Monday, July 6, 2020

Mini-Monies (Mini Ceremony)

Planned by Fancy That - post from Fancy That - a "friendor" of mine.

When my 2020 calendar cleared, due to Covid Postponements, and as I work with heartbroken couples who are making the most difficult choices, I felt like I needed to do something. Maybe add a little sparkle back in the year for 2020 couples.
We have decided to offer Mini-Monies (a mini ceremony) for couples across the treasure valley. The date is Saturday, August 29, 2020, and we will host 4 weddings.
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I reached out to some of my friendors (vendors who are friends.... but also happen to be some of the best in the valley) to help me create a pre-planned ceremony, with everything you need to say I Do.
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These Mini-monies are ceremonies only. The thought behind this, is that couples who have had to postpone, or are thinking about it; couples who want a super simple elopement with just a few friends or family; or couples who feel like they can’t afford a wedding with all the bells and whistles, can get married THIS YEAR, with amazing vendors, and choose to celebrate at a “Sequel Wedding” next year, if they want. One of my goals was to keep this AFFORDABLE, as I understand some of you have already lost deposits or had to pay a “change date” fee.
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To make it super easy, we have arranged for EVERYTHING for your ceremony wedding, including venue, rentals, officiant, bridal hair and makeup, and flowers; followed by a hotel stay with transportation, and dinner credit for two... all for just $1,700.00! I know, right?! We just ask that you provide your own attire (We can give you great referrals, if you need). You even get to personalize a few of the details!
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Interested? Please reach out for more info. Space is limited, and expected to book fast.


Her contact phone number is: (208) 991-3742
Her Blog address is: http://www.fancythatidaho.com

Book now!

Monday, June 29, 2020

FAQ'S - WHAT DO I OFFER AND HOW?


I want to add this...

Being an "ordained minister"/Wedding Officiant who does same sex weddings as well as traditional I find myself under fire a lot... This morning I had someone (another minister) ask me to define my ministry. 

This was my reply:

I am non-denominational. I do not judge nor do I discriminate against others, including you, and appreciate when others do not judge and discriminate against me, including you (not that I'm saying by you asking you are judging). I feel all people have the right to believe as they will so long as it does not hurt others. I was ordained online to perform my sons wedding several years ago. I've taken my paperwork down to the courthouse to insure my ordination was legal so that I could do my son's wedding legally. It is. Since then I have performed over 400 wedding ceremonies. There is a need out there for wedding officiants/ordained ministers such as myself do to the fact that there are so many out there who will not perform ceremonies for people who are deeply and truly in love due to their personal beliefs. That is why I am here and why I do what I do. May your God bless and protect you as I know mine will me.

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Hello!  My name is Karen and I am a non-denominational Ordained Minister ordained online through Christian Harvest Church. I will not make you attend any churches or any pre-marriage counseling before I will perform your ceremony. I would love to be a part of your special day, even on a last minute basis (if you decide to elope or if your minister backs out) if I am available! I work in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell and the surrounding areas.  I prefer not to drive more than 90 minutes away, however I might be able to work something out with you.


What do I do?


1. Weddings - You must get your license. I will do your ceremony how you want it done. Do you want me to just say "I now pronounce you man and wife" (or wife and wife or husband and husband) - fine! That is all that is required by law besides me filling out and mailing in your certificate, so whatever I do or say before that is up to you! Do you want prayers and scriptures? OK and if not, that is OK too! This is your special day not mine. I'm just happy to be a part of it. I do have a wedding packet that I use to help you build the ceremony you desire - or you can bring something you have fallen in love with and I will use it.  I can do sand, candle or knot tying ceremonies as well.  I have several different options available for these.

2. Renewal of Marriage Ceremony (or renewal of vows). Were you married by a JP and want to have a nice ceremony now? Do you want to recommit? Great! It is a wonderful way to refresh and rejuvenate your marriage.  I will do everything I do for a legal ceremony (minus the legal paperwork).

3. Affirmation of Love Ceremony (COMMITMENT CEREMONY). This is not a legal ceremony, however it is one that is recognized by you, your partner, and your God. I recognize that people have different needs. There are many reasons why two people may be unable to marry legally; sometimes for financial or social reasons beyond your control. This is a way for a couple to commit to each other and to bond together in a way only those in love can do, to share their dreams and cares and journey through life together as partners in life.  I will do everything I do for a legal ceremony (minus the legal paperwork).

Most commonly asked questions

Why did I get ordained and how do I know if my ordination is legal if I did it online?
My son was getting married and we weren't sure if we were going to have someone available to perform the wedding.  Just in case I went online and got ordained.  If you are wondering if my ordination is legal in Idaho - so was I...I went into the Vital Statistics office to find out exactly what is  required to legally perform a wedding.  Because my ordination allows me to do weddings, funerals, and baptisms it is legal in the state of Idaho. FYI, it is also legal in Oregon.

How many weddings have you performed?
I have performed well over 400 weddings.

How much do I charge?
I work on a base fee then donations after that.  Like the courthouse, I only accept cash payments.  If you require a receipt please let me know in advance.  My fees START at $50 for a basic signing.  If I am meeting with you more than one time figure a minimum of $50 each time we meet.  After that I work on donations, I then tell my couples to pay me what they can HONESTLY afford.

What do you wear for the wedding?
I wear dress suits.  I try to look my most professional at the actual wedding, unless you tell me otherwise.  I don't usually dress up for the rehearsal or when I meet with you to discuss your ceremony.

What do you do at the rehearsal?
This depends on if you have a wedding planner or not.  If you do not have a wedding planner I will help you organize who goes where and when.  Do you want the groom to start out with me or walk his mom and the bride's mom down the isle first?  Do you want the groomsmen to stand down with the groom or walk the bridesmaids down?  Etc...

How do I feel about pictures being taken at the wedding?
First, I feel like the photographer is one of the most important people at your wedding.  When you are old and have lost all your memories, your pictures will be all that you have.  I tell the photographers to stand wherever they can to get the best pictures!  I don't even care if they are standing behind me with a lens on my shoulder.

Do you mind wearing or holding a microphone?
Not at all.  Mike me up!  I do tend to have a voice that carries.  I'm a stage actress, therefore my voice carries!  However, I also understand that a mike can and will help.

Do you offer any other services?
Yes!  Aside from being a wedding officiant, I'm also a professional Mrs. Claus.  I've been a Claus longer than I've been an officiant, starting out on the Thunder Mountain Railroad.  I'm currently associated with the Idaho Real Bearded Santas.  Feel free to check out my Mrs. Claus blog HERE.

Call, text, or email me today to schedule your special day with me! I still have Several dates available.


Karen Christensen
Ordained Minister/Wedding Officiant
208-371-8198

Sunday, June 2, 2019

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Friday, June 3, 2016

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Themed Weddings? Yes please!

One thing that some people would never think to do is to have a themed wedding.  I've done the "Princess Bride" wedding "Space Balls" wedding and the "Robin Hood, Men In Tights" wedding.  Most recently I had the happy and fun experience of doing a Pirate Themed wedding!!  Not just the wedding party, but the guest also showed up in Pirate garb.  Can you say Arr?  Arrr!








Themed weddings I've done in the past (other than the pirate wedding):

Spaceballs, The Princess Bride, Firefly/Serenity/Starwars, Wild West, Harry Potter & Pokemon


Just a thought!  ;)