Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a Wedding Celebrant?
2. Who would use the services of a Celebrant, and why is finding the right one is so important?
3. How long before the wedding ceremony should we book your services?
4. Do you lead wedding rehearsals?
5. How long does a wedding ceremony take?
6. What do you wear to the ceremony?
7. Do you provide a sound system for the ceremony?
8. Can we see samples of your work?
9. How do I obtain a marriage license in New Jersey?
10. What if I decide to change my name?
11. Do you have any suggestions for us before we contact you?

What is a Wedding Celebrant?

What makes a Celebrant different from any other officiant? As a Celebrant, I am professionally trained to create and perform custom-designed ceremonies that mark milestones in people’s lives, including weddings, civil unions, vow renewals, or any occasion that is important to you.  As a ceremony specialist, I honor the beliefs and values of my clients and strive to create a ceremony that reflects your individual needs, values, and visions. Simply put, I am the writer, presenter, and communicator of YOUR thoughts and feelings.

As a NJ and NY Wedding Celebrant, my ceremonies are quite distinctive from those of other marriage officiants. Since I firmly believe that your voice is best heard when no other beliefs are imposed upon you, my ceremonies are a complete reflection of YOUR ideals. I do not believe in “cookie-cutter” ceremonies where one size fits all. Rather, my role is to guide you in choosing rituals, readings, symbols, and music that fit your unique beliefs and traditions.

Who would use the services of a Celebrant, and why is finding the right one is so important?

The answer is ANYONE and EVERYONE! Whether you are secular, religious, spiritual, non-denominational, part of an interfaith or multicultural family, or if you simply wish to express yourself in a manner of YOUR own choosing, I can help you create a ceremony that respects all that is meaningful to YOU.

Your ceremony should be personal, conveying the essence of who you are as an individual and as a couple. As a NJ and NY Wedding Officiant, I play a key role because I create and guide you through this process. There are significant differences among Celebrants with regard to style, presentation, and personality. Pick a Celebrant you feel comfortable with and one you feel confident will create a ceremony that mirrors your values and beliefs.

How long before the wedding ceremony should we book your services?

It’s best to book me as early as possible. Saturdays and Sundays are premium time, especially during summer months.

Do you lead wedding rehearsals?

Unlike many marriage officiants who don’t rehearse, I believe that a full rehearsal can be just what is needed for a beautifully choreographed ceremony and for calming last minute nerves. A degree of familiarity also helps you to stay calm during the ceremony. At the rehearsal, I will lead you and the wedding party through the processional, ceremony, and recessional.

How long does a wedding ceremony take?

That’s entirely up to the couple. It will depend on the size of your audience, if children are involved, and how many rituals are included. Typical wedding ceremonies last anywhere from 15–25 minutes.

What do you wear to the ceremony?

I always dress in good taste and wear appropriate clothing depending on the venue location, time, and formality of each wedding. I am open to suggestions and if desired, I can wear colors to blend in with your wedding theme.

Do you provide a sound system for the ceremony?

If your venue or DJ can provide a microphone for the ceremony, I would greatly appreciate it. Otherwise, I can bring my own wireless and unobtrusive PA system. It requires no electrical power so it can be set up at any location.

Can we see samples of your work?

Of course! I bring along a full ceremony script to each face-to-face meeting with potential clients.

How do I obtain a marriage license in New Jersey?

The State of New Jersey requires a marriage license; the couple getting married applies for and pays for their wedding license no earlier than 30 days before the ceremony. I am responsible for its proper signing and return to the township/municipality where the ceremony was performed.

The license should be provided to me either at the rehearsal (if before the wedding day) or immediately prior to the ceremony; at that time the two required witnesses and I will sign the document and you will get to keep a copy. This copy IS NOT the legal proof that you are married. After I return the signed marriage license to the appropriate office, you must apply for an offical copy of your marriage certificate (I’ll explain the details to you in an email after the ceremony).

What if I decide to change my name?

If you do decide to take your spouse’s name after your wedding, it’s a good idea to request several official copies of you certified marriage licenses as some agencies will require you to submit an original copy of your marriage license in order to change your name.

Do you have any suggestions for us before we contact you?

Yes. Jot down any questions or ideas for your ceremony that come to mind. Maybe you’ve heard of a rose ceremony and would like to incorporate one into your ceremony. Or you might like to pay tribute to a living or deceased relative. Don’t hesitate to ask any question at all – you should feel totally comfortable with me before signing up for my services.

***If you have a question I haven’t answered, please feel free to contact me. I respond to all inquiries within 48 hours after receiving them.***