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August 9, 2017

You're busy...absolutely. Work, family commitments, social events, wedding planning, possibly kids' schedules, an unexpected illness or emergency, or any other life event can put anyone behind on paperwork. However, the contract between the couple and the officiant is...

May 12, 2017

After receiving an inquiry for a vow renewal 16 months away this week, I polled an online group of wedding officiants about how far out from a ceremony date they would accept bookings. The answers ranged mostly from 8 to 16 months. One officiant had already booked a 20...

March 29, 2017

Wedding officiants sometimes wear special attire, if requested by couples. There are two items that are most common: the robe and the stole. Both come in many colors and fabrics, both can be solid-colored or can be decorative. If an officiant is associated with a parti...

January 16, 2017

"Hi - my fiance and I read your reviews, and we would like to officiate our wedding! We're getting married on October 15. Are you available?" The answer is: maybe. What time? Where? 

You've found an officiant whose services, photographs, package prices and reviews...

December 7, 2016

A Valentine's Day wedding is as romantic as it sounds. Whether you are starting your day off with a sweet ceremony, have a mid-day ceremony followed by a luncheon, or an evening sunset ceremony, February 14 is a lovely day to unite two hearts! But, don't wait to schedu...

October 28, 2016

Just when the other states begin the shift toward the chilly season, Tampa Bay enters a time of year with less humidity, more breeze, less rain, more gorgeous days! Planning for an outdoor wedding, vow renewal or other special celebration during November and December c...

September 24, 2016

For weddings outside of the standard areas of service for UNIQUE & HANDCRAFTED CEREMONIES (to wit: Pinellas County and most of Hillsborough County), the travel fees beyond 40 miles round-trip per event have just been lowered! With lowered gasoline prices remaining fair...

September 15, 2016

For same-sex couples, the legal right to marry is such an overdue joy. Finding an officiant who is comfortable presiding over the ceremony is an important choice for the couple. UNIQUE & HANDCRAFTED CEREMONIES has been at the forefront of this historical shift. Rev. De...

July 27, 2016

There are many costs associated with a wedding: venue, catering, music, flowers, attire, cake, decorations, beverages, transportation, gifts for the attendants, wedding planner, invitations, photographer, videographer, hair and make-up, bachelor/-ette parties, honeymoo...

July 24, 2016

It's not too soon to contract with your officiant if your wedding is within the next six months (or even further out!). Contact your officiant to reserve the date and time of your ceremony; complete and sign your contract; send the deposit if applicable; then confirm a...

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