Officiant for Small & Intimate Weddings

Monique WOfficiant Monique Wilber

I am a secular / non-religious / civil wedding officiant serving couples in the Sacramento, Sierra foothills, and Lake Tahoe region in California. No surprises! Your wedding, your way. I believe in the right for ALL to marry, and would love to assist you with your special day, including cultural traditions.

I offer officiant services for small (<60 guests) and intimate weddings (< 25 guests), including elopements, for El Dorado County, Lake Tahoe, Amador County, Sacramento County, San Joaquin County, Placer County, Yolo County, and Nevada County.

Want to get married on a riverbank? In a rose garden? At a high sierra meadow or alpine lake? On the beaches of Lake Tahoe? In your backyard? In front of a cool mural in downtown or mid-town Sacramento? Next to the Tower Bridge in Sacramento?

Small, meaningful, authentic ceremonies in lovely places mean much more than marrying at the local county government office.  Elope and just have a wedding with the two of you and a witness (I can provide), or bring along a small number of family and friends to witness your vows. If you are from out of the area, I am happy to provide some recommendations on places to eat or to visit.

I am legally ordained through American Marriage Ministries.  American Marriage Ministries (“AMM”) is built on the belief that all people, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or socioeconomic status, have the right to contract marriage, that all people have the right to administer the marriage contract, and that it is the right of every couple to choose who will officiate their marriage.

What are my beliefs? I practice sustainability and have a love of nature and science. I am an outdoors enthusiast, particularly finding peace with rivers, lakes, and forests.  I believe in the relationship between humans and nature, and the inter-relationships of all living things on Earth as equal.

My team treads lightly, we enjoy our time outdoors, and we are inspired by nature, whether your ceremony is indoors or outdoors, at the river, or under a bright blue sky in the city.

My team has their own beliefs.  I personally, am a humanist.  One of the basic ideas of humanism is: “Humanism is in tune with today’s enlightened social thought. Humanists are committed to civil liberties, human rights, church-state separation, the extension of participatory democracy not only in government but in the workplace and education, an expansion of global consciousness and exchange of products and ideas internationally, and an open-ended approach to solving social problems, an approach that allows for the testing of new alternatives. “  Read more here at American Humanist Association.

I am secular and non-religious, and your wedding ceremony will be non-religious.  You will approve the ceremony prior to the wedding – although you can each send me your vows separately if you’d like that to remain a surprise. Your ceremony will be lovely and meaningful, and your guests will not notice that there is no mention of religion. Ceremonies are between 7-20 minutes depending on what you choose to include in the ceremony.

Fees are based on the pre-wedding work required, the number of guests at your ceremony (the more guests – the more in the bridal party – the more coordination and amplification needed), the number of elements to your ceremony, and the distance from our home base (to cover mileage and time expenses).

I donate a portion of my proceeds to charitable organizations that benefit the environment, children, the elderly, animals, and those that provide opportunity to at-risk people and communities.

License Signing

  • You bring a valid California marriage license;
  • License signing;
  • No ceremony, only legally required elements;
  • Secular (not religious);
  • Up to 2 guests/witnesses (1 witness required; we can provide for a small fee);
  • Locations in Placerville, Shingle Springs, Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills only;
  • We return the license to the California county of issue.

$160 Officiant fee
$25   Witness fee (if needed)

Elope!

  • Your location;
  • You bring a valid California marriage license;
  • Choose from pre-written ceremony elements;
  • Choose to write your vows (or use our pre-written vows);
  • Secular (not religious);
  • 1 witness required; we can provide for a small fee;
  • Up to 10 guests;
  • Mini Concierge Service for food, lodging, activities recommendations (a listing for El Dorado County including Lake Tahoe; Sacramento County; and parts of Placer County);
  • License signing;
  • We return the license to the California county of issue;
  • Fun swag bag of local and ethically sourced goodies;
  • Does not include guest readings and cultural rituals.

Officiant Fee:

$250 for Local (within 20 miles of Shingle Springs, 95682)
$310 for Sacramento (and other places 21 miles to 50 miles of Shingle Springs, 95682)
$425 for Lake Tahoe (and other places 51 miles to 150 miles of Shingle Springs, 95682)

Witness Fee:

$25 for Local (within 20 miles of Shingle Springs, 95682)
$50 for Sacramento (and other places 21 miles to 50 miles of Shingle Springs, 95682)
$75 for Lake Tahoe (and other places 51 miles to 150 miles of Shingle Springs, 95682)

Intimate Ceremony

  • Your location;
  • You bring a valid California marriage license;
  • Choose from pre-written ceremony elements;
  • Choose to write your vows (or use our pre-written vows);
  • Secular (not religious);
  • 11-25 guests;
  • Mini Concierge Service for food, lodging, activities recommendations (a listing for El Dorado County including Lake Tahoe; Sacramento County; and parts of Placer County);
  • License signing;
  • We return the license to the California county of issue;
  • Fun swag bag of local and ethically sourced goodies;
  • Does not include guest readings and cultural rituals;
  • Does not include rehearsal.

Officiant Fee:

$300 for Local (within 20 miles of Shingle Springs, 95682)
$360 for Sacramento (and other places 21 miles to 50 miles of Shingle Springs, 95682)
$475 for Lake Tahoe (and other places 51 miles to 150 miles of Shingle Springs, 95682)

Small Ceremony

  • Your location;
  • You bring a valid California marriage license;
  • Choose from pre-written ceremony elements;
  • Choose to write your vows (or use our pre-written vows);
  • Choose to include guest readings and cultural rituals (or not);
  • Secular (not religious);
  • Up to 60 guests;
  • Mini Concierge Service for food, lodging, activities recommendations (a listing for El Dorado County including Lake Tahoe; Sacramento County; and parts of Placer County);
  • License signing;
  • We return the license to the California county of issue;
  • Fun swag bag of local and ethically sourced goodies;
  • Does not include rehearsal.

Officiant Fee:

$375 for Local (within 20 miles of Shingle Springs, 95682)
$425 for Sacramento (and other places 21 miles to 50 miles of Shingle Springs, 95682)
$550 for Lake Tahoe (and other places 51 miles to 150 miles of Shingle Springs, 95682)

Ceremony Services Ala Carte
Flowers are created by an independent professional wedding floral designer.
Photography by an independent professional wedding photographer.
Flowers + Photography services are only available when Officiant services are purchased.

Large bouquet & a bout $200
Medium bouquet & a bout $150
Bouquet, small, each $75
Bout, each $15
Corsage, pin-on or elastic wristlet, each $25
Corsage, wristlet/bracelet, each $40
Corsage, custom brass cuff, each $75
Photographer, 1 hour, Local[1] $800
Photographer, 1 hour, Sacramento[2] $860
Photographer, 1 hour, Lake Tahoe[3] $975

 

[1] Local – (within 20 miles of Shingle Springs, 95682)

[2] Sacramento (and other places 21 miles to 50 miles of Shingle Springs, 95682)

[3] Lake Tahoe (and other places 51 miles to 150 miles of Shingle Springs, 95682)

 

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