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 practice as a professional Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant.  I am honored to meet with couples, 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 dreams 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!

While I love serving as Celebrant and Wedding Officiant and am very dedicated to it, 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 is a ceremony that it written and designed specifically for and by you. A personalized ceremony tells your story and each ceremony is uniquely different. I don’t just drop couple’s names into a prewritten ceremony. Additionally, we work together to get it just right. We’ll be working together as a team until we have the perfect fit for the two of you and for your lovely wedding event.

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

My 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 the bride and groom. 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!

I quote prices based on the amount of ceremonial elements included in the ceremony itself and the amount of research and writing involved to prepare for your ceremony. My price ranges from $250 for a simple “elopement” wedding with no rehearsal to $950. I ask for deposit of half the fee when we “book” your ceremony in order to hold your preferred wedding date and time.

What happens at a rehearsal?
Rehearsals are a wonderful 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 your ceremonial outline as well as cue sheets for musicians, DJs and photographers. Cue sheets are particularly helpful if we include music or rituals within the ceremony.

I value your time the evening before or the day of 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 an alumna of the Celebrant Foundation and Institute, I am part of a group of Colorado CF&I graduates who meet several times a year and have frequent conference calls. We share common beliefs and values about our work as Certified Celebrants and Wedding Officiants and help each other out in the unlikely event of illness or emergency. So you’ll have an Officiant, 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 typically wear a tailored dress, suit or pants suit. With some lead time, I can and I do enjoy wearing clothing that complements the theme of your special theme wedding.

Where in Colorado do you perform ceremonies?
As that old song goes, “I’m Colorado born and Colorado bred”. With great pride, I call myself a “Colorado Celebrant”. I am willing to travel state-wide to perform your very special Colorado wedding ceremony. I will quote a charge for mileage outside a 60-mile radius of my home if I am traveling outside the Denver metro area.

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 wedding ceremony.





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