Options & Pricing

Wedding Ceremony Options and Pricing

We show you our pricing and fees right up front so that you don’t need to call for a quote. No bidding, bargaining, or hassle! We think we offer great value for our services and invite you to compare them to what other officiant’s offer. We provide you with all the information you need to calculate the total cost of your ceremony before you even contact us. Whatever option you choose, my focus is on giving you what you want and need. I will not try to upsell you or pressure you into any choices that you don’t want.

Rehearsal fees have been separated out as to provide the opportunity for more couples to afford my services by opting out of having me conduct a rehearsal for them if they wish.

A deposit is required to hold a date and time for most ceremony packages. I advise that couples book as early as possible as dates can fill quickly up to two years in advance. May, June, September, and October dates, in particular, fill up rapidly.

Payments are accepted via Check, Cash, or my dedicated PayPal page
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Personalized Wedding Ceremony

Personalized wedding ceremonies are the choice for those who want their wedding to focus on the couple and their love for one another. It is by far our most popular option and currently all the rage in Europe. We take great care and time in crafting a unique personalized ceremony that you will be happy with.

Due to the time needed to produce this kind of ceremony, I only allow one per week and they fill up fast!

The time required to prepare for and write a personalized ceremony much surpasses the length of the ceremony itself, but the result far exceeds the extra cost. With this option, I create a personalized ceremony for you that tells your love story in a way that you and your guests have probably never experienced before. I listen closely to what my clients want and offer suggestions that will best work with their ideas. If you are not sure of what you want your ceremony to be like, I offer many options as well as advice to help you decide. I create a one of a kind ceremony for every client from the information they provide me.

Not only will you get a ceremony that is all your own but when your special day comes, you won’t get a dry reading of verses from a book. I have years of public speaking experience and I perform the ceremony with words filled with emotion, warmth, humor, and romance. Due to the amount of time they take to produce, Personalized Wedding Ceremonies must be booked at least three months in advance. Our fee for producing and officiating your Personalized Ceremony is $400.

If a rehearsal is requested, we ask an additional amount of $100. The need for a rehearsal will depend on the complexity of the ceremony and the size of the wedding party. I may make recommendations, but the final decision as to whether or not you think a rehearsal will be needed is yours. 

A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required upon booking in order to secure the date and time for your ceremony. The balance is payable before or on the day of the ceremony. 

Payments are accepted via Check, Cash, or my dedicated PayPal page

For Personalized Wedding Ceremonies, any venues must be located within 25 miles of my location or travel costs will be assessed for the full distance, round-trip. (As determined by Google Maps). See FAQ below for details.

Steve & Alyssa Kimes

Standard Wedding Ceremony

With our Standard Wedding Ceremony, we take your ideas, present you with options, and put together a ceremony that best reflects your personalities and wishes. The introduction, readings, vows, ring exchange and other wedding components are specifically chosen to most appropriately suit the feeling, energy level, and options that you are looking for. You have final say on all parts of the ceremony.

Our fee for producing and officiating a Standard Ceremony for you is $300. 

If a rehearsal is requested, we ask an additional amount of $100. The need for a rehearsal will depend on the complexity of the ceremony and the size of the wedding party. I may make recommendations, but the final decision as to whether or not you think a rehearsal will be needed is yours.

A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required upon booking in order to secure the date and time for your ceremony. The deposit will be applied towards your final balance. The balance is payable on or before the day of the ceremony.

Payments are accepted via Check, Cash, or my dedicated PayPal page

For Standard Wedding Ceremonies, any venues must be located within 15 miles of my location or travel costs will be assessed for the full distance, round-trip.  (As determined by Google Maps). See FAQ below for details.

Nora and Ryan

Budget Wedding Ceremony

Our Budget Wedding Ceremony option is offered as an alternative to those who are on a budget but still want a non-religious wedding that is a warmer than a trip to the courthouse. “Budget” does not mean your ceremony won’t still be beautiful and meaningful, but there are a few limitations.

Personalization of the ceremony is not an option when you choose to have a Discount Wedding Ceremony. I will provide you with ten pre-written Humanist and non-religious ceremonies suitable for both opposite-sex and same-sex couples to choose from. You will, however, be allowed to provide your own vows if you wish, or to provide us with a ceremony of your choosing that lasts no more than thirty minutes to perform. Please feel free to mix and match sections of any of the ceremonies provided as well as your own touches. You save by creating your own ceremony from our guide. And don’t worry, you won’t be left wondering if you got everything in the right place or order. I will re-order and format any budget ceremonies to fit with customary practices.

Our fee for producing and officiating a Budget Ceremony for you is  $250.

A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required upon booking in order to secure the date and time for your ceremony. The deposit will be applied towards your final balance. The balance is payable on or before the day of the ceremony.

If a rehearsal is requested, we ask an additional amount of $100. The need for a rehearsal will depend on the complexity of the ceremony and the size of the wedding party. I may make recommendations, but the final decision as to whether or not you think a rehearsal will be needed is yours. 

Payments are accepted via Check, Cash, or my dedicated PayPal page

For Budget ceremonies, any venues must be located within 10 miles of my location or travel costs will be assessed for the full distance, round-trip. (As determined by Google Maps). See FAQ below for details.

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Elopement Wedding Service

If you are just looking for a quick ceremony without any fuss, or are planning on having your own wedding celebration later but want to get married ahead of time, then our Elopement Service is for you.  The service is less than five minutes long but meets all the legal requirements of Pennsylvania to join you in marriage. We use one standard elopement ceremony but you are free to supply and read your own vows to each other if you wish. Close family and friends are welcome to accompany you.

Please contact me for an available date and time. Weekends, including Fridays, are most often reserved for full weddings, but if a weekend date is absolutely necessary, please contact me and we can arrange a time that does not interfere with any scheduled events. I have times available for most weekdays.

Please make sure to get your wedding license at least three days in advance of the ceremony to satisfy the waiting period in PA Marriage law. You can pay for a one-day expedited license at any courthouse but be sure to let them know that you want this before they start the form filling process.

Our fee for an Elopement Wedding Service is only $100.

Weekday Elopement Ceremonies are scheduled by appointment only with no deposit needed. Elopement Ceremonies scheduled on weekends require a deposit of the full amount to save the date and time and may not be allowed for prime wedding dates and times. To increase chances of availability, schedule your ceremony for, morning, early afternoon, late evening or on Sundays.

We do not allow payment via personal check for this option. All payments must be made in the form of cash or through my dedicated PayPal page before the start of the ceremony. Please be sure to have your payment and wedding license ready for the officiant. 

You have the option of having the service officiated in a scenic local park near New Traditions for no additional cost or to pay Travel Fees of $0.60/mile to have the ceremony officiated at a location of your choice within twenty miles of New Traditions. 

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Travel Fees

For Personalized Ceremony venues over 25 miles from my location, travel expenses for the full distance traveled, to and from the venue, including travel for rehearsals, will be required. This distance covers almost all of Lancaster County.

For Standard Ceremony venues over 15 miles from my location, travel expenses for the full distance traveled, to and from the venue, including travel for rehearsals, will be required.

For Budget Ceremony venues over 10 miles from my location, travel expenses for the full distance traveled, to and from the venue, including travel for rehearsals, will be required.

For our Elopement Service, travel is limited to a 20-mile radius of New Traditions and travel fees will be assessed for the full round trip mileage to your chosen location. If you choose to have your Elopement Service officiated in a park near New Traditions, no additional travel fees are necessary. 

Our current mileage rate for travel by car is $0.60/mile plus tolls and lodging if needed. Google Maps is used to determine the mileage and tolls required for travel to your venue.

Lodging may be required for any distance in excess of three hours travel time. You will receive an itemized receipt for all expenses. These rates will be determined by location and agreed upon in advance by both parties. I don’t often need lodging, but depending on the distance traveled and the time of the ceremony, it may be needed. In such a case, I will try to find the most reasonable room rates in your area. Please email us or call today to discuss your needs at 570.205.3887!

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Pricing FAQ

Can we get married at your location?

Unfortunately, I don’t have a venue at my location and cannot host ceremonies per my rental agreement. I can, however, recommend many venues around the area that will fit with various budgets.

Is my deposit refundable if my circumstances change?

As soon as your deposit is received we pledge and contract for the time of your ceremony and will turn away any other work for that date and time. For this reason, we cannot refund any deposits.

Do you write wedding ceremonies for other officiants to perform?

Yes, I do! If I am already booked for the date you have scheduled your wedding for, or if you are an officiant unfamiliar with the structure or wording of Humanist or secular wedding ceremonies but have a client looking for one, I ask a fee of $175 to write a custom secular ceremony. Please contact me to find out what information I would require in order to write a ceremony for you.

Do you do Emergency or Last Minute wedding ceremonies?

Sometimes an officiant will back out on a couple only days before their wedding. Emergencies happen in everyone’s lives, and officiants are no different. I have provisions for possible backups if anything were to prevent me from performing my duties as an officiant, but not every officiant does. I am happy to take over for another officiant if they are unable to honor their commitment. However, as I often have weddings closely scheduled together, sometimes over two years in advance, and would have to interrupt my planned work schedule in order to help, I ask an additional $100 fee if you schedule a wedding less than three weeks before the ceremony date (This excludes the Elopement Package). You would also only be able to choose from either the Standard or Budget options for any wedding scheduled less than three months in advance. I can officiate an existing ceremony or you can choose one of these options.

I will do my best to fit you into my schedule if your officiant is unable to fulfill their obligation! Contact me immediately and find out if I can help you put your plans back on track!

Will you officiate a ceremony on a holiday?

If I don’t have concrete plans for a holiday, I am willing to officiate your ceremony. However, as this means spending time away from my family, there will be an additional $100 fee for holiday ceremonies. Holidays include Memorial Day, Easter, the 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. 

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End-of-Life Ceremonies

Memorial Services

I feel it is my duty as a Secular Humanist Celebrant to provide the service of a non-religious end-of-life ceremony to my community. Because of that, the amount of the honorarium provided is your choice. I understand that not every family is financially ready for the loss of a loved one so please don’t let a lack of funds prevent you from contacting me. If it fits within my schedule, none will be turned away. If you can afford a more generous honorarium, it will offset the travel expenses of those may not be able to.

Although I will tailor the memorial ceremony to whatever criteria you require, my usual approach is one of celebrating the life of your loved one. Family, friends, and acquaintances are encouraged to participate by sharing uplifting or funny anecdotes and acknowledging how the deceased has touched their lives in special ways. I acknowledge that I will never know what your loved one was like more than you and those who cared for them and feel it is disingenuous to represent myself as if I did. So, as the officiant, I can present meaningful readings and provide a structure for this celebration of life and help guide the ceremony until its conclusion. 

Baby Namings and Welcomings

Baptisms have been a part of welcoming children to the world for years. Humanists have secular alternatives for these types of services such as Baby Namings and Welcomings. For full preparation and performance of services for families and children I ask a fee of $150, plus travel fees if more than 15 miles from New Traditions.

Other Services

I am available to perform many alternative services for individuals, families, and communities such as invocations, Graduation Speeches, Master of Ceremony duties, or ceremonies for any other touchstone events in people’s lives. I also write secular versions of religious ceremonies for any number of life-events. Each of these is always unique and so any fee is discussed when you contact me. Why not give me a call at 570.205.3887 today!

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