Yes, we will joyfully marry you and your beloved and we are excited to incorporate prayers and other elements from your different religious backgrounds to develop a tasteful, unique ceremony that celebrates you both, and of course, your love.
Yes, we have a network of officiants that we can work with in cases like this. We would find one that doesn’t have a ceremony booked for that time on that date. We would email them your ceremony/details. When they arrive you would give she/he the marriage license and they would fill out the paperwork. You would also give them your final payment, as you would if it were any of us, as we authorize them to receive it from you. We would then follow up with them to ask that they send you and your original officiant a copy of the Marriage License. We have never had to utilize this option. It’s an important question that you ask and could happen with any wedding officiant. Barring a terrible illness or tragedy, we would always be there, and in either one of these circumstances we would find someone else to perform your ceremony.
We arrive one hour before your ceremony and we always schedule ceremonies HOURS apart. This gives us time to travel and arrive with a calm presence and ready to go; help with any issues, do a run through rehearsal with groom and wedding party if need be, etc.
If your ceremony is “in the season,” I would book as soon as possible. Officiants and venues book up quickly. We always perform ceremonies because we treat each ceremony as our own personal work of art and all our couples are special to us.
We arrive an hour before the wedding and can always do a run through at venue. Most often the wedding planner/maître d will do a thorough run through with you both and your wedding party and we are not needed. If we do a separate rehearsal then there is an extra charge for the extra time it will take.
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to hold your ceremony date and time. Once you book with us, we reserve that time and day with you and turn away all inquiries for that specific time frame on that day. We email you paperwork which is a contract between you, the couple, and the officiant. It will state on it the final payment schedule. The final remaining payment is due on the ceremony day in cash. The contract can be printed out to be read and signed and emailed back to us with your deposit to the address listed on that form.
Great! Well, you must apply for a marriage license (Please read over FAQ # 1, go on the website to read requirements). You do not need to be residents; you just need to have your license and an officiant who is registered in New York, which we are.
“Well, honestly I don’t know them all so I can only speak for myself. I grew up in Queens, New York in a tight knit family surrounded by love. My parents, unfortunately, are no longer on earth but I feel their love every day. I am married almost thirty years to my husband and have three beautiful, great children. I consider myself to be, and have been told I am, a kind, compassionate lady. I cherish all the wonderful friends I have in my life and have quite a few since childhood. I am detail oriented and always want to please my couples because I feel I am here to make them happy and fulfill their wishes with my creative spirit. I have a multitude of resources at my fingertips and receive an immense amount of happiness and satisfaction when I give a couple what they yearn for on their special day. Each wedding I create is my own special “work of art”.” – Denise Drapkin.