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
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
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.
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.