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No. I serve you in a way that brings joy to your day. I’ve conducted wedding ceremonies where the couples were Catholic/Muslim, Agnostic/Lutheran, Baptist/No Faith, Spiritual/Presbyterian. I work with the couple to blend the traditions as much as they wish. I am just as comfortable serving you in the manner that helps you live out your own spiritual experience, whether devoutly Christian, Jewish, Muslim, purely spiritual or Agnostic.
This is your choice. Most prefer a “spiritual” and not “religious” ceremony. It is your wedding and my goal is to officiate the ceremony that is right for you. You may find that what you desire is in line with what most other couples that come to me desire – reverent, special, spiritual, and pleasing to the parents without being too “over the top” in terms of religiosity.
Yes! These make for interesting, rich, meaningful wedding ceremonies. I have conducted ceremonies that blend religions, working with you and your various traditions to put together a ceremony that truly reflects your wishes.
No premarital counseling is necessary and people do not have to share my beliefs in order for me to conduct their ceremony.
No. Many of the couples I’ve married are on their second or third marriage. If there are children involved, I often include them in the ceremony. They are recognized and vows are taken to them as well. Read more about my wedding ceremony basics.
Absolutely! I encourage you to personalize your ceremony as much as you wish.
Usually I wear a suit and tie when I officiate, but many couples want something that is in line specifically in with their theme or style, so I do have other ensembles as well. To see some of the outfits that I’ve worn for weddings in the past, click here.
My ceremony officiating fee is $375. The fee for the rehearsal, if you choose to have one, is $150. There may be additional fees for travel as well, depending on where your wedding ceremony will be held (I am local to Pittsburgh, PA) There is some flexibility in the price if you are marrying at an off-peak time such as Monday through Thursday. Please contact me for further details.
You are booked when I receive a deposit of 50% of the total fee. The balance must be paid at least one month in advance of the scheduled wedding.
Yes. The balance is due at least one month before your wedding day.
The sooner the better. Sometimes I am booked a year in advance, so do not delay!
If I have room in my schedule, and I happy to try to accommodate you. I have done many weddings on short notice, and we were able to work through the details without any difficulties and have a wonderful ceremony. Call me as soon as you can and I will do my best to fit you in.
If you are having both the legal (civil) and spiritual (religious) marriage, yes, you must get a wedding license. For more information regarding Pennsylvania marriage licenses, click here. For information about marriage licenses in Allegheny County, click here. If you are already married and are looking to renew your vows with a first time style, a marriage license is not required.