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Are you planning your Micro Wedding and looking for meaningful ways to write your wedding ceremony? This article is for you.

As a top-rated wedding officiant in New York, I was recently contacted by one of the editors for The Knot to assist engaged couples who are planning their intimate, non-denominational, or hybrid-spiritual ceremony.  These times call for creativity and heartfelt celebrations to celebrate our nearest and dearest. This article answers your questions on how to put together a personal ceremony while still honoring tradition.

Need help with writing your personal vow?

As I mentioned in the article, one of the best ways to personalize your wedding ceremony is to write personal vows to each other.  I recently wrote and published a book with 300 plus original phrases for you to use as inspiration for creating your own wedding vow.  Many engaged brides and grooms refrain from writing vows due to a lack of confidence in their writing skills.  Sometimes with a little encouragement and inspiration, you will find that writing your vow is actually enjoyable.  It’s a chance for you to share your feelings on the most important day of your life.  To order a copy of my book, click here.

Are small gatherings the new normal for weddings?

Since social-distancing protocols have become the fabric of our existence, it is probably best to plan a smaller wedding celebration than you may be accustomed to.  Many engaged couples are planning outdoor weddings to keep their guests (and themselves!) safe.  If there are people who are unable to attend or travel, you can set up a skype or zoom call to allow your long-distance guests to attend your wedding ceremony live via Livestream.

Rev. Dr. Samora Smith, owner of Common Ground Ceremonies is an award-winning NYC wedding officiant, pre-marital counselor, relationship and life coach, hypnotherapist/NLP practitioner.  You can contact her directly at rev.samora@gmail.com or visit her website for more info www.commongroundceremonies.com

 

 

Book Your Virtual Wedding Today!

Love is NEVER canceled!!

As a longtime NY Wedding Officiant, I was honestly surprised that getting married online would be as romantic and fun as it has turned out to be. I have been overjoyed by all the wonderful ceremonies that I have performed over the last few months. Project Cupid in New York has been extended until August 7th, 2020, so there's still time to book your online nuptials.

Virtual Online Wedding
Online Wedding in New York

What is an Online Wedding?

Online weddings can be as simple as a legal signing over Zoom with a court-style ceremony or, an elaborate wedding ceremony where you can include your family and friends.  It's completely up to you.  Your Officiant will perform the ceremony and send you the necessary steps for legalizing the paperwork.

Virtual Wedding on Zoom

How do I book my Wedding and what are the costs?

The first step for booking your online wedding is to schedule your appointment with the clerk's office.  You will need to book with an office located in the State of New York and you are required (as well as your Officiant) to be located within the State at the time of your wedding.  The cost to book your license application is $35.  The basic ceremony fee is $150 if you book with Common Ground Ceremonies. For a more customized celebration, let us know when you contact us to discuss any additional fees.

How long does it take to receive the license?

Once you book your appointment through Project Cupid, you will receive a copy of your license.  Your Officiant will legalize your paperwork with you during the Zoom or online video call.  Then you will submit the signed license to the portal and your certificate will be mailed to you within 4-6 weeks.  However, your marriage is legal once your Officiant signs your paperwork.

One thing's for sure, love is not canceled.  If your big wedding plans were changed due to Covid, you can still plan a wonderful get together with all your friends and family online.  Contact me at rev.samora@gmail today to book your Virtual Wedding.

 

Are Micro Weddings the New Trend?

Social-Distance Weddings?

In 2020, Love isn’t canceled and neither are wedding ceremonies.  Engaged couples are rethinking their wedding plans and scaling down their original guestlist to have their own Micro Wedding.  In other words, the mini-version of the Big Day.  Safety is the most important thing on our minds these days, and these smaller, more intimate gatherings will be the best options for this wedding season and possibly in the future.

Where can I have a Micro-Wedding?

Now that businesses are beginning to reopen in New York City, many wedding venues are re-thinking their space and creating open areas for wedding celebrations.  If you want to host a ceremony and reception, New York venues like The Water Club and Pier Sixty/The Lighthouse/Current offer amazing water views and wide-open spaces for your guests to celebrate. 

If you are interested in only having an outdoor ceremony, many brides and grooms are choosing to host their weddings in their family’s backyard or, a neighborhood park.  Central Park is a perfect outdoor location for an intimate wedding.  We offer Central Park Elopement packages which include an Officiant, Photographer, live Musician & Flowers.  All you need to do is provide the date, time, and preferred location and we will do everything else.

Still too nervous to have a small, in-person gathering?

Online Wedding Ceremony
Getting Married online during quarantine and social distancing

The best alternative to having an outdoor, small wedding, is to have your wedding online.  At Common Ground Ceremonies, we offer Zoom Weddings that are very romantic and honor all the safety guidelines.  If you have loved ones who are unable to travel or are considered high risk due to Covid-19, you should host your wedding ceremony online.  New York and New Jersey have issued Executive Orders to allow weddings to take place online.  All you need to do is obtain your license and once you have your appointment, you can schedule your online wedding.

For more information, contact Rev. Samora Smith, a New York Wedding Officiant and Elopement Planner to book your upcoming micro-wedding, Central Park Elopement, or Zoom Wedding.

In the meantime, stay safe and be well.

Is it time for a Virtual Wedding?

In the time of social distancing and “Shelter In” orders, couples are still moving forward with their wedding plans.  2020 was a really important year for many couples because of the mark of a new decade and everyone loves to celebrate big events during double numbers.  

The latest trend has been to move bigger events and celebrations online and weddings are no exception.  Just because the venue celebration had to be postponed, couples still want to get married on their original wedding date.  Instead of putting off the marriage you can have a professional officiant perform your ceremony online.  Invite all of your loved ones to an online meeting room and get married with everyone present.

Another alternative is to hire a local officiant to meet you in a safe setting like a rooftop or open outdoor space and have your loved ones attend the streaming of the ceremony.

I recently performed a ceremony on a rooftop in Chelsea for a couple who couldn’t wait another minute and it turned out to be the most romantic wedding I have ever done.  We are all looking forward to celebrating life and these moments make us feel hopeful and excited about the future.  I am currently offering online Virtual services and outdoor elopements in New York City this spring.  Contact me at info@commongroundceremonies.com to learn more.