Planning Your Wedding
From simple intimate gatherings to elaborate grand affairs, you want your wedding to be as close to perfection as possible. Perfection means something different to every couple. That’s why we suggest that you ask Catherine Kentridge to help make this day the most special of your life.
Getting to Know You
Our first contact usually consists of a conversation on the phone to discuss how you envisage your ceremony and your general plans for your wedding. The next meeting is in person and often in a local coffee shop. We discuss the many options and then clarify exactly the kind of ceremony that will best meet your needs. It is also at this meeting that we discuss your budget, the different services I provide, and a cost estimate.
Once you have agreed to go ahead with me as your officiant, I will send you a draft ceremony to review to ensure it reflects your wishes. Depending on our discussion, the draft may include the story of how you met and what happened next, your customized vows, readings, and any other particular elements what will beautifully express your love for each other.
“Your wedding will be at the place, the time, and in the language(s) and words of your choice. I will advise and support you, drawing on my extensive knowledge of these special ceremonies to make your wedding an occasion you will be thrilled to experience and always remember with happiness.”
What Catherine Kentridge Will Do for You
Catherine’s primary goal is to create a unique ceremony that you will treasure and that your guests will remember for always.
Each ceremony she designs is a one-of-a-kind and the cost depends on what you would like to include. However, her fee schedule is flexible enough to work within most budgets. Please note that her fee includes working closely with you to create your ceremony, a wedding rehearsal if you choose, and filing the necessary documents. Throughout, Catherine is just a phonecall away should you have any questions or concerns.
As an experienced actor, and a professional writer and storyteller, as well as an officiant and celebrant at many wonderful weddings, Catherine can handcraft your ceremony into a unique, joyful, and deeply meaningful celebration.
Thanks again for taking the time to meet with us at such a late hour! We both felt that you were a perfect fit for us, even after a quick 30 minute chat. We loved your energy, your knowledge, and your beliefs/attitudes towards the wedding day. You have the perfect blend of formality and lightheartedness that we were looking for (and your love of cats sealed the deal!).
Your German was flawless and my family was highly impressed!
Hiring you to perform the ceremony is the best decision we’ve ever made!
After our wedding, so many people commented on how wonderful you were. You kept it interesting and fun and you were everything we could have possibly hoped for in an officiant.
People really enjoyed the way you told our story and your French was bang on!
Catherine was so wonderful that we’ve already had people ask for her contact information so she can do weddings for their relatives.
You are not only such a professional, but so warm, a lovely speaker, and did such an amazing job of customizing everything to our unique needs. I can’t tell you how many people remarked on just how wonderful a job you did.
We cannot thank you enough for your wonderful officiating of our marriage. We continue to receive praise for our ceremony. It was all we could have imagined, hoped and dreamed.
It was a pleasure working with you to create an interfaith ceremony that was intimate, personal, and most importantly, meaningful to us. We are so happy as we reminisce about our special day.
We were so thrilled with how it all turned out and felt that the ceremony you scripted for us was perfect. Your command of the audience was excellent and your suggestions really made for the perfect wedding.
At very short notice Catherine Kentridge agreed to come to our home and marry us in front of a couple dozen close friends. She was well-prepared, kind, and professional. I could not recommend her more highly.
You were like part of the family.
It was a joy to listen to you. Your voice is like music.
What a beautiful, elegant wedding. We are so glad we found you. You were just perfect for our ceremony.
What a lovely ceremony. You are a natural for this. You have such presence and radiate such a sense of joy. And your accent is to die for!
We have received so many compliments on the beautiful way the ceremony was set up.
You are a lovely speaker and a true professional—your guidance and advice on creating a custom ceremony was greatly appreciated! You were a delight to work with!
Thank you for giving us the wedding we had dreamed of for eight years. It was perfect!
What to Know and Do
How far in advance to book your ceremony
Whether it is a year in advance, a couple of weeks, or anytime in between, Catherine will do her best to accommodate you. Once you choose a date, please be in touch as soon as possible. This is especially important if you want your wedding to be on a Saturday in the spring or summer or on a long weekend. The further you book in advance, the more likely you are to receive the time and place of your choice.
Length of ceremony
Ceremonies are, usually, 20-25 minutes from Procession to Introducing you to your guests as Newly Weds. Depending on your choice, they can be shorter if you decide not to have readings or special rituals. As well, they can be longer; for example, if you have more than one language, guests participating in the ceremony, or other elements.
Replacement in case of emergency
Catherine works with a network of licensed officiants. In an emergency, another licensed officiant would step in to ensure your wedding goes ahead as planned.
“My commitment to you is to create a ceremony that is a joyous celebration, as thrilling and momentous on your wedding day as when you look back on each wedding anniversary.”