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Falling in love with the person of your dreams and being married is something we all dream of. And,
for me, the wedding ceremony is all about sharing your relationship and the love that joins you together.
Marriage is a celebration and that's why many choose to be married by an officiant such as myself instead of going to the
local County Clerk's office. It is a time to celebrate your relationship with your friends and family and an opportunity
for them to join in your happiness as they bless you with their prayers, their presence and good wishes. Every
couple has a great story about how they met, how they wooed, and how they fell in love. That story should absolutely be shared
with everyone and that is exactly what we will do together.
Whether you are spiritual,
non-religious, religious or somewhere in between, I am committed to creating a personalized ceremony that incorporates
your beliefs and values, celebrates who you are as a couple and includes customs,
components and traditions that represent you best.
The process will begin with
the initial consultation; in person, by phone, or email to see if we are a good fit for each
other. If we agree to work together we will discuss what is important to you, talk about some other ideas you may not have heard about and with the input you provide I will design a ceremony that truly reflects who you are and your wishes.
I am passionate about love and marriage and I am passionate
about what I do. I promise you an enjoyable ceremony, a treasured memory and a truly quality
experience full of joyful tears and plenty of smiles.
Jamie and Andy Tesfazion
~ Gaithersburg, Maryland
"Pam was absolutely the best
officiant we could have asked for. From the very beginning, she took the time to get to know us both and learn about us as
a couple in order to make our ceremony extra special. We spoke with her a few times over the phone initially and then had
the opportunity to meet her in person. When we met her, we were amazed by her enthusiasm, her kindness, and her overall excitement
to be involved in our wedding. It really showed. My husband is from Kenya, and Pam embraced the idea of adding a few Kenyan touches to our ceremony. She even did her
own research on Kenyan culture and wedding traditions and added them to our ceremony before we even asked! She really had
a desire to make our ceremony meaningful to the both of us, and she didn't disappoint. I will say that each and every person who attended our wedding was AMAZED
by the personal touch that Pam added. They said they felt like she had known us forever and wrote each and every part of the
ceremony specifically for us. We felt exactly the same way. Pam will make your wedding truly special and we couldn't have
imagined it without her. Thank you Pam!"
Aubree and David
~ McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
"We couldn't be happier with
how our wedding day went and Pam was a big reason why. She was extremely cooperative and open to our suggestions, keeping
in constant contact with us to make sure everything came together smoothly. Putting together the ceremony, she took
our wishes and considerations to heart and really made it our own. You want your wedding day to be special, but more
importantly personal, and that's exactly what Pam did for us. There won't be another ceremony exactly like ours and
that's why we're so happy to have had Pam as part of our wedding day. Not only that, but our family really embraced
her, and she felt more like a guest than just someone there to handle the business. We couldn't have asked for a better
person to share our wedding day with."
An initial meeting (In person, by phone or email)
As much phone and email
communication as needed to develop your ceremony
a couple-centered ceremony that reflects your love, dreams, beliefs, values and
Assistance with choosing or writing your vows
Assistance with finding
readings that convey your thoughts concerning love and your special
Incorporating Ceremonial Add-Ons of your choice
Preparation of a draft ceremony, discussion
of same and fine tuning it to perfection
and punctual Officiant for your ceremony, dressed in your choice of attire
normally arrive one hour early to your wedding to help you with any last minute
details or answer any questions you may have
Eloquent, passionately delivered ceremony that will bring joyful tears and smiles
to all who hear it
Lovely keepsake certificate of marriage
suitable for framing
professionally bound copy of our vows and ceremony encased in a beautiful wedding portfolio
Delivery of your signed marriage license to your issuing County Clerk's office
for filing within three business days of your wedding ceremony. I also photocopy it for you and mail it to you the same
An email afterwards with details about next steps
~ getting certified copies of your marriage certificate and how to change your last name, if relevant.
Upon request, presence and/or assistance at the rehearsal (may be an
Fees are structured to support
time dedicated to writing and designing your ceremony and are also dependent
upon which package you choose. I custom-write each and
every one of my ceremonies and no two are alike. This means that your ceremony
will be one of a kind, totally unique to the two of you and there will never be another one exactly like it.
Factors in determining the cost of your ceremony will include
meeting time and travel, as well as time to write and officiate your ceremony.
The fees are usually as stated on this page, but since every ceremony is unique, please e-mail me
for a quote. Please be assured that all fees will be discussed openly
and agreed upon prior to booking and there will be no hidden charges.
Additional services, such as travel beyond a certain distance from my office may be extra. I travel all over the East Coast singing, speaking and doing
weddings, so you just never know, I may be in your area at the same time you have scheduled
No matter which ceremony package you
choose, please be assured that I will do everything within my power to make your ceremony totally stress free so that all
you have to do is smile, say "I do", and enjoy your day.
NOTE: Every marriage must be solemnized under a marriage license issued by a clerk of the city,
burrough, county or state that the couple chooses to be married in, in accordance with the provisions of the laws
governing that particular state. If a ceremony of marriage is performed without a license, the attempted marriage is void,
and the parties do not attain the legal status of husband and wife. Therefore, in order for your marriage to be legal, I
must have your valid marriage license, in hand, prior to officiating your ceremony.
CEREMONY PACKAGES (All prices include
use of my Wireless PA System)
When you find that special someone
you want to spend the rest of your life with, your wedding day should be perfect in every way. Yet, when it comes to wedding ceremonies, not one size fits all. Whether your perfect day consists of a quiet exchange
of vows with just the two of you, a romantic private ceremony at one of three beautiful countryside settings at my home or
a ceremony with all the bells and whistles at a venue of your choice, I can custom-write and officiate a ceremony that will fit you perfectly. I have several different packages available
and regardless of which one you choose, your ceremony will be written with the utmost of care making it a true reflection
of you, your personalities and your relationship. My ultimate goal is your satisfaction and I won't be happy until your ceremony
fits you perfectly. Give me a call and let's talk. I would love the opportunity to work with you. (304) 472-0296
* Mileage and travel fees apply to all ceremonies performed at locations other
than my home in Buckhannon, West Virginia, unless otherwise noted.
COUNTRYSIDE WEDDING CEREMONIES AND ELOPEMENTS
Includes Use of Venue, Ceremony, Music, First Dance and Photography
Are you planning a quiet, intimate wedding, vow renewal or elopement with just the two of you and
a few select guests? If so, I invite you to pledge your vows at my Countryside
home where you can enjoy the tranquil beauty of nature, peaceful gardens and all the lovely sounds that await you. The Ceremony is performed at my home, located in a quiet, wooded, country setting approximately eight
miles outside the city limits of Buckhannon, West Virginia. The Countryside location
is enhanced by wildlife, sounds of birds chirping and all the wonderful aspects of nature that the countryside is known for. I invite you to please visit
my Countryside Weddings and Vow Renewal Page at www.SweetSongMinistries.com/id146.html for complete details.
[The Following Packages Apply to Weddings Officiated at Venues Other
Than My Home]
FOREVER IN LOVE ~ $300 [Travel Expenses
If you want to be married without all the fuss and drama that sometimes goes along with larger
weddings but, at the same time, don't want to compromise the beauty of a ceremony that is meaningful and full of love, the
"Forever In Love" is the perfect choice. Your ceremony will be uniquely written to reflect the gift of love you
have found in one another and includes many features that are not typically found in traditional ceremonines. Whether you
choose an intimate exchange of vows with just the two of you, or a celebration that you choose to share with those closest
to you, I "vow" to make it extraordinary.
Your Ceremony will include:
* A love-inspired ceremony that is tender,
meaningful and uniquely beautiful.
* Traditional Wedding Vows, "I Do" Vows, or
you may write your own.
* Special Joining of Hearts and Hands Addition before
the exchange of rings and vows.
* Keepsake Copy of Your Vows
Beautiful Rose Embossed Marriage Certificate.
* Return service of your signed
Marriage License to the proper authorities along with a complimentary copy provided to you by return mail.
* Inspiratonal Readng Materials
* Name Change Document
SWEET SONG STANDARD - $350 [Travel Expenses May Apply]
If you want a truly special Marriage Ceremony that you help to create, then look no further.
The "Sweet Song Standard" includes all the elements of the "Forever in Love" but takes it a step further
by offering you the flexibility to include customized vows, a ceremonial add-on and a reading(s) of your choice.
Your Ceremony will include:
A love-inspired ceremony that is tender, meaningful and uniquely beautiful.
* Your choice of vows from samples I provide (traditional, contemporary, religious, non-religious, funny... you name
it). You can mix and match to create a vow that fits your personality. or you may write your own.
* Special Joining of Hearts and Hands Addtion before the exchange of
vows and rings
* A Reading of
your choice from samples I provide, or you can include one of your own choosing.
* One Standard Ceremonial Add-On of your choice (i.e., Unity Candle, Sand Ceremony, Love
Letter Ceremony, Time Capsule Ceremony, Dove Release, etc.)
* Keepsake Copy of Your Vows
* Beautiful Rose Embossed Marriage Certificate
* Return service of your signed Marriage License to the proper authorities along with a complimentary copy provided
to you by return mail.
* Name change document
* Inspirational Marriage Materials
* Unlimited consultations by phone and/or email
HEART & SOUL PERSONALIZED ~ $500 [Travel Expenses May Apply]
The "Heart & Soul Personalized Ceremony"
is a fully custom-written ceremony that is a true reflection of you, the love you share and your dreams for the future. Every
couple has a song of love in their hearts that they want the whole wide world to hear and helping them express that song in
words is what I do best. Many couples find the "Heart and Soul Personalized Ceremony" to be the perfect choice
because in addition to being meaningful, love-inspired, and uniquely beautiful, it is wholly, 100% about them. And best
of all... it's affordable! No one else knows better than you the sentiments you want
to express to your soulmate and no one wants to witness point-blank the tender exchange of your love and commitment to
one another than me. Together we will transform YOUR STORY into a uniquely crafted marriage ceremony that
will be the true highlight of the day.
Your Ceremony will include:
Your Story transformed into a one-of-a-kind ceremony that is personalized to reflect the true heart and soul of your relationship.
* Elements detailing your love story; how you met,
things you love about each other, your hopes and dreams for the future, all those special things that make your relationship
the uniquely beautiful gift that it is.
* Your choice
of vows from samples I provide (traditional, contemporary, religious, non-religious, funny... you name it). You can mix and
match to create a vow that fits your personality, or you can write your own.
* Special Joining of Hearts and Hands Addition before the Exchange of Rings and Vows
* A reading of your choice from samples I provide,
or you can include one of your own choosing
* One Standard Ceremonial Add-On of your choice (i.e., Unity Candle, Sand Ceremony, Love Letter Ceremony, Time
Capsule Ceremony, Dove Release, etc.)
* Keepsake Copy
of Your Vows
* Beautiful Rose-Embossed
Keepsake Marriage Certificate
* Return Service of your
signed Marriage License to the proper authorities along with a complimentary copy provided to you by return mail.
* Name change document
* Inspirational Marriage Materials.
consultations by phone and/or email.
I am willing to travel anywhere you
would like to hold your ceremony and distance is not an issue. The fee will be based on the Ceremony Package you choose, and
time spent in making your day absolutely perfect! I have a lot of resources available to me that would help enhance your ceremony
and am prepared to use them to your advantage in making your ceremony the amazing work or art that you would like it to be.
Mileage, Lodging and Air Travel, if required, will be added to all packages.
Services Available Upon Request
Rehearsals - $0 ~ $100
Many venues have dedicated Wedding
Coordinators who run Rehearsals for their couples; however, if yours does not, I would be more than happy to orchestrate one
for you. I am always on site an hour prior to the Ceremony and can do a complimentary walk through at that time. Or, if you
prefer to hold your Rehearsal the evening prior to your ceremony I can do your Rehearsal for an additional fee of $100. I
can also send you a detailed Rehearsal Guide if that would be beneficial. Please note that lodging costs will be added to
all packages requiring overnight stays due to a Rehearsal.
Wedding Music - $100 - [Music Before and During your Ceremony]
includes wedding music up to one (1) hour before your ceremony, the Bridal March or your choice of Processional and Recessional
and any other music you might want played during your ceremony.
[Any special music must be supplied to officiant prior to the start of the ceremony]
Ceremonial Add-Ons - $50 each
If a Ceremonial
Add-On is not included as a part of the Ceremony Package you choose, you may add one or more at a cost of $50 each. Please
note that this charge is for writing the information pertaining to the add-on into your ceremony and does not include any
of the supplies required to perform it. I do not furnish supplies for add-ons and they must be provided by the couple. Most
supplies; candles, sand, vases, doves, boxes, etc. may be purchased from a local craft store or online distributor.
Photography by Abi Elle Imagery - Prices range from $500 (Elegance Collection) to $1,250 (Exqusite
If you have not yet booked a Photographer to document your
Wedding, I invite you to consider Abi Elle Imagery. Having
photos that truly capture the essence of your love story is important and that is always our goal at Sweet Song Ministries.
Abigail Layman is the light behind the camera and the heart behind Abi Elle Imagery. If interested, please contact Abby directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many couples have a family member perform this function; however, if you would like me to stay and give a blessing
before dinner, I would be absolutely honored!!! I consider it a blessing to be a part of your special day and to be
able to return thanks would be my sincere privilege.
Writing Service - Fee will be based on the Package chosen from the above offerings, minus travel
I often get calls from couples who
have asked a friend or family member to officiate their wedding, but many times the person chosen does not feel comfortable
writing the ceremony. If this is your case, and you would like your ceremony
to be personally written by an experienced professional, I would love to work with you. I will custom-write your personalized
ceremony to your specifications, send you a draft for editing and I won't be happy until it fits your desires and expectations
perfectly. Once you and your fiance approve your dream ceremony, I will finalize it and deliver it to you in a beautiful keepsake
binder, along with a copy in easy readable format for your Officiant to use on the day of your wedding. Don't settle for less
than your heart's desire. If I can help you, please don't hesitate to ask. Helping couples dreams come true is what I do and
I would love to work with you. You may contact me at (304) 472-0296 or by email at email@example.com.
NOTE: I often officiate
more than one ceremony per day and it is imperative that weddings begin promptly at the time they are scheduled.
When a ceremony starts late it not only cuts into the next couple's time, it makes traveling stressful as I drive to the
next destination. That being said, there will be a $50 per 15-minute late fee for weddings that do not start on time. This
fee is geared to protect my couples from being inconsiderate of one another and to allow me to do the best job possible in
providing each of my couples the great service they expect and deserve. If more than 15 minutes late I reserve the right
to cut out part of the ceremony to compensate for the time difference. I do everything within my power to make your
ceremony perfect and I want your wedding day to be a beautiful, memorable experience. Starting the wedding on schedule
helps that to happen. Thank you for your consideration and I appreciate your understanding.
The Couple gives permission and shall allow The Officiant
to post a photograph(s) of them with The Officiant (or any other photos taken by the Officiant or her Representative during
the wedding ceremony) on The Officiant’s website or other social media for viewing by the internet community.
The Couple acknowledges that this is for promotional purposes only and they do not expect to receive any compensation of any
kind. There shall be no expiration for this permission.
** I travel to various states and locations to perform marriage ceremonies so it is not feasible to set
one standard rate that includes travel. Therefore, mileage, as well as air and lodging (if required), will be added
to the above stated prices. Total cost will be discussed individually with each couple based upon your State and County requirements
and your wedding destination, "
Mileage and time spent traveling to and from your venue location will be added to all packages.
Lodging costs will also be added if destination is beyond
two hours driving distance from home office in Buckhannon, West Virginia.
** Costs of air travel,
if required, as well as round-trip mileage from home office to Pittsburgh International Airport will be provided
by the couple.
BOOKING AND REFUND POLICY:
all my own ceremonies and take great pride in the fact that each one is delivered with "heart" and "passion".
Booking is first come, first served and dates are held with a 50% NONREFUNDABLE deposit, the remainder
of which is due two weeks prior to the wedding day. Deposits are remitted and accepted in good faith, and from the moment
of initial booking, until the moment of "I do," my services are all about the couple and crafting a ceremony that
mirrors their thoughts, dreams, and emotions perfectly. If by chance a couple finds it necessary to change their ceremony
date, that couple may reschedule their wedding once, with all monies being fully transferrable to the new date, provided that
the wedding is held within two years of the original date, and my schedule permits me to officiate the ceremony at that time.
Additional rescheduling will incur a $150 rescheduling fee. After two reschedules, all monies paid will be forfeited and any
further reschedules will be treated as new bookings.
In the event I am sick, or unable to officiate a wedding due to circumstances
beyond my control, Abigail Layman, Sweet Song Ministries Team Member and Professional Wedding Officiant will be on site to
officiate on my behalf. Abby is a truly gifted professional and will totally knock it out of the park with her caring and
love for what she does..
METHOD OF PAYMENT: PayPal, Check or Money Order
LET ME HELP TURN YOUR WEDDING DAY INTO A TREASURED MEMORY.
I LOOK FORWARD TO SURPASSING YOUR EXPECTATIONS.
I also perform House Blessings, Celebration of Life Services, Christenings, Baby
Naming Ceremonies and other life event services. Contact me and let me know what your needs are and I will be in touch.