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Frequently Asked Q's

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Why did you name your wedding business Once Upon A Vow?

As a child, I (Daniela) loved reading anything I could get my hands on. My favorites were science fiction and fantasy. I was happiest when my imagination ran wild and I was falling deep into the worlds created by some of my favorite authors. Every time I read four magical words, “Once Upon A Time”, I readied myself for a whirlwind adventure.


I think we can all relate to the “Once Upon A Time” beginnings of classics we grew up with.  It’s that idea of a story’s beginning and my belief that wedding vows are the beginning of every marriage that sparked Once Upon A Vow. Combining my love of stories with my love of, well, LOVE.


Where are you registered to officiate?

I am registered to officiate weddings in the state of New York and YES, that includes the five boroughs: Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, and, of course, my native and beloved Brooklyn.


Do you perform vow renewal ceremonies?

Hell yeah! I’m all about celebrating you and your love. That’s the highlight of my day!


Can you marry couples out of state?

It depends. Our ordination means we can marry couples in most states without registering at each state. For instance, we can marry couples in New Jersey, Rhode Island, and California with just my ordination. Cool, right? But states like New York require that officiants register legally so we are.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We process payments via HoneyBook which uses Stripe, a secure payment processing system to make your life as simple as possible.


How do you apply for a marriage license in NYC?

A marriage license in NYC costs $35, which can be paid by credit card or money order made payable to The City Clerk. You can start your marriage license application process online. You will receive a confirmation number, which you must bring to the Office of the City Clerk, along with your payment and proper identification to complete the marriage license application process.


Do you need to reside in NYC to obtain a marriage license and get married in NYC?

No. If you are just visiting from another state or country, you can still obtain a marriage license and get married in the Big Apple.


How soon after you receive your marriage license can you get married?

In NYC, once you complete the marriage license application, you need to wait a full 24 hours before you tie the knot. But you can’t wait too long, the Marriage License is only valid for 60 days.


How soon after your marriage license is filed do you receive your wedding certificate?

According to the Office of the City Clerk, your Certificate of Marriage will be mailed to you within approximately 20 business days from the date when they receive and process your Marriage License. During full-blown wedding season, the certificate may be sent anywhere between 20 days to two months later. The off season is much more reasonable.


Can we get married in a park?

Abso-frickin-lutely! If you’re planning an elopement ceremony with fewer than 20 guests, you do not need a permit to get married in an NYC park. But make sure to include your officiant and photographer/videographer in your head count. That also means that you might not have first dibs on your preferred spot, so it’s important to be flexible.


If you plan on having more than 20 guests, you must file for a special event permit, which requires at least 30 days for processing and a $25 non-refundable processing fee.


Where can I review you?

We thrive on word of mouth reviews, but online reviews help a ton too. You can leave a few kind words on Wedding WireThe Knot, and Google. Gracias in advance for the LOVE, cool peeps!!! We're blushing!


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