Ceremonies centered on themes of love in Lake Tahoe and beyond
Creating a ceremony that reflects you as a couple is a special way to capture your personality as individuals and as a couple. The small nuances that make your ceremony uniquely yours are the moments you will cherish the most. Helping to create those moments is what I do best!
Getting to know you is important, so we will spend some time in person or by phone talking about your vision for your ceremony. Not sure what that is? I will help you discover it.
When you choose my pre-written ceremony (with lots of options), we customize it so it is uniquely yours. Or, I will interview you and your select family and friends and then write a ceremony for you.
Whether you are eloping to Tahoe for simple beach-side ceremony or hosting a grand celebration with all of your family and friends, there is an option for you. In addition to creating your ceremony, I attend your rehearsal and then return to conduct your wedding ceremony.
Officiating your ceremony is a great honor to me. As your celebrant, I focus solely on creating the most beautiful and fitting ceremony for you as a couple. I create love-centered ceremonies for couples who prefer not to have a faith-based ceremony or who prefer a non-religious ceremony; however I will include spiritual references at your request.
LGBTQ couples warmly welcomed. (I long for the day when I no longer need to specify that!)
Getting married in Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, Incline Village, Carnelian Bay, South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Vista, Zephyr Cove, Truckee, Reno, Carson City, Sparks or the surrounding areas? This is my home base, but I will travel outside these areas, when available.
I invite you to call, email or text to arrange a time to meet in person or by phone to ensure I am the person for you.
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There isn't enough time in the day or enough room on this website for me to sing all of Jackie Phillips' praises. My partner and I have been together for 22 years, and when it finally became legal for same sex partners to marry nationwide last year, we decided to get married in Lake Tahoe to honor my parents who married there almost 50 years ago. We wanted a very simple wedding at the courthouse, but the Incline Village office did not perform civil ceremonies. So, I started my internet search with Google for a "non religious, wedding officiant, Incline Village, NV." A lot of wedding websites came up, but most were for huge weddings, religious officiants, mostly California locations, and I couldn't seem to find anyone that fit my criteria in Nevada! After what seemed like a hundred sites, I came across Jackie's name. I clicked the link to her website and immediately liked the simplicity of it, and that she did gay weddings! I sent her an email and explained that we were a lesbian couple, and that we wanted a very simple service, by the lake preferably, with just my parents, and our nephew in attendance. She responded within the hour with the nicest email explaining that she would be honored to perform the service and would like to talk more about it. So, we set up a time the next day and I called her. I'll tell you that I don't like planning things like this and I especially hate doing it on the phone. I just liked Jackie so much, right away. She's so intelligent, funny, sweet, kind, understanding, accepting and probably the most efficient person I've ever met! My partner and I were on speaker phone where she asked us a series of questions. We could tell she listened intently to everything we said. It was very clear that she wanted everything to be just the way we wanted it. During the days leading up to the big day, she emailed me tons of suggested places to visit in Tahoe, knowing that we had never been there before. She suggested florists and cake shops and even went out to several locations to take pictures so that we could get a better idea of where we might like the ceremony! She never pushed anything, only suggested things she thought we would like based on everything we told her. What she wrote for our ceremony brought all of us to tears. She really worked to understand who we were and incorporated all our feelings into one amazing moment we will never forget. I know it seems strange, but even though we hardly know her, we all consider her a part of our family now. We just love her to death! I could go on and on about Jackie Phillips. She made our day so much more special than we could ever have imagined. She does all kinds of services, and her price was more than fair. Believe me, look no further. Call her and see!
Beautiful Ceremony Customized to Your Personality as a Couple $300
I have pre-written a beautiful ceremony that draws on the beauty of Lake Tahoe and the theme of love to create a memorable wedding. There are several options for customizing this ceremony. With this selection, I meet with you in person or by phone and correspond by email as much as needed until the ceremony is written and finalized. I attend your rehearsal to ensure that we all are prepared for your ceremony. On your wedding day, I arrive at your wedding venue and spend a few moments checking in with you. The final step is a beautiful wedding ceremony.
Custom Written Ceremony $425
We start with a meeting where we discuss your ceremony and your vision of your ceremony. Through a series of interviews, I learn more about you and your relationship–and a theme usually emerges. Then, I write a custom ceremony based on the story of your relationship or a theme and message that are important to you (such as trust or love or the outdoors or Lake Tahoe or ??) You have the opportunity to review the ceremony and request changes or alterations. I meet with you in person or by phone and correspond by email as much as needed until the ceremony is written and finalized. I attend your rehearsal to ensure that we all are prepared for your ceremony. On your wedding day, I arrive at your wedding venue and spend a few moments checking in with you. The final step is a beautiful wedding ceremony.
Custom Vows $50-$65
Custom vows can make your wedding ceremony uniquely personal and memorable. These are the promises you make for your lifelong commitment together. I can help you capture your feelings and communicate your love by helping you to write personal and custom.
If you will be saying the same vows to each other, I ask for $65 to write a single vow.
If you wish to say different vows to each other that are individualized to each of you, I ask for $50 each.
Custom Written Ceremony Only (no officiating) $125
Are you marrying a friend or family member, but don’t know how to prepare a ceremony?
Or, do you wish to have a custom-written ceremony but you already have someone to perform the ceremony?
I will write a personalized ceremony for a beautiful and memorable wedding.
Custom Written Unity Ceremony $65
Are you searching for the perfect unity ceremony? I will interview you and help you find a way to demonstrate unity in a unique and fun way. See my blog post with some ideas for a unique unity ceremony. We’ll design something beautiful and you can have any officiant work it into the ceremony.
Do you need help with something about your ceremony that is not listed above? Just give me a call. I’m happy to work up a price quote for you.