Ceremony

Sterling Weddings of Sedona  ~ Officiating Your Love Story ~

shanandoah@sterlingweddings.com | 928-282-3335

fb twitter

~Creating your perfect wedding ceremony~

It is an honor to bring to life a vision of each couple. I work exclusively with the wedding ceremony, pulling from over thirty years of ceremony experience to incorporate your individual qualities and create your perfect Sedona wedding. I weave ‘Your Love Story’ into your customized wedding ceremony, from your first meeting, your first date to your sacred day of marriage. I ribbon and dance your two souls until all aspects of your ceremony reflects Your Perfect Wedding Ceremony.

Your story is unique and I never tire of hearing, “The first time we met…” I am still awed, to this day, on how many ways two people can meet and the magic that steps in to bring two souls to share a sacred dance together; the dance of marriage. Each ceremony takes many, many hours to create and I make sure the revisions of each ceremony has your final approval before being printed into a keepsake vow booklet to be looked at for years to come.

My wedding ceremonies range a little depending on how much you would like placed into your ceremony: how many mini-ceremonies you want added, do you want to include your love story, do you need help with a rehearsal, do you need a time-lined processional…all of these wonderful elements make a rich and full ceremony, you choose what is best for you. I am happy to create a ceremony that reflects your love for each other.

It’s been my pleasure to call Sedona home since February of 2003! I work with some amazing wedding professional, if you are in need of some great recommendation please let me know, I’m happy to share and guide you in the right direction.

Sterling Classic Ceremony ~ Perfect for the couple that is traveling into Sedona mid-week (Monday-Thursday only) and looking for a simple yet, elegant ceremony. $375.00

Sterling Custom Ceremony ~ The most popular ceremony! For the couple that wants additional touches in their ceremony such as; a loved one sharing a reading, addition of poems, incorporating children, and adding 1 or 2 mini-ceremonies. $425.00

~See ceremony detailed pricing below~

Ceremony Styles…

Elopements: An intimate wedding ceremony for just the two of you or a few loved ones gathered around.

Modern: This is perfect for the couple that wishes to incorporate light touches of religion, such as an opening and closing prayer in their ceremony.

Multi-Faith: With our world at our fingertips multi-cultural Love springs to life and this ceremony chooses to honor both of your beliefs.

Spiritual/Nature (Non-Denominational): I hear time and time again, “I’m more spiritual than religious.” If this is your path then this wedding ceremony is perfect for you.

Traditional: Do you love the traditional saying,“Will you promise, in the presence of God and before these witnesses, to love and comfort, honor and cherish, in sickness and in health, in prosperity and in adversity, forsaking all others throughout your life together?”  Then this ceremony is for you.

Mini-Ceremony Ideas…

  • Celtic ~ Scottish: Bringing forth your Clan colors by adding the Tartan plaid to your wedding ceremony.
  • Family Bouquet: Perfect for including children into the ceremony.
  • Hand Fasting: Before there was marriage license people would hand fast as a way of ceremony and commitment to one another in marriage.
  • Gifting for the Children: Share your words of love for your children and surprise them with a sweet gift during the ceremony.
  • One Word Ring Blessing: A fun way to include your guest into your ceremony!
  • Ring Blessing: A beautiful prayer that blesses and sanctifies your rings.
  • Romantic Time Capsule: Start your marriage off with a ‘Time Capsule’ capturing all your special moments.
  • Rose Exchange: Your first gifts exchanged as Husband and Wife!
  • Rose Petal Circle: (Sterling Original!) A sweet beginning to a ceremony by creating a rose petal circle around you honoring the past, present and future!
  • Sand Vessel: Whether it is just your two colors of sand, or you want to include the children, the sand vessel will remind you of your beautiful ceremony for years to come.
  • Two Families Become One: A lovely way to honor the joining of both of your families.
  • Unity Candle: This symbolic ceremony represents the bride, groom and marriage.
  • Unity Cross: You create the cross within your ceremony that will grace your home.
  • Wedding Blanket Wrapping: This sweet wrapping is across your shoulders and held above the ground. It symbolizes that you are each honoring each other’s qualities and strengths. This is a lovely addition to any ceremony.
  • And many, many more ideas…

Sterling Classic Ceremony

Perfect for the couple that is traveling into Sedona mid-week and looking for a simple yet, elegant ceremony! (Monday-Thursday only) ~ $375.00

 ~One in-person/Skype meeting: Get to know Rev. Shanandoah

~Unlimited phone/email correspondence

~Preferred Wedding Vendor’s List

~Forest Service Permit (If needed)

~A ceremony that reflects your love

~Addition of your Vows of Love to your beloved

~One keepsake ceremony booklet

~Officiating the ceremony

~Filling out the Marriage License & Mailing it in for you

~Guidance on changing your name

Sterling Customized Ceremony

The most popular ceremony! For the couple that wants additional touches in their ceremony such as; a loved one sharing a reading, addition of poems, incorporating children, and adding 1 or 2 mini-ceremonies! $425.00

 ~One in-person/Skype meeting: Get to know Rev. Shanandoah

~Unlimited phone/email correspondence

~Preferred Wedding Vendor’s List

~Forest Service Permit (If needed)

~Customized ceremony: 2-3 Readings and/or 1-2 Mini-ceremonies added to reflect Your Love

~Addition of your Vows of Love to your beloved

~One keepsake ceremony booklet

~Officiating the ceremony

~Filling out the Marriage License & Mailing it in for you

~Guidance on changing your name

~ Sweet Additions ~

Rehearsal Leadership

Do you need a customized timeline processional and the direction of Rev. Sterling to guide your wedding attendants through a rehearsal?

Most day-of planners charge $900 – $1200. Rev. Sterling’s Rehearsal Leadership is an inexpensive alternative for those couples who do not have a wedding planner. $125.00

Trip Fee

For weddings outside of Sedona $1.00 p/mile/round-trip

“Shanandoah is not only an amazing officiant; she is an amazing person. She has a true gift. She can weave the bride and groom’s ideas from a rough draft to a final masterpiece. With a varied cultural background, she has the knowledge to make your ceremony as basic or as creative as you dare to dream. You will never be able to find another officiant as affordable, professional, knowledgeable, loving and helpful as Shanandoah. She will make your BIG DAY as perfect as you imagined!”
~Heather & Brandon

Wedding Blanket Wrapping