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Frequently Asked Questions

Officiant:
1. What religious affiliations do you serve?
  • Christian (non-denomination)
  • Christian - Anglican
  • Christian - Baptist
  • Christian - Catholic
  • Christian - Episcopalian
  • Christian - Lutheran
  • Christian - Methodist
  • Christian - Mormon
  • Christian - Orthodox
  • Christian - Presbyterian
  • Christian - Quaker
  • Evangelical
  • Hindu
  • Jewish
2. What types of services do you provide?
  • Civil Union
  • Interfaith Ceremony
  • Non-religious Ceremony
  • Single Religion Ceremony
  • Eco-Friendly / Green Weddings, LGBTQ Weddings / Ceremonies
3. Are there additional types of events you service?
  • Anniversaries
  • Baby Showers
  • Christenings
  • Corporate Events
  • D√©butante Balls
  • Memorials
  • Quinceañeras
  • Sweet 16s
4. What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash or check is fine.
Vows:
1. Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony including the vows?
Yes
2. Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes, my couples are encouraged to provide as little or as much input as they like.
3. Do you have a list of readings, from which the couple can choose?
I meet with each couple and explore their wishes and personalities so that the ceremony is uniquely their own. I have a very large library of wedding services and variations thereof as well as readings and poems etc. Which can be used if requested but they are not mandatory. There is no doubt that I can compose the perfect ceremony for your most special day.
Ceremonies:
1. How long are your ceremonies?
Ceremonies vary according to amount of material included, most ceremonies average 20 Min upto an hour. The majority of the ceremonies performed usually last about 30 minutes.
2. Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes, call for pricing.
4. Do you require premarital counseling?
No, premarital counseling is available but not mandatory. I completed an update in training for premarital counseling in 2013.
5. Do you have experience with cross cultural ceremonies?
Yes, I have officiated at weddings where:
  • One couple was Swedish.
  • Another couple where the bride was Arabic Christian and the groom was Hispanic Catholic
  • Another couple where the groom was Hindu and the bride was Christian
Venues:
1. Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes, I will perform your ceremony just about anywhere you wish. I specialize in home, garden and almost any on-site weddings.
Attire:
1. What is your attire for the ceremony?
I have attire for traditional or themed weddings i.e., black suit, western style tuxedo, regular tuxedo and a white robe handmade especially for weddings. I have also officiated a wedding by request in jeans, sport shirt and western hat. I can and will accommodate almost any request. (After 37 years I have pretty much seen and heard it all, occasionally I get thrown a curve ball, but I recover quickly.)
Additional Services:
1. Do you supply a sound system?
No
2. Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No, but I can secure a the services of an ASL (American Sign Language) translator.
Marriage License:
1. Where do I apply for a marriage license in Texas?
You can obtained your marriage license at any county courthouse throughout the state.
2. When do I need to purchase the license?
A Texas marriage license is only valid for 30 days from the date purchased, applicants should apply one to two weeks before the scheduled date of their marriage.
3. What are the requirements to obtain your Texas marriage license?
  • All applicants must provide proof of age and identity with a valid Texas drivers license, valid Texas DPS I.D., Military I.D., passport, or any certificate of License issued by this state, another state, the U.S. government or a foreign government.
  • Each applicant is required to provide a Social Security card or proof of social security number.
  • Prices may vary in different counties. The cost is $66 cash (no checks) and $6 in Bexar County if couples bring in the "Twogether in Texas" certificate.
  • The legal age to obtain a marriage license without parental consent in Texas is 18 years of age. Application of age is 16 with parental consent.
  • A blood test is not required.
  • If either applicant has been recently divorced, the state requires a 30-day waiting period from the date of the filed divorce decree, unless waived by the court.
     
    Female applicants are required to submit a certified copy of final decree showing their restored maiden name if different from current identification.
  • The license is good for 30 days from the date of purchase. However, there is a 72-hour waiting period from the time the license was purchased until the time the ceremony can be performed.
     
    Active duty military personnel are exempt. Both parties do not to need to be active military for the waiting period to be waived.
  • Applicants between the ages of 16-18 must be accompanied by one parent, to sign legal consent. A minor must have a certified copy of birth certificate, photo I.D. and proof of Social Security.
     
    If parents are divorced, the parent granted custody must submit a certified copy of their divorce decree in order to sign consent.
Our Fee is Our Income:
It takes an average of 10 hours of work per ceremony and may include the following:
  • Consultations
  • Scheduling appointments, dealing with no-shows and couples who are late.
  • Email and phone calls
  • Sometimes months of work to nail down the ceremony, vows & reading choices.
  • Research for particular non-traditional ceremonies; knowing where to look and of course the Officiates experience and education related to finding the information.
  • Ceremony prep, drafts, proof-reads, approvals, updates, modifications, last minute changes, re-approvals, ceremony practice time.
  • Travel time + mileage to and from rehearsal, + gas
  • Coordinating rehearsal(s)
  • Waiting before rehearsal
  • Travel time + mileage to and from wedding, + gas
  • Waiting before ceremony
  • Signing and filing your legal documents
  • Performing the ceremony
  • Many times after a ceremony waiting for payment
  • Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork; overhead costs (including advertising)

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