Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In marriage, the little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say, "I love you" at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry...

~ Wilferd Arlan Peterson

The Officiant offers a unique and intimate experience to assist in one of; if not the most, important decision in planning your wedding. Choosing the right wedding officiant who will listen to your visions, connect with you and your partner to truly learn about your background, history, and work together to create a ceremony that will represent you - your vision, your voice. The Officiant is an ordained, non-denominational wedding officiant that has performed all types of wedding ceremonies; both more traditional, and non-traditional.

Maria Pelton director Carissa Ceremonies

Initial 1-Hour Consultation (Included with Your Vision, Your Voice Package)

The Officiant is all about building a connection with you; getting to know you, how you met, how you became engaged, your family dynamic, and what you envision for your special day. This builds the base of our journey together. I truly want to get to know you. One thing I find is that by the time it comes to your wedding day, the clients I work with feel like we’re part of their circle of friends and family.

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Ceremony Creation / Editing

After the initial consultation I work to create a ceremony that speaks to you and your partner; inclusive of any special readings, rituals, and vows. I then provide you with a “draft” for your review and look for your honest and open feedback - remember this is a partnership, and I want your ceremony to be perfect!

Wedding ceremony creation and editing

The Big Day

The Officiant arrives at all ceremonies one hour prior to the start time; this provides ample time to meet/coordinate with the other vendors that are taking part in your wedding day. This also allows the opportunity to answer any questions that you, your soon-to-be spouse or wedding party may have prior to the start of the ceremony.

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Your Marriage License

I always suggest that obtaining your marriage license be one of the final steps you take prior to your wedding day; once all other matters have been handled. Make an event of it as it is a big step in the process of becoming married. You must both be present when you obtain your marriage license so perhaps make it a date! Take some pictures of the occasion, and then perhaps a luncheon after where you can sit back, relax and know that the last piece of the puzzle is in place prior to your Big Day.