Carolyn Burke STL FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions......

How long have your been in business?
St Louis Wedding Coordinator
I have been a ceremony coordinator since 2004.

Is this your full time job?
Yes; my clients are my first priority.

Do you charge for the initial meeting? 
No, our first meeting is complimentary.

How many weddings do you coordinate in a year?
I coordinate 9-12 wedding ceremonies in a year.
In 2018, I performed 180+ wedding ceremonies.

Do you ever book two events in one day? 
Not as a Wedding Liaison (ceremony coordinator), but I do as a Wedding Officiant.

Do you accept commissions or kickbacks from the vendors you work with? 
Never; all vendor discounts are passed on directly to my clients.

Can you help us when etiquette issues arise?
Of course! My package includes unlimited emails and telephone calls.

My friend had a coordinator who bossed around the vendors; will you be doing that? 
No; we are firm believers in team work to create a seamless event. A collective group of industry professionals is what creates a memorable and stress free wedding.

What is your educational background? 
I am an Accredited Bridal Consultant™ and one of less than 75 worldwide to hold this prestigious designation. I had to pass a portfolio review; attend several business seminars, webinars and networking events; and receive recommendations from clients and other wedding professionals.  I believe that continuing education and being a mentor to others is the key to staying abreast of current trends and making them work for my couples.

Do you work with LGBTQ couples? 
Yes; I support Marriage Equality, and recommend wedding professionals that do as well.

Do you do events other than weddings? 
No, I only coordinate wedding ceremonies, perform  a ceremony and find event locations.

15 Unique Ceremony Ideas

Here are a few unconventional ceremony ideas to take you down the aisle with a twist.

1. Let your guests mingle over cocktails before the ceremony.

2. The couple greets the guests as they arrive at the ceremony site.

3. Face the guests when you recite your wedding vows.

4. Have your guests sit or stand in a circle around you during the ceremony.

Ceremony in the Round

5. Have both parents walk you down the aisle.

Dad - Bride - Mom

6. Have your husband-to-be escort you to the altar.

7. Don’t have bridesmaids or groomsmen - just the two of you.

8. Have an uneven number of attendants.
    (Maybe you just want a maid of honor, but he wants three groomsmen.)

9. Have a “man of honor” instead of a maid of honor. (Your brother? A good male friend?)

10. Have the groom choose a “best woman.” (His sister? A good female friend?)

11. Don’t wear a veil.

12. Have bridesmaids carry candles instead of bouquets as they walk down the aisle.

Bridesmaids Hold Candles

13. Write your own vows.

14. Have a ring warming. (What’s a ring warming you ask? There are different versions of this, but generally the rings are placed in a small bag and are passed around to each guest prior to the ring exchange. Each guest blesses the rings or says a prayer.)

15. Choose unconventional processional and/or recessional music. (Love The Beatles? Love Leonard Cohen? Go for it! You don’t have to stick with Pachelbel’s Canon or Ode to Joy.)


Carolyn Burke | Officiant | Coordinator 314.821.4844

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