***** Covid-19 *****
Until further notice
After careful consideration and consultation with our experts and family, The Marriage Pros has decided we will only consider performing our Signature Elopement, with masks, gloves, social distancing and only with the couple to be married and their witnesses allowed. We will not be walking in or through businesses, homes or other enclosed spaces. Back yards may still be an option. We realize this may not work for you. We have already lost one family member, so this choice is very personal to us. We will remove this post if or when our decisions have changed.
Rev. Nicole and The Marriage Pros want to wish everyone all the best on your wedding day, no matter which Officiant you choose.
A signature elopement is nothing more than Rev. Nicole asking the appropriate question to make your ceremony legal. Yes, just one question. The couple answers either yes or no, and that is pretty much it. The couple and two witnesses over the age of 18 sign the marriage license and you are all done. It literally takes around 2 minutes. Some people choose not to even get out of the car. The majority of the couples do not choose this option, but it definitely works for some. Every couple has their own personal reason for this type of elopement. The Marriage Pros does not judge; we just perform the ceremony the way that works best for the couple.
You are allowed to have as many guests as your location or venue allows. You may walk down the aisle to music and have a wedding party. A standard elopement ceremony lasts around 7 to 10 minutes once the wedding party has walked down and the greeting begins. It can either be casual or formal. The couple has the options of writing their own vows, and decide if they want a religious or non-religious ceremony. There is also a short reading and ring exchange (or whatever you choose to exchange). Some couples show up in shorts and a tee shirt, and some come in full wedding attire. The choice is yours. As always, two witnesses over the age of 18 are necessary. Signing the marriage license will take place directly after the ceremony. If time allows, Rev. Nicole will take a few pictures of the couple with their guest if you do not have a photographer. You are allowed to have as many guests as your location or venue allows. You may walk down the aisle to music and have a wedding party. This is our most popular ceremony. ***** Other than the vows, this is a scripted ceremony and changes are not allowed *****
An advanced elopement is where Rev. Nicole would do everything in a standard elopement and make your ceremony official. Everything else in a longer ceremony or more traditional ceremony are just "time fillers" to make your ceremony last longer. In this elopement, you could have a longer ceremony, up to 30 minutes, however, you would have family and/or friends help out with the "time fillers" such as reading, a prayer, sing a song, perform a special ceremony such as Unity Candle, Sand or wine ceremony. If you choose this option, Rev. Nicole has several suggestions to guide you along or you may use anything you would like.
The Marriage Pros, one of Iowa's longest serving Officiant in West Des Moines and the surrounding areas.
Please call Rev. Nicole at (515) 491-9139 or Email: Nic@TheMarriagePros.com
*** If you need witnesses, we "may" be able to help you find some. Witnesses usually charge $35.00 each and do not work for The Marriage Pros. Their fees are their own and subject to change.