Talking Finances with your New Spouse
Elevate Wedding Officiant Blog
by Denise OMalley
2M ago
@anitathecoach Getting married is such an exciting time. You’re in love, want to tell the world about it, and planning your lives together. What about when it comes to money though? Money is one of the most important parts of our lives, it affects everything we do. This can be a touchy topic in many relationships. Some people avoid it; It’s understandable. We were all raised with different ideas about money and how to use it. Some of us grew up in a financially abundant household. Most of us were just getting by, or even struggling to afford food and shelter. How your parents or caretakers han ..read more
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Get More for Less: Stretching your Budget
Elevate Wedding Officiant Blog
by Denise OMalley
2M ago
Recently, on a Facebook group post, a Bride asked if it was okay to get married on a Monday.  It’s not only okay, it’s a smart way to stretch your wedding budget and get MORE for LESS! At Elevate Wedding Officiant, we perform hundreds of weddings each year and this gives us a great deal of data on trends.  We took a look at our books to see what days are popular for weddings, and which days are not. Monday – 5.38% Tuesday – 2.31% Wednesday – 6.15% Thursday – 10% Friday – 23.08% Saturday – 42.31% Sunday – 10.77% Obviously Saturday is the most popular day at 42.31%, but let’s take a ..read more
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Cancellation Insurance: Tips to Protect your Wedding Dollars
Elevate Wedding Officiant Blog
by Denise OMalley
3M ago
You’re likely investing many dollars into your big day, especially if you’re having it at a venue.  It’s also likely the venue has required you have event liability insurance. No one ever wants to think about cancelling all of the plans, but life happens and sometimes cancellation is your only option. Last night I received word from a client getting married next month that their young daughter was recently diagnosed with a serious illness. If the venue will not let them out of their contract – and it’s highly unlikely that they will – they’ll proceed as planned. However, if their child ha ..read more
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SCAM: Tips to Protect your Wedding Dollars
Elevate Wedding Officiant Blog
by Denise OMalley
3M ago
According to Forbes, the average cost of a wedding in 2024 is $33,000.  Whether you’re having a lavish 5-figure wedding or an intimate elopement, bad actors want to cash in on this and they’re ready to help you part with your money. Here are a few strategies that can help you navigate this new world of wedding planning and (hopefully) prevent you from being scammed. Established businesses who value their reputation will be able to meet all the below strategies. Keep in mind two things: There are honest people who may not meet the criteria below, and they are normally new in business.&nbs ..read more
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Wedding Spam: Strategies for Peace of Mind
Elevate Wedding Officiant Blog
by Denise OMalley
3M ago
Getting engaged is so exciting!!  After sharing the news with friends, family, co-workers, social media connections and every one you come in to contact with, what’s the next thing you do? YOU SIGN UP FOR THINGS! You join wedding planning platforms like The Knot/Wedding Wire, Zola and ThumbTack and wedding Facebook groups in your area, and – if you’re like many excited couples – you sign up to attend wedding expos. Vendors pay big bucks to have a booth at a wedding expo.  The fee for a booth is often close to $1,000.  Add in staff time for preparation, decoration, and sitting in ..read more
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Adding a Personal Touch: Simple Ways to Inject Personalization into Your Wedding
Elevate Wedding Officiant Blog
by Denise OMalley
4M ago
Your wedding day is a celebration of love, commitment, and the unique bond you share with your partner. Adding personal touches to your wedding can make it even more special and memorable. From incorporating meaningful rituals to involving loved ones in the ceremony, here are a few simple ideas to inject personalization into your big day: Family-Recommended Scripture: Not religious but you want to honor family members who are by including scripture?  Consider asking a close relative, such as a grandparent or sibling, to recommend scripture readings for your ceremony. This not only adds a ..read more
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Mother Nature’s Interruptions
Elevate Wedding Officiant Blog
by Denise OMalley
4M ago
You’ve dreamt of having the ultimate Colorado wedding at the top of a mountain with deep blue sky and breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains.  You don’t even have to close your eyes to picture it, right?  What happens when Mother Nature interrupts your vision with her own plan? Colorado is a destination wedding location for many couples, and as a long-time Coloradan, I get it.  A native Californian, I’ve loved living here for the past 30+ years.  Almost every single day I can enjoy a view of the mountains from my home in the Denver area and driving ‘up the hill’ is like ..read more
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Fear of Being the Center of Attention
Elevate Wedding Officiant Blog
by Denise OMalley
4M ago
Are you experiencing pre-wedding jitters fueled by the fear of being the center of attention on your big day? You’re not alone. Many soon-to-be brides and grooms grapple with this common anxiety as they anticipate walking down the aisle. Whether it’s the thought of all eyes on you during the ceremony or the pressure of being in the spotlight at the reception, the fear of being the center of attention can cast a shadow over what should be a joyous occasion. I want to share with you a story about a couple I recently met with. Excited to finally be getting married and meeting with me to discuss t ..read more
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Hiring an Officiant
Elevate Wedding Officiant Blog
by Denise OMalley
4M ago
In the bride/wedding Facebook groups, we often see this post: “LOOKING FOR AN OFFICIANT FOR MY WEDDING” followed immediately with comments from others saying, “You don’t need to hire an officiant in Colorado, get a friend to do it for free!”  It’s true, in Colorado and many other states you can self-officiate or ask someone to assume that role and – if you search Google – you will find MANY sample scripts to use.   So, if you can get an officiant for free, why in the world would you want to pay hundreds to more than a thousand dollars for a professional officiant?   Last wee ..read more
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Unity Ceremonies
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by Denise OMalley
4M ago
Unity ceremonies within your wedding symbolize your lives coming together as one and are oftentimes after the exchange of rings and before the proclamation. Common unity ceremonies are the lighting of candles, the blending of sand, or handfasting (the ultimate ‘tying of the knot’!).  When it comes to unity ceremonies, you can get as creative as you want as – get this – there are NO rules to follow! You can keep your unity ceremony sweet with boxing up a love letter to each other with your favorite wine to open on your first anniversary, or literally go sweet with the ever-popular Chocolat ..read more
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