I am happy to serve you as an officiant and look forward to meeting you and your partner. As of June 2017, I have been certified to be a minister with Universal Life Church and have been approved by the state of Ohio to be an officiant at your wedding. Below is information on what you can expect from me, pricing, ethics and duties to be performed. If you would like to contact me my phone number is (614) 813-7677.
What to Expect from Me:
As your marriage officiant, my goal is to work with you and your partner to help make your day memorable. My costs for consultation and officiating are $100/hour (mileage of 53.5 cents/mile if outside of Columbus limits) see cost breakdown below:
- Couples initial consultation – We will spend one hour face to face talking about the rehearsal, ceremony and misc. Q &A. This also includes follow-up emails to discuss changes to the format and any questions that need to be answered.
- Rehearsal – This shouldn’t take more than two hours and is usually the night or two nights before your actual wedding.
- Ceremony – A minimum of two hours is expected to cover driving time (mileage added if outside of city of Columbus limits), waiting time, ceremony and signing documents.
- Filing - After the ceremony is completed and the documents signed, I file the marriage license certificate with the state and this is dependent on the location and their filing guidelines.
For the initial consultation I would prefer to meet with you at my office to discuss the details of your wedding. I am open to outdoor or indoor weddings within the state of Ohio. If you are planning an extreme wedding or destination wedding you might want to look at a different person. You can expect me to be dressed in formal dress or business suit dependent on the occasion and style of your wedding. I do not have minister robes or other attire that I will be wearing. It is not my expectation that I will be invited to your rehearsal dinner or reception. I am there to provide a service for you and I don’t want you to feel as if you need to extend any special invitations to me. I also do not take tips. The initial consultation of $100 will be paid by cash or credit card (via Paypal) the first time we meet. I will make a copy of your credit card (and driver’s license) that same day and this will take care of paying for rehearsal and wedding day which I will take out the day of the ceremony. I have a business for which I use Paypal (Transformative Psychotherapy, LLC) see button below if using a credit card to pay fees the first day we meet.
For your information I am also a psychotherapist. However, I am not able to provide couples counseling, family or individual counseling to you or your spouse. This is considered unethical practice under the guidelines of my licensing board because it creates a dual relationship between myself and the two of you. I can provide local referrals to you should you wish to request these type of services.
As I am a psychotherapist as well as very experienced in the ways of the world, I strongly recommend that you do pre-marital counseling. If you are here on this page, then you are not involved in a religious institution where they have these services already. Some establishments also only offer a short religious discussion and a few questions are asked about you. Communication is the most important aspect of the days ahead. It is one thing to have fun together and a great sex life but this does not mean you have good communication or a great relationship. Often couples do not come to counseling until they are on their last legs and there is no hope left. You chances for success are much greater if you have invested in your individual and couple well-being so that the days after run more smoothly. Take a look at my article "Before You Say I Do."
Other than what has been covered above, there are no other job duties that I will be performing the days previous or during the actual wedding.
Thank you for your business. I look forward to working with you.
A gift for you. Please review these questions with your partner so that you are going forward being very clear what the future has in store for you.