1. PAYMENTS AND DEPOSITS
An accepted Service Agreement and a $200 nonrefundable and nontransferable Booking Fee are required to officially reserve your wedding date and time. Full payment is due for ceremonies less than 30 days out. No dates will be held until the Booking Fee is paid and the Service Agreement has been signed.
All packages are as described. Variations may incur additional charges. Holiday surcharges of $150 per ceremony will apply for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day. I accept PayPal, cash and credit cards. I do not accept personal checks.
2. SCHEDULE AND OVERTIME
I may be booked for up to two wedding ceremonies for the same day and thus delays can create difficulties for my schedule. You will be billed at $25 per 15 minute increment for delays. For example, if you’re one hour late, you will incur an additional $100 in delay charges.
If you’ve given your guests an "invitation time" but intended to start the ceremony later then the invitation time, this must be discussed prior to booking my services. Schedule and location changes made after booking may result in additional charges for time (at $25.00 per 15 minutes) and travel expenses may apply.
If for ANY reason by no fault of the mine, the ceremony starts 45 minutes or more after the scheduled start time, I may, at my discretion, modify the contents of the ceremony/script for time, as needed.
3. CEREMONY START TIME
Your ceremony start time is the time the actual ceremony is to begin. I will arrive 30 to 45 minutes before the start time to ensure that everything is in order. Please see Item #2 above regarding overages and late start fees.
As weekends during peak months are in high demand, full payment is due for weddings cancelled within 60 days of any Saturday in March, April, May, September, October and November.
Should an unforeseen difficulty prevent me from performing your ceremony (illness, accident), every effort will be made to have a substitute Officiant for your ceremony. If a replacement is not available, the full payment will be refunded with no further liability on my part. This has never happened to date.
Should you decide to cancel the wedding, your deposit is nonrefundable and nontransferable.
Changes to this Agreement including, but not limited to the date, time, and/or location of the Event must be communicated in writing by Client and approved by Officiant in writing.
Wedding ceremonies are supposed to be a joyous time of celebration. Unfortunately sometimes this joy may be fueled with alcohol or other substances. I reserve the right to cancel my participation in the ceremony in the event that I feel threatened in any way by unruly behavior. No refund will apply.
Pets and wedding ceremonies generally do not have a grand history together. I therefore ask that you restrain all pets. I will not interact with any pets in any capacity whatsoever.
7. VENUE RESTRICTIONS
Clients understands that I am not responsible for dealing with any venue restrictions, including but not limited to, restrictions of open flames, sand, rice, or other toss items, and decorations such as rose petals and other floral and non-floral decor, and I will not be responsible for any adverse impact on the ceremony as a result of such restrictions.
8. TRAVEL FEES AND EXPENSES
I am based in Plainfield, New Jersey and all travel fees are based on this starting point. Travel and lodging expenses will apply for ceremonies more than 30 miles from my Plainfield office.
I would be happy to officiate your wedding anywhere in the U.S and other locations, upon request. After learning more about your event, location, time and expectations, I will provide you with a price quote for my services. Certain restrictions apply.
There may be instances where a wedding is to be held further than a 30 mile range and I may recommend an overnight stay at a very cost efficient hotel.
For example: Say you’re having a 5 pm rehearsal and I must travel 2 hours to your location and the wedding is the next day at 1 pm. It would make more sense to provide me with an overnight stay nearby so you do not have to pay the travel expense twice, as there may be times the inexpensive Hotel will cost less than the travel fee. It also gives you the peace of mind to know that we I am already there thus eliminating any unforeseen circumstances.
Travel Fees Breakout
First 20 miles free.
21-34 mile Travel Fee $25
35 to 49 mile Travel Fee $35
50 to 74 mile Travel Fee $50
75 to 100 mile Travel Fee $100
Over 100 Call for Quote
9. MARRIAGE LICENSE
A marriage license is required for me to perform your wedding ceremony. It is incumbent upon you to make your own independent arrangements for your marriage license. I will not perform a ceremony without careful review of your marriage license. No refunds will be issued if you failed to obtain a marriage license. No exceptions.
In the absence of a marriage license, I will not perform a symbolic ceremony as such ceremony has no legal merit. I will complete and sign the marriage license on the day of the ceremony and will return the completed marriage license by United States Postal Service First-Class mail or equivalent within two (2) business days to the county recorder of the county in which the license was issued.
In the event, the marriage license is not received by the county recorder; I will cooperate with the couple and county recorder to resolve the issue. Cost for replacement license, if any, will be assumed by the couple. For privacy reasons, I do not maintain copies of the marriage license.
Rehearsals are very important. During the rehearsal you will learn how to pose, hold a bouquet, repeat your vows, place the wedding rings on each other's finger, light the unity candle etc.
These steps need to be practiced so that each phase of the ceremony flows smoothly, seamlessly and beautifully so that on your wedding day everyone will be confident and poised. Rehearsals are part of the Full Service package only. Rehearsals will take place the day prior to your ceremony and will last up to 1.5 hours.
11. IMAGE RELEASE
The couple acknowledges that Aretha Gaskin may photograph and/or video wedding ceremonies and publishes such media for reference and marketing purposes. The couple’s full names will not be referenced for privacy. Clients waive the right to payment, royalties or any other consideration for the use of the images or stories.
The Wedding Couple agrees that they will not disparage the Wedding Planner or any of its employees. For purposes of this Section, “disparage” shall mean any negative statements, whether written or oral, about Aretha Gaskin or Weddings by Aretha & Co. The parties agree and acknowledge that this non-disparagement provision is a material term of this Agreement, the absence of which would have resulted in the Wedding Planner refusing to enter into this Agreement.
Gratuity is optional and left to the couple’s discretion, but greatly appreciated.
14. GENERAL POLICIES
The couple understands that they are hiring me as an independent nondenominational Officiant authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in the United States.
Upon signature and confirmed receipt of these Terms and Conditions, the Agreement will become valid for a non-religious wedding renewal ceremony at the place, date, and time agreed upon. Any and all changes must be agreed to ahead of time.