Lin Cressey, Certified Life Celebrant

What’s unique about Lin?
What is a “personalized” ceremony?
How much does a personalized ceremony cost and how long will it be?
What happens at a rehearsal?
Can we write our own vows?
What happens if you can’t perform our wedding ceremony?
Where do we get a marriage license and how does it fit in the wedding ceremony?
What kind of attire do you wear to perform wedding ceremonies?
Where in Colorado do you perform ceremonies?
How can we contact you?

What’s unique about Lin?

I am dedicated to learning and growing and perfecting my craft as a professional Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant.  I am honored to meet with couples and families, to hear and read their stories and work with them, every step of the way, until we have the perfect ceremony that reflects them, their heritage and culture, and their intentions for one of the most meaningful days in their lives.

I love pulling together pieces of the ceremony, from the music to readings to cultural elements. I love researching culture and ritual and finding ways to blend traditions from diverse cultures into a seamless and appropriate ceremony. Having created a blended family of my own, I am keenly aware of and sensitive to children joining their parents in a new marriage and a new family. I help couples create ceremonial moments that include and celebrate children and the important role they play as members of a new family unit.

I am so grateful, too, that the learning opportunities and wonderful experiences throughout my career as an educator, staff-development planner and presenter, and coach contribute to my work as a Celebrant. Coaching taught me to listen well and ask thought-provoking questions about your plans and hopes for your wedding ceremony. The training to write detailed lesson plans and plan every moment of staff development days continues to be part of my practice---you’ll see it in the form of carefully and thoroughly choreographed wedding ceremonies and rehearsals!

In the days following Gary’s death, a Celebrant colleague and I worked together to create a memorial service that celebrated his epic life. In turn, I am profoundly grateful and humbled to sit with family members and friends to hear life stories and plan a service that honors the life story of their loved one. I am often asked which I prefer, weddings or funerals. My honest answer is “both”; they each enrich my life and my soul, provide beautiful, memorable personal and professional experiences.

While I love serving as Celebrant and Wedding Officiant and Funeral Celebrant and am very dedicated, I have great joy and fun in my work. A quote by Katherine Graham describes my belief about my Celebrant career perfectly: “To love what you do and feel that it matters—how could anything be more fun?”

What is a “personalized” ceremony?
A personalized wedding ceremony or funeral/memorial service is a ceremony that it written and designed specifically for and by you. A personalized ceremony tells the story of individuals, couples and families and each ceremony is uniquely different. I don’t just drop couple’s names into a prewritten ceremony. Even an elopement ceremony still has room for a couple’s own vows and a reading or two to add a touch of personalization. Additionally, we work together to get it just right. We’ll be working together as a team until we have the perfect fit for your special occasion. I was privileged to work with a couple in 2017 to create a ceremony that we performed in the middle of a labyrinth---it was a like no other wedding I’ve been involved in and a great joy! Look for photos in my photo gallery.

How much does a personalized ceremony cost and how long
will it be?

My wedding ceremonies are usually 15-20 minutes long, a bit longer if we add several rituals and readings. I particularly like audience participation and involvement. I encourage couples to involve friends and family in the ceremony itself by sharing readings and performing rituals within the ceremony with couples. And something during the ceremony will involve and engage everyone present—I work to create that kind of experience for couples and their guests. I want your ceremony to be enjoyable and memorable—and maybe even fun!

My rates range from $250 plus mileage over a total 60 miles for a simple “elopement” wedding with no rehearsal to $500 plus mileage over a total of 60 miles. I ask for deposit of half the fee when we “book” your ceremony to hold your preferred wedding date and time. I also perform ceremonies that I call “lightly personalized”—you help with the “staging”, add readings and personal vows---the couple’s love story is not included in this ceremony. The rate for a “lightly personalized” ceremony with a rehearsal is $425 plus mileage.

Funerals or memorial services are typically 45-60 minutes long. My fee for a funeral or memorial ceremony is $400 plus mileages over 60 miles.

What happens at a rehearsal?

Rehearsals are a wonderful, fun and relaxed opportunity for everyone involved in your wedding to meet and unite as a group with a single purpose—to make your wedding ceremony a very special and successful event! I bring copies of cue sheets for musicians, DJs and photographers. Cue sheets are particularly helpful if we include music or rituals within the ceremony. I consider the cue sheet to be the most important document at the wedding—being on the same page with musicians or DJs is critical for the success of the wedding ceremony.

I value your time the day before your wedding and know how quickly time flies leading up to your ceremony. I am very focused and intentional at rehearsals—it’s all about helping everyone present prepare for their role in your ceremony, provide time for them to practice their entrance, exit or reading and answer any questions or concerns they may have. And it’s a chance to work out the bugs before the actual ceremony!


Can we write our own vows?
YES! Your personal and very special words to each other are the heart and soul of your ceremony and even better if they come from your heart and soul! And even if you don’t write your own vows, I’ve got some tricks to make them your own and allow me to step back while the photographer steps in for some incredible shots of the two of you.


What happens if you can’t perform our wedding ceremony?
As a graduate of the Celebrant Foundation and Institute, I am part of a group of Colorado CF&I graduates who meet frequently. We share common beliefs and values about our work as Certified Celebrants, Wedding Officiants and Funeral Celebrants and help each other out in the unlikely event of illness or emergency. So, you’ll have an Officiant performing the ceremony that we have created together, no matter what.

Where do we get a marriage license and how does it fit in the wedding ceremony?
In Colorado, marriage licenses may be purchased at every County Clerk’s office at all sixty-four County Courthouses. Marriage licenses may also be obtained at various motor vehicle offices across the Denver-metro area. I usually recommend that couples go to the County Clerk’s office at the courthouse because the lines are shorter than at DMV offices. After the wedding, I mail your license to the Clerk’s office. The Clerk will send your marriage certificate back to you within six weeks after your ceremony. You can get further information by visiting any of the county web sites and clicking on the County Clerk’s office. Or you can click on the links below:


Adams County
Arapahoe County
Boulder County
Broomfield County
Denver County
Douglas County

What kind of attire do you wear to perform wedding ceremonies?

I usually wear a tailored dress, suit or pants suit. With some lead time, I enjoy wearing clothing that complements the theme or color scheme of your special theme wedding. Finding something that complemented the “Jurassic Park” themed wedding I performed several years ago was an adventure as well! I typically wear a pant suit or skirt and jacket when I perform funeral services.

Where in Colorado do you perform ceremonies?
I am willing to travel state-wide to perform your very special Colorado wedding ceremony during the summer. I no longer travel to the Colorado High Country during winter months. Thanks to MapQuest and Google Maps, I will quote mileage over 60 miles total for rehearsal and wedding ceremony combined. If I am traveling over three hours to a ceremony, price quotes will include an overnight stay.

How can we contact you?
My contact information is at the top of every page on my web site. You may also fill in the contact form on my contact page and I will be in touch with you very soon. I look forward to hearing from you via email or on the phone to talk about how I can work with you to help you create a very special and memorable ceremony.






 

 

 

 

 

 


“Thank you so much for all of your good work for our wedding. We enjoy your confidence, sincerity, calm and your flexibility and willingness to co-write the ceremony with us. You did a wonderful job and really added to our day! Thank you!”





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