information for counties and states using a simple Google, Bing or Yahoo search. Here are links to where you can obtain a marriage license in counties in Minnesota along the North Shore:

Saint Louis County

Lake County

Cook County

Carlton County

When do we sign the Marriage License/documents?

I recommend signing your legal documents at the rehearsal (if possible) so that you don’t have to worry about it on your wedding day. I will then sign your legal documents at the completion of your ceremony. It is my job to see that all signed legal paperwork gets immediately returned for processing to the appropriate county office.

Is there a License Expiration?

Your license will expire 6 months from the date it is issued. Once it expires, it can no longer be used to get married.

Is there a Waiting Period after filing?

After you submit your application for your marriage license there is a mandatory 5 day waiting period before your license is issued to you. (Please check with your county) In most states the waiting period does not include Saturdays, Sundays or federal holiday. So please allow plenty of time when applying for your wedding license.
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