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Christopher B. Sanford and Catherine P. Sanford
 WEDDING MINISTERS
ORDAINED by UNIVERSAL MINISTRIES (of MILFORD, IL)
Together -- Let's plan and conduct 
YOUR UNFORGETTABLE WEDDING CEREMONY
to express your values, your beliefs, your commitment, 
your connection with family and friends
HERE'S THE PLAN:
1)  Check out this website.  Is this the way you want to present your wedding ceremony? If you have questions about what you see here (or about anything we haven't covered here), please call or e-mail.
2)  If you like what you see, and want to talk with us to be sure this is right for you, please make an appointment to come to our home and talk with us.  (Here's how to contact us.)  Our first meeting involves no cost or obligation -- in fact, we won't even let you make a commitment at this meeting.  We will talk for about an hour about all the options and possibilities for your ceremony, and then we will send you off to discuss between the two of you as to whether you want us to perform your ceremony.  If either of you has the least uncertainty, we urge you to check with one or two other officiants, compare, and then make your decision.  (We think it's important that you choose an officiant that you are completely comfortable with.  If you choose us, that's great.  And if you choose someone else, well, maybe that's great too.)  
3)  Only after you get back in touch with us -- a few days or a week or two later -- do we have a commitment. (Some couples have gotten back to us a couple of months later, but we don't recommend delaying that long -- particularly if your wedding is on a Saturday in the busy months of April, May, or October -- because our calendar (-- like everyone else's -- can fill up.)
4)  We'll send you -- as an e-mail attachment -- a "monster script": about twenty pages of marriage ceremony with alternative wordings, suggestions, options, and things to think about and choose from and tinker with to create your perfect individualized ceremony.  We invite you to come back after you've looked this over if you need help making it all come together.  We can probably help you finalize it in an hour or less.  (And you can still make improvements right up to the wedding.)
5)  We will lead your rehearsal and perform the wedding. 

All-inclusive fee (one or more consultations, development of individualized ceremony, participation in rehearsal and wedding) is $420 -- our basic fee of $400 plus $20  which we will send to the Register of Deeds [except in Durham, Guilford and Granville counties -- here's  why] for two certified copies of your marriage license (plus a small travel charge if your wedding location is far beyond the Triangle area).  (If the bride is not changing her name or you do not want certified copies at this time, our total fee is only $400.).  
IF YOU ARE ON A LIMITED BUDGETwe will happily work with you -- please click here to learn how.  
 Your wedding needs to include COMPONENTS THAT REFLECT THE TWO OF YOU:

COST AND AVAILABILITY
Free telephone and/or e-mail consultation with either Chris or Kay or both pretty much any time.   Please contact us.
E-mail us (or phone if you prefer) to set up an appointment (also free and with no obligation -- and we promise we'll load you up with lots of information and ideas).

All-inclusive fee (one or more consultations, development of individualized ceremony, participation in rehearsal and wedding) is $420 -- our basic fee of $400 plus $20  which we will send to the Register of Deeds [except in Durham, Guilford, and Granville counties -- here's why] for two certified copies of your marriage license (plus a small travel charge if your wedding location is farbeyond the Triangle area).  (If the bride is not changing her name or you do not want certified copies at this time, our total fee is only $400.).  IF YOU ARE ON A LIMITED BUDGETwe will happily work with you -- please click here to learn how.  

We will also gladly proof-read or edit your wedding program and other printed materials -- at no cost.

Though we are primarily wedding officiants, we will be happy to offer ideas on wedding locations or other aspects of your wedding planning that you may have questions about.

If either of us were to be incapacitated or otherwise unable to participate in the wedding, the other can ably fill in and perform the wedding alone, though we much prefer to co-officiate.   
Click here to view a sample wedding ceremony. 
Here are other sites you may find useful:


For some practical tips about the marriage license, click here.
For the best marital advice -- but in story form -- click here.
Noth Carolina Triangle Wedding Minister, Officiant
Please click here to e-mail us.  Please tell us your names and the date, time, and location of your wedding. 
Your Wedding Ceremony as a Circle:  Inclusive or Exclusive?          Click Here
This page was last updated: November 9, 2011
A Recent Unforgettable Wedding
To read about how one couple crafted an incredibly beautiful ceremony (and how you can too), please click here,
Offering memorable wedding ceremonies in and around the Triangle area of central North Carolina
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How we can help you make your wedding ceremony special:  (Please click on highlights.)
1)  Our ceremonies are integrated and thematic.  They express the importance of families and friends -- to let them know they are not just "spectators," but vitally important participants. 
2)  We want to help you build in this important message throughout the ceremony, in a number of different ways. 
3)  We work with you to be sure that every aspect of the ceremony (not just the words) contributes to the message you (and we) are trying to communicate.  It matters how seating is arranged, where and how you stand, how and when people enter, etc.
4)  We work with you to deal with "problems" or "issues" that you are afraid will complicate your wedding.  (Usually these "problems" can be dealt with more easily than you thought, and can become positive features of your wedding.)  Here are some, with links:
       (A)   "We are actually already married."  
       (B)    "We are already living together."  (Relax! For us, not a problem.)
       (C)    "One of us or both have children. How do we include them in the wedding?"
       (D)   "The bride is pregnant.  We aren't sure what to do."
       (E)   "We come from different religions (or cultures).  How do we honor both?"
       (F)    "We have family members who speak little English.  How can we include them?
       (G)    "We have a very limited budget. We're straining to pay for our wedding."    
                   Or a possibly related question: "Why can't you just come and do a quick 
                      ceremony for $50?"
       (H)    "We want to be sure our guests can hear the entire ceremony. Do we need a 
 sound system?"                                                                                                                        
You may feel you need to deal with one or more of these, or with other issues or problems as well.  Let's talk about them. We can probably help you resolve them.  Contact us.
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