Let me help you get married.

I am an Ordained, Non-Denominational Minister / Wedding
Officiant Licensed to Celebrate Marriages in Ohio.

How I can help you.

If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind ceremony, then there is a number of ways I can help you. I've spent my career working on creative ways of connecting people to what matters most. 

When it’s time to plan my wedding, I know Rita will have the right words to tell the world about our big love. She has been a huge help in showing us how to commit to each other based on shared values.
— S.B., Cleveland OH

Types of services:

  • Formal
  • Casual
  • Secular
  • Civil
  • Spiritual
  • Religious
  • Same sex marriages
  • Renewal of vows
  • Custom ceremony

WHAT IS A WEDDING MINISTER?

Rita is an Ordained Minister through The Universal Life Church Monastery, also known as the "ULC". The ULC is open to people of all faiths, offering everyone the religious freedom to become an ordained minister and practice your beliefs. 
 
Ministers in the State of Ohio are required to be licensed by the Secretary of State to perform legal binding marriages. Verify Rita's credentials here.


WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT A WEDDING CEREMONY?

Q: How much do you charge to solemnize a wedding?
Rates vary depending on type of ceremony officiation, date, and travel time to ceremony location.  Please contact Rita for details.

Q: How much advance notice do you need to book a wedding?
During busy wedding months (May-September), contact Rita about 6 months in advance.

Q: Where do you perform your services?
Rita is available to officiate weddings in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties and in any setting. 

Q: Why should I choose Rita instead of another wedding officiant?
Rita is a caring, creative and passionate professional. For her it's all about people and partnerships. As partners, you will discuss ideas to make your wedding a beautiful memory.

Q: Do you need a deposit and paperwork to book and confirm our date?
Yes, a non-refundable 50% deposit is required along with a short agreement. Balance must be paid before the wedding ceremony. Cash or bank check please. If you choose to pay through Paypal, a 5% processing fee will be added to your bill. 

Q: How long is a typical ceremony?
They last about 15 – 25 minutes.

Q: What do I need to bring to the wedding ceremony?
The most important thing to bring is your wedding license. Rita will fill out her portion and sign it at the conclusion of the ceremony. She will take care of filing the license.

Q: Who writes our vows?
Rita can share samples of traditional “I Do” and “Repeat after me” vows. You may want to write your own vows OR combine the pre-written scripts with a few personal messages. 

Q: Where are you legally able solemnize marriages?
Rita is authorized to solemnize marriages in Ohio.

Q: When can we get a “recorded” copy of marriage license?
An official copy of the marriage license is available from Cuyahoga County Probate Court and Lorain County Probate Court approximately 2 weeks after your wedding. Go to Cuyahoga County Probate Court or Lorain County Probate Court in person or request it by mail.


RESCHEDULING AND "NO-SHOW" POLICY

 

Rescheduling

I understand that life events may at times make it necessary for you to reschedule your appointment. You may do so by contacting me up to 24 hours before your appointment. In case of emergencies, either on your end or mine, I will do my best to reschedule you at the earliest available time.

 

No-Shows

I respect your time and will do my best to be on time for all scheduled sessions, and I expect the same courtesy from you. If, for some reason, you don’t answer or are unavailable for your session, I will have to consider you a no-show and you will forfeit your payment. There are no refunds for no-shows.

INSURANCE POLICY

Please note: This information is for wellness coaching clients only.

Based on my credentials and state licensure, if you have an out-patient mental health care benefit in your health insurance benefit package and are permitted to choose your own service provider (PPO), you are eligible to receive reimbursement for my fee at the out-of-network percentage rate noted above. I do not bill insurance companies; however, the receipt I provide you following each session contains the information your insurance company typically requires and can be attached to your claim form.

FILING YOUR CLAIM

Contact your insurance company to request claim forms.
Submit the first claim form immediately in order to kick start your reimbursement process.
Submit at a frequency level that works for you so your reimbursement can supplement your cash flow.

FEE SCHEDULE for Wellness Coaching/Counseling

Contact Rita for prices. Payment is due at time of service. Check or cash are acceptable forms of payments. As a client, your fee is inclusive of a 15 minutes of non-billable time for email communication when needed between sessions.