Renewal of Vows
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Kristen and Mark  ~ Elkins, West Virginia
 
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"Procrastination has no limits for us.  When we booked Pam, we did not give her much time to write a ceremony.  However, she worked with us nearly daily to come up with a ceremony that was spectacular.  We are spiritual, but not particularly religious, and Pam was able to sum up our views on marriage and life perfectly.  Our guests were so impressed that the married couples were asking where we found her and my husband's grandfather was asking whether she was married.  Pam is incredibly compassionate and easy to talk to.  Having her as our minister (and now as our friend) was easily one of the best decisions we made for such an important day."

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My Vow Renewal

Maybe your initial wedding wasn't everything you wanted it to be and maybe it didn't turn out to be the "perfect day" you would have planned.  Or maybe you just want to renew the special feelings you have for one another, especially on a special anniversary.  A renewal of vows is the perfect option.  You can invite family and friends and create a "new special day", one in which you and your spouse renew the vows you made to each other when you first said "I do". 
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My husband and I renewed our vows for our 30th Wedding Anniversary and it is a memory I will never forget. We went to our favorite beach park and barefoot with toes in the sand, we renewed our vows in the presence of the campground chaplain and numerous other guests who made their way to the seaside to watch. Our daughters and their families were there with us and as precious as our wedding day was, our vow renewal was extra special. Because of life's experiences we were more committed, our love had grown even stronger than we imagined and for us, it was a celebration of a love even deeper than we ever thought possible. I would like to offer you the same experience. 
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In preparation, we will work together to create a personal ceremony that reflects the love you felt for each other as bride and groom, and how that love has grown and matured through the years.  And if you have children and would like to, we can make them a part of the celebration of life you have built together.
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Whether you are spiritual, non-religious, religious or somewhere in between, I am committed to creating a personalized ceremony that incorporates your beliefs and values, celebrates who you are as a couple and includes customs, components and traditions that represent you best.
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The process will begin with the initial consultation; in person, by phone, or email to see if we are a good fit for each other.  If we agree to work together we will discuss what is important to you, talk about some other ideas you may not have heard about and with the input you provide I will design a ceremony that truly reflects who you are and your wishes.
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I am passionate about love and marriage and I am passionate about what I do  I promise you an enjoyable ceremony, a treasured memory and a truly quality experience full of joyful tears and plenty of smiles.
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Officiant Services
  • An initial meeting (In person, by phone or email)
  • As much phone and email communication as needed to develop your ceremony
  • Preparation of a couple-centered ceremony that reflects your love, dreams, beliefs, values and cultural traditions
  • Assistance with choosing or writing your vows
  • Assistance with finding readings that convey your thoughts concerning love and your special day
  • Incorporating Ceremonial Add-Ons of your choice
  • Preparation of a draft ceremony, discussion of same and fine tuning it to perfection
  • Professional and punctual Officiant for your ceremony, dressed in your choice of attire
  • I normally arrive one hour early to your ceremony location to help you with any last minute details or answer any questions you may have
  • Eloquent, passionately delivered ceremony that will bring joyful tears and smiles to all who hear it
  • Lovely Keepsake Vow Renewal Certificate, suitable for framing
  • Elegant, professionally bound copy of our vows and ceremony encased in a beautiful wedding portfolio
  • Upon request, presence and/or assistance at the rehearsal (may be an extra fee)

 

Fee Information

 

Fees are structured to support time dedicated to writing and designing your ceremony and are also dependent upon which package you choose.  I custom-write each and every one of my ceremonies and no two are alike. This means that your ceremony will be one of a kind, totally unique to the two of you and there will never be another one exactly like it. Factors in determining the cost of your ceremony will include meeting time and travel, as well as time to write and officiate your ceremony.

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Fees for Vow Renewals are usually the same as weddings, but since every ceremony is unique, please e-mail me for a quote. Please be assured that all fees will be discussed openly and agreed upon prior to booking and there will be no hidden charges. Additional services, such as travel beyond a certain distance from my office may be extra. I travel all over the East Coast singing, speaking and doing weddings, so you just never know, I may be in your area at the same time you have scheduled your wedding.

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No matter which ceremony package you choose, please be assured that I will do everything within my power to make your ceremony totally stress free so that all you have to do is smile, say "I do", and enjoy your day. Smile
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CEREMONY PACKAGES (All prices include use of my Wireless PA System) 

When you find that special someone you want to spend the rest of your life with, your wedding day should be perfect in every way. Yet, when it comes to wedding ceremonies, not one size fits all. Whether your perfect day consists of a quiet exchange of vows with just the two of you, a romantic private ceremony at one of three beautiful countryside settings at my home or a ceremony with all the bells and whistles at a venue of your choice, I can custom-write and officiate a ceremony that will fit you perfectly.  I have several different packages available and regardless of which one you choose, your ceremony will be written with the utmost of care making it a true reflection of you, your personalities and your relationship. My ultimate goal is your satisfaction and I won't be happy until your ceremony fits you perfectly. Give me a call and let's talk. I would love the opportunity to work with you. (304) 472-0296 

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* Mileage and travel fees apply to all ceremonies performed at locations other than my home in Buckhannon, West Virginia.

 

                    
COUNTRYSIDE WEDDING CEREMONIES AND ELOPEMENTS
Includes Use of Venue, Ceremony, Music, First Dance and Photography ~ STARTING AT $350 [Please NOTE that Optional Features and Ceremonial Add-Ons may incur additional charges]
 
Are you planning a quiet, intimate wedding, vow renewal or elopement with just the two of you and a few select guests?  If so, I invite you to pledge your vows at my Countryside home where you can enjoy the tranquil beauty of nature, peaceful gardens and all the lovely sounds that await you.  The Ceremony is performed at my home, located in a quiet, wooded, country setting approximately eight miles outside the city limits of Buckhannon, West Virginia. The Countryside location is enhanced by wildlife, sounds of birds chirping and all the wonderful aspects of nature that the countryside is known for. See my Countryside Weddings and Vow Renewal Page at www.SweetSongMinistries.com/id146.html for complete details. 
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[THE FOLLOWING PACKAGES APPLY TO WEDDINGS OFFICIATED AT VENUES OTHER THAN MY HOME] 
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"I DO" [SIGNATURE] CEREMONY ~ $150  [Limited to the Buckhannon, West Virginia area]

This is a special Ceremony Package for the Bride and Groom ONLY. Many times couples want to wait for their "official" ceremony until they can better afford it, or prefer to hold it later on when all their family and friends can be present. In the meantime, though, they want to be legally married because they cherish the gift of love they have in one another and want to make their commitment official. The "I DO" [Signature] Ceremony is perfect in these situations and also beneficial in cases where, for financial reasons, it would be helpful to go ahead and get married in order to help make the process of purchasing a home easier, or because health insurance would be less expensive if the couple was married, rather than single. If this is your case, please feel free to contact me. I can meet you in your home, at a local park, or any other location within a 10 mile radius of the Buckhannon city limits. I will say all the meaningful things that will make your marriage legal, do a short exchange of "I DO' vows and you can be on your way with your own little secret to cherish until you decide you want to share it with the 'world".  Also, as a special thank you, if you book me to perform your "official" wedding, the cost of your ceremony package will be reduced by the amount you paid for this one. "There is only one happiness in life; to love and be loved," (George Sand), and I would be honored to do this for you.

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Your Ceremony will include: 

* All the words that will make you legally married

* "I Do" Wedding Vows [You will want to save your personally written vows or your choice of Traditional Vows for your "official" wedding]

* Beautiful Rose Embossed Marriage Certificate

* Return service of your signed Marriage License to the proper authorities along with a complimentary copy provided to you by return mail.

* Name Change Information 

 

JUST MARRY US ~ $150  [Limited to the Buckhannon, West Virginia area]

This is a special Ceremony Package for the Bride and Groom ONLY. If you just want to be legally married, without a Ceremony, and would rather seal your commitment in front of a Minister instead of going to the local Courthouse, give me a call.  I can meet you in your home, at a local park, or any other location within a 10 mile radius of the Buckhannon city limits.  I will do a short exchange of vows, give you a beautiful keepsake Marriage Certificate, and you will be happily married in less than 15 minutes. I will also give you pertinent name change information and forward your signed Marriage License to the proper officials with a copy to you by return mail.

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Your Ceremony will include: 

* Simple ceremony with or without ring exchange

* Traditional or "I Do" Wedding Vows

* Beautiful Rose Embossed Marriage Certificate

* Return service of your signed Marriage License to the proper authorities along with a complimentary copy provided to you by return mail.

* Name Change Information

SHORT AND ROMANTICALLY SWEET ~ $250 [Limited to the Buckhannon, West Virginia area]

Many times couples would like to have a private wedding ceremony with just the two of them and a few select guests but hesitate to set a date because their finances won't allow it. The "Short and Romantically Sweet" is for those who want nothing more than to celebrate the love that is in their hearts. It can be officiated at any location of your choosing within a 10 mile radius of the Buckhannon city limits and the best part of all is that it's completely affordable. You may choose traditional vows, "I Do" vows or if you prefer, you may write your own. 

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Your Ceremony will include:

* A short, romantically sweet ceremony that focuses on the gift of love you are to one another.

* Traditional Vows, "I Do" Vows, or you can write your own.

* Beautiful Rose Embossed Marriage Certificate

* Keepsake Copy of Your Ceremony

* Return service of your signed Marriage License to the proper authorities along with a complimentary copy provided to you by return mail.

* Name Change Information 

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FOREVER IN LOVE ~ $300 [Travel Expenses may apply]   

If you want to be married without all the fuss and drama that sometimes goes along with larger weddings but, at the same time, don't want to compromise the beauty of a ceremony that is meaningful and full of love, the "Forever In Love" is the perfect choice. Your ceremony will be uniquely written to reflect the gift of love you have found in one another and includes many features that are not typically found in traditional ceremonines. Whether you choose an intimate exchange of vows with just the two of you, or a celebration that you choose to share with those closest to you, I "vow" to make it extraordinary.

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Your Ceremony will include:

A love-inspired ceremony that is tender, meaningful and uniquely beautiful.

Traditional Wedding Vows, "I Do" Vows, or you may write your own.

Joining of Hearts and Hands Ceremonial Add-On before the exchange of rings and vows. 

* Wonderful tips on love and life to make your ceremony truly meaningful

Keepsake copy of your Ceremony.

Beautiful Rose Embossed Marriage Certificate.

Return service of your signed Marriage License to the proper authorities along with a complimentary copy provided to you by return mail. 

Name Change Document 

  

SWEET SONG STANDARD - $350 [Travel Expenses May Apply] 

If you want a truly special Marriage Ceremony that you help to create, then look no further. The "Sweet Song Standard" includes all the elements of the "Forever in Love" but takes it a step further by offering you the flexibility to make it your own. Your ceremony will include customized vows, a ceremonial add-on and a reading(s) of your choice.  Together we will craft a ceremony that refelcts your personalities and I will not be satisfied until the finished product fits you perfectly. 
Your Ceremony will include: 
*  A love-inspired ceremony that is tender, meaningful and uniquely beautiful.
* Your choice of vows from samples I provide (traditional, contemporary, religious, non-religious, funny... you name it). You can mix and match to create a vow that fits your personality. or you may write your own.
* Joining of Hearts and Hands Ceremonial Add-On before the exchange of vows and rings
* Wonderful tips on love and life to make your ceremony truly meaningful. 
* A Reading of your choice from samples I provide, or you can include one of your own choosing.
* One Standard Ceremonial Add-On of your choice (i.e., Unity Candle, Sand Ceremony, Love Letter Ceremony, Time Capsule Ceremony, Dove Release, etc.)  
* Keepsake copy of your ceremony
* Beautiful Rose Embossed Marriage Certificate 
* Return service of your signed Marriage License to the proper authorities along with a complimentary copy provided to you by return mail.   
* Name change document 
* Inspirational Marriage Materials 
* Unlimited consultations by phone and/or email
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HEART & SOUL PERSONALIZED ~ $450 [Travel Expenses May Apply]
The "Heart & Soul Personalized Ceremony" is a fully custom-written ceremony that is a true reflection of you, the love you share and your dreams for the future. Every couple has a song of love in their hearts that they want the whole wide world to hear and helping them express that song in words is what I do best. Many couples find the "Heart and Soul Personalized Ceremony" to be the perfect choice because in addition to being meaningful, love-inspired, and uniquely beautiful, it is wholly, 100% about them. And best of all... it's affordable! No one else knows better than you the sentiments you want to express to your soulmate and no one wants to witness point-blank the tender exchange of your love and commitment to one another than me. Together we will transform YOUR STORY into a uniquely crafted marriage ceremony that will be the true highlight of the day.  
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Your Ceremony will include: 
* Your Story transformed into a one-of-a-kind ceremony that is personalized to reflect the true heart and soul of your relationship. 
* Elements detailing your love story; how you met, things you love about each other, your hopes and dreams for the future, all those special things that make your relationship the uniquely beautiful gift that it is.
* Your choice of vows from samples I provide (traditional, contemporary, religious, non-religious, funny... you name it). You can mix and match to create a vow that fits your personality, or you can write your own.
* Joining of Hearts and Hands Add-On before the Exchange of Rings and Vows
* Wonderful tips on love and life to make your ceremony truly meaningful
* A reading of your choice from samples I provide, or you can include one of your own choosing
* One Standard Ceremonial Add-On of your choice (i.e., Unity Candle, Sand Ceremony, Love Letter Ceremony, Time Capsule Ceremony, Dove Release, etc.)
* Professionally Bound Keepsake copy of your ceremony
* Beautiful Rose-Embossed Keepsake Marriage Certificate
* Return Service of your signed Marriage License to the proper authorities along with a complimentary copy provided to you by return mail. 
* Name change document
* Inspirational Marriage Materials.
* Unlimited consultations by phone and/or email. 
 
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DESTINATION WEDDINGS 
I am willing to travel anywhere you would like to hold your ceremony and distance is not an issue. The fee will be based on the Ceremony Package you choose, and time spent in making your day absolutely perfect! I have a lot of resources available to me that would help enhance your ceremony and am prepared to use them to your advantage in making your ceremony the amazing work or art that you would like it to be. Mileage, Lodging and Air Travel, if required, will be added to all packages. 

OPTIONAL ITEMS: 
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Interpretive Services Available Upon Request
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Rehearsals - $0 ~ $100
Many venues have dedicated Wedding Coordinators who run Rehearsals for their couples; however, if yours does not, I would be more than happy to orchestrate one for you. I am always on site an hour prior to the Ceremony and can do a complimentary walk through at that time. Or, if you prefer to hold your Rehearsal the evening prior to your ceremony I can do your Rehearsal for an additional fee of $100. I can also send you a detailed Rehearsal Guide if that would be beneficial. Please note that lodging costs will be added to all packages requiring overnight stays due to a Rehearsal.   
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Pre-Ceremony/ Wedding Music - $100 - [Music Before and During your Ceremony]

This includes wedding music up to one (1) hour before your ceremony, the Bridal March or your choice of Processional and Recessional and any other music you might want played during your ceremony.

[Any special music must be supplied to officiant prior to the start of the ceremony]   
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Ceremonial Add-Ons - $50 each
If a Ceremonial Add-On is not included as a part of the Ceremony Package you choose, you may add one or more at a cost of $50 each.  Please note that this charge is for writing the information pertaining to the add-on into your ceremony and does not include any of the supplies required to perform it. I do not furnish supplies for add-ons and they must be provided by the couple. Most supplies; candles, sand, vases, doves, boxes, etc. may be purchased from a local craft store or online distributor. 
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Photography by Abi Elle Imagery - Prices range from $500 (Elegance Collection) to $1,250 (Exqusite Collection)
See our Photography page at http://www.sweetsongministries.com/id172.html for complete details and samples of photos graciously shared by many of our satisfied couples.

If you have not yet booked a Photographer to document your Wedding, I invite you to consider Abi Elle Imagery. Having photos that truly capture the essence of your love story is important and that is always our goal at Sweet Song Ministries. Abigail Layman is the light behind the camera and the heart behind Abi Elle Imagery. Abby documents ceremonies officiated at venues other than my home, for ministerial purposes. If you already have a Photographer, please be assured that Abby is totally unobtrusive and will not interfere with any other Professional Photographers hired by you to photograph your wedding. Quite to the contrary, couples and guests, alike, find her smile a warming presence in the crowd. Each Photographer has their own unique style of documenting ceremonies and sometimes one Photographer will capture a moment that another does not. For this reason, Abby makes her photos available to couples who would like to have them. This is an added-value option and a great way to supplement your collection of memories. For those desiring to take advantage of this offer, photos will be delivered digitally, with copyright privileges, but please note that pictures following the ceremony will not be taken unless you designate ahead of time that you would like to obtain her services.  If interested, please contact Abby directly at abilayman12@gmail.com 

  
Meal Blessing - Complimentary
Many couples have a family member perform this function; however, if you would like me to stay and give a blessing before dinner, I would be absolutely honored!!!  I consider it a blessing to be a part of your special day and to be able to return thanks would be my sincere privilege.
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NOTE:  I often officiate more than one ceremony per day and it is imperative that weddings begin promptly at the time they are scheduled.  When a ceremony starts late it not only cuts into the next couple's time, it makes traveling stressful as I drive to the next destination. That being said, there will be a $50 per 15-minute late fee for weddings that do not start on time. This fee is geared to protect my couples from being inconsiderate of one another and to allow me to do the best job possible in providing each of my couples the great service they expect and deserve. If more than 15 minutes late I reserve the right to cut out part of the ceremony to compensate for the time difference.  I do everything within my power to make your ceremony perfect and I want your wedding day to be a beautiful, memorable experience. Starting the wedding on schedule helps that to happen. Thank you for your consideration and I appreciate your understanding. 
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The Couple gives permission and shall allow The Officiant to post a photograph(s) of them with The Officiant (or any other photos taken by the Officiant or her Representative during the wedding ceremony) on The Officiant’s website or other social media for viewing by the internet community.  The Couple acknowledges that this is for promotional purposes only and they do not expect to receive any compensation of any kind.  There shall be no expiration for this permission. 


 
** I travel to various states and locations to perform marriage ceremonies so it is not feasible to set one standard rate that includes travel. Therefore, mileage, as well as air and lodging (if required), will be added to the above stated prices. Total cost will be discussed individually with each couple based upon your State and County requirements and your wedding destination, " 
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TRAVEL COST:
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Mileage and time spent traveling to and from your venue location will be added to all packages. 
Lodging costs will also be added if destination is beyond two hours driving distance from home office in Buckhannon, West Virginia.
 
** Costs of air travel, if required, as well as round-trip mileage from home office to Pittsburgh International Airport will be provided by the couple.  
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BOOKING AND REFUND POLICY:

officiate all of my own ceremonies and take great pride in the fact that each and every one is delivered with "heart" and "passion".  Booking is first come first serve and dates will be held with a 50% NONREFUNDABLE deposit with final payment being due two weeks prior to the ceremony.  If by chance you find it necessary to change the date of your ceremony, all monies will be fully transferrable to the new date, provided that my schedule permits and I am available to perfrom your service at that time. 
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MILITARY DISCOUNT:  As an expression of gratitude to our United States Military, it is my sincere honor and privilege to extend a 10% discount to all Active Duty Service Members, Retired Military and Honorably Discharged Veterans. [Valid Military ID or DD Form 214 Required]. Thank you so very much for your service and sacrifice. It is sincerely appreciated and I pray God's blessings upon each and every one of you.  
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METHOD OF PAYMENTPayPal, Check or Money Order
 
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LET ME HELP TURN YOUR WEDDING DAY INTO A TREASURED MEMORY.
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I LOOK FORWARD TO SURPASSING YOUR EXPECTATIONS.
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OTHER SERVICES
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I also perform House Blessings, Celebration of Life Services, Christenings, Baby Naming Ceremonies and other life event services.  Contact me and let me know what your needs are and I will be in touch. 
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