Can we meet you before making our decision?
Of course! Meeting me is not a necessity, but it is certainly an option. All meetings usually take place at my office in
How much do you charge for meetings?
There is no charge for meeting with me. Also, there is no pressure to book me. I like couples to be able to meet me in a stress-free environment where they can make a good evaluation. In fact, I recommend that you go home, think about it, talk it over with each other, and then call me if you'd like me to perform your Marriage. Also, this meeting gives me a chance to make sure that I can provide you with the services you are looking for. I want to make sure that it is a good match all around.
We are interested in one of the Pre-Written Ceremonies,
but we'd like to choose our own vows - is this possible?
Yes. Except for the Lite Ceremonies, you can customize the vows on all ceremonies however you wish. One of my main philosophies is that this is YOUR Wedding, and you should have what you want included in the ceremony. I encourage this and, if requested, will help you to choose your vows.
Where do you perform your Weddings?
I perform weddings in Rockingham and Strafford Counties of New Hampshire, York County in Maine, and Essex County in Massachusetts (See the Towns Served
page for more information).
Where can the Ceremony be held?
This is your choice. New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts have a variety of great spots! For outdoor Weddings, couples will choose the beach, boats, hill tops, parks, courtyards, and even their own back yards. For indoor Weddings, banquet halls, chapels, restaurants, and their own homes are popular. And, of course, you can always use the beautiful McDonnell Conservation Area in Exeter, where I do weddings at a discount!
How many Weddings do you do a day?
It depends. I prefer to do only one, but I may do two or even three if they are close together and the couples are having trouble finding an Officiant for the day.
On our Wedding day, what time will you arrive at the site and when do you leave?
I'll usually arrive about 20 to 30 minutes in advance of your Ceremony. I'll leave when the Ceremony is over, unless you'd like me to stay for photos!
What do you wear?
I'll usually wear a suit, but really, I'll wear whatever you would like me to wear. My goal is to blend in with the Wedding as best I can, so I'll ask you if you have a special color theme or themes, and I'll also ask you if there is anything special you'd like me to wear.
Can you renew our vows?
I do Vow Renewal Ceremonies for couples whom I have already married. Most are now 10 year renewals, but I am coming up on 20 years performing marriages, so I expect some 20 year renewals soon! Sorry, I do not renew vows for couples whose weddings I have not performed.
Do you use a contract?
Yes. As soon as you have indicated that you would like me to perform your Ceremony, I put together and email you a contract so that you can reserve my services for the specific day and time. The contract also provides a "courtesy hold date" that reserves my services for the day and time of your Wedding without contract or reservation fee during the time you are receiving, signing, and returning the contract to me. This is done to allay any fear you might have of losing the day and time to another couple who may express an interest in my services before your contract gets back to me.
What is the cost of your services?
What are the provisions of the contract as far as payments are concerned?
I require a non-refundable reservation fee of $65.00 or 50% (whichever is less), with the balance due on the day of the event, prior to the beginning of the Ceremony, if it is a Wedding where I will not be attending the Rehearsal. If you elect to have me at the Rehearsal, I usually recommend paying the balance then. (The less you have to remember on the day of your Wedding, the better!)
What do you need to have us bring to the Ceremony?
Bring your Marriage License, some form of ID, the balance of the fee and, if you are using them, don't forget your rings and bridal bouquet!
What do we do first? How do we begin?