All about my services
All about my services
Why use me as your Officiant?
I joined It's A Wonderful Life Weddings after recognizing a need for
a professional wedding officiant service. Many of our couples do
not have a church home and, subsequently, did not know how to
get married. As an Officiant I am honored to work with people
through some of life’s most awesome moments. I receive so much
joy in creating the ceremony and then, on the wedding day,
blessing the couple with a ceremony they can remember for years
to come. My motivation and desire is to give you a custom made
ceremonial experience, made possible by my skill, creativity,
integrity and dedication.
How much does a personalized ceremony cost?
Each couple is different in what they are looking for in a ceremony
and accordingly, my fees vary. In any given month, I am officiating
wedding ceremonies normally ranging from $250-$350 for my
services. By the time it is all said and done, your officiant will spend
about 40 hours to make your day the best it can be. As a
Celebrant, I take great pride in my work and expect perfection in
what I do. Rather than merely inserting a one-size-fits-all wedding
script for you to listen to, I custom create the written script for each
couple. I take significant time to learn who you are individually and
as a couple. I also explore what your wants and desires are for the
ceremony. In listening to you, and gathering this key information, I
can then offer creative ideas on how we can accomplish your
dream ceremony. Of course, it always helps if the couple has ideas
of their own. I love it when the bride overflows with creative ideas.
In addition to the time it takes to develop a unique and personalized
ceremony, my fee also includes unlimited consultation with me via
email and telephone, and time and travel to lead your rehearsal and
preside at your wedding ceremony. It also includes the proper
preparation, delivery, and follow up to all legal documents.
How long are your wedding ceremonies?
I have found that the ideal range of time for a wedding ceremony is
between 25 and 35 minutes. If it is shorter than 20 minutes, people
may wonder why they took the time to get dressed up! With my
creative way to a unique and personalized ceremony, your guests
will be engaged and you will be surprised where the time went. Fun
Do we need to have a rehearsal?
I view the rehearsal as an extension of the entire wedding
experience, and it is usually at the rehearsal where the festivities
begin. I have two goals for the rehearsal; The first is to get to know
the wedding party, family, and friends. The second goal of the
rehearsal is to walk through all of the movements of the ceremony,
and to make sure the processional/recessional elements happen
according to your desires. We do not run through the words, but
rather keep them revered for the wedding day. I do however have
the bride and groom practice their vows so that they can sleep
soundly before the ceremony. In my experience, this type of
rehearsal is an enjoyable experience that will give you the
inspiration and confidence you need to be fully present during the
ceremony. No worries! Rehearsals often last between 45 and 60
Can we write our own vows?
I would hope you do! Your vow are that exact moment when the
world closes around you as a couple and you look into each others
eyes and declare you love and devotion for each other. Who better
knows what is in your hearts than you? I am available to guide you
in the process even if you write them yourselves.
When do we sign the marriage license?
I recommend signing your legal documents at rehearsal. In my
experience, keeping paper work out of the wedding day helps
continue a rich flow of festivity between the ceremony and the
reception (it feels strange to whisk the bride and groom off to sign
a paper when all of their guests are waiting to congratulate them). I
believe signing the marriage license at the rehearsal becomes
meaningful and symbolic as the bride and groom prepare for the
emotion of their big day and transition into marriage. Finally, it is my
job to see that all signed legal paperwork gets immediately
returned for processing to the Clerks Office.
How do you dress for a ceremony?
I will always dress dignified and appropriately for a ceremony. I
give the couple the choice of my attire, but it usually ends up being
a nice suit and tie. Upon request, I have also worn a ministerial
robe (black) with a stole.
What if we are getting married outside of the Metro area?
Have car, will travel! I’ve been to many places, event venues, and
parks. I will go to anywhere in the Kansas City Metro area. It’s your
wedding and I will do my best to accommodate your wishes.
Pastor John at 816-803-8315.
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