1. Introduction: What's your story?
Hi I'm LaChanda Wells and lead officiant at Luv 2 Infinity LLC. My path to become a wedding officiant was an unexpected journey and I am so thankful for this adventure. Originally, I never thought about being a wedding officiant. It is a journey that only happened because of perfect timing and my ability to say yes to new experiences. I was actually signing up on Thumbtack for my notary business and it had an advertisement to learn more about becoming an ordained minister to officiant weddings so I was like sure. I already been in love with weddings and wanted to be a part of that memorable day for couples so that’s when my journey to become a wedding officiant began. Even after many hours of training and marrying over 200 couples each time is like the first. I get excited each time. I love seeing the love displayed between the couples especially when the groom cries when sees the bride or when they wipe each other eyes during the ceremony. I’ve gotten where I am today because I go above and beyond for my couples whether it’s taking a same-day booking or driving 2 hrs. on short notice or helping the couple find a venue. I aim to make the process less stressful as possible, especially on the day of when they’re going crazy because nothing is going as plan. I comfort them and let them know everything will work out as it should. Sometimes the best things happened unplanned.
2. What's your experience as a wedding officiant? How many weddings have your officiated?
I have married over 200 couples in counting. I have a heart for exploration and I love working with couples who share this adventurous spirit and desire to create something breathtaking that will last a lifetime.. I have helped couples with a wide variety of different needs and desires, genders, ages, ethnicities, religious beliefs/non-beliefs, sexualities, and so on.
I have a lot of same sex wedding couples choose me, because I am so open and understanding, and most of all I am LGBTQIA+ friendly. I do not judge anyone for who they choose to love. They are always extremely happy with my services, so that makes me extremely happy as well. :)
3. How far in advance do couples need to secure your services?
The sooner, the better. Why? It is because I am very well-known and popular, I book up fast ,some of my wedding clients book their wedding ceremonies with me at least a year or so in advance. The spring, summer and fall seasons are the busiest, so I take the full payment at the time you book your wedding ceremony date to reserve that specific date and time.
Do not worry though! I totally understand that sometimes things come up and you might need to change your date and time. As long as I am still have available to fill your need and you provide me with some advance notice, I try to remain flexible in assisting you make your wedding ceremony an extra special event! :)
4. How would you describe your officiant style?
My style varies because I try to customized each ceremony to the feel that I get from each couple. I am the most friendliest, playful yet professional, outgoing, down to earth, flexible, accepting, and patient person. This is one reason so many couples want me to officiate their wedding ceremonies: Because I LOVE to see the SMILES on their faces!
5. What are your fees for officiating a wedding?
Simple Sign & Go Package - $150
This is the simplest, least expensive and fastest method of getting married. This package is $150, and the couple brings their wedding license and their two witnesses to the designated location. There are no vows with this package, and the couple signs the marriage license in front of the marriage officiant and their two adult witnesses, and then the officiant also signs off on it as well. Then the couple takes the marriage license back to the courthouse via mail or in person and gets certified copies for legal reasons.
Courthouse Ceremony Package - $185
This special package is the cheapest, quickest and least expensive designed for who require more flexibility with the day of the week, time and location of their wedding ceremony. This ceremony package is meant for weddings with 20 people or less, but it can be done anywhere in the metro on any day or time. For a a extra fee, it can also be done in other more remote locations. This wedding ceremony package is quicker and still pretty inexpensive. It also comes with free pictures and and a free video from the officiant's cell phone, if desired. . The couple hires the wedding officiant in advance, and then the couple, the couple's witnesses and the wedding officiant go meet at predetermined location.
The wedding couple pays the fee in advance. Then they get their marriage license in advance at the courthouse meets with their guests and the officiant on the designated date and time. Once everything is completed, the couple signs the marriage license and turns it back in to the courthouse by mail or in person and gets their certified copies. If the couple needs help with location ideas, the wedding officiant can help suggest some locations or might even offer her office as a venue.
Wedding Ceremony Package: - $375
The wedding ceremony package has all of the benefits of the "Elopement Ceremony Package," plus it comes with extra benefits! This package is meant for larger wedding ceremonies that require more time and effort. This package allows for even more consultation time, optional one free wedding ceremony enhancement (handfasting, unity candle ceremony, unity sand ceremony, unity wine ceremony, etc.). As mentioned earlier, it also comes with all of the other benefits of the "Elopement Ceremony Package," and though it costs a bit more it is really comprehensive and nice.
Wedding Ceremony + Rehearsal Package - $500:
This ceremony package is basically the same as the "Wedding Ceremony Package," except for the fact that it comes with a rehearsal added onto it as well. A rehearsal can be extremely helpful in practicing and making sure that a wedding ceremony goes smoother and flows better on the actual date and time. The marriage officiant can easily address procedures and questions during the rehearsal time, too.
Vow Renewal Ceremony Package-$275
This ceremony package is basically the same as the "Wedding Ceremony Package," except for the fact the couple is already married.
Prices may vary to include travel accommodations
6. What do you wear when you officiate a wedding?
Clothing always matches the color them of the wedding . :) but if the couples asked for casual clothing styles, country clothing wear, or even costumes! that's what I will wear.
7. How many pre-wedding sessions will the couple need to have with you?
This varies with the needs of the couple, the package size selected, the difficulty of the wedding ceremony, etc. Couples can always meet with the me both before and after booking their wedding ceremony. Sometimes couples like to meet in person in advance, and at other times they only wish to meet over the phone or via Facetime, Zoom, Skype, etc. Many couples already know my high reputation, so they do not have many questions about our officiants themselves.
Regardless, if there are ever any questions or concerns, I am always happy to discuss things in person, over the phone, via SKYPE, Facetime, Zoom or via text message, etc. I know that getting married can be both a very stressful and exciting time for many couples, and there can be a lot of questions and anxiety. :)
8. Will you be able to create a personalized ceremony?
Absolutely! 100% There are few days in life that are all about a certain individual.
Wedding days certainly is all about the couples wishes, so it is imperative to make the most of it! I work extremely hard to make this day work well for the individuals involved, tailoring the ceremony itself to fit the needs of the individuals. Some of the specialties we offer are as follow:
- Ceremony Enhancements (i.e., handfastings, unity candle ceremonies, unity wine ceremonies, unity sand ceremonies, etc.)
- Traditional vs. Personalized Vows
- Religious or Non-religious Requirements
- Special Attire Worn
- Special Location
- The Addition or Deletion of Certain Ceremony Parts
- Bringing Guests in to Watch Via Zoom, Facetime, etc.
- And Much, Much More!
This extra special day is all about the couples themselves, so I try to be extra flexible! Need a special arrangement or accommodation? Please feel free to ask us! :)
9. Are you available to travel if needed?
Absolutely! Although we are primarily based in Michigan, we frequently travel to Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia. But we are open to travel to wherever is needed. Just tell us to pack our bags and we are on our way. Now Prices will include travel accommodations.
10. What is your cancellation and/or refund policy?
I typically do not offer refunds, because I book up really quickly and save your date and time where I could have booked someone else. Under some circumstances, however, I have been known to issue refunds because of the Covid-19 pandemic, etc. Most times I allow the couple up to a year to reschedule their wedding and move the date/time/location.