10 Questions with Arissa Rench

WeddingRule Interviewed one of the most popular and highly sought-after wedding officiants in Washington, Arissa Rench of A Wedding With Heart. Seattle based Arissa is the founder and owner of A Wedding With Heart.

A Wedding With Heart

Officiant - Arissa Rench

10 Questions with Arissa Rench

1. Introduction: What's your story?

Back in 2009, a family member asked me to officiate her wedding. I was, of course, honored. And surprised. At that point, it wasn't something I'd ever imagined doing. But in the process of helping her and her soon-to-be husband create a unique ceremony that truly reflected them, I had an epiphany. Standing on the beach in Mexico performing that first ceremony, I knew this was my work. After I came back to Seattle, I turned that revelation into reality. I have been officiating ceremonies - weddings, memorials, funerals, baby blessings and more - ever since.

2. What's your experience as a wedding officiant? How many weddings have your officiated?

I've officiated hundreds of weddings over the years. Yet more important than the quantity is that each one has been absolutely unique. I build the ceremony around each couple's "Love Story" - how they met, fell in love, got engaged, what they love about each other, how they envision their future. Having the couple's story be at the heart of the ceremony does many things. The couple gets to hear their story reflected back, they get to learn what their sweetheart remembers, what they love about them, and their guests get to hear how we've all arrived at this incredibly significant moment. It is a powerful, engaging and bonding experience. And one that stays with people long after the wedding day...

3. How far in advance do couples need to secure your services?

Some couples reserve their date with me a year in advance, others might find me a month before their date. Of course, the more lead time, the more likely I'll be available!

4. How would you describe your officiant style?

My style is warm, friendly, relaxed yet reverent. The wedding ceremony is a powerful ritual and I never forget that. I also never forget to have fun! Many couples have said my presence was reassuring, that I brought calm and peace to their day.

5. What are your fees for officiating a wedding?

My fees range from $350 for a simple elopement ceremony up to $795 for a full-length wedding.

6. What do you wear when you officiate a wedding?

My standard outfit is a simple black dress with a pashmina wrap. My favorite color is blue yet I'm also happy to coordinate with your wedding colors.

7. How many pre-wedding sessions will the couple need to have with you?

We typically connect for an initial meeting to get to know each other a bit. After that, most of the ceremony planning is done via email though I am always available for conversations and questions leading up to a couple's wedding day.
I also offer premarital coaching for couples who want to prepare for their marriage, not only their wedding.

8. Will you be able to create a personalized ceremony?

Absolutely! This is my specialty. I don't believe in generic, cookie-cutter ceremonies. I take time to get to know the couples I work with - their vision for their ceremony and the story they share. That story, their "Love Story", becomes the centerpiece of their ceremony. In addition, I am always looking for other ways to make a ceremony unique - through music, ritual and thoughtful details. I love co-creating with my couples.

9. Are you available to travel if needed?

You bet! I love being a part of a couple's adventure and have officiated weddings deep in the forest, at the ocean's edge and high up in the mountains. The Pacific Northwest is my usual territory though I'm still waiting for that couple who wants a destination wedding in Morocco!

10. What is your cancellation and/or refund policy?

Like most vendors, I require a non-refundable deposit to hold a date. Since Covid, I've had many couples who've needed to reschedule. Happily, I've been able to accommodate them all!

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WeddingRule Editor’s Choice 2020