Weddings

WeddingWe are honored to help couples create wedding ceremonies that reflect their hopes, beliefs, and commitments regarding their lives together. We celebrate the sacred commitment of any two people and value their understanding of spirituality as it informs their choices about language in the ceremony.

Rev. Christopher T. Copeland is an ordained minister and wedding officiant who specializes in creating unique and personal ceremonies designed specifically for you. Chris's warm and caring demeanor helps you relax and enjoy the planning process and especially the ceremony.

We officiate ceremonies that honor any faiths, cultures, lifestyles, beliefs, and traditions. We don't require pre-marital counseling to officiate at your ceremony, but we encourage all couples to meet with a counselor in preparation for their wedding.

With over 15 years of experience and a commitment to honor the desires of couples, Rev. Copeland is highly regarded by couples of all kinds and other wedding professionals.

Services Offered

In creating a wedding ceremony, we work with the couple to provide the following services:

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  • a complimentary initial consultation
  • a customized ceremony text developed from ideas and materials from the couple as well as a ceremony workbook with a variety of selections for every element of the ceremony
  • a final consultation to talk through the ceremony and fill out rehearsal worksheet
  • walk through for the ceremony rehearsal
  • conducting the ceremony
  • signing and mailing marriage certificate
  • as many emails and calls as are needed

Step by Step

The ceremony planning process includes the following steps:

  1. Couple requests the Initial Consultation
  2. Couple secures officiant's services by returning the Wedding Officiant Booking Agreement along with a $150 non-refundable booking fee
  3. Couple secures marriage license according to the laws of that state
  4. Couple returns completed Ceremony Worksheet to officiant at least 1 month prior to the ceremony date
  5. Couple schedules Final Consultation to be held within a month of the ceremony (2 weeks before the ceremony is most common)
  6. Two weeks before the ceremony, couple pays baance due
  7. At Final Consultation officiant presents a final draft copy of the ceremony text and discusses last-minute details and final editing of the ceremony
  8. Officiant arrives at your ceremony location about 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. After the ceremony, he fills out the marriage license and mails it to the appropriate courthouse
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Fees

The fees to create and conduct a unique wedding ceremony include the following:

Booking Fee: $150 - due with booking agreement
Ceremony Fee: $200 - due two weeks before ceremony
Travel Fee: $0 - fewer than 30 miles from Winston-Salem, NC
$50 – between 30 and 60 miles
Negotiated – more than 60 miles

Booking

To reserve a date for your wedding and set up a free intialconsultation please contact us via email.

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