Officiating Packages & Pricing Options

Packages start as low as $200.  Find the package; "DIY", "Elopement", and "Sweetest", below that best fits your celebration needs, size, and event date to determine which of the 3 packages is best for you. 

**I offer an Active Military Appreciation Discount of 10% off your total package.  Active Military ID required.

 

 

"SWEETEST" PACKAGE - Customized Ceremony

  • Your ceremony can be whatever you have imagined it to be....there are no rules. This is the "Bells & Whistles" package.
  • I will be available for unlimited contact via email or telephone for your ceremony planning and questions. Most all planning can be done via email or telephone, but should you wish an in-person planning session, arrangements can be made. 
    • You will be provided a client questionnaire to facilitate me in the creation of your personalized ceremony.
    • I will provide you with ceremony options and wedding vow options that will be based on your client questionnaire.
    • Children, family, friends, and/or pets can have incorporated roles in your ceremony.
    • If desired, I will provide assistance with creating personalized and heartfelt vows.
    • You can include one or more of the following special rituals; unity candle, rose, hand-binding, water sharing, jumping the broom, lasso, 13 coins, balloon launch, or sand ceremony….if you have an idea for a different add-on, let me know!
    • I will assist to incorporate music and/or readings into your ceremony.
  • I will guide you in the choreography of the processional and placement of the attendants. **Formal, personally coordinated and conducted rehearsals are an additional charge, see below.
  • You will receive a final draft of your ceremony for your final approval before the ceremony goes to print.
  • I will travel up to a 75 mile radius of Saint Marys, GA with no additional charge.  I will happily travel further.  However; I do charge .50/mile for each direction of any miles beyond the initial 75 mile free radius. Please note that long distances and moderate distance events starting later than 3:30pm which require an overnight stay will result in a $150-$250 hotel assistance fee; dependent on venue and area hotel rates.  Example: traveling to Atlanta...a 5 hour drive for me. 
  • I will arrive approximately one hour prior to your ceremony to coordinate with your other vendors.
  • I will be in appropriate attire for your celebration.
  • I will conduct your ceremony and assist with filling out your licensing materials that you have obtained from the county.
  • I will record your marriage license and return it to you via trackable USPS.

 

Package Price ... $250    

***Holiday & "Long" Weekend Dates ... $350

***Christmas Eve & Day and New Years Eve & Day ... $450

Add a personally coordinated and conducted group rehearsal the day or two before the ceremony ... $100

1/2 deposit is due at time of booking to ensure your date.  Balance is due 30 days prior to ceremony.  **Ceremonies booked within 30 days of event require payment in full at time of booking.

 

 

 

"Elopement" Package

Your celebration is intimate and spontaneous, you two and your 2 witnesses.  

This package is truly (and only) for the couple that wishes to marry on the spur of the moment with just themselves and their 2 witnesses...the couple who just wants to "tie the knot".  Anything larger than this is not a true elopement and qualifies for the "Sweetest" Package. 

  • I will be dressed in appropriate attire.
  • I will perform your ceremony.
  • I will conduct your ceremony and assist with filling out your licensing materials that you have obtained from the county.
  • You will be surprised and delighted with a wonderful ceremony created by me.  It will be based on our phone conversation while booking services.

 

Package Price ... $200

***Holiday & "Long" Weekend Dates ... $300

***Christmas Eve & Day and New Years Eve & Day ... $400

 

1/2 deposit is due at time of booking to ensure your date.  Balance is due 30 days prior to ceremony.  

Also, this package can be booked on short notice dependent on availability.  If booked with less than 30 days in advance of ceremony date, full payment will be required at time of booking.  Additional mileage and lodging costs beyond the 75 mile radius of Saint Marys, GA will apply if necessary.

 

 

 NEW SERVICE OFFERING!!!!

 

NEW SERVICE

"DIY Package" - Custom Ceremony/You supply the Officiant

This is an exciting new service we are offering for those couples that wish to have a wonderful, creative, romantic custom ceremony, but wish to have "Uncle Joe" or 'Aunt Helen" be the Officiant.  

Maybe the person you would like to marry you is a favorite relative or friend but their profession is not delivering wedding ceremonies.  It can be very VERY stressful for them, and you, to know what to do and how to be sure they are doing the right steps to make it a legal ceremony.  That's where Hitching Heart's new service comes in. 

Hitching Hearts will go through the entire creative process we would ordinarily be doing with you to create that perfectly romantic beginning to your married life BUT you would supply your own Officiant. 

  • We will work together to "get inside your heads" as to what your perfect ceremony would include.
  • 3 - 5 ceremony options are provided to you to choose from or mix and match.
  • Once the final draft is approved, we go to print.  We put your ceremony into a keepsake book form.  We also prepare separate "books" for any special readings being done by others participating in your ceremony.
  • We supply you with instructions on how to use your ceremony materials.  If you are doing a special wedding ritual such as a sand ceremony, hand binding, candle lighting, etc., instructions will be provided for that as well.  If you are needing rehearsal instructions, those can be provided also.  We will even provide instructions for your Officiant to fill out your marriage license, provide instructions for recording your license, and provide instructions for just about anything else you might have questions about.  We are always available to you via email or telephone.
  • Everything is mailed via trackable USPS to you in time for your "Special Officiant" to have time to familiarize themselves with the ceremony.  

*This service requires a minimum of 1 month time frame.

**Please note that all decisions on your ceremony must be completed by 2 weeks before your wedding to ensure printing and mailing time.

Package Price: $200

 

 


ADDITIONAL FEES THAT MAY APPLY:

Mileage, Venue Fees, & Hotel Assistance - I will travel to your venue within 75 miles of Saint Marys, GA.  I will happily travel further, however; I will charge .50 per mile beyond the initial included 30 miles.  This covers the extra time involved with travel, wear and tear on the automobile, and of course, gasoline.  Mileage will be calculated using MapQuest and is charged for each direction of any miles beyond the initial 75 mile radius.  I will also add any tolls, parking fees, or event ticket prices if needed to get to your ceremony site. Hotel Assistance fee of $150-$250/night applicable for any weddings 150 miles from Saint Marys, GA or weddings before 10:30am or after 3:30pm 100 miles from Saint Marys, GA.  Wedding and rehearsal nights apply - check with me for hotel fee as it is based on location.

Rehearsal - If a personally coordinated and conducted group rehearsal is requested, an additional fee of $100 will be added to your package price. Mileage fees will apply if beyond 75 miles of Saint Marys, GA.

To secure your event date, 1/2 payment must be made at time of booking, 2nd 1/2 payment is due 30 days before the event. If booking of event is within 30 days of the event, full payment is required.

***Holiday Rates of $100 apply to the following holidays: Thanksgiving Week, Christmas Week, New Year's Week, 4th of July Week, Labor Day Weekend, Memorial Day Weekend, Halloween, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day Weekend, Father's Day Weekend, Veteran's Day Weekend, Easter Weekend. **Note that Christmas Eve & Day and New Year's Eve & Day are $200

Methods of Payment – I accept cash, personal or bank checks, money orders, Credit Cards, Debit Cards, and PayPal.  **Note that there is a 3.4% transaction fee for Credit Cards, Debit Cards, and PayPal.