I get some common questions about weddings and here are a few of
you a licensed minister?
A. In the
state of Colorado, there is no governing body for Ministers or
Wedding Officiants - therefore there is no such thing as a
licensed minister or officiant. The State of Colorado
recognizes any minister who has been ordained by a bona fide church as
authorized to perform wedding ceremonies and solemnize marriages.
As an ordained
Christian minister, I am authorized by the state of Colorado to
solemnize a marriage during a wedding ceremony.
Q. Do we
have to have a minister perform our ceremony or can our friend
According to Colorado Revised Statute 14-2-109, a marriage may
be solemnized by a judge of a court; by a court magistrate; by a
retired judge of the court; by a public official whose powers
include solemnization of marriages; by Indian tribe officials;
by clergy; or by the individual parties to the marriage. A
marriage cannot be legally solemnized by a family friend unless
they also fit one of these criteria.
I need a license to get married?
In Colorado, the couple getting married must apply for and
obtain a marriage license prior to the wedding ceremony.
You can find more
information here about marriage laws in Colorado.
you charge for a rehearsal?
A. Yes I
Some officiants do not charge for the rehearsal, which really
means they have included the cost of attending your rehearsal in
their fee and are charging you for it even if you do not have a
would rather charge a small fee for the rehearsal and keep
fees as low as possible. Rehearsals are strongly
recommended but not required.
are having a very causal wedding, what will you wear to the
Whatever you want. If you do not specifically request
special attire, you can expect me to show up in a suit and tie.
If, however, you want me to show up in jeans and cowboy boots,
or a Hawaiian shirt and Bermuda shorts, or even in
leathers, I will wear whatever you want (within reason and good
taste of course).
you do our wedding this weekend?
A. If I
am available, yes. I can do weddings with as little as 24
hours notice, but a little more time to prepare is always
Where do you perform weddings?
anywhere. I live
in Windsor CO, and for my standard fee, I will gladly perform your wedding ceremony
anywhere in the northern Colorado area, as well as Cheyenne,
Wyoming. This would include Denver, Boulder, Longmont,
Loveland, Windsor, Greeley, Fort Collins, Cheyenne, Estes Park,
and areas in between. I will gladly travel to further
destinations, but I may have to charge a little more for your ceremony.
do I get my wedding date reserved for you to perform our
A. I do
require a $50 deposit to reserve the day of your wedding
ceremony. This deposit is typically non-refundable.
I do need to ask for a deposit because I typically reserve the
entire day for your wedding. If you change your wedding
date after the deposit has been paid, I will try to work with
you, but I cannot guarantee I will be available.
are planning a non-traditional wedding. Can you marry
us on a ski slope?
A. Yes, I
can. As a matter of fact, I used to be a ski-instructor.
I am willing to marry you however or wherever it is the most
meaningful to you: on a ski slope, on Harleys, at a hockey game,
on a boat in the middle of a lake. Use your imagination.
It's your wedding, I can help you make it happen.