Depending on the package you select, Joanna starts with an existing framework that allows her to tell your love story in as much detail as you want. This can also include some beautiful metaphors or poems depending on what else (and who else) you have in mind for the ceremony. Part of the value of what Joanna offers is that she is an encyclopedia of ceremony content, so that includes different frameworks, metaphors and poems depending on your vibe. Renaissance love poems? Epic rap battles? Sappy song lyrics? You got it!
Once you book, we schedule a one hour interview where the two of you tell me about your relationship and dream for the ceremony. Joanna takes lots of notes and crafts a ceremony. When it’s ready, she sends that to you to edit. The goal is to make a ceremony you love just as much as the person you’re marrying! It shouldn’t take more than three rounds of revisions to get to that point.
Of course! Joanna is happy to provide as much guidance as you would like, including some examples, but the good news is that there’s no right or wrong way to write them. Generally, she suggests that 450 - 750 words is the sweet spot, but the sky is the limit.
It can vary tremendously, but typically 15 - 45 minutes. Joanna recommends not exceeding that, if possible, because it can cause audience discomfort, especially if the ceremony is outdoors.
Joanna offers pre-marital counseling for an additional fee. That option includes a survey that both you and your spouse take separately, with a facilitated discussion afterward where to review the results.
Marriage license procedures vary on a state by state and county by county basis, but Joanna is here to walk you through every step of the way! Following your wedding, she will present you with a keepsake marriage certificate, which you can both sign if you wish, and a hard copy of your ceremony.
Married by Miller is a one person enterprise, but Joanna does have relationships with three other trusted officiants firms who she is stylistically similar to. If any issues were to arise, one of them would be available for last minute coverage. Joanna is also happy to work with you to develop a backup plan if there are specific challenges you are concerned about accommodating.
Joanna’s fee is all inclusive, with the exception of premarital counseling and attending your rehearsal.
Yes! Joanna happily marries any consenting couple of legal age who want to tie the knot.
Definitely! Joanna is happy to work with you to create a custom ceremony that is authentic to you and your beliefs, whatever they may be.
Reach out to Joanna either using the contact form on this website, or by finding her on The Knot and Wedding Wire. She should get back to you ASAP to set up an intro call where everyone can decide if it’s a good fit. She can’t wait to meet you!