Reverend Jeri Murphy has been a licensed non-denominational minister for nearly two decades. She defines “non-denominational” as “not being affiliated with a particular church or religion, but seeing all people as spiritual beings.” She has been performing personalized ceremonies in Northern California since 2000.
Contact Rev. Jeri for a free consultation @ (916) 716-8374
Do you offer a pre-wedding consultation? If so, is there a fee for this?
I am happy to meet with couples, at no cost or obligation, to see if we are a “good fit.” This meeting, at a mutually-convenient location, generally lasts 30 minutes as we ask each other questions.
If we choose you to perform our ceremony, do you require a fee to hold our date?
Yes, when you hire me we will meet to go over the details of your customized ceremony. At that time I ask that you sign the Minister’s Contract and pay a non-refundable deposit. The balance of the fee is due at rehearsal.
What is included in your services, and what do you charge?
Full service includes writing a custom ceremony, conducting the rehearsal, performing the ceremony, and properly filing your marriage license. The fee ranges from $300 to $450, depending upon the location and date. Elopement ceremonies start at $250.
Do you offer special pricing during the week?
Yes. Depending upon your needs and desires (i.e., customized or “standard” ceremony; rehearsal or not; location), fees are flexible and lower during the week.
How do you accept payment?
Payment may be made by cash or check. If paying by PayPal a service charge will be added.
If we are not religious, must we have prayer or scripture in our ceremony?
No. Every ceremony I create is unique, just as every couple is unique. My only “requirement” is that there is nothing in the ceremony that makes either of you feel uncomfortable.
Can we review the ceremony before our wedding date?
Absolutely! I will email it to you and ask you to review it to make sure it’s perfect for you. Any changes are cheerfully made – without any additional cost.
Can we write our own vows?
Yes! I can provide some samples and a “homework assignment” to help you create your vows, should you need some assistance!
What if we don’t want to have a rehearsal?
That’s up to you. Although I believe a rehearsal helps ensure that your wedding day will go smoothly, I do not insist upon having one.
What happens during the rehearsal?
We practice those parts of the ceremony that require movement: The processional, hand-off of bouquet, exchange of rings, any special ritual like wine ceremony, candle lighting, family blending, etc., and the recessional. Although that sounds simple enough, walking through these parts allows us to “get the bugs out” and also helps minimize wedding-day nerves!
Do you stay for the wedding reception?
Although I appreciate your hospitality, I generally do not stay for the reception.
What other services do you offer?
I am available for renewal of vows, baby blessings, funerals or celebrations of life, and other rites of passage.