Wedding Powers

Weddings, Blessings and Services by Rev. Powers

Questions - Answered

How do we get a marriage license?

Getting Married in New Jersey?
Here's the information: Click here: NJ MARRIAGE LICENSE INFORMATION

Getting Married in New York? or New York City?
Here's the information: Click here: NY MARRIAGE LICENSE INFORMATION


What do we do with the Marriage License?

Bring it to the ceremony! You are not legally married without a signed Marriage License.

Do NOT write on or alter your license once the Registrar clerk has issued it. After the ceremony file the license, I will I keep the blue copy for my records, and you will keep a copy (the pink copy) for your records.

How far in advance should we contact you?

Most wedding ceremonies are booked at least 6-8 months in advance, some couples book up to a year in advance. BUT, if I'm available, I may be able to marry you this weekend!

I suggest that you contact me as soon as you've selected the venue where your ceremony will take place.

Contact me, or email me directly, and find out if I'm available.

Will you perform our Wedding or Civil Union for Same Sex Partners?


New Jersey passed a Civil Union law that allows same sex partners to have the same rights and benefits as marriage. As of February 19, 2007, you can obtain a civil union license with the registrar in either partner's hometown.

In New York on June 24, 2011, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law the Marriage Equality Act. Same sex partners can now be legally married in New York.

Do we need to meet before the ceremony?

Unless you are eloping, yes! It is important to meet in order to get to know you and create a ceremony that reflects you as a couple. Meeting and planning the ceremony together is a joyful and wonderful meeting. We laugh, we cry, and you'll know EXACTLY what will be said at your wedding ceremony. If distance is a problem, we can 'meet' over the phone or Skype.

Will you travel to our Destination Wedding?

Yes. However, you will need to pay for my travel time, hotel  accommodations , and any travel related expenses. Please call or email with the location of the venue for a price quote.

How long will the ceremony be?

Most ceremonies last 20-25 minutes. If you have multiple readings or poems, a Unity Candle, etc. your ceremony may be longer, as each thing takes some time. Your ceremony can be as long or short as you want it to be. The shortest "ceremony" is what I call "Eloping" - you, the couple, two witnesses, and myself all sign the documents, then perhaps a few short words or a cup of coffee, and voila - you're married!

Can we write our own vows?

Of course you can! You a welcome to write your own vows. If you wish, I can help or advise you in the process.

How do we pay you?

I ask for a deposit of 50% of my fee when you decide to hire me. This reserves my services for your wedding day.

You can pay your deposit with a personal check, PayPal, or cash. The balance is due on or before the day of the wedding (before the ceremony).

Do you offer discounts?

I am proud to offer a discount for all active members of the military.  I also offer a discounted "eloping" rate. Please see my Fees page for details.

If we hire you, will you be the person we get?

Yes. I am not part of a group, you are hiring me. I will be the one performing the ceremony.

In the event of an emergency - I will be able to find a great minister to perform the ceremony we have constructed together, just in case. You will not be left at the altar without a wedding officiate. I always have a back-up plan.

What will you be wearing for the ceremony?

I usually wear a simple black suit. But, I can change my attire to suit your preferences. Are you having a theme wedding? Perhaps you would like a monk for a medieval themed wedding, or something appropriate for your costumed Halloween wedding. I love a good masquerade wedding ball!