Wedding Officiating

Customized wedding officiating by Sarah E. K. Lentz, M.Div.: specialist in nonreligious and interfaith spiritual services

Sarah E. K. Lentz officiating an interfaith wedding. Muslim bride in traditional dress, Christian groom in military outfit

If you’re not part of a religious community, choosing a wedding officiant can sometimes feel like you have two less-than-ideal options:

  1. You could choose a traditional religious leader and possibly compromise on the language of your ceremony.
  2. You could ask a friend to officiate and hope they know what they’re doing.

Having faced this conundrum during my own wedding planning, I now offer my services to couples in similar situations: nonreligious and interfaith wedding officiating by someone with the education and experience of a traditional faith leader.

I have a Master of Divinity–the same degree many pastors get–which I received from Harvard Divinity School, but I personally identify as nonreligious. Based on my education and experience, I provide customized wedding ceremonies ranging from traditional to interfaith to nonreligious–and sometimes a combination of all three.

I like to incorporate ideas from my research on spiritual health and Connectedness, but I also customize each ceremony based on the couple’s backgrounds and preferences. My goal is to create ceremonies that feel meaningful and sacred while remaining authentic to the couple and their community. Although I primarily work with Religious Nones, I am open to working with people of all religious affiliations as well as all cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations.

Availability

Please note: red dates indicate I am unavailable or already booked for that date, and although green suggests availability, it does not guarantee availability, so please contact me to schedule your event as soon as possible.

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Pricing

Custom Wedding Package 2019:

Custom Wedding Ceremony: $240 USD

Rehearsal (required): $60 USD

Pre-Marital Connectedness Counseling: First session included at no extra cost, additional sessions $60 USD

Travel Costs: No extra cost up to 30 miles from Arlington, VA (see note below)

Blessing of meal at reception (optional): Included at no extra cost if I go to the reception

Total: $300+ USD

Please note: I live in Arlington, VA. I will drive a 30-mile radius around Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC for weddings at no extra cost. I also spend several weeks a year in Kelowna, BC, Canada and I would be happy to accommodate a request in that area if I happen to be visiting. If the request is outside the DC area or not during one of my trips to Kelowna, travel expenses will be charged in addition to my fee. This will all be made clear before you bookthere are no hidden fees!