NEW -- Add a Couple's Sand Ceremony to any service (see video at right.)
A great memorial from your wedding.
With our personally engraved kit: $95. If you supply the kit: $40.
(A 14-day advance notice is needed for our personally engraved kit.)
Level 1: "Just the Basics, Please." $125
Level 2: "We Want A Simple Little Wedding" $185
Level 3: "The Wedding You & Your Mom Dreamed About" $285
Renewal of Vows -- Call us and let's discuss. A classic, memorable time for all.
Elopement? -- Call us and let's discuss. We love elopements.
moving in together, or the birth of a child. $125
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS!
What are your mileage charges?
The IRS allows a mileage charge of $0.56 cents per mile driven for business use. That can add up fast.
We try to keep mileage charges simple:
What forms of payment do you accept?
We like to keep this simple. We accept cash. And we accept credit cards via Square. We also accept PayPal. Credit Card transactions will include a 4% credit card processing fee. No checks, please.
How much do your services cost?
As you can see above, we offer several complete wedding/renewal-of-vows packages starting at around $125.
While a wedding Officiant cost can vary depending on where you are in the country, along with a number of other factors, the average cost for wedding officiant services in the U.S. is $300.
Does Cherished Memory Weddings supply a venue or wedding location?
No, we do not, except for the "Just The Basics" ceremony. We do supply a location for that one.
Location, all costs, and permission to use a venue is up to you. We will gladly make suggestions!
Do you have a Change Fee?
Yes. A change fee of $50.00 is charged if any couple changes their ceremony date, ceremony time, or ceremony location after securing their date, time, and location with a down payment. Thank you for your understanding!
What if I need to cancel, after booking and securing my date with payment?
As you can imagine, competition for certain dates can get pretty intense. For this reason, fees paid may be used toward a reschedule date for up to 90 days with a paid $50 change fee.
What kind of wedding & renewal-of-vows ceremonies do you perform?
We offer non-denominational ceremonies. The main focus of our ceremonies is the love shared between two people. We are always collecting and writing new vows and ceremony scripts. You and your Cherished Memory Officiant will 'tune' your ceremony for just for the two of you.
Do you perform same-sex / LGBTQ weddings?
Yes, we do.
Do you perform elopement ceremonies?
Yes, we do.
Do you perform handfasting ceremonies?
Yes, we do.
What other kinds of ceremonies do you perform?
Home Blessings, Renewal of Vows, and public nuptials for couples that have already been privately married. (And yes, we will accommodate the couple by NOT revealing that they were already privately married!)
Is a contract issued for all services booked?
Yes; but relax! It's pretty straight-forward.
Are you an Ordained Minister?
Yes. Since 2005. I'm ordained by three organizations (most Officiants are only ordained by one) and am able to perform any type of legally accepted ceremony. I'm also honored to hold the honorary title of Doctor of Divinity (D.D.).
How will you dress for our wedding?
Neatly, cleanly and am happy to discuss, if you have specific dress requirements or suggestions!
Do you stay for the reception?
We will stay for pictures should you wish to have your Officiant in the photos. But -- as a broad rule-of-thumb, we typically don't stay for the reception. The reception is a special, intimate time for friends and family to enjoy the newlyweds and vice-versa. We respect that.
I am currently out-of-state, or too far away to meet with you before the wedding. Can I still book your services?
Yes, of course. You may always book our services no matter where you are if we have the date available -- that's what Zoom is for, after all.
What's the difference between a marriage license and a marriage certificate?
A marriage license is obtained from the county clerk and must be obtained by you before your wedding. Having a marriage license does not mean that you are married. It is a license to get married.
The marriage certificate is obtained after the wedding from the county registrar (usually the same office as the county clerk). The marriage certificate is the legal proof of your married status.
What about COVID restrictions?
Any decision to hold an event during the COVID-19 pandemic, no matter how large or small, should rely on a risk-based approach. Precautions to consider include: actions to prevent transmission between people, where to hold the venue, and how it can be modified to make a safer environment. Certainly no one wishes anyone even remotely involved in a wedding to catch the virus.
Outdoor events in mid-afternoon, with adequate spacing, seem to be quite the norm these days.
Please Note: Our Ministers reserve the right to cancel any engagement in which, in their sole consideration, inadequate safety considerations are being planned for the ceremony. This is not a personal nor is it a political commentary -- this is an Officiant trying to stay healthy and ensure the health of his family, as well as the health of participants in the ceremony. In such a situation, funds paid to Cherished Memory Weddings -- except for the $100 non-refundable deposit -- would be refunded.
* Plus mileage charges, if applicable. See details above. Thanks!
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Back on 9/1/21, we made a promise:
for every wedding we officiate, we will donate to
One Tree Planted so they can plant two trees
somewhere in America.
Uniting a couple. Bettering the country -- and the planet!