June 2nd, 2005
Frequently Asked Questions
I invite you to call or email me to discuss your wedding plans.
Q: How can I contact you?
A: Feel free to call me (941-351-5347) or email me any time.
Q: Are you an Ordained Minister?
A: Yes, I am an Ordained All-Faiths Minister (some call it non-denominational). The State of
Florida authorizes me to perform wedding ceremonies and sign your marriage license to
make it legal. Rev. Richard Butler also has the same credentials and is available to perform
Q: What kinds of ceremonies do you perform?
A: All kinds! Civil, Religious, Spiritual, Interfaith, Multi-Cultural, Renewal of Vows and Baby
Blessings. Since each ceremony is custom written just for you, it will reflect your love and
commitment in a personal and memorable way.
Q: What is included in the ceremony?
A: There are as many aspects to a wedding ceremony as there are people. You can include
Parents, Grandparents, Children, Readings, Prayers, Poetry, Unity Sand Ceremony, Shell
Toss Ceremony, Unity Candle, Rose Ceremony, Chocolate Ceremony, Blessing of the
Hands or Rings...and any other element that you would like. I will work with you to select the
best possible ceremony elements, and I will gently guide you through the process.
View some planning ideas.
Q: Why should we ask you to officiate at our wedding?
A: We have many years of experience creating and conducting wedding ceremonies. We
know that this is YOUR DAY and it is all about YOU! We bring warmth, professionalism and
humor to everything we do, and you will enjoy working with us. Your guests will compliment
you on your ceremony and how we conducted it, and they will be engaged in the ceremony
from beginning to end. We are calm and can handle any situation that arises with grace and
ease. We will help make your dream wedding a reality, and you will enjoy your wedding day!
Q: We need a Wedding Coordinator. Can you help?
A: Absolutely! I offer a Wedding Coordinator Package that can make all the difference in
your enjoyment of your Special Day.
Q: How do we get started?
A: The process is simple! We have a "get acquainted" meeting, Skype session or three-way
telephone conversation if you are at a distance - and I ask a lot of questions. This gives me
the information I need to write your ceremony. I will take a non-refundable deposit to confirm
your date and time. No matter who performs your ceremony, myself or Rev. Rich, I will
create the ceremony with you.
Q: Why is the deposit non-refundable?
A: Since I am reserving your date and time just for you, I will turn down any other services
that may be requested by other couples. Additionally, I will have spent time with you and on
the preparation of your ceremony.
Q: Can we make changes to the wedding ceremony?
A: Of course! It is YOUR ceremony. Once it is composed, I will email the draft to you and you
will make any changes you wish. I'm always happy to offer any guidance you may need. We
think it is important for you to participate in the creation of your ceremony so there are no
surprises. It is always exactly what you want.
Q: Do you provide a copy of the wedding ceremony for us?
A: Certainly! I email the ceremony to you once it is just the way you want it.
Q: What if we want a simple civil ceremony? Do we meet with you?
A: I am happy to provide our Wedding Packet which consists of a brief questionnaire and a
"menu" of ceremony choices from which you may select the elements of your ceremony. It is
quite appropriate for a small wedding or if you elope. It will not require an in-person
meeting; we can "meet" on the telephone, email and Skype If you wish to meet, I will make
Q: How long does the wedding ceremony take?
A: Generally, the ceremony will be approximately 30 minutes depending on what you would
like included. It is plenty of time for you to say everything that is important to you, and your
guests are still listening at the end.
Q: What if we are Second Marriage Catholics, of different faiths and/or ethic
backgrounds, planning to include our children, or other non-traditional situations?
A: I believe your love can and should be expressed in your wedding ceremony, and I am
delighted to accommodate your special desires and circumstances. I can help you with any
situation you may have...blended families, cultural elements, etc.
Q: Do you have a backup in case you have an emergency situation on our wedding
A: Yes! Although this rarely occurs, we will be certain to provide another wedding officiant
to fill in for us so that your wedding day is just the way you want it to be.
Q: We have always thought of being married by a man. Is this wrong?
A: Of course not. Everyone has personal preferences. Rev. Rich Butler (my husband) is
ready to provide the same level of expertise and caring to ensure a heartfelt wedding
ceremony that is exactly what you want.
Q: Can we have a friend or family member read a poem or scripture during the
A: Yes, and I can help you make the selection from our extensive library of readings.
Q: Can we write our own wedding vows and read them at our wedding?
A: Of course you can, and I'm very happy to offer guidance just in case it is not as simple as
Q: Will our guests be able to hear the ceremony, especially if it is outdoors?
A: We offer a sound system to amplify our voices and yours. We use a hand-held or
lavaliere (clip-on) microphone. There is a small additional fee for this service.
Q: What do you wear to the ceremony?
A: You may choose the attire. I can wear my Minister's Robe, a dress or any other outfit
that reflects the level of formality you want. Rich can wear a suit or more casual outfit...it's
always your choice. See pictures on the Photo Album Page.
Q: Do we need a Florida Marriage License? Do we need a blood test? Is there a
A: Yes, you need a Marriage License issued by the State of Florida. You can obtain it at
any County Clerk's office in the State of Florida by going in person with photo id's (driver
license or passport), your Social Security Numbers and the ending date of any previous
marriage(s). The fee is approximately $93.50 (it varies by county). There is a three-day
waiting period for Florida Residents; no waiting period for Non-Residents. No blood tests
are required and witnesses are not required. The license is valid for 60 days from date of
issue and must be returned to the Clerk's office within 10 days of your wedding ceremony,
which is part of the service we provide. You will receive your certified copy in about three
weeks via U.S. mail.
For full details, visit Sarasota County Clerk's Office Marriage License Info.
ALTERNATIVELY, you may have a third-party obtain the marriage license on your behalf.
This is particularly helpful if you are outside of Florida or just too busy planning your Big
Day. We recommend that you contact: Florida Marriage License Express
Q: Do we have to be U.S. Citizens in order for you to perform our wedding
A: No, as long as you obtain a Marriage License issued by the State of Florida. We have
performed many weddings for people from many countries...Canada, England, Germany,
Scotland, Brazil, Switzerland, Chile, Sweden, South Africa, Venezuela...and more!
Q: What if we want a rehearsal?
A: I am happy to schedule a rehearsal, usually the day before your wedding, but it can be
whenever it works for you. The rehearsal can be conducted at the site of the wedding
ceremony or any other place that you wish, and there is a nominal additional charge. I will
prepare a document for your approval showing every aspect of the processional, where
people stand and front-row seating. I will take care of every detail and make sure everyone
is comfortable with their part, especially any children who are included. And, we'll have
Q: What if we have our marriage license but do not want to be married at the
courthouse? Can you provide a wedding ceremony on short notice?
A: I try to accommodate every bridal couple, and usually the answer is "Yes!" It's possible
that I can come to your location, or you can come to mine. It is not required by the State of
Florida to have witnesses sign your Marriage License, but you are welcome to have them
attend if you wish.
Q: We're already married. Would you perform a ceremony for our family and
A: Yes. I often do this kind of "wedding." It will be a lovely re-commitment ceremony, and if
you don't want anyone to know you just couldn't wait, that's okay.
Q: Do you perform beach weddings? What else should we consider?
A: Over half of our weddings are conducted at the beach. Most often they are on a
Sarasota, Bradenton, Nokomis, Osprey, Manasota, or St. Pete Beach. Some of the most
beautiful beaches are on Siesta Key, Lido Beach, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key.
Other popular locations include homes, one of the many fine country clubs, restaurants or
public parks in the greater Sarasot/Bradenton area.
"A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the
individuals and in the way they express their love."
- Pearl S. Buck
|If you have any other questions, please feel free to call
(941-351-5347) or email me. It's always a pleasure to talk
about your plans and how we can help make your
Wedding Day as special as it can be.
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