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 $250 Booking Retainer is needed to secure your date and time in my calendar. The Booking Retainer may be paid via Venmo, Apple Pay, PayPal, personal check or cash.

 

Then, my full fee and Timeline Retainer isn't due until 15 days before your wedding. 

 

That’s it! Please read the details below.

 

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.

PLEASE READ THE DETAILS BELOW: THIS IS OUR CONTRACT

 

Booking

 

  • After 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. 

  • By remitting your Booking Retainer you are agreeing to the conditions herein and this is our contract. Upon request, I can provide you with a PDF contract for both of us to sign.

  • The start time of your ceremony that we agree to at booking may be the only time that I can be available. Please start your wedding ceremony on time (see Ceremony Start Time below).

 

Booking Retainer

 

  • A $250 Booking Retainer is required to book with me. The $250 Booking Retainer will be applied towards my total fee for services that we agree upon.

  • The balance of my fee for services is due 15 days before the ceremony day.

  • In addition to the balance of my fee for services, a $100 Timeline Retainer is required 15 days before the ceremony day. The Timeline Retainer will be refunded 24 hours after the wedding provided the ceremony started on time. (See Ceremony Start Time below)

 

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 am also open to scripture readings or readings that have religious themes. 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.

 

Ceremony Start Time

 

  • 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 poorly through the rest of the day.

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

  • If the ceremony begins within 30 minutes of the Start Time, the $100 Timeline Retainer will be refunded within 24 hours. If the wedding ceremony begins over 30 minutes past the Start Time, the Timeline Retainer will be forfeited and there is a chance that I may not be able to perform your ceremony.

  • If your ceremony is over 45 minutes late to begin there will be an additional $50 charge per each fifteen minute interval and there may be a chance that I will not be able to perform your ceremony.

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

  • I will arrive on-site early, usually 30 minutes prior, 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 for any reason, please bear in mind that I may have turned away one or more weddings because of my commitment to yours and I have already put in many hours of work into your wedding so the Booking Retainer is non-refundable.

  • If you cancel your wedding within 30 days of its scheduled date for any reason, 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 and finding another officiant is your responsibility. As a courtesy, I will reach out to my network of local officiants and do my best to help you find a stand-in.

  • If I am unable to officiate on your wedding day for any reason, my fee will be waived, I'll refund your Booking Retainer and you will be responsible for finding another officiant as well as the fee of the person who officiates. As a courtesy, I will reach out to my network of local officiants and do my best to help you find a stand-in.

 

By remitting your Booking Retainer you are agreeing to the conditions herein and this is our contract. Upon request, I can provide you with a PDF contract for both of us to sign. Upon receipt of 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.

 

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