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Officiant Carmen George

This page gives you the outline of a typical ceremony.

A week before your wedding day we will have a phone conversation design your ceremony plan,

Your ceremony should start on time and the two of you should be at the ceremony site before the start of the ceremony with your marriage license. 




How do both of you want to enter?         

  • Walk in solo

  • Walk in escorted by:

    • Parent​

    • Child

    • Friend

  • With wedding party members? If so, what order?

When is it okay for guests to have their phones or ipads out for photos. As a professional wedding photographer, I recommend restricting phones during the recessional and processional. Guests holding phones will look terrible in your photos..

  • Unplug and enjoy the day, the couple will share some of their professional photos with you later. 

  • No phone during the processional or recessional. Otherwise, feel free to take photos. Remind guests they are in the photos.

  • No restrictions on devices. Take lots of photos!

MUSIC - (Ceremonies with guests)

  • Who will manage music

  • Processional - one song or two?

  • Processional Music - Have you timed it to fit your processional?

  • Recessional music

READINGS -(Optional) - (Advice and Samples)

  • Who would do the reading?

  • Who will choose reading - them or you?

VOWS - (Advice and Samples)

  • Your own or mine?


  • Who will hold your rings?

SYMBOLIC GESTURE - (Optional) - (Advice and Samples)
This helps make your ceremony more personal. I can explain any or these and offer more ideas during our conversation.

  • Ring warming

  • Anniversary Box 

  • Hand fasting or Knot Tying (Celtic tradition)

  • Sand Ceremony - great for including children

  • Jumping the broom (African tradition)

  • Thai hand washing

  • Stepping on a wrapped glass (Jewish tradition)

Once you have thought about these things, you are ready for your conversation with me. We will go step by step through these and I will answer any questions you have. I have lots of experience and tips to share with you to make your wedding day fun, joyful and looks good in your wedding photos.





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Photographer - Julia Backus
Venue - An Affair by the Lake

Carmen George Weddings, LLC
Justice of the Peace

Burlington, Vermont

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