What types of ceremonies do you perform and where is your service area?
I am an ordained minister available for spiritual, Christian, non-denominational, interfaith, and civil or non-religious wedding ceremonies. I am based in Garner, North Carolina and serve the surrounding area, including Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Lillington, Angier, Morrisville, Rolesville, Apex, Wendell, Knightdale, and beyond.
We are interested in hiring you as our officiant, now what?
First things first, use the contact page to get in touch with me and make sure I have your date available. After that, we’ll set up an in-person meeting to get to know each other. I am based in Garner and hold my initial consultations at a cool little place called Aversboro Coffee. I will email you a couples questionnaire before the consultation and we’ll review it together when we meet. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions, bounce ideas around, and just get a feel for my style. The first meeting is of course free and no pressure.
If you decide to hire me as your officiant, a retainer fee of 50% for your package, along with a signed contract will reserve your date and time. After the retainer fee is received, we will begin working together to create your perfect ceremony!
What are we paying for?
Check out my blog post that outlines exactly that!
Can’t my friend/family member just get ordained online and marry us?
In some states, yes, that is perfectly legal and done all the time. In North Carolina? It’s a “gray area” that I don’t recommend couples venture into. You will find a great amount of information online on this topic, but the only 100% trustworthy source is the Register of Deeds office in your county. In early 2015 I spoke to someone at the Wake County Register of Deeds office in Raleigh and asked this very question. I was told that while the RoD cannot definitively tell a couple “yes” or “no” regarding the legality of online ordinations in NC, they do recommend that if you use someone with an online ordination that you ALSO get married by a magistrate at the courthouse, “just to be safe.” Check out my page Marriage in NC for more information.
Do you require premarital counseling?
I do not require premarital counseling before marrying a couple. However, I am a trained Prepare/Enrich facilitator and I would love to talk to you about this really incredible program for preparing couples for marriage! You can read more about it here.
Will you marry same-sex couples?
Yes! As an Interfaith Minister ordained by a non-denominational organization, there are no restrictions on my ordination that prevent me from marrying same-sex couples. As of October 10th, 2014, same-sex marriages are recognized in North Carolina!
What will you wear?
Generally I offer my couples a choice of a black dress (with or without stole), or black suit. If you have something else in mind or would like me to coordinate with your wedding colors, let’s discuss! You can check out the pictures on my Kind Words page for some examples.
What payment methods do you accept?
Cash, Checks made out to Katherine Edwards, or credit card payments either online via Stripe or at our meeting via Square.
Do you stay for the reception?
While I sincerely appreciate invitations to attend the rehearsal dinner or reception, I do not attend them. Many times I have a meeting with a couple or another wedding scheduled that just doesn’t allow me to stay past the ceremony. And if my time is free, I have a husband and two young kids at home missing me, so I try to make it home so I can spend as much time with them as possible!
Is a rehearsal really necessary?
Usually? Yes! Even a very short, informal rehearsal will help the wedding day run smooth and put everyone at ease. I attend rehearsals whenever possible because I feel they are an important part of your wedding day success!
When I attend a rehearsal, I walk the couple and bridal party through the motions of the ceremony, including any “action items” like the giving away, dress fluffing, passing of flowers, readings, any repeat-after-me or question/answer portions, the ring exchange, and the kiss. Basically, anything that requires someone other than the officiant to DO or SAY something. These are the things I do not do when attending a rehearsal: line up the bridal party, time music, cue the processional/recessional, etc…
When I direct a rehearsal, I have you fill out a questionnaire several weeks before your wedding day. Based on this information, I create a “rehearsal cheat sheet” that sums up how you want everything to be done, including seating of grandparents & parents, processional order/music/timing, recessional order/music/timing, and a receiving line (if applicable). When I coordinate the rehearsal, that means I run the show from start to finish. This service is done at an extra cost and is usually not necessary if you have a wedding coordinator who will do this for you as part of their package. (Or if you a want to tackle it yourself!)
How can we get in touch with you?
Katherine Edwards, PO Box 2211, Garner, NC 27529