by A. C. Warden from Capital Ceremonies
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Should I Pick a Male or Female Wedding Celebrant?
I'm female so of course I'm partial to female Celebrants, but you should pick the individual you are most comfortable with. I realize I'm not a good fit for everyone. Ask yourselves: Who do we "click" with? Who can best express our values? Who can we depend on? Interview several Celebrants before you choose one. Check that person's reviews or interview their previous couples. Ultimately it's up to you and... Read More »
Should I Include Personal Vows in My Ceremony?
Personal vows are a wonderful way to express your own voice in a ceremony. They can be fun, poignant, and sincere at the same time. But not everyone is up to the pressure. Many couples don't feel they're really married unless they speak the "traditional" vows. There are also many ways to make your vows personal without writing them yourselves. Your Celebrant can help you come up with appropriate "repeat... Read More »
How Can a Celebrant Make Our Ceremony Unique to Us?
There are so many ways to answer this question! Most importantly your Celebrant should ask questions about your values, your families, and your personalities. Then she or he should listen to your answers. All the words used in the ceremony should reflect your values and your Celebrant should send you the script in advance to make sure this is true. Some couples want their Celebrants to describe their love story... Read More »
We Are Foreigners, How Can We Get Married in Usa?
In the US every state has different requirements on what's required to apply for a marriage license and some have waiting periods before you can get married. You will need a license from the state where you are getting married. For instance, you cannot get married in New Jersey with a license from New York. I practice in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Each area has different requirements but you do... Read More »
What Should the Couple Bring to Rehearsals?
Of COURSE, your officiant should be present to help you in this final preparation for your big day. I always ask my couples to bring their marriage licenses to the rehearsal. That way we can be assured that your marriage will be legal. It's also good to have all the participants in the ceremony present so they can familiarize themselves with what will happen. These include the wedding party, flower... Read More »
Does a Wedding Celebrant Need to Attend Our Wedding Rehearsal?
It's best if your Celebrant not only attends, but directs the rehearsal (in association with your wedding planner - if you have one). This is for several reasons: 1) Your peace of mind. No matter how many weddings you've attended there are parts of the ceremony that may make you nervous. By participating in a run-through with your Celebrant he or she can help you through the tricky bits (like... Read More »
What Parts of the Wedding Day Should Our Celebrant Be Involved in or Invited to?
This varies from Celebrant to Celebrant. As a Celebrant, I find it essential to be involved in the rehearsal but that's usually the day before. On the "day of" I arrive an hour early to make sure everything is where we need it to be for the ceremony and to go over cues for the musicians or DJ and the photographer - also to get the marriage license if the... Read More »
If a Couple Wishes to Elope How Soon Should They Contact You?
This varies depending on the day of the week and the season. I am usually booking weekend weddings in the spring and fall 5 months to a year in advance, but sometimes I have holes in my schedule. For weekday off season elopements, I like to be contacted 3-4 weeks in advance but have been known to marry couples with only 4 days notice. A. C. Warden