Rev. Christine Schmieder  *   Toms River, NJ  08757  *   (201) 230-4485  * revschmieder@gmail.com

Non-Denominational Interfaith Minister & Same Sex Wedding Officiant for the Jersey Shore

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

This is one of the most important days of your life and you deserve to have the wedding of your dreams. You are also about to choose a wedding officiant, someone that you can connect with, that understands what you want and that reflects your personal style. If possible, I would love to meet you both in person. Getting to know you is part of the fun. If meeting face to face is not possible, we can start with a phone call or meet via Face Time or Skype. Our first meeting is always complimentary and you are under no obligation to work with me. 

Standard Wedding Ceremony

If short and sweet is your style, a standard ceremony may be just what you're looking for. This is a ceremony that I've written with you in mind. Not everyone feels the need for a customized ceremony.  Simple yet still beautiful, meaningful and heart-felt.. I offer both civil and spiritual ceremonies and you're welcome to write your own vows if you'd like.  ​This package includes officiating your ceremony on your wedding day and filing your license with the appropriate township. Before your ceremony, I'll meet with your venue, your DJ and/or musicians, and your photographer to make sure we're all on the same page. There is no additional cost for travel.


Custom Wedding

With a custom wedding, I would tell the story that is uniquely yours. Once we've decided to work together, I would send you each a questionnaire. I'll ask you How did you meet? What does marriage mean to you? Why do you love this person? The answers to questions like these provide me with the information that I'll need to create your ceremony. I would encourage you to take your time and reflect on these questions and answer them from your heart.  Working together, I'll use your stories, your beliefs, and your dreams to create a personalized wedding ceremony that reflects who you are as individuals and as a couple.  Add your favorite readings and/or a ritual (such as sand ceremony, unity candle, hand-fasting, wine ceremony, breaking of the glass etc) and your ceremony is completely your own. It's important to me that you have the wedding ceremony that you've imagined.


After you receive your first draft, you'll have an opportunity to make whatever changes you'd like. If you want to write your own vows, I can help you with that or I can write them for you. I'm not finished crafting your ceremony until it's just what you want! This package includes your custom ceremony (including your personal story, readings and/or rituals), officiating your ceremony on your wedding day and filing your license with the appropriate township. Before your ceremony, I'll meet with your venue contact, your DJ and/or musicians, and your photographer to make sure we're all on the same page. There is no additional cost for travel.


Semi- Custom Wedding

Perhaps you like the simplicity of the standard ceremony but would like to add some personal touches such as a reading or a ritual. You can do that. Let me know what's important to you and we can work together to make your ceremony your very own.

 

Interfaith Wedding 

It's not uncommon for me to meet couples who come from different religious backgrounds. As a trained non-denominational, interfaith minister, I know how to incorporate both traditions into one beautiful ceremony that honors both of you and your families. Choose from custom or semi-custom ceremonies.


Elopements

There are many reasons to choose to elope. I've done many elopement weddings in living rooms, on the beach or in a park. I've even done one in my family room. If you are looking for a simple wedding with just your beloved and your witnesses, an elopement wedding may be just what you're looking for. I can provide the witnesses too if necessary. Special pricing for mid-week or off-season elopements.


​Same-Sex Weddings

Congratulations New Jersey for making same-sex marriage legal! I only include this separate heading so the search engines will find me.  I honor and celebrate all love, there is no difference.  Everything above pertains to same-sex couples as well.