A professional Wedding Officiant can make all the difference for your BIG DAY! That is why we believe that choosing the right person is so important and will help take some of the stress out of your planning process. Sue truly cares about each and every one of her couples. That is one of the reasons why she is becoming one of Central Florida's most popular officiants.
Sue meets with each couple get to know them, and ask some questions to help them choose what type of ceremony they would like,. She will share a variety of ceremony scripts, or you can choose to write your own vows. You can also choose one of many popular add ons, such as the Unity Candle Ceremony, or the Sand Blending Ceremony. There are several to choose from.
She offers day of planning services at a reasonable fee. You can choose to have a personal day of planner dedicated to make sure everyone knows where to stand and when, and take care of all the little details that a couple shouldn't have to worry about on their special day.
Many answers to your questions may be found in the FAQ section below, but we are always happy to have our couples call or email us!
We would love to be a part of your special day! Contact us to save your date!
Sue began officiating weddings when some of her friends asked her to perform their ceremonies. She fell in love with love and found a passion for helping couples. Since then, she has become an Ordained Minister in addition to being a Notary Public. Sue enjoys working with her couples and fostering personal relationships along the way. She feels so honored each time a couple chooses her to perform their ceremony,
Sue wants every couple she works with to have the ceremony of their dreams, and to be relaxed and feel stress free during your ceremony. You should be focused on each other, after all.
Sue stays up to date with her education, as well as keeping up with the latest trends in the wedding industry. It would be hard to find a more caring person to officiate your wedding.
In keeping with her mantra, kindness matters, Sue is involved in the community. She is an active member of The Loyal Order of Moose and volunteers for many local charities. You can check out what the Loyal Order of Moose do at www.moosecharities.org . She also offers free informational seminars to Senior Centers on important topics regarding their financial and medical welfare.
Frequently Asked Questions
PLEASE NOTE: All deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE.
1. What are your fees?
Our prices start at $75 for a simple elopement. I'm confident that we can create a romantic and meaningful ceremony that fits your budget.
I also offer add on options, such as a Unity Candle Ceremony, a Sand Ceremony, a Wine Ceremony, a Hand-fasting or a Family Blending.
Other factors which may effect your ceremony fees: the style and length of your wedding ceremony, whether you require a rehearsal, the number of guests and attendants you are planning to have, the number of vendors (photographers, videographers, wedding planners, musicians, singers) we have to manage during the ceremony, and travel distance and time, etc. The number of guests does not directly effect costs; the complexity of ceremony elements and the number of members of your bridal party does, however. The larger and more elaborate your wedding as a whole, the more costs you will incur. This is why the "elopement" price is not offered to wedding groups with guest-lists larger than 20.
All travel is calculated via Google Maps at $1.00 per mile, round-trip. Yes, we offer discounts to Active Duty Military. Discounts do NOT apply to travel charges.
*Please note: We no longer take checks on the day of the wedding. Credit Card or Cash only -- to be paid to your officiant 20 minutes prior to your ceremony, with your marriage license. Thank you for complying.
2. Do you perform weddings for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual couples?
Yes. We are delighted that marriage equality has come to Florida and not only will I officiate weddings for the LGBT community, I will perform an elopement wedding ceremony free of charge for any couple that I officiated a commitment ceremony for in the past.
3. Do you perform commitment ceremonies, holy unions or affirmation ceremonies ?
We perform commitment ceremonies or affirmation ceremonies for couples that cannot legally wed or choose not to do so.
4. Who will perform our ceremony?
I will perform your ceremony, unless an emergency or a sudden conflict occurs. I will do my best to find a suitable replacement.
5. What are your qualifications to perform weddings?
I am an Ordained Minister as well as a Notary Public. Florida allows Notaries to perform weddings and sign marriage licenses. I have been a Notary since 1997 and have been performing wedding ceremonies since 2010.
6. How do we reserve a date with you?
Please call or text 407-494-4736 or use the contact form and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible. We accept all major credit cards through PayPal.
We have a simple three-step process, by which you may:
After we receive your deposit, we can then decide when we will meet for your consultation, if it is feasible. (This may not be possible for out-of-town couples. However we can arrange a telephone or video chat meeting instead)
- Check to see if your date is available.
- Reserve the date of your wedding and select your ceremony format.
- Pay your initial deposit, which will hold your date.
If you are unsure about making a reservation, we will be happy to meet with you for a free consultation. Please call or text us at 407-494-4736 and set an appointment to meet with us. Leave a message if we are not available. We will return your call as soon as possible. If your wedding is very soon, or if you want to elope, be sure to say that in your message so that we will not delay in returning your call. Be advised that we now charge a retainer fee (a $ 50.00 non-refundable deposit) to hold your date.
7. When do we get to meet you? What do we bring, other than the deposit?
Hopefully, we will meet within a day or two of your first call to us. We will arrange a meeting in a nearby coffee shop or similar location. I will explain how everything works, answer questions, discuss ceremony options, and discuss our contract. You don't need to bring anything special, unless you've already got ideas about what kind of vows or ceremony you want. Your deposit is due at the time of the signing of the contract.
8. Can we write our own vows?
Absolutely. This is your ceremony. It should reflect your feelings for each other, your shared commitment, your love. If you desire more traditional vows, that's wonderful. But if you're inspired to wax poetic, then you should do so. We encourage our couples to write as much or as little of their ceremony as they want to. This will make the ceremony more personal and meaningful to you.
9. Will you give us a sample?
We will provide you with several samples, not only to select from, but to jump-start your imagination if you choose to write your own vows, after you have reserved your date with us and paid your deposit. (Sorry, we can no longer email samples to couples who have not reserved a date with us.)
10. What other things can we include in our ceremony?
There are countless rituals and ceremonies that can be included in your custom wedding ceremony to make it more meaningful and unique. Look for Sand Ceremonies, Wine Ceremonies, Handfasting, Candle Ceremonies, Glass Breaking, and other services we perform.
11. Do you provide other services?
We certainly do! We also offer a Day of Ceremony Planner to help set up and direct everyone where to stand and when to walk down the aisle.
In addition, Notary of Orlando is also a Mobile Notary, meaning we travel to a place of your choosing to notarize your important/legal documents. This could be your home, office, or hospital. We cover all of the Central Florida area. We also offer Loan Signing Services for home loan closings.
12. How far in advance should I book with you?
We have found this to be a problem with many couples. So many people wait until the last minute to look for an officiant. It is imperative that you begin to look for your wedding officiant as soon as you have set the date of your wedding. If you do not have a church, or do not wish to have a church wedding (and thus do not have a built-in officiant), then you must "shop" for your officiant. Visiting with an officiant should not be an afterthought, something you think about once you've got the flowers and the tuxedos ordered. Your ceremony is the central event of your wedding day. Don't let it be the least important thing on your list. Make your reservation as soon as possible.
13. What do I look for when seeking an officiant?
There must be a comfortable relationship between an officiant and an engaged couple. You have to relate to each other. You must feel that your officiant is someone that understands your views. You must feel comfortable in his or her presence. Is he giving you his undivided attention? Can you easily communicate your ideas with each other? Will he or she listen to your ideas and desires for your ceremony, or does he have his own agenda? What is her experience and training? How many weddings has he done? Can she give you references? Remember that your ceremony officiant may have another job -- like running a ministry, a church, or even a mobile notary practice. His time is valuable, just as is that of all the other professionals you are hiring.
14. But what about last-minute requests? We want to get married this weekend! (Or tomorrow! Or this evening! Now!)
Congratulations! Your excitement is contagious, and we want to accommodate you in any way we can! We are happy to perform any last-minute, short-notice, surprise, weekend, holiday, even late-evening wedding that we are available to do. Call us at 407-494-4736, do not use our online contact form for rush service, and we'll do everything we can to meet with you ASAP! Keep in mind that the shorter the notice, the less personalized the ceremony. Also, RUSH, evening rates and holiday rates may apply. (Between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., a $50 surcharge will apply. If you require a spontaneous, middle-of-the-night ceremony, an additional 50% will apply.) Please, please! Remember to bring your marriage license and photo ID! YES, someone DID forget this and stalled the entire elopement! Don't let this happen to you!
Please note: We no longer take checks on the day of the wedding. Credit Card or Cash only -- to be paid to your officiant prior to your ceremony, along with your marriage license. Thank you for complying.
15. Where can you perform weddings?
We can perform your wedding at any location. At the beach, at the top of a lookout tower, in a beautiful, lush garden, in your backyard, in your home, in a fabulous hotel, in a cottage, at a bed & breakfast, even in a church! There are many extraordinarily beautiful locations in Central Florida -- we have Southern Charm with tropical climate. The possibilities are endless, limited only by your imagination. If you have a dream, we will do everything in our power to make it come true!
Note: We do not feel comfortable jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, nor are we certified divers, and some of us should not appear in public naked, sorry! :)
16. What about legalities? What do we need? What do you do?
You need to acquire a Florida marriage license, and present it to your Officiant. The instructions are here. Your Officiant needs only a willing Groom and Bride, a place to stand, some vows, 2 witnesses and a pen with which to sign the license. Really. It's very simple here in Florida. Follow the simple directions above. Present us with your marriage license on the day of your ceremony. We perform the ceremony. Your witnesses both sign the license, your Officiant signs the license. You go on your honeymoon. We take care of the paperwork from there. You will receive your certified copy in the mail.
17. We want a non-religious wedding. Can you do that?
Yes, we are happy to honor your request and provide you with a lovely Civil Ceremony. It may be as simple or lavish as you desire. Do not think that because a ceremony is a Civil Ceremony that it must be cold and dry. On the contrary, we have created some beautiful, romantic, elegant Civil Ceremonies which were very loving, tender, even spiritual, and yet were completely non-religious. Please, do not hesitate to ask if this is what you desire.
18. What will you wear to our wedding?
We always wear very conservative attire to weddings, a suit or dress of black, gray or navy as appropriate. Some beach wedding prefer us to wear white. We do our best to show up as you would like us to.
19. Must we have counseling before we marry?
We do not require our couples to have counseling, but you will get a break on the cost of your marriage license if you have it.
20. How do you handle rehearsals?
We handle rehearsals quickly and efficiently. It usually does not take more than 1 hour to 90 minutes the day before the ceremony, depending on the number of attendants that you have. Please ensure that all of your attendants arrive on time. Keep in mind that the rehearsal DOES affect the costs of your wedding. The larger your wedding party, the more complex the rehearsal; therefore, this has an impact on your fees. (If you have a difficult-to-manage veil, or some other item that will require maneuvering and practice, please bring it with you so that we can work with it.) *There is a base fee of $30.00 (plus travel and parking) for attendance at rehearsals.
21. Do you accept credit cards? Personal checks?
Yes, in fact, we do accept major credit cards and e-checks through PayPal. You may pay your initial deposit and make payments on your account through PayPal. We will also accept personal checks for your initial deposit. Please, remember that any deposit paid to us is non-refundable. Your balance is due 2 weeks before the date of your wedding, and can be paid via PayPal. Any balances left for the day of the wedding must be paid in cash only. Payments made on the day of the ceremony should be paid to the officiant prior to the ceremony, and should be enclosed with the marriage license.
Please note: We no longer take checks on the day of the wedding. Cash or credit card only -- to be paid to your officiant prior to your ceremony, along with your marriage license. Thank you for complying.