Q. Are you able to legally perform a wedding ceremony?
A. Yes. I received my professional ordination through American Marriage Ministries (Minister ID #485236-221907) and am authorized to perform legal marriage ceremonies in 50 US states.
Q. How much do your services cost?
A. That depends on what you’re looking for. I offer a variety of services from license signing only to full Ceremonies with rehearsal. You’ll find services and pricing on the "Weddings" tab.
Q. Your fee is a little more than what I expected. Why is that?
A. Many Officiants out there have little to no communication with a couple until they show up for the ceremony, and most often they read a simple, impersonal ceremony script.
As your Professional Wedding Officiant, I do so much more than speak for 10-15 minutes during your ceremony. I believe it’s about building a relationship with my couples first before I even begin to create the first ceremony draft.
Once I get to know my couple’s personalities and understand what makes their connection so unique, I can begin building a unique ceremony around their personal love story that best reflects who they are as a couple.
I spend around 10-15 hours on each ceremony (much of which is “behind the scenes”). The time spent includes curating a fresh, new script for each ceremony, research into unity elements, contract prep and finalization, and continuous contact with my couples throughout the process.
Q. How do I book a service?
A. It’s easy! Click “Contact Kristi” below the ceremony options on the Weddings tab to check availability. If your date is available, I’ll draft a Wedding Agreement with all of the terms and send an email invoice so you can purchase your package. As soon as I receive your payment and signed agreement, you’ll officially be on the books and we can get started working on your custom ceremony right away!
Q. Can you hold my wedding date without a deposit?
A. Unfortunately no. Reservations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis as long as a retainer has been received.
Q. What are your deposit requirements?
A. 50% non-refundable retainer is required to lock in your date and is due upon booking, or you can save 10% instantly if you choose to pay in full.
Please note: Payment in full for all services must be received no later than 30 days prior to your ceremony unless your wedding date is less than 30 days from the time of booking in which case payment must be made in full.
Q. How long does a ceremony typically last?
A. Most non-denominational weddings last from 15-20 minutes, including the walk-in and walk-out, but of course, the exact length really depends on the degree to which you “customize” your ceremony.
Q. Do you require Pre-Marital Counseling/Coaching?
A. Pre-Marital Coaching is a great way to help the two of you gain insights about each other and unlock proven strategies for lifelong love. Although it’s not a requirement, it is highly recommended.
Q. Can we write our own vows?
A. Absolutely, and I encourage it! Writing your vows is a great way to better personalize a ceremony to reflect your personalities, love and commitment to one another.
Q. Is a rehearsal really necessary?
A. I highly recommend a Wedding Rehearsal for wedding parties of 8 or more (including the Bride and Groom). Wedding rehearsals help the entire Wedding party know their part in the ceremony; where to go, where to stand, etc.. Doing a couple of run throughs guarantees a smooth transition throughout the service.
Knowing what happens next takes the stress out of the day so everyone can enjoy every single moment instead of worrying where they're supposed to be.
Q. Will you be attending the wedding rehearsal?
A. If you'd like me to attend and conduct your wedding rehearsal, you'll need to select the Simply Beautiful Ceremony with Rehearsal package.
Q. Will you be attending the wedding reception?
A. No. Once the ceremony is finished and the Marriage License is signed, I leave the venue and leave the celebrating to the two of you, your family and friends.
Q. What's the difference between the Elopement and Simply Perfect ceremony package?
A. The Elopement Ceremony is a simple, casual and intimate "no frills" ceremony with a limit of 4 Guests. Custom written vows are not included with this service, however, there is a variety of ceremony scripts available for couples to choose from.
The Ceremony only service is the perfect fit for couples interested in a personalized ceremony with unlimited guests. Custom written vows with unlimited changes are included in this service.
Q. What if we are interested in adding a wine, sand or unity candle ceremony?
A. Additional unity ceremonies are available at no extra cost, however, the couple is responsible for purchasing the “props” for these ceremonies.
Q. Is there an extra cost if we'd like to have you perform an out-of-town ceremony?
A. Yes. Out-of-town ceremonies performed over 30 miles from Pierson, Michigan will incur a mileage fee of $1.25 per additional mile. Locations 4+ hours from Pierson MI will also require an overnight stay which will need to be covered by the couple. Please contact us for more details.
Q. Do you perform ceremonies outside of the US? We are planning a Destination Wedding.
A. Yes! I provide Destination Wedding services for a fee of $800 plus the cost of airfare lodging and land travel. Contact me for further details at email@example.com.
Q. Do you offer any discounts?
A. During our low season (December through March) we will occasionally run a special promotion. You can also take advantage of a 10% discount when you pay for an package in full at booking.
Q. Do you offer other services such as Renewal of Vows and Justice of the Peace?
A. Yes. You'll find our additional services on the "More Services" page.
Q. What do we have to do to get a marriage license?
A. Marriage license requirements vary by county and state so be sure to verify with your county clerk. For a list of Michigan counties where we most often perform weddings, please check the Marriage License page under the "Resources" link.
Q. We want to get married in Michigan, but don’t live there. Where do we apply for our Marriage License, and can we get married anywhere in Michigan?
A. You’ll need to apply for your license in the county in which you will be married. As a non-Michigan resident, the wedding must take place in the same county in which your license was obtained.
Q. What form of payment do you accept?
A. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Paypal.
Q. What happens if I need to cancel? Do you have a refund policy?
A. The State of Michigan states a retainer or deposit given to secure a service is not refundable. Once you've chosen a date and a retainer is placed, the date becomes yours and all others requesting the same time slot will be turned away. For this reason, payments received to secure your wedding date are non-refundable regardless of circumstance. Should you wish to reschedule your wedding date, fees can be applied toward your new date up to 90 days without additional charge.
Q. What is your cancellation policy?
A. Cancellations require written notice. If written notice of Cancellation of Services is provided by the Bride and/or Groom at least seven (7) days prior to the Wedding date booked, all fees paid in excess of the Booking Retainer will be refunded. If written notice of Cancellation is provided by the Bride and/or Groom at less than seven (7) days prior to the Event date, the Bride and/or Groom will be responsible for full payment of Services, except for travel fees, if applicable.
If the Bride and/or Groom do not provide a written notice of Cancellation, Bride and Groom shall be responsible for full payment of Services, including travel fees, if applicable.
If written notice of Cancellation of Services is provided by Client, Officiant shall be released to make attempts to re-book the date and time of the Event. In the unlikely event that the Officiant is unable to perform the ceremony due to unforeseen circumstances (i.e. hospitalization, automobile accident, and/or transportation breakdown, etc.), Officiant shall be allowed to make reasonable attempts to provide a replacement Officiant at no extra cost to the Bride and Groom. In the event the Officiant cancels the Wedding Agreement for Services, Bride and Groom will be refunded all services.
Q. Is it customary to Tip the Wedding Officiant?
A. Tipping is never expected, but always appreciated.