First, what I like to do is meet with the bride and groom so we get a chance to know each other a little more. If you are from out of town, this could easily be done over Face Time or Skype.
During this meeting I'll go over a "checklist" of items and questions to make sure I understand exactly what you're looking for in your ceremony, and we'll review/sign the agreement contract for my services. I also require a deposit a this time to book the date. This entire meeting shouldn't take more that about 1 hour.
Next, I get to work preparing a draft of the ceremony. That includes everything from the Processional (when and how everyone walks in) through the Recessional (when and how everyone walks out) and everything in between. This of course includes the exchange of vows, exchange of rings, and so forth. I'll include options for things like vows and what to say to each other when exchanging the rings, plus any specific rituals, prayers, readings or customs you want to include. Then, you take a look at the ceremony script, and together we'll fine tune it until it's exactly how you want it. I typically do this part over email or phone, but we could also meet again in person if you'd like as well.
Then, if I've been asked to do so, I will attend the rehearsal and work with you to make sure everyone in the Wedding Party knows their role and positions for the entire ceremony. We'll practice the procession, ceremony, and recessional as many times as needed to make sure it's Perfect! I'll also pick up the Marriage License at this time so I have it ready for your wedding.
One the day of your wedding, I arrive 1 hour before the scheduled start time, so I can coordinate with the DJ, photographer, videographer, and coordinator as needed to make sure we're all on the same page.
Then, I perform your Perfect Ceremony and marry you and your fiance!
Right after the ceremony, I'll make sure the Marriage License is signed by your witnesses, and then I'll turn it into the county registrar a day or two after the wedding.
One week after your wedding, I provide you with details on how to get a certified copy of the completed marriage licence (so you can start the process of changing your last name, for example).
That's pretty much it! Please email, call or text me if you have any questions!