Scherie Gates             

          Celebrate Love & Happiness

My Goal 
our Wedding Ceremony  ~  Your Way"  
I have over 300 couples who loved their ceremonies!
I listen to what You Want !
I help, guide and create with you... Your Personal Wedding Ceremony
After our first meeting what do I hear most?
I'm really excited about our ceremony now !


I am an Ordained Interfaith Minister and always a Romantic Iowa Country Girl at heart.  I travel, officiate and create wedding ceremonies that align with the Couple's vision. I create Wedding Ceremonies WITH  You!  After 13 years and over 300 wedding ceremonies, I still Love what I Do! Because of my wonder-full amazing couples !

Just the way you hoped it would be and more is my goal. The Wedding Ceremony is  So Important! This is Your Promise and your Intentions in Your Life Together. Time to Celebrate Your Happiness in finding your One True Love and now..  Spending the rest of  your Life Together.  My part is to help put your feelings and your ideas into your ceremony making it all about you and your love with some fun and making it as easy for You as possible !

Some say, I am a Wedding Ceremony Consultant. Many couples say, we don't know where to begin. I say, Let me show you how 'we' do it ! We meet, I listen to what you want. I have pages of readings and vows to choose from or write your own or both. I have one rule. There are no shoulds !  Only what you love goes into your ceremony. You can be as involved or not, as you want.

Your Wedding Day!  

 On Wedding Day I  Arrive 60-90 minutes early. Checking in with everyone who is part of Ceremony. Seating guests with your ushers. We Start On Time! After the Ceremony, I mail your wedding certificate. It's in the mail on my way home.  Focused on details and Listening to the Heart is how I help you create Your Special, Personalized Wedding Ceremony.

  I arrive 60 to 90 minutes  before wedding time to make sure everything is OK and connect with all those who have a part in the Wedding Ceremony. Because of  my experience in Officiating Weddings with over 300 Couples, My business comes mostly from referrals. I give my full Attention to every detail that Helps your Day be as Perfect as possible. My Goal - for you and your family to be at ease, trusting your guests and all details with your ceremony are being taken care of before, during and until your guests are dismissed.


 I have officiated weddings in  machine sheds, farm fields, community parks, St Peter and Pauls, St Bridget's, Old Brick, Marriott, Hotel Vetro, Bella Sala, Celebration Farm, an apartment-home on New Year's Eve, Honey Creek Resort, Lake Rathbun, Cedar Ridge Winery, Wineries in Marengo, Burlington & Illinois. I go where you are..  any destination !

I travel to where You are. Your Ceremony will be created to your style.  Formal to Jeans n Boots is Ok with me !  

Our First Meeting : You, Your Wedding Ceremony, What I Do For You and Fees for Ceremony, at no charge.

 I listen to your story - what you want.  I share what I will do to make your day as perfect as it can be.  This time is for you to meet me and make sure that I am the person you would like to officiate your wedding.  

If you decide Yes. 

-  I require $125 to reserve your date. This fee is non refundable and Is Partial Payment of your Wedding Ceremony Fee.  

-  If you need to pay online my email for PayPal is or use  PayPal button at the top of the page..

    or the make a payment tab. I do accept Checks..  mail to PO Box 364. West Branch.IA 52358

 I prefer, our first meeting to be held in my office.  If distance is an issue we can video call.

My meeting schedule is Mon.Tues.Wed.Thurs 10am to 7 pm.  Saturdays when I do not have a wedding. 

If these time are not possible for you we can arrange a time that will. I am always flexible !

 Our meetings occur in my office, Skype, FaceTime, Phone or by email.

Contact Me  for you complimentary ~ no obligation First Meeting.  I will reply within 24-48 hours.

Ceremony Options:   

1. Short.Sweet & Heartfelt * Contact me for fee.

  •  sign Wedding Certificate with Couple and their 2 Witnesses*   
  • We can meet  by phone, facetime or Skype. 1 meeting.  I listen to what you want and what you want help with.  This service is only when you have a very few guests.Less than 20.  This does not include my help with Pre-wedding or rehearsal Facilitation.   
  •  If what you need is someone to sign your Wedding Certificate with 2-4 witnesses.. We meet in my office. 
  •  I will come to your location. 
  • If you have something special you want in your ceremony ie: reading or poem or vows you have already  decided on, you can email them to me and I will include them in your wedding ceremony.

2.  Personal Wedding Ceremony- $425  

     2 personal planning meetings and pre-ceremony facilitating. 

     Your Ceremony will include Love~Marriage Reading, Vows, Ring Exchange Vows, Unity Ceremony & Pronouncement.   


3.  Personal Wedding Ceremony... and your story  $475   

  As many planning meetings as we need.. Usually 3-4.

  When more creating and planning together is what you want with Your Vows, Ring Exchange, Poems.Readings.  Unique Unity Ceremony... every detail,special situations and traditions.   

 Options 2 & 3 Includes pre-ceremony focus to details.  I arrive 60-90 early to check in with musicians or DJ. I help seat your guests with your Ushers. Making sure we start on time! and making sure your guests are taken care of so you can focus on getting ready and enjoying your day with out stress and worry of what is happening with your guests.   


  •   I listen to what you would like your ceremony to be. I share my ideas and we create Your Personal Wedding Ceremony !
  •  I share my collection of readings, vows, ring exchange & unity ceremonies for you to choose from.  Or we can use what you have found on your own.
  •   Each meeting we review a new draft of your ceremony . The Songs, Readings, Unity Ceremony choice . IE: Wine Box, Sand   Pouring,  Hand Ceremony, Unity  Candle,  Tie the Knot, Tree Planting. Water Pouring Also Ceremonies that include Children and more...
  • Reviewing the details of your ceremony In person, emails, facetime, Skype, phone.. whatever you need!
  •  Also, many couples have loved, when I write their Love Story. We can talk about this in more detail during our 1st meeting. I write this especially for you both as part of your Wedding Ceremony. -  this is only with option 3 
  • You, your family and friends enjoy & love your ceremony because it is created with your spirit and personality.                                                                                                                                                                        

Rehearsal is additional $100 - 
 I really... recommend having a rehearsal. Everyone knows just what to do. Prevents a lot of stress pre-ceremony. Letting You focus on You, Your Wedding Party, Getting Ready etc....etc... ! Also,  It gives me a chance to meet your parents, family and your wedding party.  Having a rehearsal helps so much,  making sure,  your Your Wedding Ceremony flows with ease. fun ...  perfectly. 
     Travel expense may apply when distance is more than 45 miles/minutes.  

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