Rev. BJ Hesketh
Non-denominational Wedding Officiant
Oregon and Washington
One of our first steps is a "meet and get acquainted" consultation, either in a Starbucks, in my home, or at yours. We can also just "meet" via e-mail, web-cam or on the phone, if that's easier for everyone. There is no charge for this initial consultation.
If you both decide you would like me to perform your ceremony, there is a $50 deposit required. This is needed to secure your date and time for my services. This $50 deposit is taken off the total fee, which always includes my travel.
My basic Civil Ceremony fee is only $100, if you come to my home. My place has a beautiful, big backyard with many flowers and hanging baskets and inside we have a nice front room with a fireplace.
You will need to have two witnesses, who are at least 18 yrs old (unless you are getting married in WA, in which case, your witnesses only need to be 12). If you need me to provide the two witnesses, it's an extra $30, as each witness gets $15 for their time and travel.
Base Rate for a Ceremony
My base rate starts at $150 for a wedding ceremony. Then depending on where your ceremony takes place, my travel is added on. I can take cash, check, money order and CC or Debit over my phone (I use "Square"). If I have already given you a bid for my services, my travel, and a face-to-face meeting is included in that bid.
Life happens, sometimes when we least expect it, so if you need to cancel an already set wedding date with me, there is a $50 fee. Your deposit will cover this cost.
Optional Pre-marital Counseling
If you would both like a pre-marital consultation, I am more than happy to discuss this option with you. Notice I said "option". It is not a pre-requisite for my services. However, if you choose, we would meet one time for an hour-and-a-half. My fee for this session is $85.
Now comes the fun stuff! We get to sit down together and discuss ideas for you wedding ceremony and share suggestions.
Again, whatever fits your personality and whether you both want traditional or non-traditional, what I say during the ceremony can be made-to-order just for you. Some couples like to write their own ceremony, while others would rather have me come up with the words that will be said specifically for them.
There are some who prefer to actually say their own vows, rather than me read them, which is a wonderful way to start your lives together, also. However, if you've chosen to say them, then all of a sudden your nerves get the better of you, I can still take over and read them for you Either way, READING them is the absolute best way. That way you don't forget anything that you really wanted to say.
After our meeting, I can e-mail you (don't you LOVE modern technology?) what we've discussed. Then we can e-mail each other and fine-tune what I'm going to say, to your specifications of course, right up until the day before your ceremony.
If you're going all out with bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc..., a rehearsal of your wedding helps everyone to figure out BEFORE the nerves kick in, where they stand and when they walk, when the musical interludes are etc..., so that it all flows as smoothly as possible.
Rev. BJ Hesketh
6107 SW Murray Blvd., #242
Beaverton, OR 97008
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