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weddings by maureen

Modesto , CA

LOCATION

Modesto, CA US 95355 (map)

PHONE

209-404-4428
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What officiant services do you provide?
Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Christian (no denomination), Evangelical
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes, I have performed many ceremonies at "non-religious" sites. parks, trains, country clubs, historical landmarks, families homes and universities.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I have a choice of attire from formal to casual. I always confirm with my couples what they prefer.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Yes. I am here to work with my couples to make sure they have all the elements they want in their ceremony.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Absolutely. I will work with you to make sure you your vows flow smoothly and express what is in your heart. I make sure to have an extra copy handy should you forget your copy or didn't quite get it memorized.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
Couples are always free to select readings they want to incorporate. They may also have a member of the bridal party, family or anyone they would like to read it for them. I provide a typed copy for them to read from.
How long are your ceremonies?
5-45 Minutes. It all depends on what you want to incorporate into the ceremony. Readings, unity candles or sand ceremonies or a moment of silence to remember those that could not be with you, these elements all add a little more time. The longest ceremony I performed was one with traditional vows that included a sand ceremony with 6 children, this took about 25 minutes.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No. I am not a licensed family counselor, but limited counseling is available if the couples so choose.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
I almost always perform some type of rehearsal. I find that It puts my brides and the mothers at ease. A larger more formal wedding often hosts a rehearsal dinner, usually the night before and the less formal I have done the day of.
Do you supply a sound system?
Not at this time. Though I am working on this.

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Mandy & Jim
Wedding:
10/16/2010
5.0/5.0
Maureen was WONDERFUL! We had no idea how much was involved wiith coordinating our wedding. We needed all the help we could get and Maureen did such an amazing job making our wedding run smooth and it turned out great! :) She did so much coordinating and was so attentive to our needs. We were so thankful we had her there for our special day.
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k
Wedding:
10/10/2010
0.8/5.0
We met and agreed to use this officiant 7 months prior to our wedding. Due to budget constraints, we discovered that we needed to move our wedding to another city farther away. We had left several emails letting the officiant know of the changes and asking her if the new location would still work for her, but she did not answer back. Once we had moved the location we sent her another message letting her know where the new ceremony location would be. Well, we finally heard back from her and she was not happy about the changes. She was direct and condensending to us about the fact we had moved the venue location. She then informed us that she would not be willing to meet the day before the wedding for a short rehearsal because it was too far out of our way (even after we had offered to pay her for mileage). She would only meet us the day of the wedding before the ceremony for the rehearsal. We had children as part of the wedding and were doing most of the setup ourselves, but she did not care. She once again made it all about herself and that we should be grateful that she was still willing to perform the ceremony at all. After that, we fired her! (We certainly did not need her attitude coming out in the ceremony.) As it turned out, it was a blessing in disguise as we found another officiant who did an amazing job and was awesome to work with!
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weddings by maureen responded with the following comments:

The contract this couple signed, and agreed to was for a venue, 3.86 miles from my home. When this couple decided to make their change to a site 59.27 miles away or 118.54 miles round trip, without checking to see if it conflicted with my schedule, I did indeed email them (numerous times, and I have the emails) I told them, I would not be able to travel to the rehearsal and home and then back again the next day at 11:30 for the wedding, due to previous commitments. But I would do a walk through rehearsal the day of, as it was only them and the children and not to worry. I was met with rude and intense emails from the groom to be, saying “you are not fulfilling you’re end of the contract therefore effective, June 28th, 2010 we are canceling your services" and he wanted his deposit returned. When I told him he voided our contract by making these changes without my knowledge and deposits were non-refundable for this very reason (to protect myself from people like him who decide to make changes to a contract without informing the other party or checking to see if it conflicts with my schedule, and that given the circumstances I felt it best if I did not continue to work with them. This groom also stated in his email “You should have asked us if this would be ok, rather than telling us what you were willing to do”. Yet he felt to obligation to me to ask me if their changes would be ok. My reply to that was: “and you don’t think you should have asked me if it would be ok to do a rehearsal 118.54 miles out of my way?” “What I was “Willing to do” as you say, is travel 118.54 miles to do a day of rehearsal and perform your ceremony”. “I really felt I was more than accommodating, given the circumstances. I also indicated “you certainly would not have treated the people at your venue location, your cake decorator, your caterer, or your florist as rudely as you have treated me. “I wish you all the best. Maureen”. So please do not let this unhappy couples review keep you from contacting me to help with your wedding day. I have plenty of happily married couples who will attest to the fact that I will go over and above for you.
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Sandy
Wedding:
5/8/2010
5.0/5.0
This officiant went above and beyond of what I was thinking a wedding officiant does. I highly recommend her. I would use her again but I hope I will not ever need to. She helped keep things very orginazed
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debbilovewine
Wedding:
2/13/2010
5.0/5.0
Jeff & I were married 2/13/10 at the Lodi Wine & Chocolate Festival. Maureen was wonderful. The vows that she wrote were beautiful and meaningful. She was very attentive and responded to all my questions and concerns quickly and very professionally. Maureen was very warm and friendly. We told her we wanted to get married in a vineyard, very casual ceremony, and she was great about helping us find just the right spot at Heritage Oak Vineyards. Maureen provided a service that was over and beyond our expectations....performing our ceremony, having wedding decals for our car, printing a program for our venue, providing wedding favors for our guests and the band. Maureen suggested a wine pouring/sipping ceremony as part of our vows and it fit our venue perfectly. Maureen was a wonderful officiant and helped make our special day even more so. I would give her higher than a 5 out of 5 rating if that were possible.
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Jennifer
Wedding:
10/3/2009
5.0/5.0
Maureen is wonderful! She worked with us and wrote us the most beautiful vows that fit the two of us so perfectly. Maureen was helpful and so calm. Exactly what a bride and groom need on their wedding day and throughout the planning process. You would be lucky to have her perform your wedding ceremony!
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tleclair
Wedding:
10/11/2008
5.0/5.0
It was so great to work with Maureen! It made things sooo much easier for me to handle. If I have it my way she will be doing our renewing of our vows...whenever I can talk my husband into it! :) I couldn't have asked for a better officiant and I realllly mean that!
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weddings by maureen responded with the following comments:

Crystal & Tim, Thank you so much for your super quick reply and kind words. I wish you many years of happiness. I look forward to the day you kids renew your vows and will be delighted and honored to perform that ceremony, as well as a Baby Blessing when that time comes. Bless you both.

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