Yes - I am ordained and in good standing with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. However, I perform wedding ceremonies for couples of all faith groups and of no religious persuasion. This is YOUR wedding ceremony and my goal is to honor YOUR wishes.
I am licensed to perform wedding ceremonies in the state of DE, MD, and VA. If you live outside these areas, I am required to submit my credentials to your state for licensing consideration.
Depending upon your specific needs and wishes, the wedding ceremony typically lasts from 20 to 45 minutes in length.
My wedding officiant fees typically range from $195 - $595 plus travel and expenses.
In addition to serving as a wedding officiant, I offer pre-marital counseling and a marriage assessment at an additional cost to determine if marriage and the partner you've selected is right for you. If you have other wedding needs, I am happy to refer you to one of my trusted vendors.
Call (410) 632-5500 or toll free 1-800-340-0691
The address to apply for a Marriage License is:
Office of Clerk of Circuit Court
1 W. Market Street Room 104
Snow Hill, MD 21863
Every marriage in Virginia must be licensed and solemnized according to state law. The following information is intended to summarize these laws, but should not be construed as legal advice.
WHO MAY MARRY IN VIRGINIA?
1. Age Requirements and Consent
The minimum age for marriage in the Commonwealth of Virginia is 16 years for both bride and groom. If either party is under 18 years old, consent to the marriage must be given in person by the father, mother or legal guardian of the minor. The law permits marriage by a person under 16 if the bride is pregnant when seeking a marriage license or has been pregnant within the nine months preceding examination by a physician, and the parent or guardian of the under age party gives consent.
2. Prohibited Marriages
The following categories of marriages are illegal in Virginia:
HOW DO I OBTAIN A MARRIAGE LICENSE?
1. Where to Obtain License
A marriage license may be obtained from the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court in any city or county in Virginia. A license may be obtained in Accomack County even if one or both parties do not reside in the county, except that a pregnant bride under 16 years of age must apply for a marriage license in the locality in which she resides. Once granted, a marriage license permits a marriage ceremony anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia.Both parties must appear in person to receive the license. The Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. Please arrive no later than 4:00 p.m. to ensure that there is enough time to properly process your application. Each party must furnish the required information under oath or affirmation, and falsifying any information on a marriage license could subject the parties to prosecution for perjury. Your driver's license or a valid photo ID is required.
2. Time Limitations
There is no waiting period in Virginia between being granted a divorce and remarrying or between applying for and being issued a marriage license. Once a marriage license has been issued, however, the marriage must be performed within 60 days or the license becomes void. After the marriage ceremony is performed, the officiant (person authorized to celebrate the rites of marriage) must return the marriage license to the Clerk of Circuit Court's office within five days.
The Clerk of Circuit Court will charge a fee of $30 for issuing a marriage license. Twenty dollars of this fee is a state tax on marriage licenses and $10 is the statutory clerk's fee for issuing and recording the license. A certified copy of your marriage license is $3.
HOW IS THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY PERFORMED?
No person may celebrate the rites of marriage in Virginia who is not authorized to do so by a circuit court.
There is no statutory requirement that witnesses be present at the marriage ceremony.
2. Marriage Record
Within five days after the marriage ceremony, the officiant must complete and sign the Marriage license and forward both forms to the circuit court clerk's office that issued the license. The license is then forwarded to the Virginia Division of Vital Records. In addition to these two forms, the officiant is welcome to prepare any other type of certificate to be given to the newly married couple.
HOW DO I CHANGE MY NAME WHEN I GET MARRIED?
If you wish to change your last name upon marriage (whether you are the bride or groom), begin using the new name immediately after the marriage ceremony.
HOW DO I OBTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT OR A CERTIFIED COPY OF A MARRIAGE RECORD?
Certified copies of marriage records may be obtained in person or by mail from the circuit court clerk's office that issued the marriage license for a fee of $3.00 or from the Virginia Division of Vital Records in Richmond for a fee of $12.00. The full names of the bride and groom and the date and place of marriage must be provided.
Post Office Box 2191, Salisbury, MD 21802