THE PROCESS AND THE PRODUCT
Once you contact me with your name and a few basics concerning your ceremony, I will send an initial draft of my wedding officiant script by email to give you a sense of order and flow, and then we work together in person or by video call to make the ceremony your own. If you want something "short and sweet," then what I send initially to you will likely be just what you're looking for, in modern, straightforward language--we can even trim it down a little. But for couples who want to take the time, I can offer you many options for you to review of wordings for your vows, exchange of rings, my prayers for you, and different readings from the Bible. Some brides want to be given away by their father or another loved one; others do not prefer this element--we will work all that out easily to your wishes. We can add wordings for a unity candle, a sand or wine ceremony, a butterfly or dove release, or many other options (you provide the materials at your cost). You can add a special song, poem, or reading, and involve friends and family members as you wish. Most ceremonies last about 20 minutes; if you choose to add optional elements it may last as long as 25 minutes.
Every couple and their needs are unique, and your wedding ceremony or vow renewal can be too. Whether you want a full-scale ceremony or a quick "just make it legal," I take time to get to know you individually, consult with you for free, by video call, simple phone call, or in person to learn what you want in a ceremony and co-create with you a ceremony that is just right for you--personalized, romantic, spiritually meaningful, and fun, all at the same time. Whether you want something on short notice or if you have more time to plan, you will receive the utmost in professional pastoral care and advice with timely responses to your needs and communications.
Click on the GREEN button for levels of service and associated fees or the BLUE buttons for resources for ceremony planning: (Word files you download and fill in on your computer, or a pdf you review online to save your paper/ink).
HOW WE CAN WORK TOGETHER
OPTION ONE: MEET IN PERSON
I live in Temecula, CA, so when time and distance allow, I'm happy to meet with couples in person for free in my home or another mutually convenient location--possibly your home, and sometimes I meet couples at a Denny's restaurant that works for both of us. That way you can decide if you are comfortable with me, have your questions answered, and go over/customize the ceremony to make it just right for you. Our time together in person typically takes about 1hr 30 minutes.
OPTION TWO: TALK BY PHONE OR ZOOM/FACETIME
If time or distance don't permit meeting in person, we can set an appointment for a video call or phone conversation, usually with the two of you present, either just to get acquainted and answer initial questions (about 30 minutes), or using homework from an email I send you, to go carefully through the ceremony to make all the right adjustments (about a 90 minute call). Or just call or text me any day, 9am-9pm at 951-234-6538 for quick questions and to set an appointment for a longer conversation for which we can all prepare. You can also write to me at SoCalChristianWeddings@yahoo.com
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