Let’s imagine you are planning a wedding, and are looking for an officiant. You happen across my name somewhere out there and decide to drop me a line with your probable dates. I get back to you to confirm my availability, and we can briefly discuss the type of service you might be looking for. If possible, we can meet in person, to see if we’re a good fit.
“we’ll design precisely the ceremony you want”
Assuming we decide to work together, at this point, I’ll take either a deposit, or payment in full, by e-transfer, cash or PayPal. Full payment is good because it means there’s one less thing to do on what will be a quite busy, hectic day. However, if that’s not possible, you can pay the balance at anytime before, or even on the day itself. Check here for rates.
Moving along, I’ll provide you with sample ceremonies to consider. We can keep them as they are, modify them to various states of recognition, or I’ll work with you to create something completely new. Essentially, we’ll design precisely the ceremony you want. If you would like me to attend a rehearsal at the venue, I will do so. (If it’s a complex ceremony, this is a good idea.) Once everyone’s happy, I’ll draw up a memo of understanding for us to sign, summarizing The Plan.
In that ideal world we’ve all heard of, I will be able to get the original Marriage Licence and ORG addressed envelope from you, prior to the ceremony. It makes things simpler on the day, which is always a good thing. If it’s not possible to do that, I will need at least a scanned emailed copy in advance of the ceremony, and you must not forget to bring the original on the day. Don’t worry. I will remind you!
On the day of the ceremony I will arrive thirty minutes early, and make sure everyone knows what they have to do. If I do not have the original marriage licence, you must provide it to me at this point. At some point during or after the ceremony, you, your witnesses and I sign the documents. After the service I will leave you with a Record of Solemnization, which is ceremonial – not legal – proof of your marriage, and I will immediately mail your Marriage Licence to the ORG. I will advise you on how to apply for your actual Marriage Certificate.
Congratulations – you are now married!