Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly does an officiant do?
A Wedding Officiant is the person who stands at the end of the aisle, says a few words, closes with "you may now kiss the bride", gets the marriage licenses signed, and then goes on his or her merry way, right? Unfortunately, this is not even close! Most people, as we have found, have no idea how much time is really spent on a wedding and the preparation leading up to it! The officiant is a busy "behind the scenes" person. They help write and plan the ceremony, meet with the couple, and they may provide pre-marital counseling. At a rehearsal, a wedding officiant may provide some basic wedding coordination with the processional, staging, and other details that may be important to a couple. However, your minister or officiant is one of the most busy people during the wedding planning stages, and they are involved with every aspect of your perfect ceremony!
Do you require pre-marital counseling or marriage classes?
No, we do not. Many of the couples we serve have been living together for years, and some have come from different faith backgrounds. We want to work with everyone and not exclude those who truly want to commit. If you are interested in pre-marital counseling, we can gladly make recommendations!
Do you travel?
Absolutely! For traveling 25-100 miles outside of Kent, Muskegon, or Newaygo counties, your officiant may have a nominal fee. Please check with him or her directly. If we travel outside of a 100 mile radius, a premium travel fee will apply.
Do you require a contract?
For our protection and yours, we do require a signed contract. This ensures you have an officiant at your wedding, and that we are not overbooked, or have a conflict of interest with scheduling. It also provides valuable information for the officiant in regard to dates, times and contact information. Having a contract in place protects not only the couple, but the minister from unforeseen circumstances and gives a clear level of expectation of the working relationship between the couple and their chosen officiant.
Are you available for a last minute wedding? My minister just cancelled!
If we are free, we will happily fill the spot of the minister who was unable to attend. We will do everything in our power to make sure you have the best wedding day possible! Please note: last minute weddings with a guest count of more than 15 will be priced according to Classic Package pricing. You can always check our Availability, or call or email to find out if we are available.
Can you meet with us ahead of time?
Definitely! Some of our couples prefer online or phone contact. However, some people prefer to meet in person to discuss wedding details, and we can accommodate that as well. Some of our ministers provide free in-person pre-contract consultations. Those who are unable to provide this service will gladly discuss your needs via phone, Skype, or Google Groups if you prefer a “face to face” meeting. If you would like a consultation before booking, please call or email your preferred minister to inquire.
Do you have prepared ceremonies available? What about unity ceremonies?
We have a special PDF book full of ceremonies, vows, readings, and unity celebrations that can be performed at weddings. Did you know that some churches no longer allow unity candles because of risk of fire? We have alternatives that you can use that are just as beautiful and meaningful. If you want to write your own vows you are welcome to, or you may pick from several traditional ceremonies.
Do you have your own sound system?
Rev. Cammie has a battery-operated, portable amplifier system, complete with microphones. It is rated to be appropriate for venues and reach up to 400 guests. If it is determined to be a worthwhile investment, other team members will be providing this service in the future!
How do I book my wedding day with AWMFY?
Please visit our "Reserve Your Day" page. To book your wedding day with us, we require a non-refundable 50% retainer and a signed contract. We accept PayPal, or check, cash or money order through USPS mail. Please note that bookings are first come, first served, and if we do not receive a deposit and signed contract, we are unable to guarantee your date.
Are you able to do more than one wedding in a day?
Yes! Because there are several of us, we can easily perform up to four weddings in one day. If you see a date and are unsure, please contact us to inquire about your wedding date. We will try to accommodate!
What types of ceremonies do you perform?
We perform all types of ceremonies to fit your needs. We officiate religious, non-denominational, civil ceremony, non-religious, vow renewal, interfaith, etc. We've even performed theme and costumed weddings for creative couples! The only requirement we have for our ceremonies is that there is a valid marriage license presented before the ceremony begins.
Do you provide services to same-sex couples?
We do! Through Rev. Chadwick, AWMFY offers services to same-sex couples. Please see his page for more information and our Availability calendar to double-check his availability.
What is included with your price? Are you competitive?
We want to encourage couples to seek out other officiant services and compare rates. You will not only find ours to be in line with our competitors (or even slightly less), but you will find the quality of the services you receive from our team to be worth every penny of your investment. We join you in every step of your ceremony planning process, and provide valuable insight and experience with writing vows, choosing special songs or readings, or just offering reassurance to a nervous newlywed. We aim for professionalism and affordability, and believe that our price point provides both. Please visit our Services and Fees page to learn more about our fees and package inclusions.
Are you licensed and able to perform weddings?
The state of Michigan does not require ministers to be licensed to perform weddings. You simply must be ordained through a church and be declared ordained clergy or minister. Every minister at A Wedding Minister For You is ordained and in good standing with our ordaining churches.
How does payment work? When is it expected?
We require a downpayment of 50% of your package, as well as a signed copy of our contract to book your date. The remainder is due seven (7) days before the wedding.You may also pay in full up front if you so choose. Please note: we do NOT accept personal checks as a form of payment. Payment must be made out to your minister with cashier's check, money order, cash, or online via PayPal.