You’ve set a date. You have the ring. You’ve found THE DRESS, the florist, DJ, a beautiful location, the perfect cake.
Everything is taken care of...
But how do you choose a
Hello, I’m Linda Mertz, a non-denominational wedding officiant with Awakened Weddings.com. AwakenedWeddings.com grew out of my love of being with couples as they promise their love to each other and my desire to provide you with a personalized and sensitive service
that respectfully honors your wishes for your wedding day. And, yes, we do same sex weddings!
When I started AwakenedWeddings.com, I found that couples had all sorts of questions
. Did they have to say certain vows? Could a brother be the Man of Honor? How long did a ceremony last? Can my uncle walk me up the aisle? What can I do to make my ceremony more personal? More fun? More relaxed?
While I started out JUST performing the ceremony, I found that many couples wanted more than just a cookie-cutter service. They wanted and needed assistance in creating a ceremony that felt more personalized and more in tune with their lifestyle and beliefs.
And they sometimes needed a wedding director, someone who would ‘take charge’ of directing the wedding ceremony, running the rehearsal, and making sure the wedding itself went smoothly.
Everything you need to know about Wedding Ceremonies
To help you, I created AwakenedWeddings.com, a full-service wedding ceremony and wedding direction organization, dedicated to beautiful wedding ceremonies and wedding choreography.
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I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for everything you did to
help us with our ceremony. Ben and I have both decided that our wedding
would not have been nearly as successful without your knowledge,
guidance, and all-around awesome attitude. That was hands-down the best
day of my life!
All the best,
Linda is wonderful! From the very first conversation, I knew she was the type of open-minded and caring officiant that we needed. Linda helped us create a beautiful multicultural ceremony. Each word of the ceremony was carefully considered, and every bit was tailored just to us. Since we didn't have a coordinator, she took charge of the rehearsal and made sure everyone knew what to do. She even helped us with a last minute planning crisis, and always kept a smile and a positive attitude. We are eternally grateful to Linda for everything she did to make our special day unique and memorable.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ulibarri
I’ve gathered a team of sensitive and caring wedding officiants who are trained in ceremony design, rehearsal direction, and officiating. Every one of us at Awakenedweddings.com is dedicated to making your wedding the most beautiful and relaxed event
you can imagine. YOU will shine at your ceremony!
And you can take advantage of ALL our services if you wish OR just have a wedding officiant show up and perform a simple ceremony. It’s up to you. Whatever you choose, you’ll be assured of having a beautiful and meaningful ceremony performed by an experienced and caring professional wedding officiant.
Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did on our ceremony! And for all of your help that day! Thank you again for working with us! We were extremely happy with how smooth the ceremony was. Janel and Yoshi
June 30, 2013
Why an Awakened Weddings Officiant?
First, Weddings are our only
business. We love weddings and working with couples like you. We don’t have to worry about ministering to a congregation or giving sermons.
Second, our years of experience in performing weddings mean that you can feel confident that your wedding will flow smoothly and beautifully and that any special requests you might have will be included in your wedding ceremony in a natural way. Experience also means that we've worked at most of the venues in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and the surrounding areas. We know the details about each location and know how to work seamlessly with the venue's wedding coordinators.
Third, we have the expertise to handle even those unexpected events that happen during a wedding, and the experience that will help YOU stay calm and relaxed on your special day.
What if I'm using a Wedding Planner?
One of the first major decisions a couple makes is whether to work with a wedding planner or not. Awakened Weddings officiants have experience in working with the major wedding and event planners here in Albuquerque and in Santa Fe. We become part of your wedding planning team, and can work directly with your wedding planner to finalize the details of your wedding ceremony.
Hello, Ruben and I just wanted to write a little note to say
thank you for doing such a great job getting us hitched! You have been so warm and nice and we really appreciate all that you did. Our wedding, especially the ceremony was amazing and we wouldn't have changed a thing. We hope you are doing well, and again thank you so much for being such a huge part of our wonderful day. Love,
Connie, Ruben, and Katalina
If you choose to plan your own wedding, we can work directly with you and your fiancé to make your wedding ceremony meaningful and beautiful at the same time. We'll also direct the rehearsal so, on the day before your wedding, you can just relax, enjoy reconnecting with your out of town guests, and leave the rehearsal to us.
At Awakened Weddings, we offer you the same wide array of choices and options that you have in choosing all the other supporters on your wedding day. We’ll even let you know what questions to ask to help you make the perfect choices for your wedding ceremony.
So I’ve listed below some things for you to consider. Remember, when it comes to your wedding, there’s no right or wrong, there’s only what you feel most comfortable with on your special day.
Some Questions to Think About . .
1. Do you want a man or a woman to officiate at your wedding?
Some couples feel a woman is most appropriate for their ceremony. Others feel most comfortable with a man. At AwakenedWeddings.com, we have both men and women available. Below are a few of the other officiants who are available for your ceremony.
Ana Kathleen Nancy Dan
2. How long does a ceremony last?
And, And and Nancy are also available for our Spanish-speaking clients.
A simple non-denominational ceremony lasts about 20 minutes. There are many other factors that can affect the length of the ceremony! If you have a large wedding party (for example, if you have nine bridesmaids in your wedding party), it will take longer for everyone to walk down the aisle. If you want to include some of the “extra” ceremonies, such as the Sand Ceremony or the Unity Candle Lighting, add another 5 minutes to the ceremony. If you include long readings or more than one reading in your ceremony, this will also lengthen the ceremony time.
For blended families, including the children in the ceremony is a sweet way to welcome them into your new family and make them feel a part of the festivities. This can also lengthen the ceremony slightly.
Including children in your wedding party, such as very young ring bearers or flower girls, may lengthen the ceremony. Young children are a wonderful addition to any wedding. Just watching them makes all the guests and wedding attendants relax and laugh! However, it may mean that it will take a few extra minutes for a child to make it down the aisle!
Thank you so much for making our ceremony so beautiful. You do such a great job and we had nothing but wonderful compliments from our guests about you. It’s obvious that you care and take time for every detail and we appreciate that. Our day was absolutely perfect and we enjoyed every moment. You were a pleasure to work with. Thank you again.3. Do I need a rehearsal?
Andrea Kexel and . . .
Thank you for leading us through a beautiful ceremony. I’m so glad we chose you for this special day. Thx!
A rehearsal is recommended if you have a large wedding party, if you plan to do a Sand Ceremony or a Unity Candle Lighting, or if you plan any other unusual ceremonies at your wedding. For example, at a recent wedding, the couple wanted to include an offering of corn and tobacco in honor of their Native American ancestors. They also wanted to have their children (it was a blended family) take part in the corn and tobacco ceremony. This meaningful ceremony was the highlight of the wedding! Having a rehearsal gave everyone the confidence to relax and enjoy this special moment fully.
4. Can I talk with more than one minister before I choose?
Absolutely, it’s important that you feel comfortable with you person who will officiate at your wedding. All Awakened Weddings ministers are chosen for their innate thoughtfulness, caring attitude, and attention to detail. They are truly an extraordinary group of special people who are dedicated to performing a meaningful service for you.
5. Can I mix traditions, for example, can we do an Irish Wedding Blessing as well as the Jewish breaking of the glass?
Of course. Today's weddings are a meaningful blend of whatever traditions are most meaningful to you.
6. I don't feel comfortable with a lot of religious stuff, is that ok?
That's fine. Prayers, readings, and blessings are all optional and we offer you a number of ways to give your ceremony a sacred feel that are not affiliated with any specific religion.
These are just a few of the questions that most couples ask. Please email us if you have other questions about creating your perfect wedding ceremony. firstname.lastname@example.org
At Awakened Weddings, we have several different levels of service available. You get to choose from a selection of service levels that run from a full custom wedding ceremony to a simple elopement. You can choose to write your own vows or choose from a selection of wedding options we have on file. You can have a rehearsal or not. Just give us a call or drop an email and tell us about your wedding wishes. We’ll help you find the option that works best for you.
For more information or to schedule an appointment to discuss your wedding ceremony needs, call us or email us today. All the best to you as you plan your perfect wedding!
Rev. Linda Mertz
Head Wedding Officiant
Member NMWP.com New Mexico Wedding Professionals
Call today! 505-205-3520
or email email@example.com