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You may phone us or contact us by email in the Contact Us section of this site to inquire about our availability for your date. Once we have established our availability for your date and location, we will conduct a short interview with you so we may determine if you feel we’re the appropriate officiants for your ceremony. This consultation is typically done by phone however if you would prefer to meet with us somewhere in Boone or nearby, we’ll happily arrange a mutually convenient time. This consultation is free. If you decide one of us is the appropriate minister, we ask for a 50 percent non-refundable deposit in order to hold your date and to begin developing your ceremony. This may be paid in cash, by check, or by credit card.

In North Carolina, your marriage license is good for sixty days from the day you apply for it. You may apply in any county in the state and bring the license with you to the ceremony. This means if you live in North Carolina you may obtain your license in your home county and bring it with you. If you are from out of state, then you can call the clerk of court in your area and ask or you may look online for marriage license information in your state. If you prefer to apply in Watauga County, you would apply for your license in Boone, NC at the Watauga County Courthouse on King Street. Proceed to the Clerk of the Court’s office. Signs for Marriage licenses are prominent in the Courthouse and it typically opens at 8am and closes at 5pm (4:30pm is the deadline for submitting an application) Monday through Friday. You will need photo identification, a birth certificate and if you have been divorced, you will need official proof of your divorce. The staff is friendly and helpful. For more information on obtaining your marriage license from Watauga County please click here.

Gregory, Sandie or Richard will collect your marriage license from you upon arrival for your ceremony or rehearsal. We will complete the license at the ceremony and immediately mail the license to the appropriate Register of Deeds. This is our legal responsibility and we take it very seriously. We recommend you request a certified or registered copy of your license when you apply for your marriage license, as you will then be able to make appropriate name changes to your social security account or to your driver’s license. There is a fee for this copy however it will save you a great deal of time after you are married.

For ceremonies within thirty minutes of our offices, we charge $300.00 without a rehearsal. For ceremonies with rehearsals, the fee is $450.00. For ceremonies more than thirty minutes away from our office in Todd, there is an additional $50.00 fee per trip. For locations involving greater distances or extenuating circumstances, we will discuss the fee with you.

Sandie and Gregory enthusiastically welcome your photographer and videographer to take pictures during the ceremony. This part of your service will be very important to you and often it passes quickly. The pictures you see afterward may be your best visual memento of the service.

We will be happy to participate in and lead your rehearsal should you wish. During our initial conversation with you, we will ask if you prefer to have a rehearsal, which typically takes place the day before the wedding and involves those members of the wedding party who can be present. Gregory and Sandie recommend a rehearsal when the wedding party exceeds four people or when the ceremony is complex. The purpose for a rehearsal is to reduce any stress for the bride, groom and wedding party. If you have a wedding coordinator, we will happily work with he or she during the rehearsal and throughout the process.

Reverends Sandie and Gregory feel your rehearsal dinner and reception dinner are events for family and friends that you’ve invited to celebrate with you. We construct the ceremony, perform it, complete your license and after a few photographs we will depart so you can enjoy your guests and the rest of your special event. We do not wish to add to the expense of your wedding by attending these events.

We typically dress in robes which are eggplant (purple) in color and include an off white stole. (Sandie’s summer robe is off white with an off white stole) Gregory is willing to wear a black suit if you wish, however it will depend on your wedding’s degree of formality and your wishes. For weddings near mountain streams or in rugged outdoor settings, we will attempt to blend into your ceremony. Less formal attire is appropriate for mountain locations that are difficult to get to. We will discuss these details with you and customize our clothing if necessary

If we are available for your date, and if you are certain you wish Sandie, Gregory or Richard to perform the ceremony, we will travel to any point in the High Country, or beyond to perform your ceremony. For any destination more than thirty minutes from our office, we will charge a travel fee.

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