If we don’t have a site for our wedding ceremony, can you suggest or provide a site?
Yes. I am able to help you locate a suitable venue for your ceremony.
How have you determined your fees?
I charge a fee based on the number of times we meet, and whether a rehearsal is included. (See Ceremony Options and Fees) It is an honor to officiate your ceremony and I will work with you to keep my services within your budget. I believe in giving back to the community and will donate 5% of what I receive to the Multnomah County Humane Society.
How long have you been performing weddings? Why do you do them?
I began performing weddings in 2001 and have officiated services for more than 200 couples. Upon leaving the position of Associate Pastor at a church in Boise, Idaho, where I had served for 15 years, I launched Weddings by Pastor Sandi. I enjoy working with the couple and their families, blending ideas and personalities, working through difficult decisions and crafting a beautiful ceremony where the guests feel welcomed and honored to have participated, and the bride and groom feel they have publicly expressed the depth of their commitment to each other.
Do you have sample wording/ceremonies/readings to show us?
I have a packet that I will share with you from which you can choose the wording for the various components of the service. Of course you are welcome to supplement my material with material that you have found elsewhere or written yourselves.
Will you let us specify ceremony details such as music, readings, and vows? Can we include religious touches in a secular ceremony and secular touches in a religious ceremony?
Are you available for the rehearsal, and what is your role at the rehearsal?
I enjoy attending the rehearsal. It gives me a chance to get to know the families. If you are not working with a coordinator, I will oversee the rehearsal and make sure that everyone is comfortable with his or her roles. It is best to schedule an hour and a half for the rehearsal.
Do you have references?
You are most welcome to read my reviews on WeddingWire.com and Thumbtack. I can also supply references from other wedding professionals. (See Thank You Notes.)
Do you offer other ceremonies/rituals?
Yes. I have designed beautiful services of Christening, Baptism, Baby Naming and Adoption Celebrations. Other services include Memorial Services, a Pet Blessing or Memorial, and House Blessing. I work with people and families moving through the many transitions of life.