Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common wedding topics

What are your qualifications and experience as a wedding officiant?

As Ordained, Certified Interfaith Ministers and Ceremony Consultants with over 25 years of experience, education, and training, we bring a deep understanding of world religions, comparative theology, psychology, and human relations to our work.

We specialize in crafting and presiding over a wide range of weddings and life cycle celebrations, tailored to honor the uniqueness of each couple’s relationship, beliefs, and personalities. Whether you desire a religious, spiritual, non-religious, interfaith, or multi-cultural ceremony, we are dedicated to providing professionalism and understanding. We warmly welcome all couples, regardless of sexual orientation, and offer our services for marriage ceremonies, vow renewals, child dedications, and memorial services.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us to discuss how we can help bring your special ceremony to life in a warm and meaningful way.

Can we personalize our wedding ceremony with our own vows and rituals?

Absolutely. It’s in our name! This is your special day, and we wholeheartedly encourage couples to make it their own. While we provide a supportive framework for your ceremony, every aspect of it is ultimately tailored to reflect your unique love story, beliefs, and preferences.

Our goal is to create a ceremony that feels authentically yours, filled with the rituals, vows, and elements that hold personal significance to you as a couple. We’re here to guide and assist you every step of the way, ensuring that your wedding day is a true reflection of your love and commitment.

Do you offer religious or secular ceremonies, and can you accommodate our preferences?

As non-denominational officiants, we are not priests or rabbis, but we are dedicated to creating a ceremony that reflects your beliefs and values. We are happy to work with you to incorporate religious elements and traditions into your ceremony, whether you come from different religious backgrounds or wish to honor specific cultural or spiritual practices.

Our goal is to craft a ceremony that feels authentic and meaningful to you as a couple, regardless of religious affiliation.

Can you help us with the ceremony planning process, including selecting readings and music?

Of course! We want to help make this day special and are more than happy to help make recommendations to ensure your wedding ceremony reflects your vision and preferences. Whether you’re seeking suggestions for readings, music, or ceremonial rituals, we can provide guidance based on our experience and expertise.

We’ll work closely with you to understand your preferences and offer personalized recommendations that align with your unique love story. Our goal is to assist you in creating a ceremony that is truly meaningful and reflective of your relationship, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

How long will the ceremony last, and can we make adjustments to the duration?

The duration of the ceremony is entirely up to you, as it’s your special day, and we customize every wedding or ceremony to suit your preferences. Whether you prefer a brief and intimate exchange of vows or a more elaborate ceremony with readings and rituals, we’ll work closely with you to create a ceremony that reflects your vision and feels comfortable for you and your guests.

Our goal is to ensure that your ceremony is a reflection of your love story and is as unique and memorable as you are.

How far in advance do we need to book your services?

There is no hard and fast rule regarding booking our services. While we strive to accommodate all couples, especially for elopements and last-minute ceremonies, availability can vary, particularly during popular seasons and times.

We recommend reaching out to us as soon as you have your wedding dates confirmed to secure your spot. This ensures that we can dedicate the time and attention needed to create a personalized and memorable ceremony for you.

Don’t hesitate to contact us early in your planning process to discuss availability and reserve your date.

What does your fee include?

As wedding officiants, our typical services revolve around creating and presiding over personalized wedding ceremonies tailored to the desires and preferences of each couple. We work closely with you to craft a ceremony that reflects your love story, beliefs, and values. This includes assisting with the selection of readings, vows, and rituals that hold personal significance to you both.

Additionally, we offer guidance and support throughout the ceremony planning process, ensuring that every aspect of your wedding ceremony aligns with your vision for your special day. Our goal is to create a meaningful and memorable ceremony that celebrates your unique bond and commitment to each other.

We are here to support you every step of the way, from the initial consultation to the moment you say ‘I do’ and beyond.

Are you available for rehearsals, and is there an additional fee for this service?

Absolutely, we are available to conduct rehearsals if desired. Rehearsals provide an opportunity for you and your wedding party to familiarize yourselves with the ceremony flow and logistics, ensuring everything runs smoothly on your big day. While rehearsals are optional, many couples find them beneficial for peace of mind and added confidence.

If you choose to have a rehearsal, we’ll work with you to schedule a convenient time and location, guiding you through the ceremony process and answering any questions you may have.

Our goal is to ensure that you feel comfortable and prepared for your wedding ceremony.ny last, and can we make adjustments to the duration?

What happens if you are unable to officiate our wedding on the scheduled date?

Unforeseen circumstances can happen, but rest assured, we take every precaution to ensure we can officiate your wedding as planned. With over 25 years of experience in officiating weddings, we have encountered and successfully navigated various challenges that may arise.

Additionally, working with a partner, as we do, provides built-in backup and flexibility. In the rare event that one of us is unable to officiate due to illness or emergency, the other partner can seamlessly step in to ensure your ceremony proceeds smoothly.

Your wedding day is our priority, and we are committed to making it as stress-free and memorable as possible.

How do we obtain a marriage license, and what are the legal requirements?

For New York:
“In New York, obtaining a marriage license is a straightforward process. You’ll need to visit a city or town clerk’s office together to apply. Both parties must present valid identification and, if applicable, divorce or death certificates from previous marriages. After a waiting period, typically 24 hours, your marriage license will be issued. It’s valid for 60 days, allowing you to legally marry anywhere within the state of New York.”

For New Jersey:
“Getting a marriage license in New Jersey involves visiting the local registrar’s office together to apply. You’ll need to bring valid identification, social security numbers, and proof of residency if applicable. After a 72-hour waiting period, your marriage license will be issued, valid for 30 days. New Jersey allows you to marry anywhere within the state once you have your license.”

For Long Island:
“Obtaining a marriage license on Long Island is a simple process that begins at the town clerk’s office in the town where either partner resides. Both parties must appear together to apply, bringing valid identification and, if applicable, proof of divorce or death of previous spouses. After a 24-hour waiting period, your marriage license will be issued, valid for 60 days. With your license in hand, you’re free to marry anywhere within the state of New York, including the beautiful locales of Long Island.”

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