1. Payment is required BEFORE the event (two weeks before as stated in the contract). This allows you to enjoy the moments after the ceremony, and no one has to scramble for a checkbook.
2. Marriage License is in hand. Make sure you’ve visited the Clerk Recorder’s Office to get your marriage license, and you must bring the license to your wedding. Bride and groom may sign the license before the wedding. After the ceremony, officiant will sign the license, and will need at least one witness (preferably two) to sign as well (so please tell the witness to hang out for a minute to sign the license before heading to the cocktail hour or pictures).
3. Microphones for amplified sound. Confirm that your DJ knows the officiant will need a hands-free lapel microphone. If you’re doing personal vows, we’ll need an additional handheld microphone with microphone stand.
4. Rings. Communicate with the person holding the rings (typically best man). He or she will be the one responsible for holding the rings and giving to the officiant when we reach the “Exchange of Rings” portion of the ceremony.
5. Personal vows. If you’ve chosen to do personal vows, please write the vows on something that is sturdy, yet small enough not to look tacky. There’s nothing worse than a big piece of paper flapping around in the wind, when you’re trying to share from the heart.
6. All parties need to know what’s going on. If you have a coordinator, he or she will handle this. If you don’t have a coordinator, make sure to clearly communicate to everyone (bridesmaids, groomsmen, ring bearer, flower girl, parents, grandparents) where to enter/exit, where to stand, how to have arms/hands, the timing and flow of the ceremony, etc.
7. If you don’t know, ask! I am happy to answer any questions you may have, including day/of details. My job is to help make your day as stress-free as possible, so please don’t hesitate to reach out!