PLEASE NOTE: As of May 30, 2015
In accordance with the statutes of the Commonwealth, fees for a baic civil ceremony only are:
$100.00 if conducted in my city of Malden
$150.00 if conducted in any other city / town
However, the above is strictly for the conducting of the ceremony, (Please see fees below.) and does not include the writing / assisting of the ceremony, customized ceremonies, special requirements, parking where payment is required, email and phone contact, assisting in the coordinating of the entire wedding party before the ceremony begins, interacting with the photographer, videographer, musician / DJ, and wedding coordinator / planner, and travel fees to the rehearsal.
A customized marriage certificate and a copy of the final ceremony vows on special bond paper are provided to all couples free of charge. This is not required, just a special something that I do because I feel that it is important for all couples to have to remember their special day.
All payments for services rendered must be paid before a ceremony takes place as noted below. Final payments, after the initial deposit to hold your wedding date in my calendar, can be mailed a week before your ceremony date, or must be placed in the same envelope with the marriage license before the start of the ceremony. Payments cannot be mailed after a ceremony has taken place. Thank you.
SPORTING EVENT CEREMONY
[PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR FEES FOR FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS, REHEARSALS, AND A REQUIRED DEPOSIT TO HOLD YOUR WEDDING DATE IN MY CALENDAR.]
In addition to all ceremonies above:
PARKING AT VENUES
GRATUITIES/ TIPPING YOUR OFFICIANT
Writing of Ceremony Vows:
Ceremony Vows that are written by me, an officiant, are the sole property of Carol J. Merletti, Weddingofyourdesire.com and are copyrighted. Sadly, a scam has developed since the "one-day-marriage / special license to marry" has become allowed by some states -- some individuals, certainly not all by any means, "pretend" to hire a Justice of the Peace to officiate over their wedding ceremony. Once they lock in their date, they receive vows written by their officiant. Later, they contact their officiant to inform him / her that they have decided to apply for the one day / special license for a friend / family member to marry them. We love your vows, however we no longer need your services. is the usual line, but not always. While this is, of course, a special day for them to always remember, what is not being remembered is that these vows were not written by their friend or family member, and therefore, these vows, are not their property to use. Nor should they feel good about themselves for using them. If a friend or family member wants to perform the ceremony, that is wonderful and of course, very special, however that friend or family member should write the vows.
In addition, the officiant, very kindly, and without taking a deposit -- based on trust, locked in the date of their ceremony in his / her calendar, believing that his / her services were now booked on that specific date and time. In turn, they tell other potential clients who really want their services that they are not available, because they believe that they are not.
Having said that, effective immediately, while I do not charge for vows, I now require a $50.00 non-refundable deposit, whichwill be deducted from yourceremony fee. Should you decide to cancel your wedding date in my calendar, regardless of your reason, this fee will not be returned. Once you have hired my services, I ask that you immediately send out a check payable to: Carol J. Merletti (Address will be given upon our initial conversation.)
I feel horrible that it has had to come to this. I have always been known to work with my clients based on their word, trust, and commitment, because I truly love what I do. But I have learned quickly that I can no longer depend on this because of a certain few who took advantage of my trust. My time, and my efforts that I provide to my clients are very valuable andprecious to me. It is a great feeling knowing that I am known for the good work that I provide to my clients. I take great pride in the vows that I have written for each and everyone one of my clients to make them personal. But now I can no longer over look the small number of people who have taken advantage of my good nature.
Therefore, I can not, and will not, allow others to take credit for materials that I have written, and will, without a doubt, pursue the matter legally. If you are using materials written by Carol J. Merletti I will pursue it.
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