Men In Black Wedding Officiants
Officiants

Men In Black Wedding Officiants

Chester Court, Lewes, DE 19958
Officiants


Our Wedding Themes & Styles

Themes & Styles

Men In Black Wedding Officiants (MIBWO) We offer many wedding ceremony options and rituals. Men In Black Wedding Officiants (MIBWO) officiates for: Non-Denominational, Inter-Faith, Military Honor Honors, Spiritual, Catholic (non-roman), Marriage Equality, Vow Renewals, Elopements, Baptisms/Christenings/Baby Blessings, Celebrations of Life/Memorials/Funerals... (read more)


Media

Video
Sweigart Wedding 2015-Cape May Lewes Ferry
Short version: https://d3ew4rh7xxgmkq.cloudfront.net/performer/121672/videos/sd/193575.mp4 & Full Ceremony/Long version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK5SwxUDD_w
Keith & Rich's Wedding Vide-Rockwood Park Carriage House, Wilmington, DE
https://vimeo.com/137314267
A Bride & Groom Wedding @ Middletown Memorial Hall, Delaware:
Short version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEwehlj3aJY & Full Ceremony/Long version: https://youtu.be/iWHDg6YEj2s
A Bride & Groom Wedding @ The Farm at Eagles’ Ridge, Lancaster, PA:
https://vimeo.com/194273388

Packages

Regular Package

Your Wedding Ceremony Selections:

TRADITIONAL - (This ceremony offers many unique Options) - OUR MOST POPULAR 

***The Traditional Marriage Ceremony has many options and is usually 20-30 minutes. We create a custom designed ceremony that includes the traditions/rituals you may want in your wedding ceremony.  The exchange of Vows/Rings--You can write your own wedding and ring vows, add 2-3 readings. Additional option examples:  unity candle, unity sand pouring, flower pot ceremony, unity water option, unity coin option, letter and/or wine blending option, fight box option, rose ceremony, Filipino Traditions: veil/cord/rope/coin option or children involvement option, mothers presenting the wedding rings for blessing during the ceremony. The giving of roses to Mothers/Grandmothers/Stepparents during the ceremony is a very popular option. Memorial table with pictures of those not present on your wedding day due to travel constraints or have passed away, plus many more (request our list).

Wedding Ceremony Travel Rules and Fee: A travel fee applies to all weddings. Cost is determined by distance, fuel, parking, tolls, insurance, officiants’ time traveling and misc. costs. Our travel fee uses IRS Regs as a base to determine our travel fee calculation as well as accounting for our time. Our travel rate fee is fair and in line with what the majority of Officiants charge, and also includes all road tolls. Depending on your venue location, please contact our office for the actual travel fee costs.

***STANDARD - (This ceremony offers several Options) 

The Standard Marriage Ceremony has several options and is usually 15-20 minutes. We create a custom designed ceremony specific to you that includes: a short ceremony script, one reading, exchange of Vows/Rings--you can write your own wedding and ring vows, the Nuptial Blessing, Announcement of Marriage.

Wedding Ceremony Travel Rules and Fee: A travel fee applies to all weddings. Cost is determined by distance, fuel, parking, tolls, insurance, officiants’ time traveling and misc. costs. Our travel fee uses IRS Regs as a base to determine our travel fee calculation as well as accounting for our time. Our travel rate fee is fair and in line with what the majority of Officiants charge, and also includes all road tolls. Depending on your venue location, please contact our office for the actual travel fee costs.

***CATHOLIC - (This ceremony “non-roman” offers a ceremony either with a wedding Mass and with/without Communion plus many options) 

This Marriage Ceremony has the most options and is usually 35-45 minutes. This selection includes all the options of the Traditional or the Standard Ceremony (from above). A Wedding Mass and Communion are options. This Ceremony can be celebrated within the catholic wedding mass Liturgy (Mass with Communion). Call us to discuss details of planning a catholic ceremony with you. The Ceremony is in the Old Catholic Rite. This is a non-Roman Rite catholic wedding Mass; however, the Liturgy wedding Mass is the about the same. We can celebrate a wedding Mass indoors/outdoors, on a beach, Coastal areas, or at any other location Venue. We are not in union with the Vatican, but the Vatican considers the Old Catholic Rite as Valid Catholics and part of the universal catholic church. Your Ceremony may be, or may not be, recognized by a particular Roman Diocese. Every Diocese is different. Check your RC Marriage Tribunal for their position. No Pre-Cana counseling is required.

If this selection is chosen, "You/We (the couple) understands and accepts, that the Order of St. Patrick/Men in Black Ceremony Officiants is not in union with the Vatican (Roman Catholic) and each Roman Diocese may or may not recognize any ceremony/Sacrament that is celebrated by The Order of St. Patrick/Men in Black Wedding Ceremony Officiants, which follows the Old Catholic Rite, and that while not in union with the Vatican, is a valid Catholic Rite and has valid Apostolic Succession”. 

Wedding Ceremony Travel Rules and Fee: A travel fee applies to all weddings. Cost is determined by distance, fuel, parking, tolls, insurance, officiants’ time traveling and misc. costs. Our travel fee uses IRS Regs as a base to determine our travel fee calculation as well as accounting for our time. Our travel rate fee is fair and in line with what the majority of Officiants charge, and also includes all road tolls. Depending on your venue location, please contact our office for the actual travel fee costs.

WEEKDAY DISCOUNTED WEDDINGS (MONDAY thru THURSDAY only)

The Weekday Standard Marriage Ceremony has several options and is usually 10-15 minutes. We create a custom designed ceremony specific to you that includes: a short ceremony script, one reading, exchange of Vows/Rings, the Nuptial Blessing, Announcement of Marriage.

Wedding Ceremony Travel Rules and Fee: A travel fee applies to all weddings. Cost is determined by distance, fuel, parking, tolls, insurance, officiants’ time traveling and misc. costs. Our travel fee uses IRS Regs as a base to determine our travel fee calculation as well as accounting for our time. Our travel rate fee is fair and in line with what the majority of Officiants charge, and also includes all road tolls. Depending on your venue location, please contact our office for the actual travel fee costs.

BUDGET - (Basic ceremony has no options--quick/eloping/vow renewals/military orders leave)

This option is a brief 8-12 minutes. The couple travels to us. We use our ceremony script, exchange vows & rings, with the pronouncement of marriage. This is more intimatevs. a courthouse marriage. This option is usually used is for those eloping or on Military Departure Orders leave. A COUPLE TRAVELS TO US. No travel fee. 

THE PREMIER CEREMONY OPTION –(The Bride’s Choice) - (This option pulls all the stops out!)

The following services are included in this option:

  • Unlimited couple consultation and planning of the ceremony from A to Z
  • Custom ceremony design and your input as to language used as well as vows being able to be written by the couple themselves
  • Includes Ceremony fee, travel time, incidental costs of gas, tolls, meals along the way, overnight accommodations, No additional Ceremony travel fee
  • Includes Rehearsal fee, travel time, incidental costs of gas, tolls, meals along the way, overnight accommodations. No additional Rehearsal travel fee
  • Includes Rehearsal practice with the Bridal Party and wedding party attendants at the Rehearsal dinner for the couple as well as saying a special wedding Grace before the rehearsal dinner meal
  • Includes Ceremony attendance at the Reception and saying a special wedding Blessing/Grace before the meal
  • Includes the resources of unique rituals and traditions planning consultation to plan into the ceremony
  • Includes a large wedding ceremony certificate piece of art, where all guests sign, wishing the couple well and good luck . . . a 5500-year-old tradition used worldwide, unique
  • Includes all preparation time in gathering of all ceremony items, vestments, books, ritual objects and needed misc. Items
  • Includes a beautiful binder keepsake of your wedding ceremony done on parchment paper and Gothic calligraphy writing to memorialize your special moment forever
  • Includes an option to additionally purchase wedding event insurance where in the event of cancellation or other risks, a coverage offering indemnity up to $50,000 to reschedule and pay for the event
  • Includes ceremony registration and contractual documents preparation for proper registry with the authorities
  • Includes full registration of your ceremony with the State as to make the wedding legal, copies are sent to you, we take care of it all
  • Includes all the proper etiquette resources as to do the wedding 'right" and avoid the pitfalls of society standards embarrassment
  • Includes our 30 plus years of stored wedding ceremonies that are excellent options for a couple to review and consider as a resource to build out their own ceremony

***WEDDING CEREMONY FEE WHEN A CEREMONY IS SCHEDULED DURING HOLIDAY TIME PERIODS:

If a wedding ceremony is scheduled on and/or during the Holiday Weekend time period, there is an additional upcharge fee of $200 that is added to any ceremony option fee chosen on these special days or Holiday Weekends, prior or after the actual Holiday. They are New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Valentine's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.


Reviews

Rating Summary
Quality of Service (5.0/5)
Professionalism (5.0/5)
Value (4.8/5)
Overall Rating
4.9
Recommended
100%
by couples who reviewed
User Reviews
33 Reviews
  • Tiara Turner
    8 months ago
    Quality of Service (5.0/5)
    Professionalism (5.0/5)
    Value (5.0/5)
    My husband Jason and I highly recommend the Men in Black. Reverend Ken and Reverend Michael did such an amazing job! Our ceremony was customized to match our personalities. The Men in Black stayed in contact with us throughout the entire planning process, sending us emails with very useful information that made our wedding day highly successful. If you are planning to get married, please choose the Men in Black, I promise that you will not regret it!
  • Mei
    9 months ago
    Quality of Service (5.0/5)
    Professionalism (5.0/5)
    Value (5.0/5)
    Rev. Warne & Rev. Carroll were INCREDIBLY responsive and helpful during the planning phase, almost providing so much info as to be overwhelming! But all of it is so useful because you need to know what all your options are before you decide what you personally want or need for your wedding.

    There are different styles of ceremonies you can pick through, different wording for the wedding scripts, different rituals you can include in your ceremony, room to recite traditional vows or write your own, room to include readings -- really they are incredibly flexible in helping you craft a ceremony that is meaningful for the two of you getting married. It will really help you figure out what it is that means the most to you out of the options, which I think gives a better sense of your relationship.

    I absolutely recommend the extra rehearsal booking because you will really enjoy meeting them and running through the ceremony. It'll calm the nerves to know what to expect. And they're both incredibly personable, friendly, and helped make our ceremony sincere, sentimental, and just the right amount of lighthearted. Enjoy yourself, you're getting married! And Men in Black will help you do it right.
  • Hayley O'Dell
    10 months ago
    Quality of Service (5.0/5)
    Professionalism (5.0/5)
    Value (5.0/5)
    The MIB were extremely professional, and made our day so very special. Our ceremony was able to be personalized to everything that we wanted so it was just right for our personalities. It was serious, yet simple and filled with so much love. We are so happy we found the MIB and we recommend them to anyone getting married and is in need of an officiant.

    THANK YOU KEN AND MICHAEL, YOU WERE FABULOUS!

    -Mandee and Hayley O'Dell
  • Jennifer Dunn
    1 year ago
    Quality of Service (5.0/5)
    Professionalism (5.0/5)
    Value (5.0/5)
    IMPECCABLE. FLAWLESS. PROFESSIONAL. KIND. UNIQUE. TRADITIONAL. AMAZING. There aren't enough words. Their years of experience certainly shine through when customizing your wedding ceremony. We wanted a mixture of a traditional ceremony and a Catholic ceremony to honor our grandparents (we got married at a country club not a church). So finding a balance between the two, plus us saying our own vows, plus us having a little bit of humor to keep it light and happy. Man oh man, I didn't even know it was possible to get all of that into one ceremony! We got so MANY compliments on our ceremony. About how it had just the right balance of everything and was a ceremony our guests would never forget because they were so moved! Men in black was an honor to work with and we couldn't have asked for a better experience!
  • Tammy and Greg Biribauer
    1 year ago
    Quality of Service (5.0/5)
    Professionalism (5.0/5)
    Value (5.0/5)
    Yes the best! Outstanding, charming, humorous, we laughed and cried during our ceremony as it was so perfect. Thank you both so much for all you did for Greg and I...

FAQs

Company Detail
Contact Name:
Rev. Mr. Ken Warne - Sub-Deacon
Established:
1998
Are there any additional services you provide?
Men In Black Wedding Officiants (MIBWO)
We Officiate at Ceremonies for:
Non-Denominational, Inter-Faith, Military Honors, Secular, Catholic (non-roman), Marriage Equality Weddings, Elopements, Vow Renewals,
Baptisms/Christenings/Baby Blessings & Other Life Events

Men In Black Wedding Officiants can travel to ALL/ANY wedding venue sites in DE, MD, VA, PA, NJ, Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Wilmington DE & the Eastern Shore. Includes the beach areas of Lewes, Rehoboth, Dewey, Bethany, Fenwick Island DE, Ocean City MD, Delmarva Peninsula, Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay, Southern NJ and NJ Beaches. Contact us regarding other areas.

We offer many wedding ceremony options and rituals. We go above and beyond the typical wedding officiant response to a couple and create the perfect ceremony for you!
Can you provide references upon request?
Yes
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you require a deposit beforehand?
Yes
How far in advance should clients book your services?
ASAP!
Remember, the Officiant is the least expensive part of the whole wedding day, but it the most important part of the whole event day.

We work on a first come, first serve basis to book and register couples in planning the dates/times of ceremonies. Contact us early to have your Ceremony booked and secured.

If needed, we can schedule a time for you to visit us here for a pre-wedding meeting. We accommodate couple's plans for their wedding ceremony. Your ceremony, Officiated at by us will be an event long remembered. Please schedule and reserve your wedding date early . . . many couples request and book the SAME dates and times…and schedules fill in fast.
What languages do you speak?
English
FAQs
What religious/cultural affiliations do you provide services for?
Agnostic, Christian - Lutheran, Islam, Baha'i Faith, Christian - Methodist, Jainism, Buddhist, Christian - Mormon, Jewish, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Orthodox, Shinto, Christian - Anglican, Christian - Presbyterian, Taoist, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Quaker, Christian - Catholic, Evangelical, Christian - Episcopalian, Hindu
Do you provide or require pre-marital counseling?
yes
Do you allow couples to customize parts of the ceremony if they desire?
yes
How far will you travel to perform a service?
Up to 4 hours each way, or whatever a couple is willing to pay for in travel costs to the wedding venue.
Additional details:
An Independent Catholic Ceremony (non-Roman) is an available option. A Catholic Ceremony can be available. We can celebrate the wedding Mass Liturgy indoors/outdoors, or on a beach in the Coastal areas. We do not require premarital/pre-Cana counseling. We are not under Vatican rule, however the Vatican treats us as an independent Valid Rite of the Catholic Church. Majority of the ceremonies we officiate at for couples are non-denominational. The majority of ceremony requests we get from couples to officiate at their wedding ceremony are for a non-denominational ceremony. We offer an option to couples who desire to have a Catholic Wedding Mass ceremony, celebrated in the Old Catholic Rite. This is a non-Roman wedding Mass. We can celebrate a wedding Mass indoors/outdoors, on a beach, Coastal areas, or at any other location Venue. No premarital counseling is required. We are not in union with the Vatican, but the Vatican considers the Old Catholic Rite as being a Valid Catholic and part of the universal Catholic Church. Your Ceremony MAY not be recognized by the “Roman” Catholic Church. Every Roman Diocese is different. Please refer to our website for additional details.