CAN YOU LEGALLY MARRY US?
In the State of New Mexico an Ordained Clergy Member, Minister, Priest, Rabbi, Reverend Etc. who are authorized by their church can legally marry you. I was ordained in 2005 and have been happily performing wedding ceremonies ever since!
CAN WE WRITE OUR OWN VOWS?
Absolutely! I encourage couples to write their own vows and for that matter to personalize the ceremony in any fashion that makes the ceremony more meaningful to them.
DO YOU OFFER UNITY CANDLES, SAND OR ROSE CEREMONY OPTIONS?
I offer all 3 and if you can think of anything else that you would like to incorporate I’m all for it! However, you are responsible for the supplies (candles, sand, rose etc).
HOW DO WE GET A MARRIAGE LICENSE?
For New Mexico, please check out this link http://www.bernco.gov/marriage-license-info/ However, let me also say… and I can’t stress enough… regardless of what the county clerks website or voice recording states, if you are a US citizen, you HAVE to bring your Social Security Card or a W-2 or a 1099 or if you already have a “login” for the SS website you can sign in via your cell phone. Along with a government issued Photo ID (drivers license/Passport). A birth certificate does NOT replace the Social Security Card!!!! If you have been married before and your X has passed away you also need to bring a copy of their Death Certificate.
WE ARE MIXED FAITHS, ARE YOU OK WITH THAT?
Absolutely! I am happy to incorporate whatever family/religious traditions you would like to include or to keep the ceremony as non-denominational as possible. The choice is yours.
DO YOU PERFORM SAME SEX MARRIAGES?
Absolutely!!! I am more than happy to join anyone that wants to celebrate their love by getting married! And I am thankful that it is legal in New Mexico as of Dec. 19, 2013!
WE HAVE CHILDREN WE WOULD LIKE TO INCORPORATE INTO THE CEREMONY, WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST?
There are lots of ways to include children; the most popular is to include them in the Unity or Sand Ceremony. But you could also present them with a small gift or share vows with them. This is certainly something we could discuss and I’d be happy to share what material I have with you in regards to this.
DO YOU REQUIRE A DEPOSIT and WHEN IS THE BALANCE DUE?
I do not require a deposit to “book” me. However, if you would like to choose the ceremony I perform I do ask for a financial commitment before I share my material, normally $75 or 50% of my fee, whichever is greater. The balance should be made within 2 weeks of your wedding date. Once payments have been made they are NON-REFUNDABLE.
Absolutely! Please just let me know what you are looking for and I would be happy to email you the contact information I have for that vendor or you can check out “Amazing Wedding Vendors” tab.
DO I HAVE A CONTRACT OR SOME FORM OF FORMAL CONFIRMATION?
I do not use a contract, but I do offer a letter of CONFIRMATION. Since I do not require a “deposit” and I don’t penalize you for canceling or changing your date or time, I don’t feel the need for a “contract”. My Confirmation letter provides the same thing – it confirms your date, time, location & my fees. If you feel the need for more than that please feel free to discuss this with me personally.
IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY, DO YOU HAVE SOMEONE TO BACK YOU UP IF YOU CAN’T MAKE A WEDDING YOU HAVE SCHEDULED?
Absolutely! I have a list of 4-5 officiants that I would call to replace me should I not be able to attend your wedding. I might add that only once in 6 years have I needed to call in a replacement and that was because my father passed away.
MY COMPANION IS INCARCERATED, CAN YOU MARRY US?
My initial reply is YES, however, there are lots of hoops to jump through, so please contact me for details.
WHAT ARE YOUR FEES FOR 2015?
Monday – Thursday $75-$125
Friday – Sunday $125-$175
*If your wedding is in Bernalillo, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, East Mountains, Sandia Crest or further, extra fees apply.
DO YOU CHARGE A FEE FOR CHANGES/CANCELLATIONS?
I understand life sometimes gets in the way and changes must be made and I make every effort to work with your schedule. With that said, once the deposit is received it is non-refundable. If full payment has been made provided cancellation is received 1 month in advance, you will get a refund less the deposit. If within 1 month all monies are non refundable. If it is a postponement, I charge a re-booking fee equal to the deposit, all other monies will be applied to the new date. If however, postponement happens on a holiday weekend all monies are non-refundable.
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