Bishop Ronald Turcot - Wedding - Clearwater Beach

Rev. Stallsmith with the Bride & Groom


Arch-Bishop Pace with Bride & Groom

                                             Established 1990
     OFFICE:   882 Lucas Lane  *  Oldsmar, FL 34677- 4221

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 Your Wedding Ceremony Should Be Fun, Not Boring!

*   When was the last time you were at a wedding ceremony that was enjoyable and interesting?

*   Why do so many guests skip the ceremony and only show up for the reception?

Wedding ceremonies are routine, pretty much the same, even kind of boring. They follow the same basic pattern.

BUT, what if you surprised your guests with something they were not expecting?  What if your "love story" was shared at your ceremony by a master storyteller?

*   Your guests would laugh and cry.

*   Your guests would pay attention, captivated by your "love story."  It's a drama - How did you meet?  How did he propose?  And the both of you will be the stars! 

Your guests would say it was the best wedding ceremony thay have ever been to.  In addition, you will still  have your wedding ceremony just the way you want it.

*   Where you will know , in advance, everything , including your "love story,"  that will be said and done.

*   By an Officiant who will take the time to get to know you, who REALLY cares.



This is the most important promise you'll ever make, so it should definitely reflect your hearts, minds, and voices.  Before you get carried away, and start spilling your heart out, do your homework.  You can choose to search the internet or library books or the both of you can simply sit down and pen your own vows.  Dr. Turcot has many beautiful vows that are available to you for the asking.   If you decide to write your own, be sure to pass it by the groom first.  The same goes for him.  Make sure you both have approximately the  same length of text so that one person isn't rambling on for five minutes while the other says ten words.  I recommend running the final product by a close and trustworthy friend or family member with polished editing skills, just to make sure.   

What is most important to you on your wedding day ?
*   The reception?  Which part:  the food, the drinks, the music ?
*  The place where the wedding and / or the reception will be ?
*   The dress ?
*  The photos and video ?
*  The flowers ?
*  The invitations ?
*   The ceremony ?
Ask yourself this question! --- what are you willing to spend the most money on, to make the biggest investment in ?   
An investment is something you hope to get back more than you put in.
Invest In Your Ceremony ---- Invest in Dr. Turcot
Dr. Turcot believes that the most important part of your wedding is the ceremony.
It is after all, the point of the day.
And the thing you will always remember and celebrate along with your anniversaries.
Weddings should NOT be all the same.  They do NOT need to be boring.  Many bridal couples quickly rush through their ceremony to get to the party.  Wedding ceremonies ought to be personalized and fun!  
Why should you invest in your ceremony? 
Invest in Dr. Turcot - He will invest in you! 
Because you will get a significant return on your investment.  Dr. Turcot will share your "love story" at your wedding ---- so that it is personalized, romantic and fun!
If your love story has humorous elements ---- and they all do ---- then there will be laughter.
You won't have guests asking you throughout the reception, "So, how did he propose?"  over and over. 
Dr. Turcot will share your full "love story", once, and everyone will be in the know. 
Dr. Turcot will supply you with a full and completed script well in advance of your wedding ----- so that you know your wedding is organized just the way you want it to be, so that you can be assured what he will say to your guests when he tells your "love story" at your wedding.  It will allow you the opportunity to change, add or delete any part of your ceremony.  There are no surprises!
Dr. Turcot, will conduct a one hour rehearsal ---- so that everyone is comfortable with where they need to be, when and how to walk and where to stand .  Depending on the size of your wedding party AND the length of your ceremony, the time frame for your actual ceremony can be from 20 minutes to 40 minutes and sometimes even longer.  This will all  depend on which services and add-ons you choose for your wedding ceremony. Discuss this at your free get-acquainted meeting and consultation. 
Dr. Turcot will meet with you and yours for approximately 2 hours to plan your wedding.  Be sure to allow the time in your schedule!   Generally speaking, most brides do not know how to plan a wedding ceremony. 
Dr. Turcot does!  He is a full-time minister with 43 years of  qualified experience.  He marries over 100 couples annually, in addition to his State Bishop's duties.  He will draw out your "love story" from you and share the first draft of what it wil sound like at your wedding.  You will laugh at him telling you your own love story
(at the meeting and finally on your wedding day)  He will guide you through the entire planning process.  This method eliminates unnecessary mistakes and serves to ensure absolute success during your ceremony.

To introduce myself, I am the Rt. Rev. Ronald Turcot, D. D., an ordained minister (since 1968) , recently appointed & consecrated as Administrative Bishop of Florida with The Holy Trinity Church of America as of May 16, 2010. 
Normally, I perform most of the Tampa Wedding Officiants services,  unless you request another Minister, Priest or Rabbi.  My staff and I joyfully celebrate romantic, meaningful, and inspirational wedding ceremonies all year long.  One of the many important decisions you must make about your wedding ceremony is "who will perform your wedding."  I will do everything possible to ensure that your ceremony creates a precious memory and reflects your values and beliefs.
In addition, I am privileged and honored  to work with the finest event and wedding planners, wedding photographers, entertainers, Caterers, Disc Jockeys, Bands, Florists, musicians, as well as Resort hotel management,  Parks, military based chapels, regular churches, restaurants, museums, cruise ships, aquariums, and theatres, to mention a few.  I can perform your wedding at just about any location you wish.
There are times when a specific type of wedding service / officiant is requested, which requires a Catholic Priest, Rabbi or  Minister of a certain denomination.  Call for availability!  727- 871- 9900


In order to serve the needs of "engaged couples" seeking to be married,  I have obtained the services of additional ordained clergymen, each with many years of experience having pastored their own "houses of worship" and now semi-retired, serve the wedding industry.  They are also available as my  "back-up officiants"  in the unlikely event of an emergency.  However, we are well prepared for such an instance, if it should ever occur.  No bride is ever left behind without the benefit of clergy.  The wedding will go as planned regardless! 
Too many "officiants" do NOT have a back-up team or even an additional officiant in case he becomes ill. That can present a very bad situation for any bride. 


There is a significant amount of reading to be completed on this and subsequent pages and it was put there to give you valuable information that you will most likely need.  Most wedding officiants  will NOT offer this as it makes their website bigger, and most bridal couples will not take the time to review it,  however, this site is designed to assist you in planning your wedding ceremony in detail. 


Your wedding is very important to you and I know that you will need all the professional help you can get.  It is well worth your time to review ALL the information packed pages on this website.  This is NOT the time to be in a hurry!  Your wedding ceremony is very important to you, your families, and friends.   Read every page!


Renewal of Vows, Baptisms and Elopements are also welcome!  Short notices are OK.   "Engaged Couples"  of all faiths are encouraged  to call and are very welcome.  Wedding prayers can be spoken in English, Spanish, and Hebrew for interfaith ceremonies.  We are not judgemental nor care about your past or present lifestyle.  The last individual who had the authority to judge others left this earth over 2000 years ago.  Since then, NO ONE has had that right.  We are a relaxed, gentle and accepting  ministry.  Between us, we offer you over 200 years of combined knowledge and experience.  For more information, please call Rev. Dr. Ronald Turcot at (727) 871-9900.


In addition to my 43 years of experience,  I offer a vast research library of wedding services, representing most of all the faiths, customs, and traditions practiced world-wide.  Our years of  pastoral experience, along with advanced faith-based university degrees  and in-depth seminary training,  has enabled us to provide a wide variety of services to include Religious, Traditional, Non-denominational, Interfaith, Multicultural, Themed and Military as well as Secular ceremonies.   Be sure to call Dr. Ronald Turcot at (727) 871-9900 for a FREE Consultation and planning meeting without obligation.
My "Privacy Policy" guarantees that this ministry will never sell, distribute, share or otherwise divulge ANY information of any kind to anyone,  regarding my clients identity or business dealings.  That's the way my bridal couples  prefer it and that's the way it will be.
Dear Dr. Turcot,
What is the core to a wedding?  Certainly it is both the bride and the groom,  But, with just as much weight, it is the officiant, for he provides the structure, tone, emotion and feel of the event.  Last month was wonderful!  And so much of that wonder was because of you, Dr. Turcot.  Let us assure you of that.  We seriously searched for someone just like you.  It was meant to be.  "Thank you" doesn't come close  and sounds too simple to properly express the depth of gratitude that we feel.   "Thank You"  comes not from just from Michael and I, but also from each of our family members.  You connected with each of them and gave them all the special gift of your presence.   Thank you for your wisdom, words, gracious facillitation and gentle kindness.  
                                                                    Warmest Regards,
                                                  Dr. & Mrs. Michael & Roseann Caravello

It is always an honor and a privilege to help a bridal couple create their own special and personal wedding ceremony that reflects  their wishes, needs and interests.  You may want to decide exactly what type of ceremony you want; large or small, formal or casual.  You may want your ceremony to be laced with tradition; to be filled with the personal touches that show the qualities and individualities of the two of you.
My approach to ceremonies, consistent with my philosophy, is that the service belongs to the bridal couple.  No one can dictate the content of the ceremony.  It's your wedding!  You are in charge of who participates in it, how it goes and to a large extent what is said.  As an Ordained Bishop, my role is to make sure you develop and create the right wedding ceremony.  As we work together to craft your ceremony, I will make suggestions based on my expertise and many years of experience.  There are different ways that the various elements of a ceremony might best flow together.  However, the final decision always remains with you.

9:00 A.M. TO 10:00 P.M.   We are available all year long - ALMOST EVERY DAY.  However, Christmas Eve, Christmas day, Thanksgiving day, and Easter are NOT available  Call for information at (727) 871-9900.  If you call later than 10:00 P.M....I  WILL call you back the very next day. GUARANTEED!
No day is more memorable or special than your wedding day.  There will be many special days in your life and moments to remember, but your wedding day is one you can plan together.  It should be a day filled with love, family, friends, and joyful memories.  Record it with photographs and videos.  Fill it with music and dancing.  Celebrate it with food and gifts.  Sanctify it with the presence of God.  And plan it with each other in mind.
Every wedding ceremony is unique.  They are all special and different.  There are no generic ceremonies just as there are no generic people.  Each person is unique and individual and so is each wedding ceremony.  

* Your wedding will probably be well photgraphed.
* Your wedding ceremony may be video-taped.
* Everyone will be watching and listening to you LIVE.
* You really want to say it well.
* You do not want to make mistakes.
* AND,  you don't get a second chance, if you do make mistakes.
SO ....
* Hire an Minister-Officiant with many years of wedding ceremony experience.
* Make a decent investment in hiring the right Officiant, early in your planning stage.
* Know that you have done your best to prepare.
* Show your partner that you really care. 
You will spend hundreds of dollars on a wedding dress that you will only wear ONCE,  hundreds on a cake you will only eat ONE BITE from,  thousands on a place to hold your wedding, reception,  and rehearsal,  thousands on food and drink, and only a few hundred for your Officiant, the ONE man that can bring you together as husband and wife for as long as you live.  THINK ABOUT IT!  Make the right investment.
Choose them well and with care.  Speak not only from your heart, but with your eyes,
as they are the windows to your soul.  Remember, proper planning prevents poor performance!
At our FREE - No obligation consultation & friendly get-acquainted meeting,  I will want to know your wishes, dreams and requirements to ensure your "special day" is an absolute success.  To accomplish this requires an Officiant who has acquired many years of experience as well as having mastered the art of being a "good listener" and with enough information to create your love story.    When the consultation is complete, I will have entered all the information that was discussed onto my wedding worksheet.  This enables me to thoroughly research and prepare your wedding service.  I'll  then send you the completed ceremony for you and yours to review.  This can be done via e-mail, postal mail or fax.
Upon your reviewing and approving the ceremony, you will then verbally sign off on it.  This procedure also allows the engaged couple to  make corrections, deletions  or add something new to their ceremony.  This usually happens weeks or months prior to the actual wedding date.  I will always do your wedding your way!  There will never be any surprises not already planned in advance.  GUARANTEED!

If you find that your circumstances won't permit an in-person consultation, I can conduct a complete in-depth interview using the telephone.  We can also exchange information by E-mail, Fax, or the U.S. Mail.  There is never a  fee for this service, however in order to book my services, a  fifty ($50.00) dollar non-refundable deposit will be required.  CALL:  Dr. Ronald Turcot at (727) 871-9900.  Be sure to read the "FAQ"  page for more information and details.

Your children from previous marriages / unions are welcome and encouraged to participate in your wedding ceremony.  They are recognized and honored as important and integral members of the newly blended family. In many instances, a gift, such as a "family medallion"  can be awarded to the children to be worn around their neck or a ring.   I am available to conduct your rehearsal, at an affordable fee of just $ 75.00.
NOTE:  Be sure to fully review this website for money-saving tips and helpful information for stress - free planning.  Any Qustions?  Call me at (727) 871-9900

Usually, I will speak your vows in four (4)  word increments and the bride and groom will simply repeat them after me.  Never attempt to memorize vows!  Many couples wish to write their own "private" vows to say to each other BEFORE the actual vows are given them by an Officiant.  Other bridal couples prefer to write their own vows to be spoken by the wedding Officiant.  Vows and readings are available through our ministry, absolutely free.  We also have an extensive research library representing MOST of the world's faiths.  I  support all these  methods.  There are many vows available on the internet, in our files, and in public libraries.  Engaged couples should research ceremonies carefully before deciding on the one that states what they feel and can identify with.  Just be sure I have a copy of those vows before the wedding day.  During the wedding, I usually ask the bridal couple to face each other and hold hands throughout the entire ceremony. No one's back is ever to your guests. Your guests want to see your eyes talking to one another, especially during your vows.  The emotion is really powerful and memorable!  Your photographer should capture those wonderful emotions on film as well as on the video.
I strongly recommend that as soon as you have set a date, time, and have also established the ceremony venue location, that you should immediately call to arrange a FREE CONSULTATION with me.  Too many brids call me at the very last minute.  They put so much time with their other vendors that they forget about booking the very person that brings it all together.  If you drag your feet on this part, it could mean the difference between finding a quality Officiant or someone that is not a real professional and there lies the REAL reason why some officiants are still available.  Quality and professionalism go hand in hand!   Professional  clergy wedding Officiants  are in high demand  and  usually "booked" a full year to eighteen (18) months in advance due to their excellent and professional reputation.  Common mistakes that  brides commit , is to call and simply inquire about my fees.  They don't bother to ask anything about my experience,  (43 years),  my background, education, or other important questions about my services.
Many brides will simply choose  an Officiant  because he or she quoted a very low fee.   In this world, you get what you pay for!  Proper planning is very, very important!  Too many things can go wrong at a wedding and those challenges emerge  because of poor planning and your not taking the time to do the research.  Once your wedding is "over", ...that's it!  If there were mistakes made, it cannot be undone.  There are NO do-overs in a wedding ceremony.  I recommend NOT to take unnecessary  risks  just to save a few dollars.   Regardless of  the size of your wedding,  the fee will always be the same because the neccesary efforts  by the Officiant will still require the same amount of careful quality effort, due dilligence, and research on his part,  just as if it were for a very large event.  The ceremony service will be the same.  There is NO such thing as a "little or small wedding!"  Please call Dr. Ronald Turcot at (727)  871-9900 with any questions.  Also, there is no such thing as a stupid question!   Questions from you will avoid mistakes later.
A fee of Two-Hundred & Seventy-Five  ($ 275.00) Dollars is the required fee for a Wedding Service.   The number of guests attending or how large your wedding is,  will have absolutely NO bearing on the fee. 
If there is to be a REHEARSAL, the additional fee is only Seventy-Five  ($ 75.00) Dollars, regardless of the size of your wedding party.  There are NO hidden fees...ever.   When we meet for our FREE-NO OBLIGATION  Consultation, a  deposit of only Fifty  ($ 50.00) dollars will be due,  (personl check, cash, or postal money order)  if you decide to retain my services.  That deposit is then deducted from the final balance due at the wedding.   Therefore, if you hired me just for a ceremony,  the outstanding balance would be only  Two - Hundred & Twenty-Five  ($225.00) Dollars, which is due at the wedding venue upon my arrival OR you may decide to pre-pay before the  wedding day.  The original deposit of Fifty Dollars is "Non-refundable"  if you should decide to cancell my services prior to OR within sixty (60) calendar days of  your wedding date.  The reason for that is because I could have booked another wedding in its place and would not have lost the revenue.  However, if  emergency circumstances prevent you from holding the wedding ceremony on the planned date,  and you wish to re-schedule your wedding for a future date,  then your deposit WILL remain in force  and will be applied to the NEW date.  The NEW & future date cannot exceed nine (9) calendar months from your original date or the deposit will be forfeited.   CALL Rev. Ronald Turcot for more details:  (727)  871-9900.

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Tampa Wedding Officiants is pleased and honored to introduce our clergy staff :
The Most Rev. Ronald K. Pace
Arch-Bishop, The Holy Apostolic Catholic Church
The Right Rev. Lawrence Upham
Bishop, Old Catholic Church
The Rev. Wayne Stallsmith  (Ret'd.)
Inter-denominational Minister



Rt. Rev. Ronald Turcot, D.D.

Rt. Rev. Fr. Laurence Upham

Most Rev. Fr. Ronald K. Pace


August 21, 2010

In my 43 years of exprience serving as a former pastor and now serving within the wedding industry, I see how different brides have changed in the past 3 years.  In today's down-turned economy, brides have put more emphasis on the cost factors of planning their weddings than ever before.   They are working with a more streamlined budget and leaving things out that are considered an "extravagant notion" and not really necessary for their wedding receptions, dresses, and invitations, etc.  They closely examine flower costs, their choices of entertainment, venues and more.  Up until recently american weddings averaged about $28,000 dollars.  Todays frugal bride has learned that she can have a lovely wedding for less than $12,000 dollars or less.   Some have even created a great ceremony and reception for about $5,000 dollars.  She has learned to open the bar at her reception only during the initial "cocktail hour" and then serve only beer, wine, and soda as liquid refreshments, to continue when the bar re-opens later.  For the Toast, use only a sweet champagne.   After all, the guests supposedly came to see the bridal couple, Not to get drunk on hard liquor.   All of that really reduces  costs.  Also, the food menu can be made less expensive, such as buffets or holding the wedding and reception at 1:00 p.m.  This allows for "finger foods" only to be served, not a sit down dinner or full buffet. If the bridal couple should choose a weekday wedding, she will save even more.  Saturdays, Friday evenings and Sundays are always at premium prices.   What a combined savings there!  Those choices by themselves saved her a tidy sum of money.  The couple can jointly, along with their parents,  trim their guest lists, adding only close family members and very close friends.  That removes Uncle Harry & Aunt Mary, who have  not seen you in over 5 years, including distant cousins, etc.  When you complete all of what is explained herein, you have accomplished a lot.  The bride & groom can now review all that they have saved.  Use wedding gift registries, such as Target stores,  showing only those items you are needing and seeking.  It saves your guests time,  expense and keeps them from buying a toaster, blender or microwave, etc. that you probably already have.  Please review my website for many more money-saving and wedding planning ideas.
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2010.08.15 | 2010.02.14

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