Booking

In order to book your wedding with me, we must first establish that your date, time and location is available within my calendar.

 

Next, a $100 Booking Retainer is needed to secure your date and time in my calendar. You may mail your Booking Retainer to me or use your credit card securely through Venmo, Apple Pay or PayPal.

Then, my full fee isn't due until 1 week before your wedding. Your $100 booking retainer will be refunded within 3 days after your wedding.

That's it!

For Venmo, Apple Pay or PayPal, just send $100 to paul@howellgroup.org or 805-540-9294

 

To mail me a check, pleas ask me for my mailing address.

Booking Policies, Terms and Guidelines

 

The success of your wedding ceremony is very important to me. In order that it may unfold as smoothly as possible, I have assembled some essential policies where the scope of my services are concerned. Please be sure to read all of this carefully. 

 

Booking

 

  • When I receive your Booking Retainer I will book your wedding into my calendar, reserve a block of time for your wedding and promise to perform your wedding. My Booking Confirmation email is our contract.

  • The start time of your ceremony that we agree to at booking may be the only time that I can be available. If you change the Ceremony Start Time, please let me know immediately.

 

Ceremony Content

 

  • I’ll write your entire wedding ceremony based upon the notes I take in our meetings and our communication.

  • All that you need to do is look over information that I send you and make choices, making any changes that you wish.

  • Please do not ask me to deliver a pre-written ceremony script, as that is not what I do. If you have something that you wish to include to the ceremony that I am preparing, just let me know 30 days before the wedding. Some of it I may use verbatim, some I may not, depending on how I feel it flows within the ceremony as a whole.

  • I don’t write religious based ceremonies  but I am comfortable talking about your faith being important to you and playing a role and purpose for you within your marriage. I don't personally offer prayers or blessings but am happy to give space for someone to step up and offer a prayer or blessing to mirror your faith. I am totally open to scripture readings or readings that have religious themes.

 

Ceremony Start Time

 

  • The start time of your ceremony that we agree to at booking may be the only time that I can be available. If you change the Ceremony Start Time, please let me know immediately.

  • Punctuality is extremely important, so please begin your wedding ceremony at it’s scheduled time. Timeliness is very critical to the venue and other vendors as well as courteous to your guests. Late starts often reverberate throughout the entire event.

  • If your ceremony is over thirty minutes late to begin there will be a $75 charge per half hour. The charge will be deducted from your Booking Retainer.

  • If there is an excessive delay in starting your wedding, there is a chance that I will not be able to perform your ceremony, as often I have other appointments, commitments or another ceremony to officiate after your ceremony.

  • I will be on time, usually 30 minutes early, to give you reassurance that that there are no delays on my part and to complete day-of tasks.

Rehearsal

  • Because every wedding is different, every couple's needs are different and every budget is different, a rehearsal is not included in my wedding fee.

  • Although I'm not a Wedding Planner/Coordinator, I'm very skilled at coordinating rehearsals. We can talk in detail about whether I need to be a part of your rehearsal and what the fee will be.

License

 

  • I am required by law to have the license before I can marry you. Without it, I will not be able to perform your ceremony. (It is a misdemeanor for an officiant to perform a wedding ceremony without a marriage license). Please bring your marriage license with you to the wedding and make sure that I have it before the ceremony begins.

  • The County Clerk/Recorder will reject a license with any mistakes made in filling out the witness or officiant section. If this happens, the county clerk charges you a replacement license fee and reissues the license.

  • Before your witness(s) signs the license, I very carefully instruct them exactly how they are to fill in the fields. If the witness makes a mistake, you will be responsible for the replacement fee, so choose a trustworthy witness. If I make a mistake in my section, I will pay the fee.

 

Cancellation

 

  • Once your date is secured, I will turn away other weddings that will possibly conflict with yours.

  • If your wedding is cancelled, please bear in mind that I may have turned away one or more weddings because of my commitment to yours, so the retainer is non-refundable.

  • If you cancel your wedding within 30 days of its scheduled date, the entire fee is due and payable on the day of cancellation.

  • If you change your ceremony start time and I am unable to accommodate the new time, I will retain your retainer.

  • If I am unable to officiate on your wedding day due to illness, I will reach out to my network of local officiants to try and find a stand-in or you may find another officiant on your own. My fee will be waived and you will be responsible for the fee of the person who officiates.

 

By remitting your Booking Retainer, you understand and agree to these conditions and I will book your wedding into my calendar, reserve a block of time for your wedding and promise to perform your wedding.

I look forward an enjoyable experience with you in the process of working with you and officiating your wedding!

Sincerely,

Paul Howell