Frequently Asked Questions

StuartandDeniseCan you give us the ceremony we want?

Designing a ceremony to feel personal and meaningful to you is what I am all about. I create ceremonies of all types: non-denominational, religious, and interfaith – combining different religious or spiritual traditions to honor you both as a couple. I also perform civil ceremonies, renewal of vows, commitment ceremonies, and other personalized services. You are welcome to write your own vows, though I am here to help. The template I provide is a place to begin, and you may be as involved in the process as you wish. Whatever is important to you is important to me!

What forms of payment do you accept for your services and when is payment due?

Faith In Marriage is partnered with the Wedding Wire Network. I invoice and take payments through their online system which makes the process secure AND convenient. The Wedding Wire partnership also allows me to keep all of my couples’ information in one place and offers viewing, printing, and E signing of contracts. This streamlines tracking and service on your end as well as mine. Feedback is welcome.

While you may pay online from the Wedding Wire invoice via PayPal, I am also happy to accept checks or cash. Please make checks payable to Rev. Jennifer M. Ashcraft or Faith in Marriage. A deposit is required to reserve the day and is refundable up until 6 months prior to the ceremony date. The remainder of the agreed upon amount is due one week prior to the wedding and is nonrefundable at that time. However, it is transferable should there be a postponement to a date I am available.

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How important is the rehearsal and does the Officiant really need to be there?  Do you attend the dinner as well?

That is truly up to you and your wishes. The rehearsal dinner is a great reason to get together with your family and friends and let the fun begin. If you are comfortable with the process, I have a short Rehearsal Guide I can provide so you and your bridal party can do a walkthrough, hitting the high points. If you like to have things formatted and organized, it may be helpful for me to be there to direct everyone so they know precisely what is expected of them. It is entirely up to you.

As wonderful as it would be to attend a fabulous dinner every weekend, it is not feasible with my family life. I appreciate so much that couples often ask me to attend the celebration after the ceremony, but it is rare that I am free to accept and I have no expectations of an invitation. Thanks so much for your understanding.

How do I change my name legally if I so choose?

I will provide a detailed account of how to legally change your name in a one page information sheet to any couple who is interested.

How do I obtain a wedding license? What do I need to know about the marriage license?

You may get your marriage license at your local Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. Any court in Virginia is fine. It does not have to be where you live or the location of the ceremony.  CLICK HERE for the court closest to you.  I’m also happy to provide an info sheet regarding the marriage license and name changes if you need it.