Simply Sweet Ceremonies
Because Life Sometimes Hands Us Lemons…
Weddings By CPE is pleased to now offer Simply Sweet Ceremonies to couples that are not yet able to have the wedding ceremony they’ve always imagined. We believe that uniting couples in marriage under trying circumstances such as incarceration, could be the very thing that provides hope and grace for the future.
Love, is the one thing on this earth that we actually do right.
How does it work?
Each facility has different requirements (aka hoops) in order to have a marriage performed while one is incarcerated. You must speak with your loved ones caseworker/chaplain to have them explain the steps for their facility. You may provide them with my contact information and credentials OR you can provide me with the caseworkers/chaplains information and I (Minister Sharnise Sears) will forward my credentials. Once the steps are complete, the caseworker will reach out to me to provide a date and time for the ceremony which is typically during the week between 8am-11am.
The Marriage License
Neither Minister Sharnise Sears nor the facility can provide you with a marriage license. You must physically appear at the marriage license bureau in the county in which the corrections facility is located to file and pay for the marriage license. Please call the marriage license bureau before you appear to ensure you have everything you need for the application. You may have to hire a facility approved lawyer/attorney/notary to properly identify your fiance and sign the license on their behalf. Again, each facility has their own rules and regulations. Please pay close attention to their directions so this is completed in a timely manner. Once the marriage license is obtained, and the ceremony complete, Minister Sharnise Sears will file the license with the appropriate county for public record.
If you’d like to book your day with us, simply complete the form located here: http://www.weddingsbycpe.com/booking with as much information you can provide. Minister Sharnise Sears will either call or email to discuss the process and options available. A non-refundable retainer fee of 50% of your total price is due at the time of booking and the remaining balance is due 24 hours prior to your ceremony.
$300 Simply Sweet Ceremony: A simple yet sweet ceremony option with traditional wording and vows. Minister Sharnise Sears will perform the ceremony and file the marriage license with the appropriate county.
$350 Simply Sweet Plus: This ceremony option is for the couple that wants to add a more personalized touch to their ceremony. You may include your love story, cultural elements, religious scripture, prayer, readings, etc! Obviously we cannot have unity ceremonies (sand, candles, communion, etc) but we’ll make this as special as they’ll allow.
We are currently covering Lake Erie Correctional and Grafton Correctional Facility. If your loved one is located in another facility, we will try to accommodate and work with their case worker/chaplain to allow clearance. However, additional travel fees may be assessed depending on the location.
We hope this page is useful to you and we’d love to hear any feedback on how we can improve. This journey is hard enough, we just want to make it simpler for you and your loved one.
Please feel free to contact us at 440-497-0024 or email us at MinisterSharnise@weddingsbycpe.com