TERMS AND CONDITIONS

CEREMONY AGREEMENT

THIS CEREMONY AGREEMENT (THE “AGREEMENT”) IS MADE BETWEEN GREAT OFFICIANTS, LLC (“COMPANY”) AND THE CLIENTS IDENTIFIED ABOVE (“CLIENTS”) (COLLECTIVELY “PARTIES”) WITH RESPECT TO CLIENTS’ WEDDING OR COMMITMENT CEREMONY SCHEDULED AS DETAILED ABOVE (“THE CEREMONY”).

 

REFERRAL AND EVENT PLANNING SERVICES.  THE COMPANY REFERS CLIENTS TO AN OFFICIANT (“OFFICIANT”) OR NOTARY (“NOTARY”) TO PERFORM CERTAIN EVENT PLANNING SERVICES FOR CLIENTS’ CEREMONY AT THE PRE-DETERMINED TIME AND LOCATION IN THE ABOVE-DESCRIBED MANNER AND/OR TO PROVIDE CEREMONY LOCATION AND/OR ISSUE A MARRIAGE LICENSE.

 

PAYMENT.  FOR REFERING CLIENTS TO AN OFFICIANT, THE CUTE LITTLE CHAPEL OR BEACH ELOPEMENT PACKAGE, A NON-REFUNDABLE REFERRAL FEE  OF ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS ($150.00) IS DUE FROM THE CLIENTS TO COMPANY AT TIME OF BOOKING. FOR A BEACH CEREMONY,  A THREE HUNDRED ($300) NON-REFUNDABLE REFFERAL FEE IS DUE FROM THE CLIENTS TO COMPANY AT TIME OF BOOKING. NO DATES WILL BE HELD UNTIL THE REFERRAL FEE IS PAID IN FULL. FOR ALL OTHER AMOUNTS DUE FROM CLIENTS TO COMPANY AND/OR OFFICIANT AS AGREED UPON AT TIME OF BOOKING, THE BALANCE ON SUCH AMOUNTS SHALL BE PAID TO COMPANY AND/OR OFFICIANT PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF THE CEREMONY.  FOR THE BEACH CEREMONY, ANY REMAINING BALANCE DUE FROM THE CLIENTS TO COMPANY AND/OR OFFICIANT IS DUE FOUR (4) WEEKS PRIOR TO THE BEACH CEREMONY. IN THE EVENT CLIENTS PAY COMPANY ANY OFFICIANT FEE, COMPANY WILL FORWARD SUCH FEE TO OFFICIANT. ANY ADDITIONAL FEES OR AMOUNTS DUE FROM CLIENTS TO OFFICIANT, SUCH AS TRAVEL OR SPECIALTY CEREMONIES, SHALL BE PAID DIRECTLY TO THE OFFICIANT. OFFICIANT SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO BEGIN THE CEREMONY UNLESS PAID IN FULL.  IF PAYING WITH CREDIT CARD OR PAYPAL A 3% PROCESSING FEE WILL BE ADDED TO THE TOTAL AMOUNT. ALL PRICES LISTED ON THE WEBSITE ARE THE DISCOUNTED CASH PRICES. FEES PAID BY CREDIT CARD OR PAYPAL OR OTHER PROCESSERS ARE 3% HIGHER THAN THE PRICES LISTED ON THE WEBSITE.

 

RESCHEDULING. TO RESCHEDULE THE DATE, TIME, OR LOCATION OF THE CEREMONY, CLIENTS MUST CONTACT COMPANY VIA EMAIL AT INFO@GREATOFFICIANTS.COM TO REQUEST THE CHANGE. DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY, COMPANY WILL WORK TO ACCOMMODATE CLIENTS’ REQUESTS. TO CONFIRM A RESCHEDULE, ANY REMAINING BALANCE MUST BE PAID IN FULL. ALL RESCHEDULES MUST BE CONFIRMED IN WRITING.

 

RECONFIRMATION. IT IS REQUIRED THAT CLIENTS MAKE PHONE AND/OR EMAIL CONTACT DIRECTLY WITH OFFICIANT NO LATER THAN TWO (2) WEEKS PRIOR TO THE CEREMONY TO CONFIRM START TIMES AND CONTENT OF CEREMONY. (APPLICABLE TO ANY CEREMONY BOOKED MORE THAN ONE WEEK OUT).

 

SCHEDULE AND ADDITIONAL CHARGES.  BY ACKNOWLEDGING THIS AGREEMENT AND BOOKING, CLIENTS AGREE THE CEREMONY SHALL BEGIN AT THE SPECIFIED TIME. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE OFFICIANT IS ABLE TO BEGIN THE CEREMONY AT THE SCHEDULED TIME IN ORDER TO STAY ON SCHEDULE FOR OTHER SCHEDULED CEREMONIES AND EVENTS.  CLIENTS UNDERSTAND THEY MAY BE CHARGED TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS ($25.00) PER EVERY FIFTEEN (15) MINUTES  THE OFFICIANT HAS TO WAIT TO START THE CEREMONY PAST THE SCHEDULED TIME. THE OFFICIANT SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO STAY LONGER THAN THIRTY (30) MINUTES PAST THE SCHEDULED START TIME.  IT IS ENTIRELY WITHIN THE OFFICIANT’S DISCRETION WHETHER TO STAY LONGER THAN THIRTY (30) MINUTES PAST THE SCHEDULED START TIME IF THE CEREMONY HAS NOT BEGUN.  IF CLIENTS HAVE GIVEN THEIR GUESTS AN “INVITATION TIME” BUT INTEND TO START THE CEREMONY LATER THAN THE INVITATION TIME, THIS MUST BE DISCUSSED PRIOR TO BOOKING.  SCHEDULE AND LOCATION CHANGES MADE AFTER BOOKING MAY RESULT IN ADDITIONAL CHARGES FOR TIME (AT $25.00 PER 15 MINUTES) AND TRAVEL EXPENSES, AS SPECIFIED ABOVE.

 

DATE CHANGES AND NOTICE.  IF CLIENTS WANT OR NEED TO CHANGE THE DATE OF THE CEREMONY, THE NON-REFUNDABLE REFERRAL FEE WILL BE TRANSFERABLE TO ANOTHER AVAILABLE DATE IF CLIENTS NOTIFY  COMPANY IN WRITING VIA EMAIL AT INFO@GREATOFFICIANTS.COM AT LEAST SEVEN (7) DAYS PRIOR TO THE ORIGINAL CEREMONY DATE.  IF NOTICE IS GIVEN LESS THAN SEVEN (7) DAYS PRIOR TO THE ORIGINAL CEREMONY DATE, CLIENTS MAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FULL FEE FOR THE BOOKING, AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL FEES ON THE RESCHEDULED CEREMONY DATE. THE CEREMONY DATE MAY ONLY BE CHANGED TO AN AVAILABLE DATE WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR FROM THE DATE THE REFERRAL FEE IS PAID.

 

CANCELLATION.  IF CLIENTS CANCEL THE CEREMONY AFTER PAYING THE REFERRAL FEE, WRITTEN NOTICE OF CANCELLATION VIA EMAIL AT INFO@GREATOFFICIANTS.COM MUST BE GIVEN TO COMPANY AT LEAST SEVEN (7) DAYS PRIOR TO THE ORIGINAL CEREMONY DATE. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE NON-REFUNDABLE REFERRAL FEE BE REFUNDED. IF WRITTEN NOTICE OF CANCELLATION IS PROVIDED FROM CLIENTS TO COMPANY AT LEAST SEVEN (7) DAYS PRIOR TO THE ORIGINAL CEREMONY DATE AND CLIENTS HAVE ALREADY PAID IN FULL, THE BALANCE OF THE FEES PAID AFTER DEDUCTION OF THE NON-REFUNDABLE REFERRAL FEE WILL BE RETURNED TO CLIENTS.  IF NOTICE IS PROVIDED LESS THAN SEVEN (7) DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED CEREMONY DATE, CLIENTS SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR FULL PAYMENT AND NO AMOUNTS WILL BE RETURNED TO CLIENTS. 

 IF CLIENTS CANCEL THE BEACH CEREMONY, WRITTEN NOTICE FROM CLIENTS TO COMPANY VIA EMAIL INFO@GREATOFFICIANTS.COM MUST BE PROVIDED AT LEAST THIRTY (30) DAYS PRIOR TO THE ORIGINAL BEACH CEREMONY DATE. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE NON-REFUNDABLE REFERRAL FEE BE REFUNDED.  IF WRITTEN NOTICE OF CANCELLATION IS PROVIDED FROM CLIENTS TO COMPANY AT LEAST THIRTY (30) DAYS PRIOR TO THE ORIGINAL BEACH CEREMONY DATE AND CLIENTS HAVE ALREADY PAID IN FULL, THE BALANCE OF THE FEES PAID AFTER DEDUCTION OF THE NON-REFUNDABLE REFERRAL FEE WILL BE RETURNED TO CLIENTS.  IF NOTICE IS PROVIDED LESS THAN THIRTY (30) DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED BEACH CEREMONY DATE, CLIENTS SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR FULL PAYMENT AND NO AMOUNTS WILL BE RETURNED TO CLIENTS. 

IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT THE COMPANY OR OFFICIANT MUST CANCEL, AND CANNOT PROVIDE OTHER AVAILABLE OPTIONS, ALL AMOUNTS PAID BY CLIENTS UNDER THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE RETURNED TO CLIENTS.

ALL CANCELLATIONS MUST BE PROVIDED AND CONFIRMED IN WRITING (EMAIL IS ACCEPTABLE). VERBAL CANCELLATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED OR HONORED.

 

SPECIFIC OFFICIANT.  IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY OR UNEXPECTED CIRCUMSTANCES PREVENTING A SPECIFIC OFFICIANT BOOKED BY CLIENTS FROM PERFORMING HIS OR HER SERVICES, THE COMPANY SHALL BE ALLOWED TO REFER A REPLACEMENT OFFICIANT, WITH CLIENTS’ PRIOR APPROVAL WHENEVER REASONABLY POSSIBLE.

 

SAFETY.  CLIENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT AT THE CEREMONY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO RESTRAINING ALL PETS FROM THE CEREMONY AREA,  PREVENTING DRUNKEN AND UNRULY BRIDAL PARTY MEMBERS, ETC.  IF AT ANY TIME OFFICIANT OR NOTARY FEELS UNSAFE OR THREATENED IN ANY MANNER, THEY SHALL HAVE NO OBLIGATION TO REMAIN AT THE CEREMONY LOCATION, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEIR SERVICES HAVE BEEN RENDERED. CLIENTS AGREE AND UNDERSTAND THAT THEY WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT IN FULL OF ANY FEES DUE UNDER SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE SERVICES HAVE BEEN RENDERED.

 

VENUE RESTRICTIONS.  COMPANY AND/OR OFFICIANT ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DEALING WITH ANY VENUE RESTRICTIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, RESTRICTIONS ON OPEN FLAMES, SAND, RICE OR OTHER TOSS ITEMS, AND DECORATIONS SUCH AS ROSE PETALS AND OTHER FLORAL AND NON-FLORAL DÉCOR, AND COMPANY AND/OR OFFICIANT ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ADVERSE IMPACT ON THE CEREMONY AS A RESULT OF SUCH RESTRICTIONS. PLEASE CONTACT VENUE TO BE ADVISED ON ANY SUCH RESTRICTIONS.

 

SOUND.  COMPANY AND/OR OFFICIANT ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY SOUND OR MUSIC SERVICES AT OFF-SITE CEREMONY LOCATIONS, INCLUDING AMPLIFICATION FOR THE OFFICIANT, CLIENTS, READERS AND/OR MUSICIANS.  CLIENTS MUST ARRANGE SEPARATELY FOR ANY SUCH SOUND SERVICES WITH THE VENUE OR A THIRD-PARTY COMPANY. IN THE EVENT CLIENTS USE THE SOUND EQUIPMENT PROVIDED BY SELECTED OFFICIANT CLIENTS UNDERSTAND OFFICIANTS ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL DJS OR SOUND ENGINEERS AND THE EQUIPMENT IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL SOUND EQUIPMENT. THE EQUIPMENT IS NONPROFESSIONAL GRADE AND ONLY PROVIDED TO ADD SOUND AND MUSIC TO THE CEREMONY.

 

CHAPEL CEREMONIES.  FOR CEREMONIES PERFORMED AT THE CUTE LITTLE CHAPEL AKA EDGEWATER CHAPEL (“THE CHAPEL”), CLIENTS AGREE TO LEAVE THE CHAPEL PROPERTY IN GOOD CONDITION, AND CLIENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR REPAIR OF ANY DAMAGE TO THE CHAPEL STRUCTURE AND/OR INTERIOR, AND/OR REPLACEMENT OF DAMAGED OR STOLEN ITEMS SUCH AS CHAIRS AND EQUIPMENT. THE OFFICIANT CHOSEN FOR A CEREMONY AT THE CHAPEL MAY CHANGE AT ANY TIME TO ACCOMMODATE THE SCHEDULING OF OTHER CEREMONIES. CLIENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE NEW OFFICIANT AND CONTACT INFORMATION WILL BE GIVEN WHENEVER POSSIBLE. THERE ARE SPECIALIZED CHAPEL NOTARIES AND OFFICIANTS. IF A NOTARY OR OFFICIANT THAT IS NOT A CHAPEL NOTARY OR OFFICIANT IS CHOSEN, THEN  CLIENTS MUST  PAY THE “ON LOCATION” PACKAGE PRICE. ONLY SILK FLOWERS MAY BE SCATTERED IN THE CHAPEL FOR THE CEREMONY AND MUST BE CLEANED UP PRIOR TO LEAVING THE CHAPEL. IF THE CHAPEL CEREMONY STARTS MORE THAN 30 MINUTES AFTER THE SCHEDULED START TIME DUE, THE CEREMONY MAY HAVE TO BE RESCHEDULED TO ANOTHER TIME AND/OR DATE.

 

GRATUITY.  GRATUITY FOR OFFICIANTS IS OPTIONAL AND LEFT TO CLIENTS’ DISCRETION.

 

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. CLIENTS AGREE THAT, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, COMPANY’S LIABILITY FOR ANY CLAIM, BREACH OR DAMAGE BY REASON OF ANY ACT OR OMISSION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT, SHALL BE LIMITED TO REPAYMENT OF SUMS PAID BY CLIENTS ONLY. CLIENTS AGREE THAT, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, COMPANY SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIMS FOR EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, MENTAL ANGUISH, CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFIT, LOSS OF ENJOYMENT, LOST REVENUES, REPLACEMENT COSTS, COMPENSATORY DAMAGES AND/OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, WHETHER OR NOT FORESEEABLE AND/OR ARISING FROM ANY NEGLIGENT ACT OR OMISSION ON THE PART OF ANY PERSON.

 

INDEMNITY. CLIENTS AGREE TO INDEMNIFY, DEFEND AND HOLD HARMLESS COMPANY AND ITS EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, MEMBERS AND/OR MANAGERS FOR ANY INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE, LIABILITY, CLAIM OR OTHER CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE ACTIONS OF CLIENTS OR CLIENTS’ GUESTS.

 

FORCE MAJEURE. NO PARTY TO THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR HAVE THE RIGHT TO TERMINATE THIS AGREEMENT FOR ANY DELAY OR DEFAULT IN PERFORMING HEREUNDER IF SUCH DELAY OR DEFAULT IS CAUSED BY CONDITIONS BEYOND ITS CONTROL INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ACTS OF GOD (SUCH AS NATURAL DISASTERS), FIRE, GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS (INCLUDING THE DENIAL OR CANCELLATION OF ANY EXPORT OR OTHER NECESSARY LICENSE), WARS, INSURRECTIONS AND/OR ANY OTHER CAUSE BEYOND THE REASONABLE CONTROL OF THE PARTY WHOSE PERFORMANCE IS AFFECTED.

 

IMAGE RELEASE. CLIENTS AUTHORIZE THE COMPANY TO USE ANY IMAGES AND STORIES FROM THE CEREMONY FOR ANY MEANS OF PROMOTION OF COMPANY, INCLUDING ADVERTISING AND DISPLAY ON WEBSITES OR BLOGS, UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED BY CLIENT.  CLIENTS WAIVE ANY RIGHT TO PAYMENT, ROYALTIES OR ANY OTHER CONSIDERATION FOR THE USE OF THE IMAGES OR STORIES.

 

DISPUTE RESOLUTION. ANY DISPUTE ARISING UNDER OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT IN EXCESS OF SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($7,500.00) (OR THE THEN-APPLICABLE CALIFORNIA SMALL CLAIMS COURT MAXIMUM) SHALL BE SUBMITTED TO BINDING ARBITRATION BY THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ASSOCIATION’S COMMERCIAL RULES THEN IN EFFECT, FOLLOWING THE UNSUCCESSFUL RESOLUTION OF THE DISPUTE OR CLAIM BY MEDIATION.  THE PARTIES SHALL SELECT A SINGLE ARBITRATOR, AND THE ARBITRATION SHALL TAKE PLACE IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. THE ARBITRATOR’S DECISION SHALL BE BINDING ON THE PARTIES, AND JUDGMENT ON THE AWARD RENDERED BY THE ARBITRATOR MAY BE ENTERED IN ANY COURT HAVING JURISDICTION THEREOF. ANY PARTY PREVAILING IN ANY ARBITRATION TO ENFORCE OR INTERPRET THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT OR REGARDING A BREACH OF THIS AGREEMENT, OR ANY OTHER DISPUTE BETWEEN THE PARTIES, SHALL BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, IN ADDITION TO ALL OTHER RELIEF TO WHICH SUCH PARTY MAY BE ENTITLED.

 

ENTIRE AGREEMENT. THIS AGREEMENT CONSTITUTES THE ENTIRE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND SUPERSEDES ALL PRIOR AGREEMENTS WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN CONCERNING THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS AGREEMENT. 

 

GOVERNING LAW. THE VALIDITY, CONSTRUCTION AND ENFORCEABILITY OF THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED IN ALL RESPECTS BY THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. BY COMPLETING THE AVAILABILITY REQUEST FORM, PAYMENT OF A REFERRAL FEE AND/OR BY SIGNING THIS AGREEMENT ELECTRONICALLY, CLIENTS EXPRESSLY ACKNOWLEDGE THEY UNDERSTAND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS HEREIN AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY ALL SUCH TERMS AND CONDITIONS.