Officiating & Coordinating

Nashville Wedding Ministers | Nashville Wedding Officiants | Day of Wedding Coordinator | Elopements Nashville |  Nashville Wedding Chapels | Elope in Nashville

IMG_0650

Rev. Brandon Rich | Wedding Minister and Event Planner

At Rich Events, we spend most of our time in the wonderful world of weddings. There are two basic types of weddings for which we provide service: Traditional Weddings and Elopement Weddings.

When you see me refer to “Traditional Weddings” on this website, I am referring to large events with guests, bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, flower girls, ring bearers, musicians, caterers, wedding cakes, photographers, florists, venues, large ceremonies, receptions, limousines, formal printed invitations…and most importantly, large budgets with months of planning.

When you see me refer to “Elopement Weddings” on this website, I am referring to small events that are centered mostly on the engaged couple and the simple ceremony in which they get married. These intimate events forgo most of the things associated with larger events which makes them simpler and must less expensive for the couple.

Officiating Traditional Weddings                                                                                                                                     I lead and equip a team of ministers whom I have personally selected who are available to officiate weddings. I can customize your ceremony and vows to be either Christian & religious or non-religious and secular. I have several standard ceremonies and vows that I provide that can be followed exactly with no changes or they can be modeled and adapted to whatever the couple wants. I officiate most of the ceremonies personally and some are assigned to members of my team of associate ministers, all of whom are licensed or traditionally ordained by local churches or recognized denominations, just as I am. I do not utilize individuals with supposed ordination obtained online or in any similar non-traditional manner. Rich Events traditional officiating  service is designed for the couple who has booked their own venue and needs a minister to officiate their ceremony.

Video of Rev. Rich officiating a traditional wedding at Belmont Mansion in Nashville. 

Brandon at East Ivy Mansion

Rev. Rich officiating at East Ivy Mansion in Nashville
Coordinating Traditional Weddings

Coordination Services involve my assistance in the logistics of the wedding itself. Brides and grooms who contract my coordination services will have planned their own wedding, but still want the assistance of a professional, paid coordinator to “run the show” at the rehearsal and at the wedding itself. I provide my coordinating clients with three meetings prior to the event, emails and phone calls as needed and direction of the rehearsal and direction of the wedding event itself. Coordinating services may be provided by me personally, or by one of my staff event coordinators. Coordinating services can be provided for rehearsal and ceremony, reception only or rehearsal, ceremony and reception. Coordination may also be combined with officiating services. Please note that if ceremony officiating is paired with ceremony coordination, Rev. Rich must employ an assistant as two distinct services are provided simultaneously. Several popular combinations of service are listed below. Contact Rev. Rich with questions or to request a customized package of service. Rich Events coordination is designed for the couple who has booked their venue and booked many of their own vendors and needs an experienced coordinator to come to the venue and run the event.

Cost for Services for Traditional Weddings 

Traditional Wedding Ceremony Officiating charge is $400.00 plus travel and other required expenses when applicable. Rehearsal and Traditional Ceremony Coordinating charge is $400.00 plus travel and other required expenses, when applicable. Reception Coordination charge is $400.00 plus travel and other required expenses when applicable. Rehearsal, Traditional Ceremony and Reception Coordination charge is $600.00 plus travel and other required expenses when applicable. Traditional Wedding Ceremony Officiating Services plus Rehearsal, Ceremony and Reception Coordination charge is $1,100 plus travel and other required expenses when applicable. This package requires Rev. Rich to work with an assistant in planning and at the rehearsal and ceremony.

Brandon at the Hermitage Church
Rev. Rich officiating at The Hermitage in The Hermitage Church

Securing a Booking for a Traditional  Wedding                                                                                                                     Please contact me to discuss availability on the date of your event. I require a signed contract and deposit to secure an available date for any coordinating and officiating services provided by me personally or by one of my associates for traditional weddings. You can download the Wedding and Event Client Contract and submit it to me in person (with an appointment), by mail, email or by fax. If sending the contract via fax, please follow up with an email or phone call to be sure that I received it. If emailing the contract, please download it, complete it, scan it and email me the PDF. If you have the most recent Adobe update on your computer you can complete and sign the document electronically without ever having to print it! Just follow the prompts in the upper right corner of your screen and once completed, simply save the updated document using your name in the document title and email it to me. Deposits may be secured with cash, check or online payment.  Please select the “Pay Online” button at the top of the website for credit/debit card options. All final payments must be in cash, with cashier’s check, money order or online. If  Rev. Rich is providing service personally the final payment may be made online. Any reimbursements for travel expenses must be paid in cash to the member of the Rich Events team providing service. If you represent a wedding venue and want to secure a Rich Events officiant for one of your clients at your venue’s expense, please contact Rev. Rich and we will email you the necessary form to submit.

Photo by Elopements of Nashville
Photo by Elopements of Nashville

Lawfully Wedded Life
Rev. Rich has written a memoir about his early life and many of his adventures in the wedding business. The book releases on August 15, 2018. For more information, please visit LawfullyWeddedLife.com.

Lawfully Wedded Life Cover Art

Officiating Elopement Weddings                                                                                                                  In addition to our traditional weddings with large guest lists that are planned and booked months in advance, we welcome small elopement ceremonies. Many couples prefer the more intimate and cost-effective nature of small or “elopement” weddings. There are two basic categories of Elopement Weddings for Rich Events which can be grouped into to types: Elopements where the couple comes to us and the other type where we go to the couple.

Couples “come to us” at venues where Rich Events offers in-house elopement packages. If you are shopping for a location for your elopement wedding, we encourage you to visit the three venue pages of our website and review our options. Our in-house elopement packages range from the smallest package that is just for Rev. Rich and the couple eloping in his office all the way up to a Friends & Family Plus elopement at Belmont Mansion with bridal party and up to 60 guests. Here in Nashville, TN we offer these types of packages at Skinner Chapel, Belmont Mansionand CityScape Studio

Elopement on the Bridge
Rev. Rich officiating an elopement on the pedestrian bridge in Downtown Nashville

My venues are great places to elope in Nashville, but many other locations may work better for you. If you have already found the perfect venue for your elopement and you simply need a minister to come to you, Rich Events is the right choice for you. Rev. Rich and his associates have officiated both traditional weddings and intimate elopements at private residences, public parks and many various other locations all around middle Tennessee and beyond. Rev. Rich and his team have been in this business for many years and as such have seen many situations that our couples may not have considered. Rev. Rich and his team will always review the couple’s choice for venue and may offer guidance or even refuse service if the location chosen is not appropriate for a wedding or elopement ceremony.

IMG_1329
Rev. Rich officiating a traditional wedding at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Securing a Booking for an Elopement Wedding                                                                                     If you want to book an elopement at a Rich Events venue, please visit the venue page on this site and follow the directions to complete the booking process at that venue. You may click on the links here for elopement options at Belmont Mansion, Skinner Chapel and CityScape Studio.

If you want to book a Rich Events officiant to come to you at a location that you have chosen (not one of the three Rich Events venues), please download, print, complete and submit the Rich Events Elopement Reservation Request Form 2018.

Other Considerations and Information: Marriage License                                                    Couples are responsible for obtaining a marriage license prior to their wedding ceremony. Marriage licenses are issued in each Tennessee County by the County Clerk. The office serving Nashville, TN is the Davidson County Clerk. Their web address is http://nashvilleclerk.com/living/marriage-license/ and their telephone number is (615) 862-6256. The Davidson County Clerk’s office is located in the Howard School Office Building on the 1st floor in suite 101 at 700 Second Avenue South in Nashville.  If you need to obtain a marriage license on Saturday please contact the Cheatham County Clerk at 615-792-5179 or visit them online at http://cheathamcountytn.gov/government/county_clerk/index.html . Tennessee marriage licenses require the signature of both parties getting married (obtained upon application at the clerk’s office) and of the officiant (obtained immediately after the ceremony). For weddings outside of Tennessee, please consult your local county clerk or courthouse in advance of your wedding to be sure that you are in compliance with all state and county marriage regulations. For weddings of couples who are not U.S. citizens, it is the responsibility of the couple to provide all needed documentation in order to obtain a U.S. marriage license and to follow up with any necessary documentation in their home country directly or by way of their home country’s consulate or embassy. U.S. Marriage License Laws – Get the facts before you go to apply for a marriage license.

Rev. Rich as Coordinator
Rev. Rich as Wedding Coordinator for a traditional wedding at Scarritt Bennett Center

Non-Binding Ceremonies                                                                                                                                     I am happy to officiate, coordinate and/or plan wedding ceremonies or vow-renewals for couples who are already legally married or for other couples who wish to have a public ceremony that is not legally binding. Certain venues have policies regarding the nature of ceremonies allowed which must be considered in the planning process.

Searching for a Venue or Vendor in Nashville                                                                                                               In addition to Belmont Mansionwhere I serve as Director of Weddings & Rentals, I have officiated and coordinated weddings at well over 150 public venues throughout the mid-South and dozens of private residences. If you are searching for a venue in Middle Tennessee, Northern Alabama, or South Central Kentucky, then I can help. I have officiated as far away as North Texas and Central Ohio. I have officiated at more public venues and private residences than I can possibly remember! If you are searching for a venue for your wedding ceremony, elopement ceremony, renewal-of-vows ceremony, wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or bridal photo session, please feel free to ask me for suggestions. In many cases, I can give you the name, phone number and email address of the venue manager, wedding coordinator or owner of many area wedding venues.  One of my premier partner vendors is Kellie Bryson of Main Event Productions. Her company includes A Catered Affair and her venue, Legacy Farms. Please visit her websites at www.MainEventPro.com and www.LegacyFarmsTN.com. She has catered many weddings for me and I have officiated and or coordinated weddings at both of her venues. Legacy Farms is located in a lovely country setting on the east side of the greater Nashville area between Lebanon and Murfreesboro.  Another great resource for securing a venue is www.NashvilleEventSpace.com which is run by Randi Events. One of the greatest additions to the Nashville area is a fantastic venue near Vanderbilt University called Ruby. This venue is the former Primitive Baptist Church building which has been lovingly refurbished and outfitted to be a multipurpose events hall. For more information visit www.RubyNashville.com or call owner/manager Dan Cook at 615.512.5751.

If you are looking for recommendations for other vendors for your wedding day, please click here to follow a link to our list of recommendations which is housed on the website of one of our partner venues.

Rev. Rich at Ruby

Venue Restrictions on Officiants                                                                                                                    If you plan to contract my officiating services in a church or church-related venue, please be sure to verify that outside officiants are permitted. Some non-church related venues may have an in-house officiant or list of approved officiants so be sure to check that out in advance. Wedding chapels usually have in-house officiating services provided and often they do not allow an outside officiant.

Pre-Marital Counseling                                                                                                                                         I do not require pre-marital counseling for my clients. For couples who wish to satisfy state requirements for the discounted marriage license fee, I have a take-home pre-marital couseling program available. I am also able to refer clients to various marriage and family counselors for in-depth counseling to address specific relationship issues.

Travel                                                                                                                                                                         Yes, I can travel to officiate and/or coordinate traditional and elopement weddings. I have traveled all over the mid-south and beyond, as far as Paducah, Chattanooga, Huntsville, Jackson, Dickson, Winchester, Cookeville, Murfreesboro, Lebanon, Franklin, Brentwood, Gallatin, Hendersonville, Huntsville, AL,  Florence, AL, Sparta, TN and Columbus, OH officiating and coordinating weddings.  I require a fuel allowance according to market prices for travel by car to be paid in a specific, pre-determined amount of money. If an overnight stay is necessary, I require hotel lodging (comparable to a Holiday Inn/Hampton Inn or better), fuel and meal allowances in a specific, pre-determined amount of money unless the client is able to reserve a hotel room and meals for me and/or my staff along with the rest of a wedding party. If am am not available to officiate/coordinate personally I may be able to assign your wedding to one of my staff ministers and/or coordinators. The same travel requirements apply to my staff.

One of my favorite vendors is Dak Alley Productions. Dak’s team specializes in wedding photography, video and aerial drone photography. As you visit the various pages of this website you will see sample’s of Dak’s work on each page as well as on the wedding pages of BelmontMansion.com. 

Miscellaneous                                                                                                                                                            If I have not covered your specific question, please know that I am happy to discuss any special situations in person or via phone at 615.305.2021 or email at brandon@richevents.org. If you would like to meet in person, contact me to schedule a meeting.

Wedding Photo Gallery                                                                                                                                      My associates and I have officiated more weddings that I can count. I have created an online photo gallery below to see some samples of me and my associates at work. Check back as I will update this as I get more photos from happy brides!