I created It's A Wonderful Life Weddings after recognizing a need for a professional wedding officiant service. Many of our couples do not have a church home and, subsequently, did not know how to get married. As an Officiant I am honored to work with people through some of life’s most awesome moments. I receive so much joy in creating the ceremony and then, on the wedding day, blessing the couple with a ceremony they can remember for years to come. The qualities I bring to your ceremony come from my background of education, but also from crafting and presiding at ceremonies, public events, and broadcasting. My motivation and desire is to give you an custom made ceremonial experience, made possible by my skill, creativity, integrity and dedication.
How much does a personalized ceremony cost?
Each couple is different in what they are looking for in a ceremony and accordingly, my fees vary. In any given month, I am officiating wedding ceremonies normally ranging from $350-$450 for my services. By the time it is all said and done, your officiant will spend about 40 hours to make your day the best it can be.
As a Celebrant, I take great pride in my work and expect perfection in what I do. Rather than merely inserting a one- size-fits-all wedding script for you to listen to, I custom create the written script for each couple. I take significant time to learn who you are individually and as a couple. I also explore what your wants and desires are for the ceremony. In listening to you, and gathering this key information, I can then offer creative ideas on how we can accomplish your dream ceremony. Of course, it always helps if the couple has ideas of their own. I love it when the bride overflows with creative ideas.
In addition to the time it takes to develop a unique and personalized ceremony, my fee also includes unlimited consultation with me via email and telephone, and time and travel to lead your rehearsal and preside at your wedding ceremony. It also includes the proper preparation, delivery, and follow up to all legal documents.
I have found that the ideal range of time for a wedding ceremony is between 25 and 35 minutes. If it is shorter than 20 minutes, people may wonder why they took the time to get dressed up! With my creative way to a unique and personalized ceremony, your guests will be engaged and you will be surprised where the time went. Fun times.
Do we need to have a rehearsal?
I view the rehearsal as an extension of the entire wedding experience, and it is usually at the rehearsal where the festivities begin. I have two goals for the rehearsal; The first is to get to know the wedding party, family, and friends. The second goal of the rehearsal is to walk through all of the “movements” of the ceremony, and to make sure the processional/recessional elements happen according to your desires. We do not run through the words, but rather keep them revered for the wedding day. I do however have the bride and groom practice their vows so that they can sleep soundly before the ceremony. In my experience, this type of rehearsal is an enjoyable experience that will give you the inspiration and confidence you need to be fully present during the ceremony. No worries!
Rehearsals often last between 45 and 60 minutes.
Can we write our own vows?
I would hope you do! Your vow are that exact moment when the world closes around you as a couple and you look into each others eyes and declare you love and devotion for each other. Who better knows what is in your hearts than you? I am available to guide you in the process even if you write them yourselves.
Do you have an assistant or person to back you up?
Yes, I have an assistant, my wife, who is also a qualified and excellent Officiant in her own right.
When do we sign the marriage license?
I recommend signing your legal documents at rehearsal. In my experience, keeping “paper work” out of the wedding day helps continue a rich flow of festivity between the ceremony and the reception (it feels strange to whisk the bride and groom off to sign a paper when all of their guests are waiting to congratulate them). I believe signing the marriage license at the rehearsal becomes meaningful and symbolic as the bride and groom prepare for the emotion of their big day and transition into marriage. Finally, it is my job to see that all signed legal paperwork gets immediately returned for processing to the Clerks Office.
How do you dress for a ceremony?
I will always dress dignified and appropriately for a ceremony. I give the couple the choice of my attire, but I usually wear a black suit with an Anglican minister type shirt that works well with your wedding attire. Upon request, I have also worn a ministerial robe (black) with a stole. I also do a great Elvis imitation and have the complete outfit.
What if we are getting married outside of the Metro area?
Have car, will travel! I’ve been to many places, event venues, and parks. I will go to anywhere in the San Antonio/Austin area. It’s your wedding and I will do my best to accommodate your wishes.
Contact Me – Phone, Email or Short/Easy Form!
To contact Pastor David, or in Kansas City, Pastor John, please EMAIL HERE, or call me at 210-712-5458. You can call Pastor John at 816-803-8315.
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