1. Do you require a deposit when we book you for a wedding?
Yes I do, I find that a non-refundable deposit creates a contract between us, giving you assurance that I will show up. The deposit can be cash, check or credit card, however I require the balance to be paid in cash on the day of the ceremony.
2. What does it mean to be “registered in the City of New York”?
In New York City, and only in New York City, an officiant has to be registered with the city in order to perform marriages within the five boroughs of the city, IF the license was also obtained in New York City. In order to be registered with the city it was necessary to present my credentials to the Office of the City Clerk.
3. Where do we get our license from?
From the New York State website:
A couple who intends to be married in New York State must apply in person for a marriage license to any town or city clerk in the state. The application for a license must be signed by both applicants in the presence of the town or city clerk. A representative cannot apply for the license on behalf of the applicants. This applies even if the representative has been given a Power of Attorney. Notarized marriage license affidavits signed by the applicants cannot be substituted for their personal appearance.
4. When do we need to obtain our license?
You need to have your license a full 24 hours prior to the ceremony, but it can be obtained within 60 days of the ceremony.
5. We’re not from New York State, what do we need to get a license?
I’ve performed ceremonies for couples from several states in the US and also from England, the requirements are all the same. Go to this website for the information: http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/4210/ You may have to cut and paste the site url.
6. What happens if we forget our license on our wedding day?
Sorry, I cannot perform a marriage without a license. Someone will have to get it prior to the ceremony.
7. What happens if you take ill?
I work with two other officiants and we cover one another in case of problems, be it health related or family related. We all perform similar type ceremonies and will not disappoint you