non-traditional wedding ceremony

Weddings

Weddings in Kansas City and Lawrence, KSCeremonies to commemorate the joining of lives include weddings, commitment ceremonies, and renewal of vows. As a certified Humanist Celebrant, I meet the secular ceremonial needs of the whole community, including LGBTQ couples. I will listen with care in the custom creation of a ceremony that embodies your dreams, values and lifestyle.
Weddings in Kansas City and Lawrence, KSThe first step is to have an introductory no-obligation consultation, to discuss your conception of your ceremony, and to meet me. This “meeting” can also be a phone call or online, if logistics require. The aim is to get acquainted, outline the basics of your request for an officiant, and determine how my services fit your needs.

“We can’t thank you enough for leading us through such a very special marriage ceremony. The setting was perfect…. You brought such a calmness and security into our celebration and the pre-selection of various vows was really helpful to us.”

There are few limitations on what a wedding ceremony looks like, save a few legal requirements. That means your wedding can be what you want it to be, and where you want it to be. Although your hometown can be a lovely wedding destination, feel free to fly me to another lovely spot if you like! As a certified Humanist Celebrant, I have the same status as clergy.Weddings in Kansas City and Lawrence, KS
Let’s have a discussion, so I can learn what you envision for your special day. I have officiated hundreds of weddings, and view each one as a singular, exceptional event. To custom craft your marriage ceremony, I will listen to your history as a couple and your hopes for the future. Your plans for  venue, attire, attendants, guests, traditions and sentimental approach will be taken into consideration.  Working together, we will design a wedding that is loving, warm and memorable, as it reflects the unique character of your partnership.

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“Thank you again so much for the beautiful marriage ceremony….  You made it very meaningful & we both appreciate the sincerity & thought you put into it.”

LGBT and Family Inclusive Weddings in Kansas City and Lawrence, KS

A few considerations to get us started might be:

  • Size and setting of the wedding ceremony?
  • Small and intimate? Informal and simple? Traditional and elaborate?
  • What do you want the tone or take-away feeling to be? Fun? Solemn? Warmhearted?
  • Do you want to include readings or other ways for loved ones to participate?
  • Who do you want to be involved in some way?
  • Will there be wedding music?
  • What, if any, cultural or family traditions do you want to incorporate?
  • Do you want to write your own wedding vows?
  • How about a ritual to symbolize your commitment?

You get the idea… Contact me, and let’s talk about it!

“Like so many other gay couples, we have waited a very long time to publicly and legally be united in marriage.  To have you there to guide us through our most special of days was just perfect!  With heartfelt gratitude, we thank you.”

Pricing

The cost of my ceremonies reflects the time and experience involved in the preparation of a personalized event for you, travel, officiating, licensure fees and local taxes. All prices listed below are tax inclusive. I accept payment with checks or cash.

Weddings

My fee for custom crafting and officiating your wedding ceremony is $350.
There is an additional wedding rehearsal fee of $150, if scheduled.
A non-refundable deposit of $100, which will be applied toward the total, is required upon booking in order to reserve your date and time.

I offer a discounted wedding service for small weddings with a warm, standard ceremony, along with vow and ring exchange wording options for your consideration. You may write your own vows, if you wish. This option may be the right fit if you want a small non-religious wedding with your budget in mind, but also want a meaningful ceremony at a location other than the courthouse. This option requires the venue to be within 30 miles of my location. Travel fees may apply. The cost of a discounted ceremony is $250, with a $50 non-refundable deposit to hold the date and time.

Travel

Travel is included in the fee for ceremonies within 15 miles of my location. For those outside a 15 mile radius, a rate of $1.00 per mile will be charged for the round trip to your location.

Lodging may be required in some circumstances. If so, rates will be discussed and agreed upon in advance, based on factors of distance and travel time.

Memorials, Welcoming, Parting Ceremonies

Fees for other ceremonies will be discussed and agreed upon prior to reservation of the date. Please let me know if you have special needs or considerations, and I will endeavor to work out an agreeable arrangement with you.