6507 N Bethmaur
Glendale, WI 53209
Here’s a typical wedding ceremony. First is the arrival of the wedding party. Then I give a short talk, welcoming guests and saying a few words on your behalf or about you. If any clergy or guests are going to speak, now’s a good time. Then you’ll state your vows to each other and perhaps exchange rings. Other rituals might be added. Perhaps a sand ceremony in which each of you (and if you have children perhaps they also) pour a different color of sand to form a new, swirling color in a special vile that you take home. Then I’ll pronounce your marriage legal and official, and if you want sealed with a kiss.
That’s fine. I’ll ask you to share a bit about yourselves, then I’ll offer some suggestions about what others have done.
I ask for a $100 deposit to hold the date and that you pay for travel if your venue is far away. Beyond that, every wedding is different. By allowing me to officiate at your wedding, you are trusting me to speak and act with tact, appropriate humor, patience and understanding in front of your family and friends at a sensitive and important moment in your lives. In return, I trust you to figure out what’s an appropriate amount to offer. Feel free to Google ‘how much should we pay our wedding celebrant’ as a guide.
If you would like to incorporate elements of your religious faith into your wedding, it would be my pleasure. I can also call on any clergy you select to offer their blessings, prayers, or rituals.
I’m happy to incorporate elements of the Jewish tradition into your ceremony. However, since I am no longer a practicing rabbi I am unable to perform a Jewish wedding. If you would like to marry according to the laws of Moses and Israel I’ll happily refer you to one of my former Rabbinic colleagues.
Some couples desire a rehearsal, others do not. It’s up to you.