Thank you for the wonderful ceremony you preformed for our wedding. You made it very easy for us to compose our personal wording that reflected us as a couple. We are very pleased with the way it turned out
and would like to express our gratitude. – Maria & Bobby
Frequently Asked Questions
If the answers to your question(s) are not below, please feel free to contact us and we will be glad to assist you.
- Who is La Donna Wedding Officiants & Ceremony Coordinating Services?
- What is the goal of La Donna Wedding Officiants & Ceremony Coordinating Services?
- What is the secret to planning a meaningful ceremony?
- What is the advantage of booking an Officiant from La Donna Wedding?
- What is included in the ceremony?
- What are some of the ceremony options available to us?
- May we write our own vows?
- Do we have to memorize our vows?
- May our family or friends participate in the wedding even if they are not part of the bridal party?
- May we add our personal touches to the content of the ceremony?
- What is the process in choosing the script for our ceremony?
- What if we want a very simple ceremony?
- May our children be included in the ceremony?
- What are some of the ceremony options available to us to include our children?
- How long will the ceremony take?
- What fee would you charge for officiating at our wedding?
- Is a gratuity required?
- Do we get to meet our Officiant before our rehearsal or wedding day?
- Is a rehearsal necessary?
- Is the rehearsal cost included in the price of the ceremony?
- When should we book our Officiant?
- How do we book a La Donna Officiant to conduct our wedding ceremony?
- How much of a deposit is required to secure our date and time?
- What do your Officiants wear to the ceremony?
- What time does the Officiant arrive before the wedding ceremony?
- What is the proper etiquette regarding inviting my Officiant to join us for dinner?
- May photographs be taken during the ceremony?
- What if we would like consulting or wedding day coordinating services, can La Donna assist us?
- What other services and products do you offer?
- Can you provide us with the names of reputable service vendors that we might need for our wedding day?
La Donna Wedding a team of professional wedding Ministers and Officiants who conduct spiritual, non-denominational religious, civil and secular ceremonies. These personalized ceremonies are written to reflect the feelings, values, personalities and relationship of the couple being joined in marriage.
Our goal is to provide you with a beautiful, unique and meaningful ceremony created with your input and personal touches with our professional assistance and attention to detail, ensuring a memorable day you will truly cherish!
One secret is to choose a perfect setting that gives you the ‘right’ feeling and can accommodate the number of guests that you wish to invite. Another is to select a professional wedding Officiant with whom you are comfortable and one that will work with you to create a personalized ceremony of your dreams.
The Officiants from La Donna Wedding are all caring, personable professionals that will provide you with a ceremony that includes all the aspects that you desire. You will receive our personal attention to every detail of your ceremony, including all contacts made prior to your ceremony, the ceremony script composition and any follow-up that is required.
The standard ceremony is composed of the seating of parents and grandparents, processional, greeting or introduction, presentation of the bride, charge to the couple, consent (aka declaration of intent), exchange of vows, exchange of rings, benediction, pronouncement, presentation of couple and recessional.
In order for you to have the wedding ceremony you have always dreamed of, we make options available to you which may include prayers, readings (either a scripture reading or perhaps a love poem), exchange of promises, guest participation of vows, affirmation of vows, blessing of rings, unity candle lighting, sand or water ceremony, hand ceremony, vessel and the rose ceremony, wine ceremony, remembrance, closing blessing or prayer, as well as many others. Perhaps you have a family tradition or something that you would like included. We welcome your input. See if one of our Ceremony Enhancements is what you are looking for to help make your ceremony as unique as you are.
Of course you may and we encourage your personal input. Your personal input also adds even more uniqueness to your ceremony.
Not unless you want to. You may read your vows from a hand-held card or repeat them after the Officiant. The Officiant will say the vows in short phrases so that you may repeat them easily. Of course the option is always there to memorize them, if that is your desire.
Yes, your family and friends are most welcome to participate in the wedding by reading a scripture, poem or the like, by saying a prayer, singing or playing a musical instrument or in whatever way you would like them included. This is your ceremony and it should be personalized as you choose.
Yes. Our goal is for the ceremony to reflect you, the bride and groom, as well as your relationship, traditions, and feelings. Your personal touches are always welcome without any additional cost.
You will be provided with a copy of our Creating Your Ceremony workbook from which you may make your selections for the content of your ceremony. A draft will be provided for you to insure that everything is as you want it. Be assured that you will have final approval of the script.
Although the services of an officiant is required for every wedding ceremony to be legally performed, the only addition of two witnesses (18 years of age or older) is required. You may choose from our pre-written scripts or choose to personalize your ceremony as previously described.
We encourage children to be included whenever they can be. They are an important part of the new family that is being created and it makes them feel so much more a part by including them in the ceremony.
A meaningful way to include children is by adding any of the following to your ceremony: family unity candle, sand or water ceremony, the family support ceremony, the medallion ceremony and/or the ribbon ceremony. All of these ceremonies are created for the inclusion of children.
Our ceremonies are personalized for each couple; therefore, each ceremony will vary in length. A standard ceremony will generally be approximately 15-20 minutes in length and when you include one or more of the optional selections or ceremonies a minute or so will be added for each addition.
The fee would depend upon what services you require and the location of your ceremony.
Your Officiant is providing a service, just like your photographer or limo driver and, although a gratuity is not required, you may express your gratitude to your Officiant who provided you with attentive personal service and a beautiful, memorable ceremony. Some couples may send a thank you card and include a picture taken during the ceremony or of the couple themselves. It is also great to refer a friend. Some couples do all of the above. This is a personal decision.
You may certainly meet your Officiant before your wedding day. The phone number of the Officiant is furnished when services are agreed upon and you may call and set up an appointment…or, if you prefer, you may speak with the Officiant prior to booking their services. We want you to be comfortable with your decision to book one of our Officiants.
As a rule, a rehearsal is recommended for a well-orchestrated ceremony. You only have one chance to make it flow well, for everything to run smoothly and for it to turn out beautifully. You want to make this special day as perfect as it can be. A rehearsal will also ease some of the stress and unknown factors that you, your parents and/or your bridal party may have. When La Donna conducts your rehearsal, every detail of the processional, ceremony, and recessional will be addressed. Donna Officiants offer rehearsal services to all of our couples. We also have wedding coordinators on staff that are available to also assist with your rehearsal and on your wedding day.
There is a nominal fee to include the services of a rehearsal. The rehearsal is held on a separate day and, therefore, requires additional time. The cost depends on how much time the Officiant or wedding coordinator’s services are required.
The sooner you book, the better. Some months are busier than others. We suggest you book your Officiant as soon as you have your wedding date determined and ceremony site reserved.
Submit an Inquiry Form or contact our office by phone or email. We can set up a no-obligation appointment to get acquainted and to go over the details of your wedding.
You can secure the date by signing an agreement and furnishing a 50% deposit. The balance is due 14 days prior to the ceremony. Payments are accepted by cash or check.
They wear appropriate attire with your choice of a suit or celebrant’s robe.
The arrival time is up to you, but your Officiant will usually arrive approximately 15 minutes or so prior to your ceremony. You will be requested to furnish your Officiant an on-site phone number or emergency contact number (generally someone’s cell phone), as well as directions to the wedding site, if requested.
Yes, it is proper to extend an invitation to your Officiant and their spouse. And although our Officiants appreciate the generous invitations that are received, their response will depend upon their schedule.
Yes, photographs may be taken. The only rule is for the photographer (whether a professional or a friend) not to be intrusive during the ceremony. Professional photography is a service that we can assist you with. Ask for details.
Oh, yes we can. We offer consulting services to address your wedding related questions and concerns and we also have wedding day coordinators to give you and your family a stress-free, enjoyable and memorable wedding day by taking care of ‘all the little details’ and making sure that everything runs smoothly. Consultants and coordinators are really a ‘very affordable necessity’.
Other beneficial and complimenting services that we offer include rehearsal coordination, bridal consulting/coordinating and wedding day directing. We also offer invitations (25% in showroom and 30% discount on-line), fan and standard wedding programs (only available at the showroom), bridal jewelry , attendant gifts, seating charts , wedding accessories, gown cleaning and preservation, floral preservation , plus more.
Discounts are given on many items once you have booked your officiating services with La Donna Wedding.
Can you provide us with the names of reputable service vendors that we might need for our wedding day?
Yes, we work with many professionals in the area. Please view our Vendor & Articles page or contact us for further information.
For a quote for your wedding, please submit our Inquiry Form or contact us by email or phone.