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What does a Circle of Life ceremony contain?

Your ceremony will be personalized with your relationship story and will include your preferred readings and music, plus the vows of your choosing. I will write your ceremony with your input, and we will collaborate to create your dream ceremony.


How is a ceremony created?

During an initial meeting at a place convenient for you both, we'll have an in-depth discussion about your desired ceremony. If you decide that you want me to officiate, we will explore who you are as a couple and how you want your values expressed in your ceremony. Based on what you tell me at our initial meeting and your answers to a relationship questionnaire, I will personalize your ceremony and send you a first draft.  Then, we will "tweak" the ceremony until you are completely satisfied.


Are Circle of Life ceremonies religious?

You may choose a non-denominational ceremony, a ceremony which incorporates one or more religions, or a non-religious ceremony. I am ordained and will conduct the ceremony you desire.


Can family members or friends be part of our ceremony?

Yes. Often family or friends will be part of the ceremony, sharing a reading, playing a musical instrument or singing, giving tributes, or serving as witnesses.


How long will a Circle of Life ceremony be?

Ceremonies usually last 20 to 30 minutes, depending on whether or not you choose to include readings, music or any other symbolic elements.


When can our ceremony be held?

Based on the availability of the officiant, ceremonies can be held any day of the week and at any time.


Where can we hold our ceremony?

As long as permission has been obtained, ceremonies can be held at the location of your choice, indoors or outdoors. Some couples marry where they met or at another meaningful spot. If you choose an outdoor venue, I recommend a contingency plan in case of rain. If your ceremony is held more than 50 miles from Hartland, Wisconsin, travel charges will apply.


Can we organize a ceremony on short notice?

Depending on the availability and time restrictions of the officiant, a ceremony may be organized on short notice. Please ask!


How do we apply for a marriage license?

In Wisconsin, you as a couple must apply together and in person. If either of you live in Wisconsin, you apply in the county where one or both of you have lived for at least 30 days before the date of application. If both of you live outside of Wisconsin, you must apply in the county where the ceremony will take place.


You must apply no more than 30 and no less than six days before your ceremony.

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