Getting Shiz Done!

Ladies.

I can cross one more thing off my list! I have officially booked my Officiant! Yay!
I did a bit of research before i booked. Because i could not believe how pricey it was for someone to speak for about 15-20 mins to make it all official, official. I know the job isn’t hard, because I’VE DONE IT. it’s true i ‘officiated’ at a wedding a couple of years ago. There was still a paid officiant on site who said a few words, but i did most of the work.

So here’s what i found out. To book a city hall officiant to do an off-site wedding in the Toronto area is it $373.40. There is a deposit of $203.40. And you book it over the phone and they assign you an officiant who you meet about a month before the wedding to chat about your vision for the ceremony. At this meeting you also pay the dude the balance of the cost $170.

I also looked into Enduring Promises. I just wasn’t in love with how they worked. So they were $295 + HST so $333.35 and the deposit is about $166 if i did the math right. And you’re thinking DEAL. But here’s the catch. You meet your officiant BEFORE you book, and then you don’t see them again till 20 mins before your ceremony. If you want to have another meeting with them, it’s another $100 + HST. And since the chances of you knowing how your ceremony is going to play out a year or in my case 5 months before the wedding, are pretty slim so you’ll need that second meeting. So it’s actually more expensive.

And finally i looked into All Season Weddings. This is the company my friend in Ottawa used to book their officiant. They are $384.70. There is a deposit of $214.70, and you pay the balance of $170 to the officiant at your meeting about a month before the wedding. What’s great about their website is, they list all the officiants that preform ceremonies in the Toronto area, and they each have a bio, testimonials, and some even have a video! So i scrolled through the list of officiants and read the bios and sent a selection of names and All Season Weddings contacted my first choice for me, to confirm their availability. When they heard back they sent me a note with the officiants contact info so i can be in touch via email or telephone before confirming my booking. So i sent the dude a note to give him an idea about what we’re like and what we’re hoping for from our ceremony. After i heard back from him and got a good vibe i called the office and put down my deposit. Boom. Officiant booked! AND i still get an in person meeting one month before the wedding to go over the plans for the ceremony – all included in the initial price!

I feel so accomplished now. I’m just waiting on two more food quotes and i should be able to make a decision about that next week. Things are starting to come together!

 

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Making Moves!

Photo Credit: Milo&Ben by Melissa Lowry.

I haven’t ACTUALLY accomplished anything wedding related since my last post, but I have made some moves.

1. I got in touch with All Season Weddings to find out about fees and if they had any officiants available. They replied saying they did have some availability on my date, and asked if i had any specific officiant requests…. I’ve given the Toronto website officiant bios a read-through and currently i’m kinda digging Helen Sweet. The word ‘light-hearted’ was used in her bio and she runs the Bride’s Project. So perhaps I’ll message them back and see if she is available. What surprised me most about looking into officiants, is the cost! To book with All Season Weddings in Toronto is nearly $400, and all that gets you is one free meeting, and the ceremony – oh and unlimited emails and phone calls…. BUT here’s my question. What if you meet the officiant they’ve booked for you and you don’t jive? Do you have to pay the $100 extra meeting fee? Also they charge extra you for the Rehearsal? Which i really think is key, cause it will likely be the only time prior to the wedding that you actually hear how your officiant will read the ceremony which can really set the tone of the whole thing…. So $400, for what works out to be maybe 1.5 hours of work. Max. As an experienced fake-officiant. I have to say, that’s highly over-paid. I mean i did about 13 mins of work performing the ceremony for a friend and her husband a couple of years ago. But i guess it’s like everything, it’s a necessary evil when planning a wedding and because it’s wedding related it’s probably over-inflated a wee bit.

2. I have sourced a potential wedding photographer. I’ve been reading some nightmare stories of bad wedding photography lately, coupled with stories of people having to settle for someone they didn’t love because they waited too long to book. On Friday night i was curled up on the couch with B drinking wine flipping through wedding blogs and i made it my mission to go through every.single.real.life.wedding on WeddingBells.ca and see if i could find someone awesome, and who didn’t cost $4000. I believe I have found that person! I don’t want to jinx it, so i will share her blog with you after we’ve met, and I’ve actually signed the contract. Apart from the venue, photography was the biggest thing i was worried about.

3. Cake topper. I have found the absolute cutest cake topper ever. On the weekend I was telling a girlfriend how badly i wanted a penguin cake topper. And I’ve been checking sites and haven’t found anything overly awesome. Until today. I found this on Etsy: Milo&Ben. Umm? How cute are those?! I’ve gotten approval from the fiance, and I am purchasing!

4. And finally, I have ordered some samples from one of those custom crap online stores. I say custom crap in a completely non-crap meaning way. It’s just a term i use, and i mean it in the nicest possible way. I’ve ordered some printed napkins, in two different colours that i’m debating, a matchbook in my colours and a ‘tea favour’ which is a tea bag, individually wrapped in a paper that can be customized. There’s a few websites out there that do custom party things, but i’ve ordered these from ForYourParty.com mostly because they had the option to get a shiney gold napkin, which i prefer over a matte gold. Which –  let’s face it, isn’t really gold at all.

So there you have it. Moves, I’m making moves. I feel a little better about the to do list. Next up to tackle is food and guest list with the fiance…. if i can tear him away from the TV long enough, i might have to entice him with the promise of dinner!

xo
M