Welcome to Weddings By Jaqueline!

Cleveland-based Wedding Officiant marrying couples locally and nationally. Jacqueline specializes in non-denominational and secular (non-religious) weddings and is happy to officiate your commitment ceremony or vow renewal as well.

As your Wedding Officiant, I will provide you with the dedicated time and attention your ceremony deserves to create a customized life-long memorable experience. 

~Jacqueline                               

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Wedding Officiant Services

Frequently Asked Questions

How much advance notice do you need in order to book a wedding?


As your wedding officiant, I try to be as flexible as possible and have been called upon with as little as two hours notice. For prime wedding months (May-September), I would recommend contacting me about 6 months in advance if possible.




Where do you perform your wedding services?


As a wedding officiant, I can officiate weddings all over nationally and internationally – backyards, beaches, parks as well as your living room with your family and dog (I have performed the latter one several times), the location is up to the couple.




Why should I choose you instead of another wedding officiant?


As your wedding officiant, I strive to make sure that the process is smooth, customized for the couple and as stress-free as possible.




Do you need a deposit?


As your wedding officiant, I do require a deposit for my wedding services, along with a short, one-page agreement, to confirm and hold your date. The balance of the payment must be paid prior to beginning the wedding ceremony.




How long is a typical ceremony?


The details of your ceremony will determine the length. Typically, it can last about 15 – 25 minutes.




What do I need to bring to the wedding ceremony?


The most important thing to bring is your wedding license. I will fill out my portion as the wedding officiant and sign it at the conclusion of the ceremony.




Do we pick from several different ceremony templates and you just insert our names?


I believe that everyone is different and the love that brought you together is unique. We start by talking over the phone and, if possible, we meet in person so that I can find out more about you as a couple. From there, we go through some ideas about the wedding service you prefer together and form a customized ceremony.




What do you wear?


When you choose me to be your wedding officiant, I can dress in any way that you like, I'm flexible. Typically, a dress unless otherwise specified. Most couples do not request that I wear my Minister's Gown.




Do you only do religious ceremonies?


No, I am a wedding officiant that is open to perform any ceremony of any faith, and non-denominational as well.




Who writes our vows?


Because this is your ceremony it is totally up to the couple. As your wedding officiant, I can create the traditional vows, but to make it more personal it helps when the couple includes some words to personalize your wedding service experience. I always try to provide the couple with a draft prior to the ceremony for approval and for adjustments to be made.




Where are you legally able solemnize marriages?


As a wedding officiant, I am authorized to solemnize marriages in Ohio, as long as the couple has a valid marriage license. I'm an ordained minister I can register to perform ceremonies in any state or international territory.




When can we get a copy of our official marriage license?


A “recorded” copy of your marriage license is generally available FROM THE PROBATE COURT about 2 weeks after your wedding. Some courts automatically send you a copy once it’s been filed, others require you to request a recorded copy. To get yours from Cuyahoga County Probate Court, you can either go in person or make your request by mail. Further information is available on Cuyahoga County Probate Court website.




What if I can't find my question listed here?


Any questions that were not answered above feel free to ask me ask by email or phone.




What type of deposit/payment methods do you accept?


As your wedding officiant, I accept these deposit/payment methods for my wedding services:

  • Debit/credit cards
  • Venmo: @Jacqueline-Hardges




What wedding venues can you perform your wedding services?


As a wedding officiant, I can perform wedding services at these venues:

  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Cleveland Metroparks
  • Dunham Tavern Museum
  • ThornCreek Winery (Aurora)
  • 100th Bomb Group Restaurant
  • 78th Street Studios
  • Windows on the River
  • Happy Days Lodge
  • Bay Arts – Irene Lawrence Fuller House
  • Sun Valley Party & Banquet Center
  • House of Blues
  • Tudor Arms Hotel
  • The Tanglewood Club (Chagrin Falls)




Can you tell me more about Weddings By Jaqueline?


Weddings By Jaqueline is a wedding officiant based in Cleveland, Ohio who marries couples both locally and nationally. Jacqueline is a non-denominational and secular wedding officiant who is also available to officiate your commitment ceremony or vow renewal. Whether you want to write your own vows, or would like Jacqueline’s assistance, she is open-minded and flexible. With her, your dream wedding can become a reality! Minister Jacqueline is an ordained and licensed wedding officiant who takes satisfaction in guiding couples to their final moment of wedded bliss. She provides a fun-loving yet relaxing approach to make your ceremony memorable and blissful. A true romantic and believer that love wins; Jacqueline is open to officiating any couple without judgement and stands by her motto: everyone deserves to love freely. Contact Weddings By Jaqueline today for more information on how to secure her wedding services for your ceremony!