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|Full Custom Ceremony with Original Writing
Writing and public speaking are my strong points. This is where I do my best work and you get
the most value for your dollar. Anyone can give you lists of things to copy and paste from, let
you choose readings and vows and then call it "custom". But if it's not your own thoughts and
feelings which speak for and about YOU... then it is just assembled and not truly custom. My
ceremonies include a meeting where I paraphrase your thoughts and feelings and create a first
draft of your ceremony. Then we tailor it until it fits as perfectly as the dress does!
|Choose a Pre-written Ceremony from my web site
Do you see something on my website that is perfect for you? Do you want to pick a few
elements or give me a few guidelines and let me handle the rest? Well then let's give you a
discount for the roughly 3 hours that we're saving by skipping the meeting and original writing!
This is what many officiants consider a personalized ceremony. It is a mix and match, rather
than starting with a blank piece of paper and writing new material with you. If you like
something more traditional or consider yourselves to be more private people this works!
|This page is the hardest for me to compose.
Every ceremony that I do is different and all couples have different needs. My fees are based on
the real time spent to get you married. Location is a factor because although I do not schedule
closer than 3 hours between weddings (unless they are in the same town or building) if there is a
bridge, tunnel, or single lane roads that are sometimes slowed by a tractor... I give you a larger
window of time. Whether we are writing personal sections with original material for you is
another factor. My meetings are usually an hour to an hour and a half and then it's another 2
hours at my computer to spin your thoughts into paragraphs that we can work with. If you are
flexible as to your ceremony start time, this is a great way to reduce the fee. Backyard weddings
work especially well this way. In general if you need more time the fee will reflect this. If you
want to reduce the fee the question is what are you willing to give up? There are lots of different
options and many couple's needs vary. If 20 minutes is all you want from me, meaning I can
marry another couple a half hour before and after you, then "Just Marry Us" is the ticket for you.
|Just Marry Us!
Perfect for those who don't want to marry at town hall. You come here to my house in Kings
Park with no more than 1 or 2 witnesses, make your vows and you're in and out in 20 minutes.
Monday - Thursday day and evening hours
Weekends - check for limited availability.
For larger than this, perhaps with more guests than just the 2 witnesses, yet less than the above
packages, ask about the Argyle Gazebo, Babylon Town Hall Gazebo, Northport Harbor or even
a ceremony at your home options. The fee for these will depend on how far the location of your
choice is. The lower rate of the adlib ceremonies are because you are hiring me for a shorter
duration of time. Late fees begin 15 minutes after the start time.
|All the above services include the changes and fine tuning that make the draft into your
ceremony, and as much email and phone support that you need to be comfortable with every
aspect of your ceremony.
On the day of the wedding I don't schedule closer than 3 hours in between weddings, unless
of course they within a couple of miles of one another or at the same venue. I get to the site
45 minutes to 1 hour early to make sure that any one who has a part is comfortable, and to
coordinate with the other vendors and such. I stay for approximately 45 minutes after the
scheduled start time, with the ceremony ending 30 minutes after scheduled start time, and the
final 15 minutes to break down my sound system, congratulate you and your families, and
finish up any paperwork that's left..
I bring my own PA and even electricity if necessary.
( this can be an additional fee of $250.00 - $300.00 if not supplied by the hall or officiant.
Mine is also smaller than my pinky nail so it is almost inviable in photos)
You get the printed ceremony book that I read from with a keepsake
Certificate of Marriage.
I sign and process the real Marriage License,
always sent certified mail, with a tracking number.
If there is a copy machine on site, I copy the Marriage License for your records.
If not a scan can be emailed to you.
Cash on the day is my favorite method of payment.
For those who wish to pay by postal money order
I take those any time prior to two weeks before the ceremony date.
After that it is cash on the day only.
There is a $50.00 pr 15 minutes late fee for any ceremony starting 15 minutes after the
scheduled start time.
(Why? Because believe it or not, sometimes couples lie to me, or quite by accident they give
me the gathering time and not the ceremony time. There are also the couples who negotiate
the lowest price they can, assuring me "They only want 20 minutes" of my time - which is
never the case unless they come to me - and then they run late. So the fee is really to protect
my couples from being inconsiderate to one another. I just want everything to be perfect and
running close to schedule helps that happen.)
|Heidi and Ryan chose the Fulton
Ferry Landing for their ceremony for
the wonderful view of the Brooklyn
I finally got around to getting you a
few pictures from Heidi and my
wedding. Thank you again for
performing such a beautiful ceremony.
All the best,
Love Heidi and Ryan Resky.
|Minister & Rabbi Duo
Interfaith ceremonies are a huge part of our rich cultural heritage in this area. We love taking the
best of what the world has to offer and calling it our own, celebrating both the differences and
the commonality. For the couples who choose a two officiant ceremony, there should be a fluid
dynamic to the rhythm with which the ceremony is delivered. Balance, respect and knowledge
of cultural differences are the key to choosing the right officiant team. This package includes
everything in the "Full Custom Ceremony", a meeting with both CoAW officiants, and new
writing. While the entire ceremony time could be filled with religious structure, for a warmer
friendlier ceremony, we suggest a formula of 1/3 of each religion and 1/3 original to the couple
themselves. Our Rabbi was born in Israel with Hebrew and Yiddish as her 1st languages, so you
are assured the pronunciation of the prayers will be perfect. She also speaks a little Arabic and
will come to marry you any day of the week!
|Full Day Service
This works well for couples who want to be the only wedding scheduled on their day. Some like
to rehearse not an hour before but 3 hours before and then do pictures. Some weddings, Up
State New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in particular require the time that two or three
local weddings could be performed in. The fee will be based on traveling and time spent both on
the day and for what ever levels of pre-ceremony service you choose.
As my home page says I'll go anywhere, especially if the flight is on you! The fee will be based
on real time spent to make your day amazing and perfect! Air and lodging, if necessary, for
destination weddings are provided by the couple
|Stay for a Meal Blessing
Most couples have a family member perform this function, However if you would like me to
stay and give a blessing before dinner I would be honored! I am scheduled to leave after
concluding the ceremony so small fee is required to reserve this extra time on the calendar
|Even smaller weddings still need photos!
For those not wanting to leave this to friends and family
I recommend Chris from As You Wish Photography
He has hourly rates and will give you all your photos on a CD
Click here to see one of his Argyle Gazebo weddings
|Argyle Gazebo is rarely in use mid week,
However on weekends it has become very
popular. Last time I was there they had a new
sign stating that a permit is always required.
|Babylon Town Hall has a few really nice spots.
There is a small gazebo, and 2 landscaped areas by
the lake. The nice thing about having the ceremony
here is that once we are done I run the license right
inside to be filed. Babylon is also very
accommodating to active military in expediting the
|Northport Harbor has multiple gazebos to
choose from with the quaintest little
harbor around! Great for photos and