Weddings & More

Reverend Susan Peltier

415-452-9730 | info@suzypeltier.com

 

 

I see my role as a minister is to help you tap into or express your personal spirituality and those of your loved ones.  

 

As a minister of the Universal Life Church my intention with regard to weddings is threefold: to compose and perform a personalized and meaningful ceremony and translate that into a memorable experience you will treasure. If desired, I also do pastoral counseling to help couples prepare for this important life transition and lay a solid foundation for a loving marriage that will withstand the test of time.

 

*All price quotes on packages are based on the use an interfaith ceremony template that I, personally, have created. The prices quoted include 1/2 hour of complimentary edits, such as name changes, subtractions or simple additions.

 

A new ceremony or additional revisions to the existing ceremony taking longer than the complementary half hour will be charged at $40 per hour. This is considered a separate fee payable upon completion of the new or amended ceremony, prior to the actual wedding. 

 

(If you want a new ceremony then I suggest that you choose the Deluxe Personalized Package that includes 2 hours of revisions or a new ceremony, plus personal pastoral attention in an inclusive price.)

 

Need a venue?

I also can accommodate small groups for your ceremony in my home or back yard patio. I have a beautiful indoor space with a fire place and altar that can hold up to 6 people. I also have a beautiful backyard that can also accommodate slightly larger groups of up to 10 people. 

 

Available for Same Day or Short Notice Weddings. Please                 call (415) 452-9730 to check on availability.

 

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Handfastings

 

A "Handfasting," is a Pagan/Wiccan wedding custom. Pagan and Wiccan ceremonies come mostly from the peasant class living in small communities close to the land. It was a time when marriages were negotiated contracts with escape clauses for women and a time when paternity was not an issue. The Handfasting was an opportunity to state the terms of the agreement to the community and to solemnize the oaths before the Divine.

 

Today it is a simple and beautiful custom with profound symbolism and magick. The couple holds hands facing the Priestess or Priest. The other hand is left free. The free hand represents that each person is making their commitments in "free will, " and that all promises, first and foremost, are always rooted in promises made to themselves, and to the Lord and Lady.

 

The clasped hands represent the couple's private and public vows to each other. Then the Priestess or Priest wraps their personal cord of rank and dedication around the clasped hands of the couple. The wrapping of this braided cord "binds" the couple to keep their vows to each other. By using a cord woven by their own hand and with great intention, the Priestess or Priest is giving the couple and their promises her or his personal blessing, endorsement and protection. This means that the officiant, is putting their magical reputation forward to boost the magickal reputation of each partner.

 

In the language of Witchcraft, a vow uses the power of the spoken word. We call it "Word Magic." The use of the cord in a Handfasting ceremony casts a "binding spell." The binding is then sealed by a blessing of the Lord and Lady and the collective energy of the couple, the officiant and the guests. The result is that each partner is now oath-bound or honor-bound to keep whatever vows he or she has made.

 

CAN I INCLUDE MY CHILDREN?

Yes. A Priestess's cord is typically 9 feet in finished length. Anyone old enough to understand the meaning and importance of keeping a promise can participate. This means it is a wonderful way of including children in the creation of a new family covenant.

 

WHAT ABOUT SOLEMNIZING MY ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLE?

Yes. A Handfasting ceremony is a great option for those want to solemnize an alternative lifestyle, Poly-amorous couples can form a family covenant with a Handfasting ceremony so long as laws about bigamy are not broken.

 

WE WANT A TRIAL COMMITMENT BUT AREN'T READY FOR "MARRIAGE."

Many Pagans and Wiccans never do not pledge "'til death do us part." They will sometimes say: " for as long as love lasts." The words and promises are always their own. So long as it does not involve the state with a marriage license, unions and partnerships can be negotiated in terms of duration, with a renegotiation clauses, and agreements that address questions of monogamy/polygamy and other issues that are important to each couple.

 

CAN WE UNDO A HANDFASTING?

Yes. If the agreement expire or the couple choose to go their separate ways a ceremony can be created for acknowledgement and closure. It is basically the reverse. The ceremony begins with the Priestess binding the couple. Holding hands each person thanks the other person, acknowledges what they have learned and appreciate about the other. Then the Priestess or Priest undoes the cord and declares them free and the agreement nullified.

 

This allows the community to be updated as to each person's status and "availability," should someone else be interested in pursuing them. These kinds of "civilized divorces," allow the community to support the individuals without feeling caught in the middle. 

Wedding Package Pricing

Sentimental Wedding Package: $325

This package is for ceremonies that do not involve the authorities, or the couple will file the legal paperwork themselves. In other words, there is no marriage license and nothing needs to be filed legally by the officiant. This package is suitable for the following situations:

  • Vow renewal ceremonies

  • Situations in which the couple will assume the responsibility for filing the legal paperwork

  • Ceremony for couples that might have married elsewhere and want a ceremony to include family and friends

  • Hand Fastenings (Pagan Wedding) not intended to be legally binding

Includes the following services: 

  • Direct the rehearsal.

  • Perform the ceremony

Sentimental Package Payment Agreement $325 with a deposit of $225 is due upon the acceptance of this agreement. This initial deposit reserves the dates and times for both the rehearsal and ceremony, plus the work of preparing the ceremony as stated above.

The remaining $100 is due on the day of the rehearsal.

Standard Wedding Package: $450

Includes the following:

  • Direct the rehearsal.

  • Perform the legal ceremony

  • File the completed marriage license with the civil authorities.

Standard Package Payment Agreement: $350 with a deposit of $450 is due upon the acceptance of this agreement. This initial deposit reserves the dates and times for rehearsal and ceremony, plus the work preparing the ceremony as stated above.

The remaining $100 is due on the day of the rehearsal. If there is no rehearsal, the price is the same and the balance is payable at the time of the ceremony.

Deluxe Personalized Wedding Package: $600

This package is best if you prefer to create a new ceremony or intend to make significant revisions to the sample ceremony since these charges are included as part of this package along with extra personalized pastoral services. Includes the following services:

  • 2-hour private “Clarity and Communication Class” This is an opportunity to have pastoral counseling that offers the couple an opportunity to discuss and refine their intentions for the marriage and commitments to each other. (This is a very important step if you want a new ceremony.)

  • Personalize the Standard ceremony or create a new ceremony with up to 2 hours of edits and/or composition included. Additional time beyond the 2 hours will be charged at the rate of $40/hr. To save time and avoid miscommunications, I encourage couples to write out their vision, suggested substitutions or revision material and send it to me by email as a Word.doc file attachment.

 

  • Direct the rehearsal.

  • Perform the legal ceremony

  • File the completed marriage license with the civil authorities.

 

To save time and avoid miscommunications, I encourage couples to write out their vision, suggested substitution or revision material and send it to me by email as Word.doc file attachments so I can include them in the ceremony.

 

 

Deluxe Package Payment Agreement: $600 with a deposit of $450 is due upon the acceptance of this agreement. This initial fee reserves the dates and times for the rehearsal and the ceremony, plus the extra work preparing revisions or a new ceremony as stated above.

 

The remaining $150 is due on the day of the rehearsal.

 

 

 

 

 

Extras Available for All Packages:

 

An additional rehearsal- $80

 

Hypnotherapy, purification ceremonies, grounding rituals, Reiki, Chakra energy work, or pastoral counseling sessions are available by appointment at the rate of $150 for 90 minutes or $175 for 2 hours. Fees for these services are payable when the services are rendered.

 

Purifications, grounding rites or energy work can also be scheduled for the day of the wedding for up to two people on the day of the wedding. More sessions can be scheduled for the days leading up to the wedding. These sessions can help to establish a sacred tone for the day, or help the couple to deal with any “jitters.” Appointments must be reserved in advance and be paid at the time of service.g day.

 

 

 

Cancellation Policy for all Packages: 

Since most of the behind the scenes work takes place well before the wedding, all deposits are nonrefundable. 

 

Should I be unable to perform the ceremony, I will provide a qualified minister to deliver the ceremony we agreed to.

 

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Please contact for more informaton on these and other services

 

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