Outdoor Weddings – 7 Essential County B’s

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Outdoor Weddings – 7 Essential County B’s

Outdoor Weddings  –  7 Essential County B’s

Beautiful, bountiful Prince Edward County! It’s ideal for a wedding away from the city – especially if you love nature and want an outdoor one. Your outdoor wedding or commitment celebration in Prince Edward County may be elegant or rustic, formal or casual, traditional or funky. You’ll find cool County venues, outstanding local County food, County musicians and artists, and other County event vendors ready to serve you. For weddings, there are even County officiants – you know, those people you can’t get married without but who take up little to no space in bride magazines! I am one of those. Almost all the ceremonies I create and officiate are for weddings held outside – in fields, gardens, woods, vineyards, barns, on a dock or on a beach. Have I ever learned about the birds and the bees! Since 95% of the couples I serve come from outside of The County to enjoy its natural elements, and most of their guests are city folk, I’d better share what I’ve learned. About Essential B’s – 7 Tips for your Outdoor County Wedding  It’s all about the Bees! Bees are essential to the survival of humans on our planet. These 10 B’s are essential to the survival of couples marrying outdoors in the County: Bugs – it’s their territory! When you take your event outside, you are guests in bug territory. There are times of the year and times of the day when this is not a problem. If you don’t want to share space with these tiny and often abundant County creatures, check with your venue for those times. But, always be prepared for the officiant or member of the wedding party to take a quick swat at an errant mossie or other annoying winged thing during the ceremony. Breeze – nice but sometimes noisy! A breeze on a hot summer day is lovely. With breeze on a cool day, we can dress to stay warm. But, regardless of the temperature, the wind can blow a ceremony off course causing guests not to hear what’s being said or microphones to make loud, ugly sounds. If you and your officiant can stay chilled and are flexible, the ceremony can proceed and still be beautiful. Just hold onto the official papers, let the flowers take flight if they want, don’t worry about hair blown in your faces, then ditch the mic, gather guests closer to the action and shout! Also, if candles are a part of it, use wind proof ones you can switch on. Beach – dress for it! Swimsuits might not be what you have in mind for your ceremony, but remember to prepare for being at the beach. Remind your guests about beach footwear or coming with bare feet, and don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray. And, if there could be waves, plan for them competing with the volume of speakers’ voices or amplification equipment. Then, there is sand! And children who are sure to get wet – have some towels handy. Brightness – sunshine can be too shiny! All couples pray for sunshine on their special day. For your outside wedding, check out the placement of the sun at the site at the time of year and time of day for your ceremony. Seat your guests so they are not looking into the sun. Remind guests to bring sunglasses, hats or visors – or provide parasols. And, sunblock! Sunglasses on the marrying couple are not ideal for your photos. Boots – are made for walking! Okay, this is the third reference to footwear, because it takes 3 repetitions for information...

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Talking Religion and Money

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in Information, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Talking Religion and Money

Talking Religion and Money

Talking Religion and Money My Mama taught me not to talk about politics, religion and money. But if you are planning a wedding, we must discuss at least your beliefs (religion?) and money… and sometimes politics too. Typically, couples seeking an officiant are not getting married in a church community. So, we talk religion and what your wishes are in that regard – your wish is, happily, my command. That’s that, about religion! But the first question is usually about money. What does it cost? The glib answer is “what’s it worth to you”? Officiant fees span a wide range, but so do their services. First, discover what is available – learn about the difference between officiants and the value added by a professional celebrant. That is not an easy job as many officiants use the same words to describe what ends up being very different results. Second, remember you get what you pay for. So, take advantage of a free consultation with a life-cycle celebrant or others who offer it to explore what kind of ceremony you want – even if you have been married before or have attended many weddings, you may not be sure. That consultation will give you lots of clues about the officiant’s work and the chance to ask discerning questions about value. Some of us will provide you with a detailed written price quote. Are all officiants created equal? Of course we were, but you be the judge of whether what we have to offer is equal. Check out our training and experience relevant to what you are looking for – as a speaker, as a ceremony specialist, in cultural marriage rituals, as a writer, as an organizer, as a coordinator, as a listener. If you want more than a 10-minute legal quickie, that any clerk can follow a format and do, all those skills are important. After confirming you would get the competences needed for the best job, check out whether the officiants’ style, personality and approach to your belief system or faith jives is a fit for you. A Life-cycle Celebrant who has specialized in marriages is both a professional ceremonialist and an officiant, so bring many skills and value-added services to the job. Find out what we uniquely offer. Although most of us have a range of services you may choose from, an average custom ceremony, with rehearsal, can easily require an investment of 20 or more value-packed hours of a celebrant’s time. Template ceremonies that take only 3-4 hours in total are also available from some officiants.   Tips: Decide on how important your ceremony is to you. Is the actual act of marrying important? Do you want your ceremony to be the heart of your wedding or not? (Unsure – do this quiz!) Look into officiant services early, before you nail your budget. Compare value and cost of a few different ones. Many couples check venue, photographers and clothing prices early and miss being well informed about officiant services. Consider what percentage of your total wedding budget you think the ceremony, a.k.a officiant services, deserves in comparison to photography, clothing and cake. Choose your officiant early and make the booking. The best celebrants are often engaged a year in advance, and there are only so many weekends in prime wedding season. Talk about both money and religion in selecting your celebrant, after you have done your research and are well informed. Match the unique value your officiant offers to what you uniquely value!...

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