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Beautiful Custom Wedding Ceremonies


Sally Ann Risser


I am an Interfaith Wedding Officiant who creates civil (non-religious), spiritual, religious and ethnic wedding ceremonies for couples across the world and performs weddings in the State of Michigan. My life philosophy and purpose are spiritual in nature with love, kindness and gratitude at its center. Honesty and integrity are core values and I honor and respect each individual, regardless of their beliefs and traditions. Whether you prefer a tone that is religious, spiritual or strictly secular, your ceremony will be one that reflects and celebrates your personal beliefs and values.

I simply love, love and have dedicated my work full-time to bringing more of it into this world, by creating heart-centered and memorable wedding ceremonies. I consider each wedding a special and unique event that I take great pride in designing, creating and officiating.

There are few places in this world with the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of Ann ArborMichigan. Living and working in this amazing college town has led me to the niche I love; working with couples to design a wedding ceremony that reflects their unique and often individual cultures, backgrounds, values, beliefs and visions. From the traditional all American ceremony, to the Scottish ceremony with a bagpiper leading the procession, to the wedding of a beautiful Muslim bride taking seven steps around the fire with her Hindu sweetheart, I have been fortunate enough to have designed, written and performed them all. Bring your dreams to me. Together we will create a dream come true. A beautiful wedding ceremony is a work of art. It is the once in a lifetime gift you share with the person you love the most. You can buy a piece of "art" in any discount store but a true work of art comes from a different source; it comes from an artist with the passion and unique ability to turn everyday elements into something extraordinary.





My packages are as follows:




Custom Wedding Ceremony Package

My Custom wedding ceremony package includes one Ann Arbor MI consultation in person; or if preferred via phone or Skype, as well as unlimited phone and e-mail consultations.

With this package we create a ceremony that is beautiful and inspiring from beginning to end. This doesn't mean you need a flair for writing; but only that you have a flair for recognizing the words to express your love for one another when you see them. You can select a style that is strictly secular (without prayers, religious readings, or references to God), or spiritual (with an Interfaith prayer). Upon booking, I present to you, my exclusive "Wedding Ceremony Builder©" with enough options to make even the most selective bride bubble with excitement. You can sit with your sweetheart, in the privacy of your own home building a wedding, from beginning to end, that you will remember all the days of your lives. The process is simple. The results are amazing. Long before your wedding day you will know the exact words of your ceremony, taking away the nerves that often come with uncertainty.

You can select from a wide variety of readings, as well as one of the following Unity traditions: Unity Candle Ceremony, Unity Sand Ceremony, Unity (Simple) Hand Fasting Ceremony, Breaking of the glass.

This package also includes preparing and sending the documents to your County for recording.



The price of this package is $349, with a $75 discount Mon-Thurs (excluding holidays), and a $25 discount on Sunday (excluding holidays).



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Exclusive Ceremony Package

The Exclusive Ceremony Package offers all of the elements of the Custom Package and gives the bride and groom use of my exclusive "Wedding Ceremony Builder©", but in addition it allows the couple even more flexibility. For those who want a ceremony that is one of a kind, incorporates different wedding unity traditions, or brings children, or other special individuals into the elements of the ceremony, this is the package for you.

I have extensive knowledge of world wide wedding traditions; beautiful and colorful elements that will make your wedding remembered by all for many years to come. We will create a beautiful ceremony from the first word to the last. Then we tweak until we have created just the perfect ceremony!

Also included is a beautiful keepsake copy of your entire wedding ceremony, on fine linen paper.

Of course this package also includes an Ann Arbor consultation in person; or if preferred via phone or Skype, as well as unlimited phone and e-mail consultations.

The choice is yours. With this package, you can select a style that is strictly secular (without prayers or references to God), spiritual (with Interfaith prayers), or with traditions from a specific religion, or spiritual path. You also have your choice of beautiful wedding vows to select from, or have the option of writing your own vows if you prefer. You can select from a wide variety of readings, or incorporate readings from sources of your own. In addition, should you choose to, you can also add one, or more unity and/or cultural wedding traditions, such as a unity candle ceremony, sand ceremony, hand fasting, tea ceremony, rose ceremony, love letter ceremony, breaking of the glass, etc.

This package also includes preparing and sending the documents to your County for recording.



The price of this package is $429, with a $75 discount Mon-Thurs (excluding holidays), and a $25 discount on Sunday (excluding holidays).

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Rehearsals

I offer the service of attending and conducting the wedding rehearsal on a day prior to the wedding. This service is based on availability. The pricing for wedding rehearsals are as follows:


Rehearsals held on Monday - Thursday during the day or evening, & Friday, beginning at, or before 3 PM

*** $125 plus applicable mileage

Rehearsals held on Friday beginning after 3 PM, or on Saturday anytime

*** $299 plus applicable mileage


10 Steps to an Easy Rehearsal and a Flawless Wedding Ceremony





ELOPE IN STYLE!

Quick and Simply Beautiful (Short Notice) Wedding Ceremony Option


If you are in love and simply want to be married with out all of the fanfare or preparation time, it would be my honor to perform your wedding ceremony at your location, or at my beautiful Ann Arbor, Michigan home.
As a woman who loves, love, I fully realize that short notice does not mean short on love, or emotion. Your special event will be treated with all of the respect and attention it deserves; with a ceremony that will bring tears of joy to your eyes. Even with a one day notice, you will receive beautiful options for your civil, or spiritual ceremony, with my exclusive "Elopement Ceremony Builder©". You can choose from pre written wedding vows and ring exchanges, or you can feel free to write your own. Together we will make it short and sweet.

The Elopement Ceremony is beautiful, but quite short. If you desire a more in depth ceremony, with elements such as readings, a wedding address and / or a unity tradition, we can incorporate my "Custom Wedding Ceremony" for your small group. Either way, you will have exactly what you have dreamed of!

You may bring up to a 10 guests and have up to 45 minutes for gathering everyone, taking photos and completing the ceremony and paperwork. The process is easy. Apply for your marriage license at your county office. In the State of Michigan there is a 3 day waiting period after application. The waiting period can be waived for a small fee, if good reason can be shown.

* Elopement ceremonies are subject to availability and are on a first come-first serve basis. The price of this very affordable package varies with the preferences of the couple and the date and location chosen for the wedding. Please call, or write for more information and to check availability.

 

E-mail Sally - Elopement Services Inquiry


If you are in love and simply want to be married with out all of the fanfare or preparation time,
it would be my honor to perform your wedding ceremony
at or near my warm, beautiful home. Photo includes the optional room set up.














Private Elopement with your two witnesses only.


Whatever the reason, if your desire is a private ceremony for yourself and your fiancé, you can do so by attaining a marriage license, then simply declaring your intention and desire to marry one another before an wedding officiant and two adult witnesses. I also offer this quick and affordable service, at your location or mine, with little or no notice. Simply apply for your marriage license at your county office. In the State of Michigan there is a 3 day waiting period after application. The waiting period can be waived for a small fee, if good reason can be shown. Bring along 2 witnesses who are 18 years of age or older and photo ID. You can feel free to select from my many wedding vow options, or bring your own wedding vows and rings to exchange.


Times are subject to availability and are on a first come-first serve basis.

The price of this affordable package varies with the preferences of the couple and the date and location chosen for the wedding. Please call, or write for more information and to check availability.

Mileage

My services includes 10 miles off the round trip. Beyond that, the current IRS rates apply. (currently-2013 it is 56.5 a mile)

E-mail Sally - Elopement Services Inquiry






Professional wireless sound system, with clip on microphone and optional mp3 plug in for your music


Outdoor weddings are tricky. Indoors sounds have walls and a ceiling to bounce off of. Outdoors it travels in every direction and can also get drowned out by wind, water, or other background noise. You have a beautiful ceremony, now let's get it heard! For outdoor wedding ceremonies, or weddings conducted in a large area without sound equipment, I offer the use of a professional wireless sound system, with clip on microphone. This not only assures that your guests can hear, but it does so seamlessly, without the use of clumsy hand held mics, or mic stands. It also allows the flexibility of setting up in locations that have no electricity available.

$60







Outdoor Unity Candle Center


The Unity Candle Ceremony is one of the most common modern wedding traditions. In this ceremony the bride and groom each take a lit candle and simultaneously light a third larger "unity candle." They may blow out their individual lights, to symbolize that they are now one, or leave them lit, symbolizing that they have not lost their individuality with their union.


I am now offering couples the use of my exclusive Outdoor Unity Candle Stand, pictured below.



Outdoor Unity Candle Holder Photo 1  Outdoor Unity Candle Stand Photo 2  


Anyone who has ever observed such an event knows that outdoor unity candle ceremonies are tricky at best. Even the slightest wind makes them pretty much impossible; often turning what was intended to be a beautiful tradition into an embarrassing or comical event. This has been bothering me for years. So I diligently searched for a solution. The result is my exclusive "Outdoor Unity Candle Stand". It works great and is truly beautiful. I have a small votive candle burning in it from the start of the ceremony. When the couple are ready for their unity ceremony they open the door, take the two long taper candles, light them from the votive and together they light the center unity candle. It is very beautiful and visible to the guests through the clear, leaded glass panels of the stand. Then they simply close the door and the candles stay burning. It works even on windy days! I am offering it's use, set up, and the unity candles to go with it for
$60 per wedding.


Sally Ann Risser

(248)760-2400 (mobile)


© Copyright Sally Ann Risser 2012



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