Rev. Nick McDonald
I love officiating indoors and outdoors in beautiful Western North Carolina and the surrounding area. Every elopement, lifelong commitment ceremony, or renewal of vows is an opportunity to tap over thirty-five years of experiences as an ordained pastor and chaplain in church, healthcare and public safety settings. My ceremonies have ranged from very formal evening nuptials to informal sunrise vow exchanges on a beach or mountaintop. Couples looking for faith-based ceremonies will discover that I am well-versed in many denominational and interfaith traditions. Alternately, couples seeking spiritual or non-sectarian ceremonies will find me open to exploring language and actions that resonate with their values and experiences. Hallmarks of my ceremonies include a warm conversational style, a sense of humor, flexibility and a spirit of welcome and inclusion.
Your Wedding Day is a wonderfully unique occasion. Whether you dream of a small, intimate gathering, a massive celebratory production, or anything in between - I hope to help you.
Designed for any size wedding where a rehearsal is not planned
∙ Customizable Ceremony that includes Selection or Personalization of Vows whether spiritual, religious or secular.
∙ Couple Rituals e.g. Hand-fasting, Sand, Wine Box, Highland Quaich,Unity Candles, "Tying the Knot", etc.
∙ Family Rituals e.g. Thanksgiving for Children, Family Dedication or Blessing
∙ 30-min Video conference review of the ceremony with the officiant.
Basic Plus Package
Designed for any couple desiring a rehearsal. Dates and Approximate time for the rehearsal must be provided upon booking.
Basic Package Plus rehearsal
Designed for "true elopement" couples, this service cannot be booked more than 30 days in advance and may have no more than 8 in attendance.
∙Professional Ordained Officiant
∙Selection of one of the Classic Ceremonies
- The Celebration of a Spiritual Marriage
- The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage
- The Blessing of a Civil Marriage
- The Anniversary of a Marriage
- The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant
∙ Service within 30 miles of Asheville
∙ Marriage License Filing
∙ 5 minute sermon, homily or meditation - $50.00
∙ Fee for loacations farther than 30 miles from Asheville - $TBD
∙ Time of Day (before 10am or after 8pm start) - $100.00
∙ Trekking (greater than 10-min walk to ceremony site) - $50.00
∙ Providing one (1) additional witness - $50.00
∙ I am happy to perform ceremonies in the beautiful outdoor settings that Asheville has to offer. I do, however, suggest that each couple have an indoor backup plan in place. For outdoor services, in the case of inclement weather and/or the following alerts by the National Weather Service - Severe Weather, Severe Thunderstorms, High Wind, Flood, Flash Flood, Excessive Heat or Freeze Warnings I will delay or postpone rehearsals and ceremonies until the conditions are safe for the couple, their guests and myself.
∙ Parking and/or Tolls for the ceremony (and rehearsal) shall be reimbursed in full. For more extensive travel, all expenses will be reimbursed including hotel accomodations, commercial travel expenses and a food per diem of $50/day.
∙ I subscribe to and endorse the use of The Premarriage Awareness Inventory © as a tool for exploring concepts related to marriage, skills important to nurturing a marriage, and potential areas of challenge in marriage.
∙Copies of the Classic Ceremonies referenced in the Elopement package are available upon request. For Elopement Packages, these services may only be modified to add names of the couple where appropriate and/or to remove specific sections. Any further customization would fall under our Basic Package.
∙To reserve a date for your Ceremony, we require a signed Letter of Agreement with a deposit equal to one half of the Honorarium plus add-ons is due. The balance is due to be received 10 days prior to your ceremony.
Choose Rev. Nick!
Rev. Nick was a great choice for our small, family wedding during COVID. He was extremely flexible in adjusting the ceremony to our needs and was very respectful of other guests. We were very impressed with his responsiveness to a lot of specific requests in our ceremony. Also, he has a great voice! Would certainly recommend him to anyone.
We could not have asked for a better officiant for our winter elopement! Nick braved the freezing temperatures, high winds, and a moderate hike in order to marry us in the perfect spot! He also indulged my love for Outlander and all things Scottish/Irish and added a "hand-fasting" portion to our ceremony! He was very accommodating to all of our requests for the specifics of the ceremony and was extremely helpful for any questions we had! I honestly cannot say enough good things about him, and I would highly recommend him for your ceremony!"
"Nick was very professional, personable and easy to work with. My husband and I found him a month before our wedding during the COVID pandemic and were able to plan the ceremony with one phone call and several email exchanges. We were able to craft a ceremony together that fit both my husband and my personalities and background. Highly recommend!"
"Nick was wonderful! I would hire him over an over again!"
"Rev. Nick was the perfect officiant for our small, family wedding. He helped tailor the ceremony to our preferences. We greatly appreciated his service!"
- Timothy S.
"Very professional and nice. He came to the rehearsal and sent a draft of the ceremony ahead of time to which I was able to request changes that he happily made. Super friendly and nice man. I am glad he was our officiant."
"We absolutely LOVED Nick! We had no idea what to expect going into this... Nick was so kind to set aside time one evening a few days before our ceremony to go over things with us—the things that I procrastinated on for months! 😅 Talking to him for thirty minutes and feeling like we had known him for years! We both felt so comfortable with Nick!"