Weddings for Everyone
As an officiant, I do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnic or national origin, age, disability, gender identity or expression, sex or sexual orientation. I welcome you, as you are - full stop. If, as a couple, you love each other and want to publicly and legally commit to a life together, I'm here for that and for you.
Humanist weddings are non-religious but wholeheartedly welcome interfaith couples (or couples of one faith who want a non-religious service) and can include rituals, readings, cultural ceremonies, or traditions of your choosing. As your wedding officiant, I will work with you to build a ceremony that best reflects your love and your intentions for your wedding day. Whether it's a simple signing with two witnesses or an over the top spectacle with all of your extended family, I can help you create a ceremony that meets your collective wishes.
Fees and Other Details
My rates are on a sliding scale, based on:
- the size of your event
- the type and complexity of the ceremony
- the location
- the date
If you are interested in knowing more, send me a message. Include the approximate day, time, and location of your wedding (if you know it) and number of guests you are expecting. I’ll send you a sample contract and fee estimate, and if interested, we will plan a meeting where we can talk further and find answers for any pending questions. Upon request, I can also provide a sample ceremony, though all ceremonies are personalized and no two are ever exactly the same.
In the event that I'm unavailable, I’m happy to recommend other officiants to contact.
Planning Your Ceremony
As your wedding officiant, my role is:
- to walk and talk you through the paperwork and legalities
- to lead you in performing the necessary language from the Marriage Act and submit the legal documents to the province
- to offer an anchor as you plan your wedding and be a guide as you bring your ceremony to life
Some people know exactly what they want for their weddings. Others may feel bound by what they think a wedding should be. If we decide to work together, you'll have my assistance in unravelling your desires, and brainstorming a ceremony that is wholly representative of you. We'll meet in person to talk and I'll also give you a questionnaire to fill out so I can get to know each of you, as individuals and as a couple. Once I have a sense of what you're looking for, I'll draft a ceremony and together we will fine tune it and make it right for the occasion.
The Big Day
There is something intangible about the feeling of a wedding - it's joyful, emotional, and it exists very much in the present moment. For many, it goes by in a flash. And what we end up remembering is not so much what the couple wore but the way their faces shone; not the details of the venue but the way two new families joined in ecstatic celebration on the dance floor. It's the love which radiates between two people and the effect it has as it echoes out, touching each and every one gathered around them.
As your wedding officiant, my best advice to you is to make your wedding what you want it to be. It can be a quick and dirty elopement, a big top circus, or a small ceremony with your nearest and dearests at the pub. Whatever your two hearts desire is what I will help you fulfill. Contact me to get started.
Photo Credits (Top to Bottom):
Molly Johnson, Jacklyn Barber, Molly Johnson, Carl Hansen