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
I'd love to meet you in person as I believe it is the best way to get to know you but I can also arrange the consultation via phone or Skype if you prefer. Once we start planning I like to correspond via email because it is a written record of our plans but I'm always available for a phone call too! From our initial meeting through the planning process the only pre-wedding fee you pay is the deposit to hold your date. The balance is due any time before the ceremony.
Rehearal Dinner - $100
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
Custom Script and Vow Writing - $50+
The price will vary over the base price depending on how much customization you would like. Whether you only need help with a custom ring exchange or declaration, or you want the entire ceremony customized to your theme I can craft the perfect words.
Extended Travel Charge
There will be a $.40 per mile charge after the first 25 miles, in each direction. If there is any requirement for overnight travel, all lodging and meal expenses must be paid.
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 and create a lasting memory.
I believe that love doesn't know age differences, color or gender. When two people are meant to be together and feel it in the depths of their souls, that is all that matters.
I am an ordained minister by Universal Ministries and legally able to marry couples in NJ. 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.
Get in touch today to discuss your upcoming wedding. Be sure to include your wedding date and location.