Wedding Ceremony Agreement update
IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 AND FOR OUR MUTUAL PROTECTION:
Should the government call for limits to, or cancellations of, social gatherings, the officiant may meet with you and your witnesses at a mutually convenient time and location to sign the legal documents and/or to deliver your printed ceremony for a friend or family member to perform, as safety and health allows (decisions regarding safety and health are at the discretion of the commissioner).
Couples who wish to postpone their ceremonies should do so at their earliest convenience. Every effort will be made by our associates and with the support of recommended colleagues to accommodate your new date.
The couple hereby agrees that the officiant will NOT be held liable for any damages (including punitive) due to the non-performance of the ceremony or changes to how a ceremony is conducted. Re-booking fees are waived.
Wedding Ceremony Agreement
The Officiants warrant that they are licensed Marriage Commissioners, appointed by the Province of Manitoba, fully qualified to officiate at weddings in Manitoba.
The Officiant will provide the services outlined for the fees specified on www.marrymehunnie.com at the time of booking. Full payment is due at the rehearsal or if no rehearsal, 24 hours prior to the service.
Before the Ceremony
The Officiant will work with the couple by e-mail, telephone, Skype, or in person (not available during COVID safety protocols) for up to two hours to allow them to prepare or chose their custom service. The Officiant has sample services available to the couple, or the couple may choose to modify the samples, create a ceremony or use one of their own choosing, providing all legal requirements are met. The draft arising from our meeting will be completed by the officiant forthwith (within a week of the meeting). The draft is NOT the final ceremony and should not be considered as such. It is primarily to see if we are on the right track.
In order to make efficient use of the hour planning time, it is suggested that couples do their homework. I have many samples to look at, but there is a plethora of wedding sites online. Search for readings and vows you may wish to incorporate into your ceremony. Bring everything to our meeting; email copies to me, as well.
Once we are in the editing stage, you must complete your part of the ceremony in a timely fashion. All edits and revisions will be conducted online. All ceremonies must be finalized by the date assigned to you.
In-person meetings will be scheduled from October to May ONLY and limited dates are available. Once you have paid your retainer, it is up to you to book your meeting time. Should a date not be available, we will create your ceremony online. The fee is the same, no matter how we create your ceremony.
FOR THE TIME BEING ALL MEETINGS FOR PLANNING YOUR CEREMONY WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY, OR OVER A SERIES OF EMAILS.
Ceremony Choice: "Short and Sweet" Standard Ceremony
Once your retainer has been paid, I will send you four standard
ceremonies from which you may choose. The standard ceremony may not be customized or edited, though you are
welcome to bring personal vows to share. Should you wish to create a custom
ceremony, or personalize this one, you must upgrade to a Signature
Rehearsals (not available during COVID safety protocols)
In the event that the couple wishes to schedule a rehearsal with the Officiant, an additional fee will apply. Rehearsals must be held during the week prior to the wedding date, unless an alternate, mutually convenient date can be arranged. Out of town weddings may not be eligible for out of town rehearsals, depending on the time and distance. Dates are limited in summer months for rehearsals. Travel fees may apply.
I will run your rehearsal, suggest processional options, review roles and responsibilities of wedding party members, review the ceremony, and practice the entrance and exit. Rehearsals are 45-60 minutes in duration and require the attendance of all pertinent players. Be sure to have your music available! Dates are limited.
Note: Rehearsals need not be held at the wedding venue.
On the Big Day (Signature Package and Standard Ceremony)
a) shall arrive at the wedding location 15-30 minutes prior to the time of the scheduled service, I like to be able to set up properly, do a quick sound check if we are using microphones, check in on the couple, and confer with the musicians, wedding planner or on site co-ordinator. For Simple Signings (documentation, only), the officiant will arrive 5 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment.
b) will perform the ceremony at the agreed upon time. PLEASE do not be late.
c) is prepared to dress in the manner that suits the style of your wedding.
Formal weddings: black, navy, or grey dress or suit;
Informal weddings: dress or suit (not limited to black). Business style.
Theme weddings: appropriate dress suitable to theme at the discretion of the Officiant. Costs for costuming are to be assumed by the couple, unless I have the costume in stock.
* Accessories during the COVID-19 crisis may include masks and black gloves.
In the event that the officiant is unable to perform the couple's wedding ceremony due to illness, hospitalization, accident, transportation breakdown or other unforeseeable causes, she/he will make every possible attempt to notify the couple and arrange for a substitute. In such an event that no substitute is available, all monies owed by the couple to the officiant will be forgiven and the couple hereby agrees that the officiant will NOT be held liable for any damages (including punitive) due to the non-performance of the ceremony. Retainers will not be refunded.
FOR OUR MUTUAL PROTECTION: SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT CALL FOR LIMITS TO OR CANCELLATIONS OF SOCIAL GATHERINGS, THE OFFICIANT MAY MEET WITH YOU AND YOUR WITNESSES AT A MUTUALLY CONVENIENT TIME AND PLACE TO SIGN LEGAL DOCUMENTS AND TO DELIVER YOUR PRINTED CEREMONY FOR A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER TO PERFORM, AS LONG AS SAFETY AND HEALTH ALLOWS (DECISIONS REGRADING HEALTH AND SAFETY ARE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COMMISSIONER). The couple hereby agrees that the officiant will NOT be held liable for any damages (including punitive) due to the non-performance of the ceremony.
The Officiant gives permission to the couple to use his/her likeness in any photographs, videos or other recording media. Should photographs or videos be published in magazines or online, please provide proper credit to both me (Sheryl Hunnie of Marry Me, Hunnie) and to your photographer. Likewise the couple gives permission to Sheryl Hunnie and Marry Me, Hunnie to use their likenesses in any photographs, videos or other media for marketing purposes.
In consideration for these services, the couple agrees as follows:
The couple understands that they must obtain a valid marriage license and shall provide it to the Officiant to review and execute at the rehearsal or 24 hours prior to the ceremony. The Officiant cannot and will not perform a marriage ceremony without receiving the appropriate valid marriage license prior to the ceremony.
The couple will sign the official marriage license during the course of the wedding ceremony. The responsibility for mailing this paperwork to the Vital Statistics office is solely that of the Officiant. The prepaid mailing envelope is to be provided by the couple. Copies of the license are not provided to the couple.
It is solely the responsibility of the couple to apply for a Marriage Certificate.
The couple agrees to pay the Officiant the ceremony performance fees outlined on the Fees and Services page plus any additional services or travel expenses. To reserve the date, a non-refundable retainer fee of $150 shall be remitted within 3 days of the initial booking. The remaining balance is due at the rehearsal, or if there is no rehearsal, 24 hours prior ceremony. Payments are accepted via e-transfer or cash. Payments by cheque must be received 7 days prior to the ceremony.
Signature Ceremony length is to be no longer than 30 minutes. Should a longer ceremony be desired, additional fees may apply.
NON-PAYMENT OF FEES: The Officiant reserves the right to cancel the performance of the ceremony, and shall in no way be held responsible or liable in any manner for such non-performance. The Officiant will leave a copy of the ceremony at the ceremony site so that an honoured guest may conduct the ceremony. The Officiant will return at a later time to the ceremony site or reception site to sign the documentation. An additional fee of $100, payable on demand, will apply.
NO paperwork will be filed until all fees are paid in full.
Officiant is committed to starting your ceremony within 10 minutes of the agreed upon time.
Fees are based upon the amount of service time agreed upon. If the service or rehearsal go beyond the specified times due to late starts or late arrivals by the wedding party, the couple agrees to pay the Officiant $25 for every 15 minutes of additional time. These additional fees are due and payable within 24 hours of the ceremony and prior to the mailing of the marriage license.
The Officiant performs other ceremonies for other couples and excessive lateness or change of time can create a serious conflict in the Officiant's schedule. If a late start results in a schedule conflict, the Officiant reserves the right to cancel the performance of the ceremony, and shall in no way be held responsible or liable in any manner for such non-performance. The Officiant will leave a copy of the ceremony at the ceremony site so that an honoured guest may conduct the ceremony. The Officiant will return at a later time to the ceremony site or reception site to sign the documentation. An additional fee of $100, payable on demand, will apply.
3. This agreement is valid for the wedding service for the place and date initially agreed upon. Any change to time, place or date must be agreed to in advance (60 days prior*) by the Officiant and may be subject to additional fees. If the couple changes the time or date of the scheduled ceremony without the Officiant's consent, the Officiant reserves the right to cancel the performance of the ceremony, and shall in no way be held responsible or liable in any manner for such non-performance. The retainer will not be refunded. This also applies if a change in venue or time impacts the officiant's ability to perform other previously booked ceremonies on the day.
*Bookings made within 60 days of the wedding date are subject to the same.
COVID-19: Should you have a prior booking and need to change your date, time, or venue due to the COVID-19 crisis, we will do our best to accommodate your change. The need for 60 day advance notice will not apply.
4. The couple accepts responsibility for purchasing items needed to perform the ceremony (unity candles, sand, roses, hand fasting ribbons, wine and wine box, etc.).
5. The couple hereby acknowledges that the Officiant must meet provincial legal obligations in the ceremony. The final wording of the legal entities of the ceremony as determined by the province must be strictly adhered to.
Most of this is really just common sense and common courtesy. By outlining our mutual responsibilities this way, I am hoping that I can help you avoid any additional stress on your special day. I will follow through on my promises to you. It is my goal to help make your wedding ceremony as perfect as you are hoping it will be.