Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where do I get my marriage license from?

Your County Clerk of Courts

2. Do I need a marriage license?

Yes, if you want the marriage to be legal, you must have a marriage license from your Clerk of Courts to present to me at your wedding for me to sign.

3. Do I need a witness at my wedding?

It depends on your county requirements.

4. I’m short a Witness. Can you serve as a Witness (in addition to your Officiant services)to the ceremony for all the legal stuff?

No, unfortunately, the law doesn’t allow me to wear two hats that way. But, I can provide one or two witnesses for your ceremony for a small fee.

5. What is the outline of a BASIC wedding ceremony?

Greeting and Invocation
Statement of Purpose
Questions of intent
Exchange of Vows
Exchange of Rings
Pronouncement of Marriage
**This does not include such things as readings, music, unity candle, children’s vows, rose exchange, or other familiar elements.

6. How long do most weddings last?

Typically weddings are from 20 to 30 minutes long. However, they can be as short as ten minutes or as long as an hour depending on the desires of the couple.

7. Who provides the props for the ceremony?

This will depend on what you need for the ceremony. If you are wanting fancy decorations for the staging area, you will need to provide this. Items like a unity candle, handfasting cord, sword, broom, altar items, etc., will be discussed and decided on during the planning stages. Many of these items I already have. Though, if I have to buy special items, the price will be added to the cost of the wedding.

8. Who writes the script for the ceremony?

I have a few sample scripts located on the website. These are a good starting point. Though, I do recommend choosing pieces from various scripts. Combine these pieces to create your own ceremony. Or tell me what you’d like in a ceremony and I’ll design it. Either way, we will work as a team to create
something that will be special to you both.

9. How do we begin planning for our wedding?

I have a document under the Weddings tab: Planning Your Wedding by Rev. Dawn

10. What kind of ceremonies do you do?

Renewal of Vows
Baby Blessings
Memorial Services
Coming of Age
Symbolic Same Sex Commitments
Alternative Lifestyle Ceremonies
House Cleansings/Blessings

11. Are you a licensed minister?

Yes. I am ordained through the Sacred Flame Temple and am a registered, licensed minister with the state of Ohio.

12. What is “handfasting”?

Originating in medieval times, a handfasting is a commitment ceremony between two people who are committing to a relationship for a set period of time. Often, this is a prelude to more formal festivities, which usually take place within a year and a day from the date of the handfasting.
It is now used as a way to describe a non-standard style of wedding ceremony that involves a literal
action of handfasting that involves tieing the wrists of the participants with cord/rope or ribbon.

13. We want to elope. Can you work on short notice?

Yes, I certainly can! I will still need to talk with you, but as long as you have your license and are of legal age, I can provide myself and two Witnesses (if needed) to solemnize your vows.

14. We want our child/ren to be part of the ceremony. Can we do this?

Absolutely. Children make a great addition to the ceremony.

15. Do you perform theme weddings?

Certainly! They are great fun and a testament to the couple’s individuality. If there are special clothes required of the presiding minister, I request the couple cover the costs of costume, if I don’t already have a suitable garment.

16. Do you perform alternative lifestyle weddings?

Definately! Though, I have some experience with some lifestyles, you may have to guide me a little on expected protocol if it’s a lifestyle I’m not familiar with.