Re: ceremony venue sticker shock
posted at 1/18/2011 2:14 PM EST
Trex, that's insane that he wanted to charge you $400 for his binder! You wouldn't pay near that for something edited, published, and in a book store!
Zenbat, my JP put together this particular binder but like trex suggested, you can find others. It sounds like your ceremony and officiant are locked in, but if anyone else is interested, John Scuto was an awesome JP. His web site is www.blueskyweddingservices.com
and he's based out of NH, but will travel.
John and his wife Cathy are a JP team (they're actually both JPs, but John does the ceremony). I forgot to mention this earlier, but their price included Cathy as a ceremony coordinator. At first I was blase about it, just, "sure, it's included, whatever," but she was indispensible. She got the guys organized (someone had to!) and made sure they had their bouts, were on time and on location, she set up the ceremony space (we did one of those sand ceremony things, and she had all that stuff ready to go), and she got my girls and me all lined up.
They're a really nice couple and it was super easy to work with them. You can customize your ceremony (the binder they have is a guide, and it was really helpful because I didn't know where to start). DH and I had a totally nonreligious ceremony, but you can also make it as religious as you like and John and Cathy will help you organize everything.
Wow, this got long. You can probably tell they were my favorite vendors, lol!