No matter how large or small, traditional or offbeat, I'd love to talk with you about a custom ceremony to honor, memorialize or celebrate any occasion or event. I offer free initial video or in-person consultations to discuss your plans, after which I will prepare a quote detailing the costs and services in your custom ceremony package.
Crafting the Ceremony
Ceremonies begin to take shape through discussion and lots of questions. You might already have a clear vision for your ceremony or, if desired, I can suggest elements you may wish to include such as rituals, readings, blessings, ways to incorporate your religious or cultural backgrounds and honor your family and friends.
Officiating the Ceremony
In addition to a beautiful, meaningful and personal ceremony, I offer my presence and experience as a minister and officiant. I will help create the container in which your ceremony will unfold with the utmost care, thoughtfulness and attention to your needs.
"Hannah was a calming presence before, during and moments after the event. We felt fully supported, guided and prepared for each aspect of our ceremony."
How long does it take to create a custom ceremony?
Ceremonies have a way of coming together, utilizing as much or as little time as you have. Ideally, we would have several months to craft a large ceremony like a wedding, although I've done simple ceremonies with only a few weeks preparation. Even if it's short notice, I encourage you to contact me with your inquiry.
Do you ever write the ceremony script for someone else to officiate?
I offer wedding ceremony help, design, scripting, consulting and coaching for couples and their officiants, as well as baby blessings, memorials and more. How we work together depends on how I can best support your needs. Learn more about wedding ceremony consulting, or contact me for more information about other ceremonies.
How much does it cost?
As your officiant, each ceremony is unique and therefore the investment can vary greatly. You will find general price ranges on each ceremony page. My fees are tiered based the day, time, location, season, size and complexity of your ceremony. After discussing your event in an initial consultation, I will provide you with a custom quote.
Do you offer premarital counseling?
Many couples choose to do my Premarital Conversations package before their wedding. I do not require it, however, and couples who are not having me conduct their ceremony can also participate in my marital preparation program. (I offer marriage check-ins, too!)
Are you available for rehearsals?
Every package includes a Zoom coaching call (like a “virtual run-through") before your wedding day. Depending on my availability, on-site wedding rehearsals can be arranged for a $300 fee (additional travel costs may apply). Whether or not you decide to have me at the rehearsal, I will als0 provide you with a cue sheet so you and any other vendors will be familiar with the ceremony outline.
Do we need a marriage license?
If you plan to be legally married, yes. You can find a simple guide to getting your Massachusetts marriage license here.
Do you travel?
Yes! Based in Northampton, I perform ceremonies throughout Western Massachusetts, the Berkshires, New England and beyond. My packages include 50 miles; additional fees are calculated by mileage, tolls, parking and travel time. Contact me about travel for destination weddings and events.
Do you have a PA system?
If desired, I gladly offer amplification for outdoor and large ceremonies at no cost. My PA system includes a battery-operated speaker, a lapel microphone for myself and a wireless handheld microphone for use by you or your ceremony participants.
What do you wear to officiate?
The photos throughout my website feature my typical ceremony attire. I coordinate my outfit with the color and style of your event, accommodating special requests whenever possible.