Answers to All Your Important Questions
What is distinct about Keith?
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive. ~Howard Thurman
I was once told that the way we discern our vocation in life is to find a need in the community that we are exceptional at meeting. As a Celebrant I am honored to walk with people through some of life’s most awesome moments. During the hike, I help to pace those steps with meaning, comfort and joy. I get my juice in working with people. Variety is the spice of life and I savor being in the mix with the “salad bowl” of humankind! The qualities I bring to your ceremony come from my background of substantial formation, education and experience in crafting and presiding at ceremony.
My motivation and desire is to please you with an excellent wedding and ceremonial experience, made from listening, skill, creativity, integrity and dedication. For a short time we will be companions who strive to make your wedding dream a reality. With me, you will get a unique and custom ceremony, my wedding-day ceremony planning expertise, and unlimited phone and email access.
How much does a personalized ceremony cost?
Each couple is different in what they are looking for in a ceremony and accordingly, my fees vary. In any given month, I am officiating wedding ceremonies that range from $575 to $975 for services.
As a Celebrant, I am a bird of a different feather. Rather than merely inserting “name of the couple” in a one-size-fits-all wedding script, I start from scratch for each couple. I take significant time to learn who you are individually and as a couple, and what your wants and desires are for the ceremony. In listening to you, I can then offer creative ideas on how we can accomplish your dream ceremony.
In addition to the time it takes to develop a unique and personalized ceremony, my fee also includes unlimited consultation with me via email and telephone, and time and travel to lead your rehearsal and preside at your wedding ceremony.
For more detailed information, please go to Services and Fees.
How long are your wedding ceremonies?
In my experience, the ideal range of time for a wedding ceremony is between 30 and 45 minutes. If it is shorter than 30 minutes (notwithstanding Elopement ceremonies), people may wonder why they took the time to get dressed up!
In the past, people looked forward to short quick ceremonial experiences because they tended to be rote; “if you’ve been to one you’ve been to ‘em all.” With my approach to unique and personalized ceremonies, your guests will be engaged and surprised at how fast they fly by; good times always do.
Do we need to have a rehearsal?
My ceremonies do not require a rehearsal. I accomplish the dissemination of needed information in three ways; I begin by designing a simple and intuitive ceremony; I then provide each couple with a complete script of their ceremony (typically 3-4 weeks prior to their wedding), including notes on best practices and tips; Finally, I arrive thirty minutes early for the ceremony so that I can take five minutes or so with the couple (meeting them either individually or together) and at that time review the three cues they will need to know – very simple stuff! If the bridal party are adults, all they need to know is what order are the walking in, who are they walking with, and where do you want them to stand. The couple usually share this information with their bridal party the night prior to the wedding.
Can we write our own vows?
Yes! I encourage your creativity and uniqueness every step of the way, and I am available to guide you in the process. There are also other opportunities in the ceremony to celebrate your love as a couple.
Do you have an assistant or person to back you up?
Yes, I have several Celebrant companions who preside and have a style/philosophy similar to my own. I would ask one of them to officiate in the event I have an emergency. In my years of doing this work, I have never been late nor missed a date!
Marriage License Information?
Denver County: Click here for Denver County marriage license information
Jefferson County: Click here for Jefferson County marriage license information
Adams County: Click here for Adams County marriage license information
Douglas County: Click here for Douglas County marriage license information
Arapahoe County: Click here for Arapahoe County marriage license information
When do we sign the marriage license?
The marriage license can be signed either prior to or immediately after the ceremony. Either the celebrant or the couple can deliver/mail the signed license to the county clerk’s office.
How do you dress for a ceremony?
I will always dress dignified and appropriately for a ceremony. I usually wear a black or grey suit with a shirt and tie that works well with your wedding attire. If the vibe you are going for is country, I am happy to wear jeans, boots, and a western shirt!
What if we are getting married outside of the Denver area?
Have car, will travel! I’ve been many places, from as far away as a back yard in Michigan to the ocean beach in Florida. Often, I travel to the mountains (Evergreen, Estes Park and the like). It’s your wedding and I will do my best to accommodate your wishes.