General FAQ

My Friend or Family member is Ordained, why should I pick you over them when they are free of charge?

Often, I get calls from desperate brides that are in shock or in fear because their uncle or friend canceled on them at the last minute, from fright or an Illness, or they forgot they had other plans…and then the bride is stuck trying to find someone professional who is already booked on their wedding date. Most who hire me want this guarantee, and peace of mind that they know I will be there, and also my experience. A wedding is lot like or a good play or movie, if the script is terrible so is the play or movie. You can have the best cake, the best wedding dress, however if the ceremony is bad, your guests will remember that forever.

How many times would you like to meet with us before the wedding?

We can meet as many times as you would like before the ceremony. We can go over details, have a cup of coffee, or answer any questions.

What authority do you have to perform legal ceremonies?

I am an ordained wedding minister and have full legal authority to perform your wedding ceremony. Click here to view my certificate of ordination, and Notary of Public Certificate and Pre Marriage Counselor Certificate

Will you be able to legally officiate at our wedding location?

I am legally authorized to officiate wedding ceremonies in Wisconsin and Minnesota. If you live in another state I may have to register as an officiant. There is no additional fee for the extra paperwork.

Can you provide references from couples you’ve married?



Can we write our own vows?

Yes! To inspire you, you are allowed to use our samples. And you can use our Ceremony Planner to help you Write it with me and use our samples, or use your or add your own words!

How many readings are customary? Are there any restrictions on the choice of readings?

Typically there are between one to two readings and family members or guests are welcome to read them. There are absolutely no restrictions on readings or how many you can have.

Are there any restrictions on what you will and will not allow in a ceremony?


Will you conduct the ceremony outside of a house of worship? If so, does that change any of the restrictions?

Because I am a non-denominational officiant, I perform ceremonies everywhere! There are no restrictions.

How long is a typical ceremony?

The length of the ceremony is up to you, but they typically they last about 15 – 20 minutes.

Will you be doing other weddings that day? What happens if you’re running late or can’t make it?

During wedding season, it is possible that I will have another ceremony. In order to avoid the possibility of running late, I never have two ceremonies that start within several of hours of each other.

Will you lead a rehearsal?

In most cases, your wedding or site coordinator will lead the rehearsal. For couples that want me to attend, please contact me for pricing.

When do you sign the marriage license? At the ceremony or beforehand?

I arrive early to your ceremony to go over last-minute details and also complete and sign the marriage license. This allows you to celebrate at the conclusion of your ceremony with no interruption for signing documents.

We are an interfaith couple. Does this pose any problems? Will you be willing to co-officiate.

I perform ceremonies for all couples. Whether you are religious, spiritual, interfaith, or non-claimant, I officiate ceremonies for everyone.

One of us is divorced. Does this pose any problems?

No problem at all! I am happy to officiate your ceremony.

Is it acceptable to include a pet in the ceremony.

As long as you don’t want to marry a pet, I am happy to include them.

We have children. How will you make them feel part of the ceremony.

There are many ways to include children in your ceremony besides being a ring bearer or flower girl. We can add family vows or include them in the blending of sand.

I’m pregnant. Are you still willing to marry us?

Yes, and congratulations!


Is there a fee, honorarium, or requested donation?

There is a fee for officiating a wedding ceremony. You can learn more about my services and fees by clicking here. Most Basic Packages require Payment in full, if you pick certain options as a package we can work with you to allow half down and the balance due 30 days before the wedding.

What does the fee include?

All Master Piece and Love Story Packages include:

  • Unlimited Consultations
  • Personal and fully customized ceremony
  • Access to the Ceremony Planner™
  • Unlimited phone and Email Support, Skype or FaceTime
  • Travel to the ceremony venue
  • Arriving 60+ minutes prior to ceremony start time
  • Optional Edited Video of your ceremony
  • Notary services
  • Completing and mailing marriage license
  • Copy of the Marriage Vow’s for heirloom’s
The Reverend Michael