Frequently Asked Questions

You will find detailed information about working with me as a Ceremony Officiant, Ceremony Guide and Interfaith Counselor below. I encourage you to schedule a free initial consultation to talk with me about whatever brings you here.

You may already have a clear sense of what you are looking for, or you might be less sure of what to ask or share about your plans. I am glad to meet you wherever you are at: either guiding our conversation or addressing your questions, or both.

With more than a decade of experience, I know the right fit is not only about finding someone with knowledge and expertise. It is also about the feeling of calm and caring support you get from the very first conversation. Schedule a meeting and discover that for yourself.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Minister looking over her shoulder smiles at the camera

You will find detailed information about working with me as a Ceremony Officiant, Ceremony Guide and Interfaith Counselor below. I encourage you to schedule a free initial consultation to talk with me about whatever brings you here.

You may already have a clear sense of what you are looking for, or you might be less sure of what to ask or share about your plans. I am glad to meet you wherever you are at: either guiding our conversation or addressing your questions, or both.

With more than a decade of experience, I know the right fit is not only about finding someone with knowledge and expertise. It is also about the feeling of calm and caring support you get from the very first conversation. Schedule a meeting and discover that for yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions

Minister looking over her shoulder smiles at the camera

You will find detailed information about working with me as a Ceremony Officiant, Ceremony Guide and Interfaith Counselor below. I encourage you to schedule a free initial consultation to talk with me about whatever brings you here.

You may already have a clear sense of what you are looking for, or you might be less sure of what to ask or share about your plans. Both are completely normal! I am glad to meet you wherever you are at: either guiding our conversation or addressing your questions, or both.

With more than a decade of experience, I know the right fit is not only about finding someone with knowledge and expertise. It is also about the feeling of calm and caring support you get from the very first conversation. Schedule a meeting and discover that for yourself.

Ceremonies have a way of coming together, utilizing as much or as little time as you have. Ideally, we would have several months to craft a large ceremony like a wedding. I also perform funerals and write simple ceremonies with only a week or two of preparation. Even if it feels like short notice, I encourage you to contact me with your inquiry.

Ceremonies have a way of coming together, utilizing as much or as little time as you have. Ideally, we would have several months to craft a large ceremony like a wedding. I also perform funerals and write simple ceremonies with only a week or two of preparation. Even if it feels like short notice, I encourage you to contact me with your inquiry.

You will find my fee ranges listed on each Ceremony OfficiantCeremony Guide and Interfaith Counselor page. After a free initial consultation, I can provide you with a custom proposal. A non-refundable 50% deposit is required for most ceremonies. Other services are paid in full at the time of booking. If cost is a barrier, I can offer flexible payment plans as well as sliding scale and donation-based options for several of my services.

You will find my fee ranges listed on each Ceremony OfficiantCeremony Guide and Interfaith Counselor page. After a free initial consultation, I can provide you with a custom proposal. A non-refundable 50% deposit is required for most ceremonies. Other services are paid in full at the time of booking. If cost is a barrier, I can offer flexible payment plans as well as sliding scale and donation-based options for several of my services.

Most wedding venues allot 30 minutes for the ceremony in your day-of timeline. Usually weddings will be within that time frame. Other ceremonies may be much shorter, either because there are fewer elements to incorporate or in the case of a blessing ceremony for a busy toddler, for instance! Length is something we will certainly discuss together, knowing I want you and everyone witnessing and participating to feel fully engaged throughout your ceremony.

Most wedding venues allot 30 minutes for the ceremony in your day-of timeline. Usually weddings will be within that time frame. Other ceremonies may be much shorter, either because there are fewer elements to incorporate or in the case of a blessing ceremony for a busy toddler, for instance! Length is something we will certainly discuss together, knowing I want you and everyone witnessing and participating to feel fully engaged throughout your ceremony.

Wedding officiant holds ceremony script in a booklet

Can you write my ceremony?

Yes, I am a Ceremony Guide for weddings, funerals, baby and mother blessings and more. I offer Custom Ceremony Writing when you need an expert to personally write and prepare every detail. You can also do a Ceremony Planning Session to get samples and tailored suggestions for designing and writing your own ceremony.

If you are officiating, Ceremony Officiant Coaching will help you confidently conduct your own or a loved one’s ceremony with my experienced tips, tools and preparation.

Can you write my ceremony?

Wedding officiant holds ceremony script in a booklet

Yes! I am a Ceremony Guide for weddings, funerals, baby and mother blessings, and more.

I offer Custom Ceremony Writing when you need an expert to personally write and prepare every detail. You can also do a Ceremony Planning Session to get samples and tailored suggestions for designing and writing your own ceremony.

If you are officiating, Ceremony Officiant Coaching will help you confidently conduct your own or a loved one’s ceremony with my experienced tips, tools and preparation.

Can you write my ceremony?

Wedding officiant holds ceremony script in a booklet

Yes! I am a Ceremony Guide for weddings, funerals, baby and mother blessings, and more.

I offer Custom Ceremony Writing when you need an expert to personally write and prepare every detail. You can also do a Ceremony Planning Session to get samples and tailored suggestions for designing and writing your own ceremony.

If you are officiating, Ceremony Officiant Coaching will help you confidently conduct your own or a loved one’s ceremony with my experienced tips, tools and preparation.

If you plan to be legally married, yes. Learn more in my guide to getting married in Massachusetts. You do not have to be a resident but you must apply together, in person, to obtain a valid marriage license. You may file for your license at any city or town clerk, regardless of where you marry within the state.

For non-Massachusetts weddings, please note that some states require special permission and/or additional fees for marriages performed by out-of-state clergy.  Contact me for location-specific information about your event. ​​

If you plan to be legally married, yes. Learn more in my guide to getting married in Massachusetts. You do not have to be a resident but you must apply together, in person, to obtain a valid marriage license. You may file for your license at any city or town clerk, regardless of where you marry within the state.

For non-Massachusetts weddings, please note that some states require special permission and/or additional fees for marriages performed by out-of-state clergy.  Contact me for location-specific information about your event. ​​

Every ceremony includes a “Virtual Rehearsal,” via Zoom, where I can offer individualized preparation and coaching before your event. Depending on my availability, on-site rehearsals can be arranged for a $250 fee (additional travel costs may apply). Whether or not I attend your rehearsal, I will also provide you with a cue sheet so your coordinator and any other vendors will be familiar with your ceremony outline.

Every ceremony includes a “Virtual Rehearsal,” via Zoom, where I can offer individualized preparation and coaching before your event. Depending on my availability, on-site rehearsals can be arranged for a $250 fee (additional travel costs may apply). Whether or not I attend your rehearsal, I will also provide you with a cue sheet so your coordinator and any other vendors will be familiar with your ceremony outline.

Absolutely! Based in Northampton, MA, I regularly officiate in Western Massachusetts, the Berkshires and Boston. I often travel throughout the New England states as well as to destinations across the U.S. I am also a Registered Marriage Officiant with the City of New York and can perform wedding ceremonies in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. Travel fees outside my local service area are calculated by mileage, tolls, parking, time and accommodation, if necessary.

Absolutely! Based in Northampton, MA, I regularly officiate in Western Massachusetts, the Berkshires and Boston. I often travel throughout the New England states as well as to destinations across the U.S. I am also a Registered Marriage Officiant with the City of New York and can perform wedding ceremonies in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. Travel fees outside my local service area are calculated by mileage, tolls, parking, time and accommodation, if necessary.

Can we do premarital counseling?

Many couples invest in my three-session Premarital Conversations package before their wedding. I do not require it, however, and couples who are not having me officiate their ceremony are also welcome in my marital preparation program.

Sessions provide a non-religious space to explore and deepen your partnership. Held in my private office in Northampton, MA, or via Zoom, you will also receive a complimentary Marriage Touchpoint session during your first year of marriage.

Groom hugs a bride around her waist on their wedding day

Do you offer premarital counseling?

Groom hugs a bride around her waist on their wedding day

Many couples invest in my three-session Premarital Conversations package before their wedding. I do not require it, however, and couples who are not having me officiate their ceremony are also welcome in my marital preparation program.

Sessions provide a non-religious space to explore and deepen your partnership. Held in my private office in Northampton, MA, or via Zoom, you will also receive a complimentary Marriage Touchpoint session during your first year of marriage.

Do you offer premarital counseling?

Groom hugs a bride around her waist on their wedding day

Many couples invest in my three-session Premarital Conversations package before their wedding. I do not require it, however, and couples who are not having me officiate their ceremony are also welcome in my marital preparation program.

Sessions provide a non-religious space to explore and deepen your partnership. Held in my private office in Northampton, MA, or via Zoom, you will also receive a complimentary Marriage Touchpoint session during your first year of marriage.

I typically use a microphone except for very intimate weddings, baby blessings, private memorials or other small ceremonies. Often amplification is supplied by your DJ, band or venue. If not, I can also provide my portable PA system which includes a small battery-operated speaker, a lavalier microphone for myself and a wireless handheld microphone for use by you or your ceremony participants.

I typically use a microphone except for very intimate weddings, baby blessings, private memorials or other small ceremonies. Often amplification is supplied by your DJ, band or venue. If not, I can also provide my portable PA system which includes a small battery-operated speaker, a lavalier microphone for myself and a wireless handheld microphone for use by you or your ceremony participants.

The Featured Weddings page and photos of ceremonies throughout the site show my typical attire. I am equally comfortable indoors or outside, in weather warm or cold, rain or shine. I will make every effort to coordinate my outfit and accessories with the color and style of your event, accommodating special requests whenever possible.

The Featured Weddings page and photos of ceremonies throughout the site show my typical attire. I am equally comfortable indoors or outside, in weather warm or cold, rain or shine. I will make every effort to coordinate my outfit and accessories with the color and style of your event, accommodating special requests whenever possible.

I am always grateful to be invited to your wedding reception and stay to celebrate if I am able. However, a meal is not at all necessary and most often I will only stay for the cocktail hour to greet your family and guests and congratulate the two of you. For less formal occasions such as baby blessings or funerals, I do typically stay after the service for food and fellowship.

I am always grateful to be invited to your wedding reception and stay to celebrate if I am able. However, a meal is not at all necessary and most often I will only stay for the cocktail hour to greet your family and guests and congratulate the two of you. For less formal occasions such as baby blessings or funerals, I do typically stay after the service for food and fellowship.

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More questions?

You can also send a message and we’ll start the conversation, or explore my background and training on the About page.

A minister standing in an autumn apple orchard smiles at the viewer

More questions?

You can also send a message and we’ll start the conversation, or explore my background and training on the About page.

You can also send a message and we’ll start the conversation, or explore my background and training on the About page.