"You seamlessly combined all the aspects we wanted to create something that was uniquely us.
In short, it was perfect."
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ARE THE SERVICES YOU PROVIDE LEGAL?
Yes. I am certified by the Humanist Society of the American Humanist Association. I’ve been performing weddings for more than ten years and have married over forty couples. I was even married by a Humanist Celebrant myself! You can view my official Celebrant profile.
WE’RE NOT ATHEISTS OR HUMANISTS. CAN WE USE YOUR SERVICES?
Certainly. People choose a secular wedding celebrant for many reasons. Working with me does not necessarily mean that you don’t hold sincere religious beliefs. They just won’t be a part of the ceremony we plan together.
CAN WE USE TRADITIONAL CEREMONY ELEMENTS LIKE EXCHANGING RINGS, JUMPING A BROOM, BREAKING A GLASS, ETC.?
Sure! Many cultural traditions have religious roots but if we are using them in a secular manner they can be a part of the ceremonies I write for you.
CAN WE USE UNUSUAL CEREMONY ELEMENTS?
Yup! I once performed a ceremony with a canine maid of honor. I’ve helped craft wedding readings made up of movie quotes and vows written in Dr. Suess verse. One time, I used a wand to seal the union of a couple at a Harry Potter themed nuptial. I’ve coordinated socially distanced outdoor ceremonies and weddings where guests deployed in the military attended via Facetime. At a ceremony commemorating a first birthday, we honored the child with poetry in four languages. I’m happy to explore all the ways we can make your ceremony uniquely your own.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE BOOK YOUR SERVICES?
The timeline for my ceremonies varies a lot. Some couples engage me more than a year before their wedding. In one case I wrote and performed a ceremony in six days. It’s a good idea to engage me as soon as you have a firm date to ensure I’ll be available. But please don’t hesitate to call me at the last minute. If I’m available, I’ll be happy to work with you.
CAN WE WRITE OUR OWN VOWS?
Absolutely. And if you’d like something personal but writing isn’t your thing, I have lots of samples and suggestions we can choose from to ensure your vows feel authentically "you".
WHAT DO YOU CHARGE?
My fee is based on the specifics and complexity of the ceremony we plan together. It generally ranges between $400 and $800 for ceremonies performed within a 25 mile radius of my home in Troy, NY. For ceremonies beyond that area, transportation and lodging expenses will be added as necessary. For more complex events, additional fees may apply. Please note that due to the personalized and time-intensive nature of my services, fees are non-refundable.
WHAT KINDS OF PACKAGES DO YOU OFFER?
Because my services are very individualized, I don’t offer “packages”. I provide the writing and performing of your ceremony only (plus coordinating a rehearsal if you need one). I’m happy to work with your venue, musicians and other professionals but I’m not a full service wedding planner. I have worked with some excellent providers in the field and I can certainly make recommendations if you need some.
WILL YOU COME TO THE REHEARSAL?
Of course! If there’s a rehearsal, I’ll be there. Some, more simple ceremonies, don’t require one and that’s fine too.
WILL YOU BE A GUEST AT THE WEDDING?
A wedding is an expensive endeavor, and unless we have a personal relationship, it’s not necessary for you to include me as a guest. I usually stay until everyone has left the ceremony site and the witnesses have signed your marriage license and then I’ll wish you well and be on my way.