How To Book A Wedding With Andrew Schmidt

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please review your calendars for possible dates. Your photographer, hall rental and officiant reservations should be made about the same time. You may call me at 715-845-9621 or write to me at [email protected]

When you CALL me please have the following information:

1. Location of the wedding
2. Time and date of the wedding
3. Names and mailing addresses for both bride and groom
4. Other contact information: email addresses, alternate phone numbers, etc.

I often perform more than one wedding on a Saturday; therefore, I do need to know the above information to allocate proper time for drive and last-minute pre-wedding details.

What are your rates to officiate?

1. Weekdays: the least expensive rate is when the wedding is held in my office

2. Weekends: the rate is based on the distance I drive. Wausau and the immediate surrounding townships and villages have a lower rate. The price rises for longer distance from Wausau. Please CALL me at 715-845-9621 to get a firm price.

When do I pay you?

When you receive my confirmation letter, a self-addressed envelope is included. Please put the check, payable to "ANDREW SCHMIDT" in the envelope, and return to me. Please pay by cash ONLY in my office. Please stop in or call to pay by credit card: Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.

When and how do I buy a wedding license?

In Wisconsin you purchase your wedding license at the County Clerk's office where you live. This must be done personally! Bring your driver's license, birth certificate, your divorce decree from a prior divorce (no matter where you were divorced) and money to purchase the license.

Buy it no more than 30 days from the date of the wedding. There might be an extra fee for a wedding license purchased the week before. Bring my letter to the clerk to show who is officiating your wedding.

What should I remember when planning my wedding?

I like to say, "Why get married if you can't have fun?!" I know that when planning a wedding things can go wrong and there will be miscommunications. Please use lists. Please keep it simple.

What is the best way to make a reservation?

CALL! I cannot state this enough. I sometime do not get to my e-mails for several days. Leave a message if I am with a client or out of the office, or talk to Susan, my assistant. Please leave a number for me that I can call early or late. Otherwise, please tell me when you are to call back. Reservations are typically made up to a year in advance.

How do you confirm our wedding appointment?

I will send to you a letter with information given to me. Please verify it. If there is an error let me know promptly. If you change the time or location, you MUST CALL ME ASAP! Do not assume I have free time on either side of your initial date and time.

Are deviations allowed from a traditional wedding?

Traditionally, most weddings with lots of family and friends have three parts: a processional, the vows and the recessional. Alternatives are welcome as long I know about them in advance and there is no mean-spiritedness towards anyone. By the way, I do not like getting wet as dry cleaning gets expensive.

How far does your imagination go?

I have performed weddings in a working dairy bar, on sand bars, in a bar, on a sandy beach, side yards, front yards and in the house, in the garage under a single bare lightbulb, in a corn field, in a town hall, church, temple, a gazebo, in the garden, under a grape trellis, on a rock on Rib Mountain or on a rock in the Eau Claire Dells. The possibilities are endless!

What about wedding vows?

Please let me know of your vows ASAP. State law requires that I get few necessary words out of you to be legal. The rest is ... well 'fluff'! This is not a religious wedding. I am not a minister. But we can insert prayers, blessings and other readings from scripture in the vows. I have several wedding vows on my website. Vow numbers 9, 10 and 14 were written by me. If you would like to say something to your love, please let me know to see if it can be inserted and how it would be best used.

How long are your ceremonies?

That does really depend on you, but the wedding vows themselves are not that long. If you do not insert a long reading or a song, then ceremony is typically 20 minutes from the Processional to the Recessional.

When do we sign the wedding license?

I typically like to do this just after your receiving line. But due to time constraints we can do this before the wedding. Please bring two adult witnesses - as required by state law.

What other useful tips have you seen at weddings?

1. Water and soft drinks on ice on hot days.
2. Chairs that are in the shade.
3. No cameras in front of the first row of chairs or behind the officiant during the vows.
4. No sweet perfumes in August or September as they attract yellow jackets.
5. The bride and groom need to speak up or have on a small wireless microphone.
6. Be aware of your location for road noise can really interfere with a fun ceremony.
7. If using a city or county park, you are best advised to reserve your site ASAP.
8. Be early to set up. People arrive about 30 minutes early.
9. Choose the theme for dress. From dress to 'Impress' to 'just-washed' casual. Western, country, Harley, swim beach, formal, outdoors, hunting, skiing/winter can all leave fun memories.
10. DO NOT put down wedding runners on the grass. You are asking for tripping hazard. Use paper Rose Petals instead.

REMEMBER - Why get married if you can't have fun?