Your wedding is just that…yours! Let it simply reflect and celebrate who and what you are together. It is my interest and intention that as a couple you experience the ceremony that speaks to your personal, individual and honest vision of your marriage commitment, and that it reflects your religious, spiritual or secular beliefs, and cultural traditions, surrounded by an atmosphere of profound joy, harmony and love - no matter if the choice is a simple short ceremony or a fuller expression of marriage and growth together: past, present, future. Your love, your vows, are treated with the greatest of respect due the moments of their expression. Therefore, I wish to work as closely with you, as circumstances and time allow, to create what you want in your ceremony. Upon receipt of your deposit, a lovely ceremony, developed these 25 years, is offered with many choices of vows, readings, blessings and poetry for you to use to create your perfect wedding in meaning and belief. You are welcome to write your own vows; write or add any other sentiments as part of your ceremony. I am here to help with personalizing your ceremony. If Santa Fe is your “in the moment” destination wedding, I can create a ceremony that will be personal and special just for you.
~ There is no fee for an in-person meeting, if you are in Santa Fe, to speak about your individual wedding and to become acquainted so that you may make a “comfortable” wedding minister/officiant choice. And of course we can visit by telephone with no obligation.
~ Ceremony fee varies depending on location and number of guests. NM sales tax is included in all fees.
~ A non-refundable deposit will hold your date and time. The remainder of the fee is due at or before your wedding. An additional travel fee may apply if your wedding is not in Santa Fe proper.
~ I will come early to your wedding with plenty of time to connect with your photographer, musician, planner and you, to make sure that we are all in coordination for the perfect flow of your ceremony. After your ceremony we will sign your New Mexico marriage license, which you will have obtained from Santa Fe County Clerk’s office or any other County in New Mexico.
~ A meeting in person, if you wish and your time allows, to finalize your wedding ceremony and go over all logistics such as music, processional and recessional. We can also do this thoroughly over the telephone if this is easier for you.
~ The e-mail and/or telephone time to create together with you, your ceremony using the offered choices and any of your personal ideas or selections from your religion, spiritual, family or cultural traditions, and going over the “flow” of your ceremony.
~ Any information that I may offer to help you locate your special location, photographer, flowers, music and any other special “touches."
~ I am happy to offer all information I can for the processional of your ceremony. If you do desire for me to facilitate a rehearsal, there is an additional fee. (New Mexico sales tax included. Travel fee may apply). To insure my availability, please secure the date and time well in advance.
Irene Swain, Non-Denominational Minister/Wedding Officiant