Weddings with Dianne
Your wedding day can be exactly what you want it to be...
I'll customize your ceremony to honor your background, heritage, and spiritual preferences - a traditional ceremony, a short-and-sweet civil ceremony, or a majestic Handfasting...It's all up to you and your beloved!
"The greatest marriages are built on teamwork...a mutual respect, a healthy dose of admiration, and a never-ending portion of love and grace" - Fawn Weaver
How We Can Work Together
Choose A Wedding Date
As soon as you know what month and year you'd like to get married, call or email me - we'll start the planning process and make it as easy as possible.
A deposit is encouraged to lock in a date and time as the wedding season is often busy.
Quick turnarounds are available for military weddings with short timeframes, or spur-of-the-moment ceremonies for couples in a hurry.
Plan Your Ceremony
I have sample ceremonies - from short-and-sweet simple ceremonies that express your love in just a few minutes, to more elaborate and formal ceremonies that include Unity candles, Jumping the Broom, custom vows, and more!
We can start with the basic vows found in the Justice of the Peace manual, vows you've heard elsewhere (inspired by a movie, for example) or I will help you write custom vows that reflect your personalities and relationship.
Secure Your License & Location
Your marriage license is valid for 65 days from the date of application in CT. You must apply for and receive your marriage license in the municipality where the wedding will take place (not necessarily where you live).
Interested in an outdoor wedding? The Norwich area has some lovely locations that are available for weddings, including parks, fountains, vine arbors, and gardens.
Celebrate Your Love
I'll make sure to arrive early for your ceremony or rehearsal, and we'll talk through (and walk through) all your questions before your big day.
You won't have any worries and can just enjoy your ceremony.
I'll take care of sending the completed and signed marriage license back to the issuing authority after your ceremony. For weekend or holiday weddings, The license will be returned on the next business day.
I'm Dianne M. Daniels
I love weddings - from the days when I created silk floral arrangements for my nephew and niece's wedding at the family home in Detroit, to taking photos of weddings for friends, I love being a part of a couple's special day. I love people, and I love being part of their happiness.
My liberal religious background (I am a Unitarian Universalist) and my experience helping my husband (also a Justice of the Peace) to perform weddings encouraged me to become a Justice of the Peace (JP). With that credential, I could marry couples who did not have a "home church", whose circumstances prevented them from being married in a traditional setting (i.e. prior spouses still living, as in my case) and I could also perform ceremonies for same-sex couples.
I perform weddings throughout Southeastern Connecticut and have been referred by other JP’s when they’ve had scheduling conflicts. I try my best to customize the vows for each couple – including the ones who call me when they have JUST picked up their license from Norwich City Hall, which is right down the hill from my house.
I love making children and family members a part of the ceremony when possible and am open to helping find beautiful little out-of-the-way places to conduct a quick ceremony on short notice. I also enjoy working with couples who plan out their wedding weeks or months in advance. My first wedding as a JP was a Wiccan handfasting – truly special and amazing.
I feel strongly that if a couple wants to be married – to commit their lives to each other and to make the promise to be together forever – I want to help them do just that. That is my privilege as a Justice of the Peace, and I enjoy every minute of it.
14 Ways to Reduce Your Wedding Budget
Getting married is one of the most beautiful and happiest times of a couple’s life – and one of the most financially stressful! It’s easy for wedding costs to rise far beyond the budget of a working couple and wanting the day of your dreams shouldn’t mean taking on enough debt to cause nightmares!
If planning your wedding is starting to stress you out, check out the report linked below for 14 useful and immediately applicable ways to reduce your wedding budget and lower your stress level.
Click the image below for access to the PDF!
5 Ways to Cure Pre-Wedding Jitters
Have you experienced a case of pre-wedding nerves? Although you’re looking forward to your wedding day, preparing for it may be stressful!
Pre-wedding jitters can become evident during the days leading up to the event and may be extremely distracting on the actual wedding day. The goal of your big day is to relax and enjoy your special time with your beloved, family, and friends. With a little preparation, you can avoid those jitters completely.
If you’re approaching the big day, here are some helpful tips you can use to calm your nerves:
Ask Yourself These Important Questions BEFORE Getting Married...
Getting married is a serious business. While most poor decisions are easy to recover from, a bad marriage is a much more serious matter. The potential emotional and financial impact of divorce can give the bravest of souls reason to pause. Give this major decision the consideration it deserves.
Click below to find 8 Important Questions you should ask and answer BEFORE getting married...
Simple & Classic
Simple, classic ceremony - <1 hour duration (ceremony and travel)
Customized with poetry, scripture verses, relationship history, etc., up to 2-hour duration (ceremony and travel)
Custom Wedding Ceremony
Customized vows, poetry or scripture verses, Unity candle, Handfastiing, etc. up to 4-hour duration (ceremony and travel)