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 :  $150 - $180

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.

IMPORTANT LINKS:

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

REHEARSAL DIRECTION & OFFICIATING:  $270 flat fee
The Officiant does not rehearse. Rehearsals are to arrange pairing, lining up, staging, and walking in and out. Dan can be hired to direct the rehearsal if needed so that everything will run smooth and beautiful, or you could opt for the Afternoon Tea with off-site rehearsal if your venue is not available. Otherwise, he does not attend. If you have hired a planner or chose a venue that specializes in weddings, check to see if directing a rehearsal is part of their package.  Here is a link to our Rehearsal Guide.

 

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.

Vows #1

     I take you (name) as my beloved wife/husband. 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 beloved wife/husband. 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.

 

FULL WEDDING CEREMONY TO BE CUSTOMIZED

See Wedding Planning Tools for Special Ceremonies and Readings for weddings.

 

WEDDING CEREMONIES AT DAN'S COTTAGE: $60-$500

For small weddings with Bride, Groom and 12 additional persons or less you may want to consider having your ceremony at Dan's Cottage in central Lafayette. From the $60.00 casual marriage service to a full Ceremony at $220.00 or a small Ceremony & mini-reception with cake and punch included for $500.00.
 

Go to Small Cottage Weddings.

A Proper English Tea Party

... A Private proper tea or coffee with an array of traditional sweet and savory treats. This is an awesome experience for you, your family, an off-site rehearsal with your wedding party, or a small bridal shower. A simple pleasure that doen't need a reason!...schedule an afternoon break on one of your shopping days! It is a pleasure Rev. Dan provides for your guests and himself!  You can also host an educational tea to learn about teas, proper brewing and service!  Please call or email for full details.
Flat fee of $160 covers 5-12 persons. (Deposit required)  Email Dan

DAY-OF COORDINATING & CONSULTING
If you are planning your own wedding, Dan will be happy to visit with you
to lend his expertise and explore ways he can assist and help you save.
Dan can act of Day-of Coordinator for you at the very reasonable price of $350.
See all the Planning Tools here.


SMALL WEDDING CAKES : Please visit the Wedding Cakes page.

COUNSELING: Pre-marital and Covenant Counseling:  $50.00
                                 Over 20 years continuous study and experience.


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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