The initial consultation is always complimentary and should take 15-30 minutes. The goal of the initial meeting should be a meet and greet between both parties of the wedding couple and the officiant. I usually have the couple to meet with me at a Starbucks or Panera Bakery that is within 5 miles of my home but easy to get to and with plenty of parking. If weather permits we can even meet at a public park. The consultation can also be conducted via telephone, Skype or email; these options are especially suited to clients who are planning destination weddings in the Southern California and Los Angeles areas.
During our meeting I will provide you with a ceremony design questionnaire and a couple’s history questionnaire. We will discuss the answers to your questions and your vision for your wedding so that together we can co-create a ceremony that reflects who you are as a couple. I will show you samples of weddings that I have done to give you a glimpse of my writing style and you can tell me what, if any, poems, songs or readings you’d like incorporated into the ceremony.
You will be able to discuss with me the level of spirituality and religion that you want involved in your ceremony. I am personally more spiritual than religious and most of the couples that seek me out share my spiritual approach although this is not a necessity, I have created ceremonies for couples who want no mention of God, those that want Biblical reference but no particular form of religion and those who want to acknowledge their Higher Power without It being the focus of the ceremony We will also discuss the particulars of your ceremony such as venue, theme and participation by family and friends. Do you need help with the processional and recessional? I can do that. Do you need me at the rehearsal? We will work on that. If we determine that we are a good fit for each other, you may place a reservation fee to secure my services for your date and I will get to work on your ceremony.