*Where are you located?
I am in Kalamazoo, and also perform weddings in Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, the South Haven/Lakeshore and all surrounding areas of those locations, as well as NW Indiana.
*Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes, and usually do: country clubs, parks, beaches, golf courses, and family homes and gardens, to name a few.
*Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony including the vows?
Absolutely. The couple can not only change wording, but can change the order of the ceremony. I am only there to counsel and recommend choices they make.
*Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
They may certainly write their own, or they could choose from my collection of "repeat after me" or "I do" vows or use a part of different vows to create a new one. They do not have to choose only from those vows.
*Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
Though I have a collection of readings, the couple may choose one they found on their own.
*Do you require that pre-maritial counseling be done?
My wedding services do not require pre-counseling, just a firm desire by both to add a more spiritual and well considered element to their relationship. However, should you wish to include that, it is available for an additional fee.
*Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Rehearsals are included in the Platinum package. I offer a rehearsal guide for Gold packages.
*How far are you willing to travel? Is there a travel fee?
I will travel where you need me, however, I would require extra for destination weddings. I only charge mileage beyond 50 miles (100 miles round trip), except for elopements (see pricing).
*How do you dress?
I ask the couple ahead of time to choose from casual attire, simple dress/suit, or my ministerial robe with wedding stole.
*How much do you charge?
I have numerous packages and my prices range from $75 - $425.
*In which states and communities are you licensed to officiate ceremonies?
I can perform weddings in any state, but concentrate on SW Michigan and NW Indiana.
*Can we read or hear your ceremony before our wedding day?
*Do you have a back up officiant on call, in case of an emergency?
*Do you normally attend the reception or rehearsal dinner?
I do not, but if you want me to give a blessing of the meal I will stay for that, time permitting.
*How long does the ceremony usually last?
Approximately 15-25 minutes on average.
*What is your event cancellation policy?
If your ceremony is cancelled, and less than 30 days notice is given, the balance of the account will be due and payable to compensate for work “With This Ring” would otherwise have obtained.
*What is your customer satisfication cancellation policy?
“With This Ring” will not refund deposits; however, will transfer the deposit to a new wedding date if given at least 90 days notice. I stand behind my work, and would be willing to discuss any dissatisfaction with the terms of the agreement.