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.