So You Want Your Friend to Officiate Your Wedding

So You Want Your Friend to Officiate Your Wedding

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That is fantastic!  There is nothing more personal for a wedding ceremony than a friend or relative that you have known most of life performing your ceremony.  Let’s discuss the pros and cons to this gift.

Pros to a Friend or Relative Performing the Ceremony

1.  Personal, history, and comfort level.  This person knows you both really well and that makes it so easy to create a ceremony together.  The know the history of you and your fiance and speak about this in the ceremony.  You have a real comfort level with this person and that will make the ceremony easier.

2.  Free of charge.  Hopefully they are providing this as a gift, but if there are any expenses that they are occurring, etiquette says that you must reimburse them or pay for these items.

Cons to a Friend or Relative Performing the Ceremony

1.  Are they legal to perform ceremonies in your state.  So they decided to fill out that little form online and maybe even paid $20 to get ordained.  Many states, counties and towns will not recognize these forms of ordination.

2.  Creating the ceremony.  There is an incredible knowledge and ability to an official officiant with the wording of a ceremony.  What you are paying for with a professional is the writing talent.  A good officiant can write a ceremony that guests want to listen to and are eager for the next part.

3.  Crossing the lines.  When you hire a professional officiant, they work for you and your fiance.  You have the ability to say to them what you want them to wear, what to arrive and what you want them to say and not.  Friends and relatives are not professionals (unless if they do this job professionally).

What are your options:

1.  Hire a professional to perform your ceremony

2.  You decided to have a friend or relative perform the ceremony anyways.  Hudson Valley Ceremonies has a solution.  The Friend Officiates Package.  One of our legal officiants comes to your venue before or after the ceremony and takes care of the legal paperwork.  That’s it!  So simple.

Any questions please contact Hudson Valley Ceremonies at 845-244-1482 or email at HVCeremonies@gmail.com

Wedding Giveaway

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FREE Wedding Photo Booth Backdrop

Many different designs available

or

FREE Personalized Aisle Runner

Many different designs available

Drawing will be on 12/31/2011

Check Out Our Bridal Thanks-Giving

Hudson Valley Ceremonies

presents

Bridal Thanks-Giving

Book any of our officiants or planners between 11/24/11 and 12/1/11

and receive a Very Special Bridal Gift

Choose one of the following gifts:

1 Large Window Cling or 2 Small Window Clings

Personalized Flip Flops

Personalized Acrylic Circle Cake Topper

Contact us today to set up your appointment or to receive your contract.  Then you can choose from any of the three above gifts.

HVCeremonies@gmail.com

Same Sex Wedding Elopement Event

Same Sex Wedding Elopement Event

“Historic, first date ever available to same sex couples in NY”

July 26th, 2011
and
July 27th, 2011

All Day!!

We are going to have multiple locations set up all over the Hudson Valley.

Rhinecliff Waterfront
(Take Amtrak from NYC)

Ashokan Reservoir

New Paltz

Kingston & The Rondout

Beacon Waterfront
(Take Metro North)

$150 for the elopement
(gratuities are appreciated)

If you would like a professional photographer, this can be arrranged.

Contact us at HVCeremonies@gmail.com if you are interested in getting married.  Please let us know which day, time of day and location.

Reservations and Deposit Required

The Following Is Needed To Get Married:

Marriage License – Obtained from any town hall in all of NYS more than 24 hours before the ceremony.

Witnesses – You will need to bring two witnesses

Payment – Check, Cash, Money Order are accepted the day of the ceremony.  Credit Card payments must be made 2 days before the event.

Please join us and visit our booth at the Winter 2011 Bridal and Fashion Show

Please join us and visit our booth at the Winter 2011 Bridal & Fashion Show, sponsored by the Southern Dutchess News Group

&

Advertised on HudsonValleyWeddings.com
Hosted at the Dutchess Manor
Sunday, Jan. 30 from 12 Noon – 4 p.m.

Plenty of appetizers and door prizes

Fashion Spectacular, plus demos on exercise, hair & makeup and ballroom dancing

Pre-register now by sending an email to sdnbridalexpo@yahoo.com and receive an article on Bridal Show Tips from hudsonvalleyweddings.com.

Please do not respond to this E-mail to pre-register.

 

Win FREE Invitations!

Each year we have one big contest.  This year the contest is for FREE Wedding Invitations.  Your choice of any invitations with a retail value of up to $600.

Pocket Invitations, Themed Invitations, Save the Dates and so much more.

Submit your information by 12/31/2010.  Winner determined by 1/1/2011.  Good Luck!!

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Hudson Valley Ceremonies

845-266-6076

All New Online Wedding Store

Hudson Valley Ceremonies

Newly Designed Online Wedding Store

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Holiday Gifts

Wedding Gifts & Accessories

Baby and Children Gifts

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Have a wonderful Holiday Season!