The New Basic Ceremony
Choose this package if you want a fun modern ceremony and don't want to worry about picking a bunch of ceremony elements. My New Basic Ceremony is uncomplicated, but absolutely not boring - an upbeat modern service for you and your guests. 15-20 minutes (before vows)
New Basic Ceremony Order:
Processional (walk in)
Show of Support (previously called "giving away")
Intro and Marriage Address
1-2 Readings of your choice (options here)
Recessional (walk out)
Questionnaires: My Q's are very specific - and I break ceremony planning down into simple steps. I'll ask about your grand entrances and exits; we'll figure out mics and music, and make sure you have info to obtain your marriage license. I'll ask if guest photos are allowed or restricted, and if there are any VIP's that may need extra attention from myself or other vendors. I will use this info to create a ceremony just for you!
Are there Extra Costs? Yes, see below.
Rehearsals - $200*
Rehearsal are recommended in most situations if possible, for a bunch of reasons.
The main reason: couples enjoy their ceremonies more when they have rehearsals. Can you imagine putting on a big-budget production of any other kind without a rehearsal? There is a lot to be said for knowing what to expect in general - and those feelings are amplified when you're standing on an (often literal) pedestal in front of everyone you care about.
Your wedding party and close family can/will bond and get their shenanigans started properly.
I'll perform better.
Your photos will turn out better.
I'd love to run everything through with your venue and/or wedding coordinator(s), if possible, but they don't need to run the actual rehearsal - I like doing that part. We'll review our roles and your lines, go over where everyone stands, how not to get in each others' way, how to pin a boutonniere - and I'll answer the age-old question of "what do we do with our hands?" These efforts ahead of time will make sure everyone feels comfortable, and the ceremony will proceed smoothly with fewer problems.
Bonus: I give a pretty good pep-talk at rehearsals. I'll provide your wedding party with suggestions on how they can be helpful on the big day, and give everyone a crash course in modern wedding etiquette.
*Travel = $0.75/mile
(if more than 25 miles from Fort Collins, Colorado)
McCreery House of Loveland: $0
Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark: $75
Lyons Farmette: $50
Westminster Butterfly Pavilion: $80
Sapphire Point: $200
Garden of the Gods: $195
Rocky Mountain National Park: $80-100
Estes Park: $75
Overnights: If distance (one way) exceeds 200 miles there is an additional charge of $200/day for overnight expenses.
In the Distance (200+ Miles):
Maroon Bells = $600 travel ($400 mileage + $200 overnight).
Aspen = $530 travel ($330 mileage + $200 overnight).
Grand Junction: $650 ($450 mileage + $200 overnight)
Outside Colorado: I travel! I am licensed to perform legal ceremonies in all 50 states and I love to explore. Costs vary but I have a pretty good system to figure it now and I'd love to send you a quote. Contact me today about your non-Colorado wedding!