Sapphire Pointe, Breckenridge CO
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Q - What sets you apart from other officiates and
WE are what makes us different.
1 - Weddings ARE our BUSINESS - Weddings are our
passion, and are 100% of how we make our living.
This is NOT a 'hobby' or a 'sideline' for us. We
focus all of our efforts on writing custom ceremonies,
creating photos to last a lifetime, exquisite floral
meeting with and getting to know all of our couples
and performing the most important service of your
wedding day. We are a small business and NOT an
officiating conglomerate built of multiple officiants.
For you, that means you are guaranteed to get us and
will not be 'reassigned' to another officiant after
you have finalized your services with us.
2 - Life experience! We walk the walk, talk the
talk, and as a married couple of nearly 15 years with
2 daughters we know the sweet and romantic aspects of
marriage, and understand the trials and tribulations
that are waiting for you. Who better to
help write vows that will become the stepping stones
for your future marriage than someone experienced, and
successful, in the path ahead of you!
3 - We have over 32 years experience in just about
every aspect of weddings, and as a result offer our
couples benefit from that invaluable experience with
our services. Not only can we assist with your
ceremony, but can help answer questions along the way
that brings your wedding full circle to the day you
4 - We take pride in offering unsurpassed customer
service. You are not just another face or
another license to us. Many of our couples keep
in touch to share news of new homes, impending births,
job changes and more. We build long-term
relationships with our brides and grooms! We
take the time to get to know WHO you are.
5 - The importance of
your ceremony. We know the details involved in
putting together a wedding and reception. We
also see all too many times the aspects of a wedding
ceremony put on the back burner and many times left
until the last minute. The vows you make to one
another are what the day is about, and at the end of
the party, after the photos are dusty on the shelf, we
know the importance of the promises you will make to
one another. We will guide you to find the
perfect way to express yourself, to honor family and
friends, to bring your children into the ceremony to
reflect the formation of a blended family. We
will customize your ceremony so that you incorporate
important traditions while setting the tone for a
ceremony that you can reflect back on in the years to
6 - Personality.
While your ceremony is certainly a formal occasion, it
should also be memorable, and stress-free DESPITE the
fact that you are standing in front of 100 of your
closest family and friends! We make you
comfortable, confident, and you will suddenly find
that our ability to make you giggle a little to
relieve that tension, to bring your own sense of humor
into your ceremony, not only personalizes your
ceremony, or makes it memorable by engaging your
guests and keeping their attention, but we melt away
the stage fright you may be concerned of!
How soon do we need to book our wedding with you?
A- At any
time we can receive a call just like yours requesting
a date for a wedding. We book on a first-come,
first-serve basis and subsequent weddings have to book
around our existing schedule. We can book out as
far as 18 months in advance, and as close as only a
few days for last minute elopements. Essentially
the longer you wait, the more flexible you may have to
be on your time or date. Our recommendation is
that as soon as you know your date and preferred time,
fill out our
ONLINE BOOKING FORM
to get a tentative hold on your date on our calendar.
We are from out of state
but want to elope in Colorado. How to we decide
where to go?
Elopements and Destination Weddings in Colorado have
become so much more popular for those couples wanting
to escape the formality, the stress and the financial
burden of a large wedding. Many of our elopement
clients come for a romantic, memorable occasion just
for the two of them, our destination and intimate
weddings bring a few close friends and family and plan
a simple dinner celebration following the ceremony in
one of the area's suggested restaurants. Either
will allow you the opportunity to celebrate with
friends and extended family on your return... and our
spectacular photos of your ceremony can play a center
role in reflecting the day as you experienced it.
We hold our elopements
in the mountains, lakeside, in private homes, city
parks, restaurants and hotels, any where you like!
We are very happy to help with guidance on selecting a
spot based on your vision, your personality and even
your hobbies (hiking, snowshoeing, horse-back riding,
etc). The great thing is that our packages are
completely 'mobile'... meaning as long as we have your
date and time booked, we give you the option to choose
your final destination after you arrive and have a day
to explore your options. We can even ride in a
car together through the majestic Rocky Mountain
National Park until you find that perfect, secluded,
romantic spot that 'speaks' to you as being the
perfect place! Popular spots in the park such as
Lily Lake, Sprague Lake, Moraine Amphitheater, etc. do
require a reservation along with the $50 permit, so if
your inclination is one of those spots we will need to
reserve it for you to avoid it being booked by another
We are also happy to travel outside of the Estes Park
and Rocky Mountain National Park areas. There is
no travel fee within 30 minutes of travel from Estes
Park, but travel fees do apply for sites outside of
this area. Please review our
TRAVEL FEE page
family or friends who we would like to use to
perform services in our wedding - is that allowed?
We want you to take advantage of all talents that
you are offered! We can customize a package to
remove those services from our end and make it a
perfect fit for you. a PERSONAL recommendation
is that if you plan to provide your own officiant,
if there is any question that that person may or may
not be qualified to solemnize your wedding in the
State of Colorado, you can utilize our services for
legalizing and processing the license for you.
Another tip - be careful with family or friends
doing photography. Too many times we have seen
photos not turn out, or important shots missed
because of mishaps like uncle Bob was chatting with
a long lost cousin and subsequently missed the kiss
- UGH!! Consider using a professional
photographer for those "Must Have" shots - family,
romantics, and the ceremony. This allows your
friends and family to enjoy the ceremony,
participate in photos, and you can always ask this
person to take charge of the photos at your dinner
or reception afterwards!
another photographer that we would like to have take
our wedding photos - is that allowed?
can be a bit tricky. Any professional of ANY
sort (Hiking Guide, Fishing Instructor, shuttle
service, wedding services and ANY photographer) who
is being paid for a service in Rocky Mountain
National Park MUST be licensed and certified by the
National Park Service and must hold a valid
Certified Use Authority (CUA) Permit and MUST have
their CUA card available to produce for park rangers
when asked. Working in the park requires a
strong commitment to the park service and resources
that the person is knowledgeable of all rules and
regulations, permitted areas for their line of work
and that that person carries a $1,000,000 liability
insurance policy that lists Rocky Mountain National
Park as additional insured in the case of damages to
the park, their client, injury, etc. If
a professional is found to be working and does NOT
have this license, they will be escorted from the
park (along with their clients) and will be fined.
This being said, it is VERY important that whoever
provides your photography follows these guidelines.
Because the permits are obtained in both your name
and in Marry Me In Colorado's name, it leaves both
of us also liable for having a non-licensed person
performing work in the park. We have, MANY
times, seen rangers stopping ceremonies mid-way to
confirm appropriate permits and CUAs and have seen
those violating the rules removed from the park.
As you can imagine, Marry Me In Colorado is ALWAYS
compliant with the rules - which is why our weddings
are confirmed with park officials (IF necessary) and
not stopped by rangers to confirm authorizations!
Q - We love the
packages but have more guests than they mention.
Can we have additional guests?
A - Absolutely!
The packages are based on sample sizes, but our
services can be packaged for any size of a wedding.
The only time your costs will change based on
additional guests is when a larger cake or additional
chairs become necessary. Then, you only pay the
necessary cost to get exactly what you need!
there are lots of samples of flowers and cakes on your
website, but I have something specific in mind from a
photo I cut out of a magazine years ago - can you work
with us on something custom?
definitely!! We have lots of photos on our site
to give our clients a place to start when making their
plans - BUT, we LOVE to be challenged!! If you
have a photo or just an idea in the back of your head
on what you would like for bouquets, table decor,
ceremony flowers, your cake or other aspects of your
wedding, send it to us and let us work our magic!
Just keep in mind that some things you may like would
need to be adjusted for your number of guests, or
there could be upgrades in cost from whatever package
you've chosen. We will let you know those fees
right away so that you can make your decision!
So what kind of
"Additional Fees" can we expect to see?
Unless it is something you request special - NOTHING!
We built our packages to be complete with NO SURPRISES
at the end of the day - we don't like businesses that
operate that way ourselves, and we never expect to
Burdon our couples with extra charges! The
ONLY fees that you can expect over and above a
standard package would be something outside of the
parameters of one of our packages, and can be built in
and determined in advance to create a custom package
for you. These fees can, only if applicable,
Fees - Depending on your choice of locations, travel
ranges from no charge within 30 minutes of
Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park and increase
from there depending on the location of your site -
You can visit our
TRAVEL FEE page
for more details. Our travel fees are
based on travel time in 15 minute increments and cover
all expenses for staff, fuel, auto expenses,
2. Marriage License - Your license is up to you
to obtain prior to your wedding and is only $30.
Fees - Depending on your package and location, there
may be site fees imposed by the location you select.
We'll take care of the leg work for you... Wedding fees for Rocky Mountain National Park can be
obtained from our office - Standard pricing for
weddings in Rocky Mountain National Park of $150.
Add-Ons - Interested in extra photos, a bigger cake,
or fresh flowers? These are all optional fees
based on your personal preferences and needs to make
your day perfect!
have children attending our wedding - how do they
count in the final guest count?
A- As a
standard, children over the age of 10 are considered
adults where weddings are concerned. This is
because they still require seating, they eat full
servings of cake, and in most cases consume the same
amount of food at a reception as an adult.
Children from the ages of 2-10 are charged at a
reduced fee, and those under 2 do not need to be
counted in as additional guests.
Q- Do you
require pre-marital counseling?
A- No, but a
pre-ceremony meeting, even if we just spend time on a
conference call, is essential for putting together
a customized ceremony.
Q-Are you a
particular religion? Will
you perform inter-faith ceremonies?
We can perform ceremonies that range from full
Christian ceremonies to the simplest of ceremonies,
our custom written ceremony most often performed is
our own version of a romantic ceremony that celebrates
your relationship, love and family. Any aspect
can be added in to your ceremony to personalize it to
make it reflect your own beliefs. We ourselves
don't ourselves as 'religious', we do consider
ourselves 'spiritual'. We have performed
ceremonies that have cultural traditions including
everything from Catholic communion to Jewish Mazel-Tov
celebrations, We encourage
each person to incorporate something from their
individual faiths and/or beliefs.
Q-Do you provide services
for our rehearsal?
A- Although not
required, a rehears is recommended if you have a
larger wedding party or if this is your first
experience with a wedding. A rehearsal is
a critical element for a well run ceremony. We
can handle all details of your rehearsal - including
so many things to consider such as who stands where,
how parents and grandparents are escorted, when each
attendant enters, how to hold your hands, when to
turn... I consider it insurance for all of the work
you have done to plan your wedding day. A
separate fee for the
rehearsal will be charged.
NECESSARY to have a rehearsal if we are having an
intimate wedding or eloping?
Rehearsals are more so for the benefit of the
wedding party than anyone. For those who have
never been in a wedding - how to walk in, how to
stand, when to take the bouquet or pass the rings to
the pastor. HOWEVER, our more intimate
weddings are, very honestly, NOT in need of
rehearsals. We will take the time prior to the
ceremony to show everyone where to stand, how to
face and what their role in the ceremony is.
As well, we will talk the two of you through the
details and during the ceremony will let you know
when to turn to face each other, pass your flowers
on, etc. The final decision is ALWAYS yours...
if you feel better having a rehearsal, by all means
we are here to help and always happy to provide you
Q-What is your
attire for ceremonies?
A- Attire is a
black suit with corresponding colors to match the
wedding colors (If needed). I also wear a judicial
robe on request and have even been asked to wear jeans
and hiking boots if it's in the rugged outdoors of
the mountains. For theme weddings a cowboy
hat or kilt is also an option! My attire is based on the request of
Q- Can we write
our own ceremony?
A- After meeting
with you, either via phone or face-to-face, I will put
together a proposed ceremony based on what I observe and
hear. I love for you to add your own vows, special
readings or take a moment to recite your feelings for
each other. My goal is to make each ceremony as unique
as each couple.
Q- What are
Officiating only fees start at
$300.00 for the ceremony, which includes writing and
performing your custom ceremony. Depending on how far the
venue is, there may be a minimal
TRAVEL FEE. The
rehearsal is based on individual needs and the size of
your wedding party and family involvement.
Rehearsal fees start at $200.00, but can go as high as $300.00.
page or pricing
and package options on officiating services.
Fees for ALL-INCLUSIVE
PACKAGES start with
our Bella Package including officiating with a custom
ceremony, a professional photography with photos
copyright on a CD and customized certificate keepsake.
This packages is $495 and based on your needs for
flowers, cake, music and additional photography can be
either selected from our standard
PACKAGES or let us
create a package that fits just the services you need!
love the idea of an all-inclusive package, but we are
sort of in-between several of your options - do we
have the ability to customize a package?
Absolutely! We NEVER want you paying for
services that you don't need, and want to be sure you
get all of the services you DO need to make your day
fit into your vision AND your budget! For a
custom quote you can call our office or complete the
ONLINE CUSTOM PACKAGE REQUEST
and indicate the services you are wanting - feel free
to make notes if there are things you want but don't
see - we most likely have the resources at our
Q- How do we
secure you for our wedding?
A- We require a
50% non-refundable deposit that is agreed on with a
Weddings Services Agreement (WSA). AS WELL - if your
wedding will be in Rocky Mountain National Park, a
wedding permit fee is required in full at the time
of booking your wedding as well. This
reservation is then made with the park and is
NON-REFUNDABLE. After signing and returning, you can call
our office and pay by credit card, or mail a check.
The balance is due 72 hours before the ceremony. Many
couples seem to prefer paying the entire balance up
front so they have one less worry the week before the
wedding. In either case, a receipt will then be sent
via email and a copy kept in your file. For more
details on the process of securing us for your date,
visit our FEES page.
You can use our easy
ONLINE BOOKING FORM
to fill out your details and you will receive a
preliminary Wedding Services Agreement within 72
business hours! For full details of the wedding
booking and the process along the way, see our
LINK TO WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!
do we finalize our wedding details?
your Wedding Services Agreement (WSA) is completed,
you will receive a welcome email from us. There
are many resources in this email that include local
wedding site maps, referrals for outside service
(hotels, restaurants, hair salons, etc). You
will receive 2 worksheets, one to fill out for the
creation of your customized ceremony and the other
will walk you through planning your flowers, music,
cake, photos, etc. If you have photos, color
swatches, etc., send them along and we will work with
your ideas to make your vision come true!! For
full details of what happens during your wedding
planning process, you can see our
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
Q-How can we
include our children in our wedding ceremony?
A- They can be be
involved in the sand and/or family unity candle ceremony. I
have even been asked to include them in the vows
asking them if they promise to love, honor and
respect the marriage. It's VERY important for the
younger ones to feel that they have not been forgotten
in the midst of the chaos a wedding can create. They
are very much a part of the new family unit.
Q- How can we
honor family members who we have lost?
A- A moment of
silence, lighting of a memorial candle, a reserved
seat of honor or a special reading within the ceremony is
typical, but anything special you would like to add I
can incorporate into the ceremony.
Q- Do you
A- Yes. A large
percentage of the ceremonies we perform are elopements,
and one of the more romantic as well, since they can
be done at any location. I've done them in front of
fireplaces, beside lakes and in the National Park to
name a few. We can provide you everything from
just officiating service to photography, flowers,
music, a cake for 2 and other services as you may
Q- Do you have
suggestions for making our ceremony more personal?
A- Maybe that
special moment the spark first hit you, a special
reading or prayer or hand-written vows from the heart.
I love traditions, but love breaking away from the
norm even more!
Q- How long does
a typical ceremony last?
20-30 minutes, depending on how many individual
ceremonies you would like to incorporate.
If you add in additional readings, music, etc. you can
plan on closer to 30-40 minutes.
Q-Will you work
with an interpreter?
A- Yes, I have
worked with sign language interpreters as well as
translators for Spanish
Q- How far do
you travel to perform weddings?
answer always depends on our existing schedule.
Because 90% of our weddings are all performed in the
Estes Park or Rocky Mountain National Park area, our
existing schedule can affect our ability to travel.
Based on our schedule we can chat about options for
your destination. Travel fees average $50 per
hour and trips over 4 hours of drive time can
require accommodations for an over night stay.
Q- Will you work
with our location or coordinator?
A- I love to
work with all different types of venues and
coordinators, and may even be inclined to recommend
some good ones if asked.
Q- How do we get
our marriage license, and what are the requirements?
A- Most any
County Courthouse will have a Marriage License
department. I provide you with local offices, service
hours and all necessary requirements for obtaining a
Colorado Marriage License. You must be over 18
years old or under with parental consent, and do not
have to be residents of the state of Colorado.
Colorado licenses are valid anywhere in the state, and
are good for 30 days from the date of issue.
There is no waiting period once a license is issued,
and proper identification is required and you must
both be present to receive your license.
Q- What type of
ceremonies do you specialize in?
Semi-religious, romantic and same-sex or civil ceremonies. I am
not a fire and brimstone, sermon within a ceremony
officiate. I really like the romanticism of the moment
and believe that all who are gathered are there in honor
and respect of the wedding ceremony.