Big Sur Ceremonies - Soaring Starkey


Pebble Beach Wedding photo by Terry WayI view my role as being a ceremonialist, witness and mirror, reflecting what you want to create for your ideal wedding. I offer options and will send you a script with alternatives for the vows, ring ceremony, poems and blessings, so you can review different phrases and styles. The script is a starting point for your very personal exchange. You might find it suitable as it is, modify it, use a part, or create your own. Consider incorporating your favorite symbols, readings, poetry and anything else that has special significance for you.

When you share an experience in ritual, each word should fit so you can be honest and comfortable with what you are saying. Planning can be a unique part of the experience, and it may be a useful process in sharing your values. The important thing is that you are pleased with every aspect of the ceremony.

Wedding Ceremony - photo by Patrice WardIf possible, it is helpful for us to become acquainted and discuss details prior to the wedding; however I have communicated with couples solely through email or phone conversations when distance makes it impossible to meet before the ceremony. My fee is comparable to other celebrants in the area and I do not request a deposit. Usually the fee is passed to me in an envelope at the end of the ceremony while I am filling out the marriage certificate.

I'll present the completed script of your ceremony to you afterwards. This can be a keepsake for renewing your vows on your anniversary, or simply a remembrance of this very special event.

Marriage License

Be sure to purchase a California marriage license and bring it to your ceremony. It is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. Blood tests are not required and there is no waiting period to marry after receiving a license. Both the bride and groom need to be present to apply for a license. Bring picture identification and, if applicable, bring the date of final judgment for divorce.

You may pick up a marriage license at any County Clerk in California. The office of the nearest County Clerk is at Monterey County Courthouse, 240 Church Street, Room 305, 3rd Floor, West Wing, Salinas, CA 93901. Phone: 831 755-5450.

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