Getting married or renewing your vows is not something you do every day. Feel free to ask me any questions by calling or emailing me. To assist with general questions, please see the questions and answers below:
Q: How much advance notice do you need in order to book a wedding?
I try to be as flexible as possible and have been called upon with as little as two hours notice. For prime wedding months (May-September), I would recommend contacting me about 6 months in advance if possible.
Q: Where do you perform your services?
I can officiate weddings all over Ohio – from parks and beaches to back yards and vacation rentals.
Q: Why should I choose you instead of another wedding officiant?
You need to find the officiant that is right for you. I am light-hearted, creative and easy going. It is important to me, as well, that we have a great rapport and can freely communicate about the ceremony.
Q: Do you need a deposit?
I do require a deposit along with a short, one-page agreement, to confirm and hold your date. The balance of the payment must be paid prior to beginning the wedding ceremony.
Q: How long is a typical ceremony?
This depends on what you would like to have as part of your ceremony. Traditionally, they last about 15 – 25 minutes.
Q: What do I need to bring to the wedding ceremony?
The most important thing to bring is your wedding license. I will fill out my portion and sign it at the conclusion of the ceremony.
Q: Do we pick from several different ceremony templates and you just insert our names?
I believe that everyone is different and the love that brought you together is unique. We start by talking over the phone and, if possible, we meet in person so that I can find out more about you as a couple. From there, we go through some ideas together and form a customized ceremony.
Q: What do you wear?
For me, it is all about being flexible. I can dress in any way that you like. Typically, it will be a suit unless otherwise specified.
Q: Do you only do religious ceremonies?
I was raised Christian and am now Buddhist, but do not require any ceremonies to be religious. I have married people of all different faiths as well as people that have no religious affiliations. We can go through all of the details when we meet.
Q: Who writes our vows?
That is up to you. I have examples of traditional “I Do” vows as well as “repeat after me” vows. I usually suggest that you either write your own vows OR that we do a combination of the traditional (or repeat after me) vows followed by your own personal statements to each other. This helps to personalize your wedding experience.
Q: Where are you legally able solemnize marriages?
Joe is authorized to solemnize marriages in Ohio and West Virginia, as long as the couple has a valid marriage license. Deo is authorized in Ohio and New York.
Q: When can we get a copy of our official marriage license?
A “recorded” copy of your marriage license is generally available FROM THE PROBATE COURT about 2 weeks after your wedding. Some courts automatically send you a copy once it’s been filed, others require you to request a recorded copy. To get yours from Cuyahoga County Probate Court, you can either go in person or make your request by mail. Further information is available on Cuyahoga County Probate Court website.