Wedding Officiant ~ Ceremonies & Rehearsals

     Rev. Dan is known  for his beautiful ceremonies and

     extra assistance when he arrives to ensure all goes well.

     Whether civil or spiritual, you will have a wonderful ceremony.

Officiant for your wedding : $160-$200

The flat fee for your chosen venue is based on time allowed for meeting, preparation, travel, officiating and document filing. Ceremonies run 15 to 30 minutes from walk-in to walk-out, depending on the number of attendants, options, and special added ceremonies. This fee does not include a rehearsal.

Once a deposit is received, a Ceremony Planning Form will be sent to begin considering options. When completed, the order of the ceremony will be sent for approval. When Dan arrives for the ceremony he will help coordinate attendants, musicians and photographers so you can relax and enjoy a smooth and beautiful wedding ~ even if you did not rehearse.

Rehearsal Direction & Officiating : $300

This fee covers both Dan's directing a rehearsal and officiating the ceremony. Most venues will open for a rehearsal but do not direct it so you will need to check to see exactly what their service provides. Another officiant may attend if available, but usually is either not qualified, or else will not commit to directing as it prevents them from taking other paid appointments. If you have hired a wedding planner or coordinator, that service should be included in their package. Any balance will be due two weeks before the event.


DEPOSIT REQUIRED:  $30 Ceremony only / $50 Ceremony & Rehearsal.
Booking is competitive. To be fair to all, receipt of deposit determines booking and is non-refundable as no other appointments will be made around your time period. You can use PayPal on the Payments page, or if you prefer to mail a check or meet in person, please let us know while your date is available.



Marriage License Info         Readings        Special Ceremonies         Rehearsal Guide         Planning Tools & Advice

    Vows #1

I take you (name) as my life companion*. I give you my hand and my heart as a sanctuary of warmth and love to have and to hold, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health. I pledge my faith and love to you. I will honor you, respect you, be true to you, and share my life with you.

    Vows #2

I take you (name) as my life companion*. All that I am I give to you. All that I have I share with you. Whatever the future holds, I will stand by you and support you for richer or poorer, in health an illness, in good times and rough times, to love and cherish all the days of my life. This is my solemn vow.

*You will say wife or husband during the exchange of rings.

     Vows #3 - (Simple "I do".)
Do you ____ take ____ as your wedded wife/husband? Will you be to him a loving and devoted wife/husband? And will you respect, honor and be true to him/her in sickness and in health, in prosperity and adversity, and forsaking all others keep you only unto him/her?  Respond:  "I Do" or "I Will".

See Wedding Planning  for Special Ceremonies and Readings for weddings.



For small weddings with Bride, Groom and up to 12 guests, you may want to consider having your ceremony at Dan's Cottage in central Lafayette. Dan offers a full Ceremony at $250.00 or a small Ceremony & mini-reception with cake and punch included for $500.00.
A quick elopement with 2 to 4 guests is $100.


Go to Small Cottage Weddings.




MARRIAGE LICENSE: You can get marriage license information HERE.

RENTALS: Limited rentals available. Go to the Rentals page.

History of Wedding Ring(s)
     The custom of wearing wedding rings on the left hand originated in the third century B.C. in Greece. Physicians of that time incorrectly believed that a vein in the third finger of the left hand ran directly into the heart. Therefore, it made compelling sense that this body part should be chosen to bear a symbol of eternal love. The vein was known as "Vena Amoris," the "Vein of Love."

     Having no scientific interpretation of their own, the Romans eventually adopted the Greeks' ring custom. Rather than offering rings as a token of love, they were made of iron and awarded to women as symbols of ownership.

     In the 12th century, Pope Innocent III declared that marriages must take place in a Catholic church and the ceremony must include the giving of rings. In the 16th century, England's monarch, King Edward the VI, mandated that the left hand be called "the marriage hand" since the heart is located on the left side of the body.

     Throughout history, wedding rings have been worn on different fingers, including the thumb, on both the left and right hand. However, it was thought that wearing a ring on the left hand helped prevent damage when performing physical labor, since most people were right-handed.

 The White Wedding  (adapted from Wikipedia)

    Though Mary Queen of Scots wore a white wedding gown in 1559 when she married her first husband, Francis Dauphin of France, the tradition of a white wedding dress is commonly credited to Queen Victoria's choice to wear a white court dress at her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840. Debutantes had long been required to wear white court dresses for their first presentation at court, at a "Drawing Room" where they were introduced to the queen for the first time.  

     Before Victoria affluent brides chose heavy brocaded gowns embroidered with white and silver thread, with red being a particularly popular color.  European and American brides had been wearing a plethora of colors, including blue, yellow, and practical colors like black, brown, or gray. As accounts of Victoria's wedding spread across the Atlantic and throughout Europe, elites followed her lead. After Queen Victoria's and Prince Albert's wedding, the color white resembled wealth and social status

     Because of the limitations of laundering techniques before the later part of the 20th century, white dresses provided an opportunity to show the world that the bride's family was so wealthy and so firmly part of the leisure class that the bride would choose an elaborate dress that could be ruined by any sort of labor.

     Although women were required to wear veils in many churches through at least the 19th century, the resurgence of the wedding veil as a symbol of the bride, and its use even when not required by the bride's religion, coincided with societal emphasis on women being modest and well-behaved.

With increased prosperity in the 20th century, the tradition also grew to include the practice of wearing the dress only once. If a bride wore white in the nineteenth century, it was acceptable and likely that she wore her gown again. Even Queen Victoria had her famous lace wedding dress re-styled for later use.

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