Mazel Tov! You’re getting married!
I connect creative people to each other, and one of the most joyful unions is through marriage. I’m an Ohio-based wedding officiant, and I’m excited about the possibility of joining you on your special day. I am here to bring in traditions that are meaningful to you and your ceremony.
I specialize in the wedding that you’re looking for, rather than a one-size-fits-all format. I’m happy to unite interfaith couples, same-sex couples, couples with children, and couples who are considering a quick, intimate ceremony.
Working with me includes:
an initial meeting with you and your partner
writing your ceremony and three rounds of revisions to make sure that your ceremony sounds like you,
travel and attendance to rehearsal and ceremony
submitting documents to the state of Ohio
Please note, I am thrilled to work with you about your vision, and my officiant services are limited to a 30-mile radius from Lakewood, Ohio. I’m licensed in the state of Ohio.
Who will officiate my wedding?
Brandi Larsen will be the officiant at your wedding. Brandi is ordained by the Universal Life Church and holds the authority to solemnize marriages by the State of Ohio.
Will Brandi attend the rehearsal?
Yes, Brandi Larsen will attend the wedding rehearsal as part of the honorarium.
Will Brandi attend the reception?
She will not. Brandi believes that the reception is an intimate time for newlyweds to share with their family and friends.
Do we have to write our own ceremony?
Absolutely not. Your wedding is a reflection of your values, traditions, and tastes. Your ceremony can be as straightforward or as ornate as you wish. Brandi will work with you to create the first moments of marriage that have the most meaning to you as a couple, whether it’s an original or pre-written ceremony.
How long is the ceremony?
That will depend on what you decide. Some couples want readings from their favorite works of literature or scripture; others, want to hear songs that have meaning; others, want to participate in traditions such as the sand ceremony, jumping the broom, or, breaking the glass; others, want co-officiants to include multiple religious themes; still others want to recite their vows only. Most ceremonies last between 15-30 minutes. We’ll find the right timing for you.
What do you wear to the ceremony?
Brandi will discuss with you and wear appropriate attire that fits the feel of your wedding. Often, that is a black dress or pantsuit. For ceremonies with strong religious aspects, she can cover her head and shoulders. A smile is a guarantee.
I’m currently too far to meet with you in-person before the wedding. What should I do?
The Internet is a beautiful thing. We can use technology to meet and discuss the details, using your preference of Skype, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, or Zoom.
How far in advance should I book your services?
Brandi plans her schedule up to 24 months in advance. Most couples book around nine months in advance, directly after they’ve secured their preferred venue. Brandi has a background in improvisation, enjoys sudden ceremonies, and attempts to say yes to opportunities to unite couples even with a fast-approaching date. Please contact her to see if she can work with your schedule.
How much do your services cost?
Within a 30-mile radius of zip code 44107, Brandi Larsen charges a flat honorarium of $600, which includes an initial 1-hr meeting with the couple, writing and up to three rounds of ceremony revisions, travel and attendance at the rehearsal and the ceremony, and submission of documents to the State of Ohio.
Does Brandi officiate at weddings outside Ohio?
She can. Please contact her to discuss additional payment details.
We want to elope.
Brandi is honored to join you at an intimate gathering. Please contact her to discuss a reduced payment.
Does Brandi ever waive or reduce the honorarium?
Yes. Brandi believes in the importance of philanthropy and, under special circumstances, can waive or reduce the honorarium. Please contact her to discuss.
What if the wedding doesn’t happen?
Brandi understands that sometimes life doesn’t go the way we’ve planned it. If the wedding is halted before 90 days of the original date, Brandi can reimburse the party.