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Fun Wedding Departures: What will your exit be?

Thanks to our fabulous photographers Brooke Photography, Morgan Matters, Jesse Daniels, Tall Trees, The Studio, Megelaine, and Brittany Davis

Throughout your wedding planning you have envisioned making sure to WOW your guests with your invitations, décor, linens, cocktails, dinner and entertainment.  Each element of your wedding or event sets a tone and excites your guests about being part of the experience.

Have you ever thought about the party ending?  What about the departure?  Would you like to make it as memorable as the entry into your ballroom?  Ceremony or reception, your departure will leave a happy memory for you and guests.

Don’t overlook the wedding departure.  It can be fun and fabulous!  What better experience than to leave your guests with another unexpected, happy and exciting moment?  We have offered some images of past weddings that we hope will WOW you and give you the inspiration you may need to create your very own Grand Departure.  Make sure to let us know what you decide.

Happy planning!

Love,

Kim

Hiring A Wedding Officiate

Here are some great tips from one of our best resources www.marthastewartweddings.com

For a Religious Ceremony
Any clergy person who officiates will want the couple’s interests to be deep-seated and to extend beyond the architecture of the church. If the couple practices the same religion and are members of a church or synagogue, then the choice of officiate is probably clear. Someone who is not a member of a church or synagogue can find a clergy person by calling local churches and a religion’s national headquarters for referrals.

What to Ask
During the first meeting with a religious officiate, start by asking questions about his or her approach to the service and what the ceremony will entail — whether there will be a speech or a sermon, and whether the couple can offer input on the subject. Should the couple choose to add some personal touches to the ceremony, such as writing their own vows, they can ask the officiate for suggestions and advice.

Religious Officiate Budget
If either the bride or groom is a member of the congregation, the couple may not need to pay a fee to be married by a clergy person. It is appropriate, however, to give him or her a gift of appreciation and gratitude. For nonmembers, the fee for a religious officiate can range from $100 to $250, especially if there are prenuptial meetings. Payment is expected for all of the officiate’s travel expenses. Sometimes the fee for having the wedding at a house of worship is taken in the form of a donation, which can range from $50 to $1,000. It is customary for the best man to hand over the payment immediately after the ceremony.

For an Interfaith Marriage
Not too long ago, it was nearly impossible to find an ordained officiate to perform an interfaith ceremony. Today, although there are some hurdles, the climate for an interfaith ceremony is much warmer. Many clergy will perform this type of ceremony alone, or with an officiate of another faith. Couples who are met with resistance from within their own religions can turn to a third, more liberal religion, such as the Unitarian Universalist Association, which is supportive of interfaith marriages across any lines, regardless of whether the bride or groom is a member of its church. Some couples choose to celebrate their vows in the tradition of both religions and have two ceremonies, in which case only the date of one and one signature will appear on the official wedding certificate.

For a Civil Ceremony
A nonreligious ceremony can be just as expressive as a religious one. If it has been cleared with the officiate, the couple may write their own vows and incorporate readings, music, and themes into the ceremony. Exactly who qualifies to be a certified officiate varies from state to state, so be sure to check with the local marriage-license bureau for its rules. Some government officials may perform weddings outside government offices, but the rules for this also vary widely, so check with the local government to find out what is permissible.

Civil OfficiateBudget
The cost of having a judge, a county clerk, or another government official perform the ceremony depends on the locality. The fee may vary if the officiate goes to the site, or if the ceremony takes place at a city hall. As for a religious service, it is customary for the best man to hand over payment after the ceremony.

Please contact us for more information on how we may help you.

By Kim