Daniel's process is unlike other officiants, especially as compared to those with internet "ordinations." When you first meet up with Daniel, you will have a brief, no-obligation meet-and-greet. This way, both the couple and Daniel get to determine if he is the right officiant for you. Ready to book a no-obligation meet-and-greet now?
During or after the meet-and-greet, you verbally express to Daniel your intentions of whether you would like to move forward in the process. As always, you may ask as many questions as you need in order to feel confident in your decision.
Your wedding date is reserved when you put down your deposit. The deposit is refundable until the contract is signed. (See below for the current rate of deposit.)
Once you verbally express your intentions to Daniel, he will draw up a contract. The contract lays out the expectations of the couple and of the officiant so there is no ambiguity. The document is legal and binding, meaning you can expect the services you signed up for will be provided with elegance.
Daniel will spend about an hour with you to make sure he gets all the details.
After the planning meeting, Daniel will work with each fiance(e) to craft meaningful vows and to get some backstory, which is woven throughout the ceremony. As a result of the questionnaire process, you might hear the other person's perspective for the very first time, which creates a really lovely treat on the day of the wedding. When the vows and story are in sync, there is a 100% chance of laughter and a 99% chance of tears during the ceremony.
As the date of the wedding approaches, you may request a final consultation to go through the specifics about how things will work on the day of the ceremony.
Sometimes the day before, sometimes the afternoon before, many couples opt to have a run-though for blocking prior to the ceremony. This process is typically run by a wedding coordinator, but Daniel is capable of running the rehearsal by request. Additional charges may apply.
This is it: the moment you've been waiting for--sometimes since childhood. Besides walking you through the preparatory phases... during the ceremony, Daniel will do little things like hold your tissues for you, give you a copy of your vows if you forgot your copy, and walk you through the ceremony so you don't have to think except to behold your spouse.
Immediately following the ceremony but before the photos, the marriage license is signed. This is also your opportunity to pay the balance of the honorarium. With the officiant often being the least expensive portion of the wedding (though arguably most important!), most couples are so pleased with their ceremony that they choose to tip Daniel.