Weddings by Lara
Lara Burke, Ordained Officiant
My Officiant Services
Weddings by Lara means your wedding your way. Finding and working with the right officiant should be enjoyable, stress-free and affordable. Together, we will create the ceremony that you've always dreamed of and that you'll always remember.
Your Wedding Done Your Way
Bring Your Vision to Life
Within your theme there are activities that you can add to your ceremony. Here are just some of the ways that you can make your ceremony one that you, your family and your friends will always remember:
• Bible readings or affirmations from friends and family
• Unity candle ceremony / sand ceremony
• Blending families and making your children part of the ceremony
• Memorial to a loved one who has passed
• Unity circle
• Pet participation
• Special music
• Tell me your ideas - it's your day!
Custom Script and Vow Writing
Stunning and Memorable
You are invited to look through my book of pre-written wedding scripts, vows and ring exchanges during our consultation to decide if any of them suit your needs. You can mix and match however you like. I will make adjustments to personalize them to fit your style.
For custom written vows and a wedding that is uniquely yours, I will take the time to get to know you and make your special love story the highlight of the ceremony.
Are you the type of person who knows how you feel but has a hard time putting it into words? I can help you find the words to express just how you feel in a way that is comfortable for you and meaningful to your soulmate.
Special Themes, Locations & More
I Can Accommodate You
For adventurous couples who want to go above and beyond the typical venue, you have found an officiant who shares your spirit.
Here is a list of things that I will do:
• Weddings on water
• Weddings on horseback
• Unusual venues
• Theme weddings in character (costume must be provided, if required)
*Please note, I will not jump out of planes, bungee jump or perform ceremonies in a hot air balloon. Otherwise, I’m open to hear your suggestions.
Free Consultations and Follow-Up
Our first point of contact is usual an online inquiry or a phone call. I will tell you about myself and learn about your vision for your wedding. From there, if you choose to move forward, I strongly suggest meeting in person. This way we can get to know each other better and if you choose to sign a contract at that time, great, but there is no pressure. I can also arrange the consultation via phone or virtually. Once we start planning I like to correspond via email and text because it is a written record of our plans but I'm always available for a phone call too! There is no limit to the amount of correspondence we have. I am here to answer all of your questions.
A Package for Every Budget from $250-$550
Weddings are not a one-size-fits-all event, with my assistance. I will discuss with you all of the ceremony options and which are best suited to the type of venue and number of guests. I will answer any questions you have regarding the applications process, then guide your through finalizing your ceremony and any special elements you'd like to add to your ceremony. Unlike other officiants, I do not charge extra for special elements like sand ceremonies, handfasting, unity candles, etc. After officiating your wedding I will file your marriage license in the municipality where the ceremony took place. Click here to see each package and price
Rehearal Dinner - $100 (plus mileage)
Mileage, Admission & Lodging Expenses
Once your ceremony theme and elements are decided on, you may need some help organizing the processional, readings, etc. I can attend your rehearsal the night before to make sure things run as smooth as possible on the big day. This is highly recommended for couples that do not have a coordinator at their venue.
There will be a $.50 per mile charge in each direction. for locations in excess of 20 miles. If overnight travel is required, all lodging must be paid. If the ceremony requires parking fees, admission fee to the ceremony location or a fare of any kind, that too will be paid by the couple.
Other Services - as negotiated
With some wedding ceremonies there are other services desired and additional expenses incurred. I will work with you to reasonably price any unlisted services.
Inspiring, Extraordinary, and Truly Unforgettable Ceremonies
I have always had a thing for weddings. It is the most romantic and committed endeavor two people can do. I was given the honor of marrying my best friend and her fiance and in doing so, found a calling. I can use my experience as a public speaker and professional copywriter to craft ceremonies that are ideally suited to you.
I support LGBTQIA and people of all races and faiths who want to marry. Marriage is not for the faint of heart so as long as you love each other and want to commit to a life together that's all that matters to me.
I can make your ceremony spiritual, non-denominational or civil in any theme, because it is your wedding done your way.
I look forward to meeting with you.