My Services and Information
Locations That I Performed
I will perform your wedding ceremony
wherever you wish in Northern
New Jersey and parts of Central New Jersey. (Bergen County, Essex County, Hudson
County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Passaic County,
Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, and Warren County). I have
performed wedding ceremonies in Traditional Wedding Locations such as Banquet
Halls, Restaurants, Hotels, Chapels, Golf Courses as well as some Unique
Locations like Parks, Boats, Private Homes, Beaches, and even Roller Coasters in
Theme Parks. I can also perform your small ceremony in my own home for a
Length of Time For a Ceremony:
Most ceremonies last approximately
15-30 minutes but the length depends on what you want in your ceremony. I
do not have any restrictions on ceremony length. Your ceremony can be as long or as short as you
it to be. If you have Readings with multiple Readers, Poems, a Unity
Candle, and a Rose Ceremony, then your ceremony will be longer. Many reception halls and restaurants will allow 30 minutes for a
ceremony. Please keep in mind that the Processional (entrance) and
Recessional (exit) are considered part of the ceremony and will need to fall
within the 30 minutes.
Booking Me To Perform Your Wedding
to check my availability and to book my services. If I am available to
perform your ceremony, I will email you a contract that specifies your ceremony
date, location, start time, end time and amount due for your ceremony. I
require a deposit of $100.00 to hold your date. I accept cash and credit cards via Paypal.com. The balance of your
payment is due in cash on the day of the ceremony.
or not you wish to meet with me prior to your ceremony is up to you.
If you do
wish to meet, we can schedule a meeting whenever you are
available. I conduct meetings in my home in Randolph. If you do not wish to meet,
we can communicate via email and phone. I can
arrive early, if needed, to discuss any last minute details.
Creating Your Ceremony
If you are interested in my services, I will email you a
log in with a username
to access my online resource section so that you can view all of my sample
wedding ceremonies. You can also read through samples of
custom ceremonies and vows that I have created. Share your ideas and
stories with my to create your unique ceremony or choose a sample ceremony and
personalize it. You can add as may poems, readings, etc. as you wish.
You can always involve family members by asking them to participate in Unity
Candle ceremonies, Rose Ceremonies or Sand Ceremonies. I am also open to adding
different religious or cultural elements to the ceremony. I'm very
flexible when it comes to creating your ceremony - after all, it's your day!
Explanation of a Unity Candle
A Unity Candle consists of one large pedestal candle that sits in between two
taper candles. During the ceremony the mothers of the Bride and
Groom, or any other
loved ones, will
light the two taper candles signifying your current family. You and your
fiancé will take the taper candles and light the pedestal candle together,
new family. You can either blow out the tapers or leave
them lighted. The ceremony can have a religious or non-religious meaning.
There are different meanings for the Unity
Explanation of a Rose Ceremony:
A Rose Ceremony is an older tradition where the
Bride and Groom, after taking their vows, exchange a single red rose to each other. It symbolizes
their first gift to each other as husband and wife as well as an expression of
their love for one another. A section can be added to include the
mothers or other relatives as well.
Explanation of a Sand Ceremony:
A Sand Ceremony is a
Hawaiian Tradition that can be used in place of a Unity Candle, especially in
beach weddings or outdoor weddings. It holds a similar meaning as the Unity Candle. Two
small containers of sand are combined into one large container by the Bride
and Groom, unifying the two.
I will arrive
approximately 15-30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
Reverend, Judge or a Justice of the Peace:
a Reverend and a New Jersey Wedding Officiant, I am more flexible about where and when I will
ceremonies, as well as the types of ceremonies I can perform. My
ceremonies are very personal and customizable. I will work with you and
perform the ceremony you want.
judges will perform very simple civil ceremonies only in the courthouse on business days
during business hours. It may be difficult to work around their
schedule. Most judges will not perform religious ceremonies. You
will need a priest, reverend,
or rabbi to perform a religious ceremony.
Jersey no longer has a Justice of the Peace. The position was eliminated a
of years ago. Some other states still have this position.
Pre-Cana is a
series of classes required by the Catholic Church that an engaged couple must
attend before getting married in the Catholic Church. You only need
you are getting married within the Catholic Church by a priest. I do not require
Pre-Cana or premarital counseling.
Civil Union for Same Sex
New Jersey has passed a Civil Union law that
allows Same Sex Partners to have the same rights and benefits, within the State
of New Jersey, as those who enter
into marriage. You can obtain a civil union
license with the registrar in either partner's hometown. I can perform a legal
ceremony and file the paperwork with the state.
Civil Union License