Frequently Asked Questions
What is the starting price for your wedding services?
What is the typical price for your wedding services?
$ 500 plus travel if over 30 miles away from officiant’s home
Is a ceremony rehearsal included in the contract?
What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?
$ 150 plus travel if over 30 miles away from officiant’s home
How many weddings have you performed?
Who are you ordained with?
Universal Life Church Ministries
American Marriage Ministries
In which states are you licensed?
District of Columbia
What does a wedding officiant do?
The primary duty of the wedding officiant is to make the wedding official by fulfilling the requirements set forth by the marriage laws in the state in which the couple are being married. This includes witnessing the couple deliberately give their consent to the marriage and signing the marriage license. The officiant also writes the ceremony. A priest functions as a wedding officiant and uses the same ceremony from the prayerbook over and over again. A judge will use the same civil ceremony over and over again. A wedding officiant can have a few ceremonies they really like and are comfortable performing and just change the names out. Knots of Love by Linda will customize every ceremony and personalize it to the couple getting married.
Who signs the marriage certificate?
Completing and signing the marriage license the day of the ceremony is the task of the wedding officiant. This gives the title “Officiant.” A marriage is “officially” legal when the officiant signs the document and mails it back to the courthouse that issued it to be filed. In order to be legally married and have the legal rights and privileges of marriage, a couple needs to have a marriage license. The marriage license is issued by the state/county the couple will be married in.
**Maryland – license may be issued no more than 6 months before the ceremony and no less than 2 days (48 hrs) before the ceremony
District of Columbia – no restrictions – license may be obtained day of the ceremony and has no expiration
What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal (extra charge)
Elopements (reduced charge)
Do you perform same-sex marriages?
Will you allow pictures to be taken during the ceremony?
Are officiants allowed to take tips
Yes, gladly accepted
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Usually 30 mins or less – depending on couple’s request
30-40 min if venue allows for a longer service
Can we include our children in the ceremony?
When is my final payment due?
2 weeks before the ceremony date.
Do you charge travel fees?
Any venue more than 30 miles and less than 60 miles from officiant’s home will be charged an additional $75; 61 miles and less than 90 miles will be charged an additional $125
How do we book you?
After initial consultation and your acceptance of the contract, you may sign and reserve your date/time.
What if I have to change my start time or wedding date?
If you change the start time or wedding date, officiant must know no less than 21 days before the ceremony date.
We’re already legally married. Can you still perform a ceremony?
Yes. You will only have to provide the officant your signed and dated marriage certificate. No one will be the wiser!
We want to get married, but don’t want to do a big wedding, or just go to the courthouse. What are our options?
Parks, beaches, restaurants may at times not charge for use of space or charge a minimal fee. Check to see if you need a permit to use a facility for the ceremony.
Do you stay for the reception?
Most times the officiant leaves after the ceremony and does not stay for the reception.
How can we move forward with booking Knots of Love by Linda for our wedding?
Go to the Contact Page page in Knots of Love by Linda website to request more information.
What if I have another question you haven’t answered here?
All questions may be addressed when officiant and client set up an initial consultation.
It is the policy and commitment of Knots of Love by Linda that we do not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, sex, gender identity, national origin, physical or mental disability, or religion.