Frequently Asked Questions
What are your fees?
My fee ranges from $400.00 to $1100. Most couples choose something in the middle.
How does the process work?
We begin to get to know one another over the phone. Ideally, we’ll then get together in person tto talk more in depth about your ceremony. If you decide I’m the right officiant for you, I’ll ask that you sign an Agreement (see below) and pay a non-refundable retainer to hold your date.
If you've chosen a custom ceremony, I give you a questionnaire for each of you to complete and return to me. I then work with your answers, along with the notes from our conversations, to custom-write your ceremony. I provide you with a draft, and we go back and forth until it’s exactly what you want. Almost all of the couples I've worked with make minor edits on the first draft, and that's's it.
Is there a contract?
Yes. I have a simple Agreement that outlines what I’ll do to produce and deliver your ceremony, as well as file legal documentation. I ask for a non-refundable retainer of one-half my fee to hold your date.
Where do you perform ceremonies?
All over! I’m a wedding officiant for DC, MD, and Northern Virginia, everywhere from the Eastern Shore to state parks to vineyards to the finest hotels. In short, anywhere there’s enough room for everyone involved!
Do you oversee rehearsals? Is there an extra fee?
Yes, when needed. There is no extra fee.
Do you provide a P.A. system? Is there an extra fee?
Yes. There is no extra fee.
What other services do you offer?
I am available for destination weddings, vow renewals, baby welcomings, adoption ceremonies, memorials and funerals, and other family ceremonies,
Are you available on short notice?
Quite often, particularly on weekdays. Please give me a call.
Do you require pre-marriage counseling or classes?
No, nor do I offer them.
What do you wear for the ceremony?
A suit or tunic and slacks. That said, I am open to special requests.
More questions? Please send me an email or call me 301-741-8573.
“We had no idea how incredibly wonderful, intimate and magical our ceremony would be. Our guests all commented that it was the most beautiful and memorable one that they had ever witnessed. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect ceremony, and I cannot imagine having entrusted one of the most important moments of my life to anyone else.”
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