Courthouse Elopements

Quite often, I receive phone calls asking me if I can do a last-minute elopement. As long as I have nothing else scheduled, I can do it!

If you want an expedient elopement, consider meeting me at the Wood County or Washington County Courthouse. Walk in. Get your marriage license. Walk out, and I’ll marry you. It’s that simple.

Of course, many of the elopements I officiate occur at my little wedding chapel or on location. I’ll even come to your home.

When it comes to getting married, it’s all about what you want.

All Chapel Ceremonies $75 – Valentine’s Day Only

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to tie the knot, why not have a sweet Valentine’s Day wedding in my wedding chapel? All ceremonies–elopements, Simple Ceremonies, and Vow Reaffirmations–will be $75 (plus WV sales tax) for one day only!

Sign-and-Go Ceremonies will be $25 on Valentines Day (plus WV sales tax).

Chapel weddings include the ceremony, use of my wedding space, and up to 12 guests! This is a $75 savings from our Simple Ceremony fee in the chapel or on location.

To get started, reach out to me at 740-525-6974 or contact me by clicking this link:

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All weddings are by appointment only and require a non-refundable retainer for the amount of the ceremony. Your choice of a religious or non-religious ceremony is available. Vow reaffirmation (renewal) ceremonies are also available.

I’ve been blessed to unite these couples–and others–in marriage in my chapel. Will you be next?

Courtney and Donovan – Married by Deb
George and June – Married by Deb
Shyla and Joshua – Married by Deb
Penny and Paul – Married by Deb
Rushi and Gita – Married by Deb
Kaytlyn and Jay – Married by Deb
April and Kelley – Married by Deb

 

 

We’re Kicking Off Shopping Season with, What Else? Weddings!

I’m kicking off the holiday season with my one-time wedding deal.  When you get married in my chapel between Friday, November 23 through Monday, November 26, you can take advantage of my special wedding pricing.

All chapel weddings will be $50! Want to elope? It’s $50 when you book my chapel. Do you want to share your event with a few guests? We have sitting space for 12 guests. Your cost? $50.

My regular fees for chapel weddings is $75. Simple ceremonies in my chapel are always $150.  If you’ve always wanted to renew your vows, you can do that, too, during this four-day event. Additionally, for four days only, I’ll offer “Just the I Do” ceremonies for $25.

These discounted rates are for chapel weddings only.  You may choose from a pre-written ceremony: non-religious or religious. I cannot accommodate special requests during my Black Friday Wedding Event.

If you’d like to reserve your spot, reach out to me. I look forward to a fun weekend of weddings!

 

The Mid-Ohio Valley Wedding Officiants Chapel is located inside the Deb Lorentz Photography studio. We’re housed on the second floor of The Dils Center at 521 Market Street in downtown Parkersburg, WV.

All weddings are subject to 7% sales tax. You must bring a valid WV Marriage License and a government-issued ID the day of the ceremony. A non-refundable retainer for the cost of the ceremony is required to reserve your spot.

Bri and Kayla

Today, I married Bri and Kayla at the Front Street Gazebo in Marietta, OH.

The fall weather and falling leaves provide a beautiful backdrop for fall weddings. I had the pleasure of joining these beautiful women in marriage.

Congratulations, Bri and Kayla!

 

I’m In Love

Deb Lorentz – WV and OH Wedding Officiant

I am smitten…head-over-heels, totally, and completely in love with officiating weddings. I’m hooked. There’s no turning back now.

Ironically, I began this venture as something I could do every now and then. However, I wasn’t prepared to fall in love with the process. It’s always emotional, uplifting, and a joy to do what I do.

There’s no better feeling than standing with a couple and taking them over the threshold of being engaged to being married. The joy…the tears…the love that I witness each week fuels my desire to keep joining couples in marriage for as long as I am able to do so.

You may already know that I have a wedding chapel in  my photography studio. It’s simple and a beautiful alternative to a courthouse wedding or small home ceremony.  I also officiate weddings on location. Some are minutes away from my home or studio. Others are several hours away. These are services that I already offer.

I have added another ceremony with that “something extra special” to it– the Signature Ceremony. I’m super excited about it.

My Signature Ceremony is for the couple who want a ceremony that is written and customized specifically for them. It’s for the couple who want an unforgettable experience–one that will make their guests laugh, cry, and remember their first day of marriage for years to come.

To begin, contact me no-obligation wedding consultation. If we’re a good match, we’ll move forward and plan your Signature Ceremony.

Here’s what’s included:

  • We’ll collaborate. Everything from the beginning to the end of the ceremony will be a team effort. I’ll give you choices for your customized ceremony, and  I’ll do all the heavy lifting. You’ll know everything I’ll say and do the day of the event. There will be no surprises.
  • It’s personalized. Your wedding day is the sum of all your experiences and how you got there. I’ll tell  your story.
  • I will share your wedding script as it evolves every step of the way. I’ll revise it until it is exactly as you want it.  There’s no limit on the number of revisions.
  • Continuous contact by phone/email is included in my fee.
  • Your complete rehearsal is included.
  • Travel and fuel up to 50 miles from Parkersburg, WV or Belpre, OH is included in the price.
  • Legal documents will be signed and filed/mailed within one business day of your ceremony.
  • Just in case clause: It’s not likely that I will be too sick to perform your ceremony but if I am, I’ll have a backup officiant on standby to ensure that your wedding day is a beautiful experience.
  • I’ll arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your ceremony.
  • I will orchestrate and perform a beautiful, unique, and sentimental ceremony that is like no other wedding experience!

I’m thrilled to offer this service to the first five couples who book it at an introductory cost of $50 off the cost listed on my Services & Rates page.  I look forward to making your wedding day a beautiful and memorable experience.

 

Holiday Wedding, Anyone?

Many couples love the idea of commemorating a special holiday by getting married. I love that idea too. That’s why I have opened my availability for holiday weddings this year.

My wedding chapel will be open for the following holidays:

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve day (before 2:00 PM)
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve
  • New Year’s Day

All ceremonies are by appointment only.

My chapel is located on the second floor of The Dils Center at 521 Market Street in downtown Parkersburg, WV. The wedding space is part of the Deb Lorentz Photography studio.

If you’d like to give the gift of a wedding to a loved one or friend, consider one of our gift certificates. The good news is that gift certificates never expire and can be used for wedding officiant services or portrait photography. You can buy them online and choose the date of delivery via email. It’s that simple.  I also offer paper certificates. Contact me for details via my online CONTACT FORM or by calling 740-525-6974.

Holiday rates apply for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve at my downtown chapel location:

Sign-and-Go Office Wedding (Just say, “I will” or “I do”) – $50 + 7% Tax

Elopement Ceremony in the Chapel – (Couple + up to 2 guests) – $125  + 7% Tax

Simple Ceremony in the Chapel – (Couple + 3-13 guests) – $250  + 7% Tax

Vow Reaffirmation in the Chapel – (up to 13 guests) – $100 + 7% Tax

To reserve your spot, a non-refundable retainer for the fee is required. If you must cancel your date, you may reschedule your wedding or apply the balance to one of my portrait packages.

I have limited on-location appointments available on holidays in WV and OH. You’ll want to reserve your spot in advance if you’re having a ceremony at your home or other location.

Feel free to schedule an  appointment to view the chapel. All holiday weddings include pre-written vows, but I also offer customized vows for an additional cost.  Portrait Package add-ons are also available.

For more information, visit https://movwedding.com/.

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Hand-Fasting Ceremonies

Hand-fasting ceremonies are popular for weddings and vow reaffirmations. This tradition is rooted in the ancient Celtic tradition but has become a symbolic part of many modern marriage ceremonies. The beauty of hand-fasting is that couples can customize the tying of the chord to celebrate the virtues that are most important to their marriage.

The origin story of hand-fasting varies, depending on the source. Some say it was used to bind the couple together for an agreed-up specific time (e.g. a year and a day). After that time passed, the couple could renew their agreement, break up, or get married. Other sources indicate that this is simply untrue. It was the official marriage ceremony for Celtic couples during Medieval times.

Although it began as a Pagan custom, hand-fasting has become popular in modern secular and religious weddings, as well.  Symbolic of a couple’s union in marriage–tying the knot–this tradition can be carried out in a variety of ways.

The officiant lays the chord, wraps it, and binds the couple’s hands together prior to the declaration of marriage. However, some couples choose to include their parents, their children, or other wedding guests. One by one, each participant drapes a chord or ribbon across the couple’s hands. After all of the colors are in place, the officiant (or guest) performs the symbolic union of the couple.

A hand-fasting ceremony is a symbolic and spiritual practice of “tying the knot.”

The colors of the chords have meaning. There’s no one-size-fits all protocol for choosing your colors. In other words, you can choose a ribbon of one color or a several ribbons in your ceremony. If you choose chords, you can choose three to six colors weaved into your binding chord.

Because the marriage celebrant will wrap the chord around the couple’s hands and bind them together, hand-fasting chords are usually six-feet long. The chords may be simple or ornate, depending on the couple’s preference.

The Meaning of Hand-Fasting Chord Colors

When choosing colors, you’ll want to define the colors that mean the most to your marriage.  Here are some of the common meanings:

  • Red -will, love, strength, fertility, courage, health, vigor, passion
  • Orange -encouragement, adaptability, stimulation, attraction, plenty, kindness
  • Yellow – attraction, charm, confidence, balance, harmony
  • Green – fertility, luck, prosperity, nurturing, beauty, health, love
  • Dark Blue -for a safe journey, longevity & strength
  • Light Blue – tranquility, understanding, patience, health
  • Purple – healing, health, strength, power, progress
  • Black – strength, empowerment, wisdom/vision, success, pure love
  • White – spiritual purity, truth, peace, serenity and devotion
  • Gray – balance, neutrality, used in erasing, canceling, neutralizing, and return to the universe without repercussion
  • Pink – love, unity, honor, truth, romance, happiness
  • Brown – for healing , skills & talent, nurturing, home & hearth, the earth
  • Silver – for creativity, inspiration & vision, and protection
  • Gold – for unity, longevity, prosperity, strength

Where to Buy Hand-Fasting Chords

You can purchase ribbons or chords in your local craft store. If you want customized chords, you can find them on Etsy or Amazon. Some are simple chords; others are adorned with medallions such as a Celtic Knot or Tree of Life symbol.

Some couple’s prefer to make their own chords. There are tutorials online that can show you how to create a chord that symbolizes your affectionate unity.

Does Mid-Ohio Valley Wedding Officiants Perform Hand-Fasting Rituals

Absolutely! Deb will incorporate a simple hand-fasting ceremony into your ceremony or include it as part of her customized wedding ceremonies. If you’d like to learn more, contact Deb to learn how you can create a wedding ceremony that will make your day memorable.

 

Wedding and Photography Gift Cards Available Now

Did you know we offer digital gift cards? It’s true!

The best part is that you can order online and schedule the date they will be sent to the recipient. If you’re shopping for an early birthday gift or an early holiday gift, you simply buy now and schedule the date the certificate is sent to the recipient. It’s that simple!

The good news is that my gift cards do not expire and may be used toward a wedding officiant package or a photography package.  Help your favorite couple fund their wedding or buy a portrait package for a friend or relative. You set the amount. It’s that simple.

Ready to get started?

Get your digital gift card HERE.

One Day Only! Half-Price Marriage Ceremony to Celebrate Our Grand Opening!

Friday, September 7 is the Grand Opening of Mid-Ohio Valley Wedding Officiants. We are located in the Deb Lorentz Photography studio on the second floor of The Dils Center at 521 Market Street.

We will be featured in the Market Street Merchants & Artists Walk. To celebrate, I’m offering half-price ceremonies for Friday only! All in-house chapel weddings will be half off the prices listed HERE.

You can reserve your appointment beginning at 7:00 AM. I will book appointments through the end of the day. These rates do not include a complimentary 5×7; however, I will offer one digital image that will be posted on my blog and Facebook page.

Reserve your appointment now! Contact me at 740-525-6974, via email at movwedding@gmail.com, or via Facebook. The special is for Sign-and-Go, Elopements, and Simple Ceremonies in the chapel. (The chapel seats up to 13 guests.)

Don’t forget to bring your WV marriage license, government-issued IDs (drivers’ license, ID card, U.S. Passport, etc.).  Spots are filling quickly! Contact me to schedule your appointment.