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Funeral Insurance

Posted in Funerals & Memorials

More and more of our older population are making their own funeral arrangements. They do this in order to relieve their family members of some or the entire financial burden that could fall on their shoulders and many want to ensure that their funeral goes according to their wishes. It is for these reasons that funeral insurance has become a necessary part of funeral planning.

Another reason that many are choosing to go this route is due to rising funeral costs. The average costs for today’s funeral is anywhere from $4,000 to $6,000 not including an underground burial. This fee of course can vary depending upon where the burial will take place. Not to mention some deceased may want to be buried in a family plot or taken to another state for burial. Not only has the cost risen but interest in planning funeral services has increased as well. Many would like to participate with planning the funeral as well as deciding which products and services will be included. Paying for these things in advance lock in the details, cost and ensure that wishes are met.

Those looking to plan their own memorial service and pay for funeral insurance must ensure that they do not fall prey to insurance scams or ridiculously high premiums. There are some people in this industry that look to take advantage of the elderly. To prevent this from happening, our elders should have another family member participate in this process if they think it is necessary. Basically, just be sure that you do your due diligence.

Previously, many funerals were funded through the use of trusts however there are tax liabilities involved with that method which is why many choose to go this route instead. Many people find it is easier and makes more sense to add a small amount of coverage to their current life insurance policy specifically designed to cover costs for their funeral.

If you find yourself in need of a minister please contact us at 713-208-2025 for a complimentary phone consultation. Together we can find the right words to create a fitting tribute to your loved one.

Please allow Minister Services to walk you through this difficult time in your life. You may also view other articles in our Minister Services blog for more helpful information and you may read about us as well.

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Baptism Favors

Posted in Baptisms & Christenings

Baptism Favors Ideas

There are so many things to think about as you plan your baby’s baptism or baby blessing ceremony. Many parents will throw a baptism party for their baby after the ceremony and with that comes the need for baptism favors. In today’s article we discuss potential ideas for party favors for this type of event.

Doves – a very popular theme that many parents opt to go with is doves. Doves symbolize purity and peace. You can find dove shaped candy wrappers, soaps, and dove shaped candles that can be given to guests as gifts for attending the baby christening.

Angels – angels are very popular among parents as well since they symbolize goodness, divinity and light. They hold religious significance and are often portrayed as babies with halos and wings. Many will buy angel themed candles, personalized candy wrappers, as well as include angels on the invitation to the baby christening or naming ceremony.

Bible – Perhaps the most obvious of the baptism favors is the bible. Most bible themed favors are drawn as a brown, white, or black book with a holy cross on it.

Cross – the holy cross is another common theme for a baptismal and there are many interpretations of the meaning of the cross. Some items could be cross-shaped soaps, chocolate bars with a cross on customized wrappers, and candles engraved with the cross symbol.

Bookmarks – bookmarks are another popular favor and they can be given in a variety of ways. There are bookmarks that include bible verses as well as inspirational wording. There are bookmarks with crosses, angels, and doves displayed on them. You can also customize bookmarks to include your baby’s photo on it along with a favorite bible verse.

Photo Magnets – photo magnets are also another popular favor because they can display forever on guests refrigerators, and they can also be used as a save-the-date for the occasion. These magnets don’t have to include a photo, but typically include information such as the baby’s name and the time, date and the location of the baptism.

Photo key rings – photo key rings are also popular because they too serve as a constant reminder of the special day.

Baptism and christening ceremonies are important events that celebrate the beginning of a child’s spiritual life. Many parents opt to provide baptism favors as a courtesy and as thanks to the guests who attend.

If you are in need of an officiant to conduct your baby blessing ceremony, christening, or naming ceremony, please contact us at Houston Minister Services or you can continue to view other articles in our Minster Services blog.

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Wedding Planning

Posted in Alternative Custom Weddings

Planning a wedding is a huge endeavor and more brides and grooms are opting to plan their wedding day without the help of a wedding planner. Whether you decide to plan your big day with our without the assistance of a wedding planner, the wedding planning checklist provided below provides your to-do list for wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions for the months preceding the wedding.

6 plus months out

  • Decide on the type of wedding you will have. Formal, or informal? Large or Small? Garden wedding or beach wedding? Destination wedding? Also decide what time of year you would like it to take place.
  • Set a budget
  • Order wedding dress, shoes, veil, gloves, purse, etc.
  • Compile a guest list including mailing addresses
  • Hire a wedding planner at this time, if you are hiring one.
  • Choose the wedding ceremony site and the wedding reception site.
  • Finalize the wedding date
  • Choose the attendants including your wedding party
  • Hire a wedding officiant, caterer, florist, music, photographer, and videographer
  • Choose the wedding cake
  • Plan and book your honeymoon!

4 to 6 months out (wedding planning)

  • Send Save-the-Date cards
  • Order your stationary including wedding invitations, thank you cards and book a calligrapher for table name cards if necessary.
  • Reserve any rental equipment including tables, chairs, tents, etc.
  • Arrange transportation for your wedding day
  • Register for wedding gifts
  • Purchase wedding rings,
  • Choose and reserve/buy wedding attire for groom, groomsmen, bridesmaids, flower girl, ring bearer, etc.
  • Choose favors. (See wedding ideas)
  • Buy gifts for wedding party and parents.
  • Reserve block of rooms or other accommodations for overnight guests
  • Book a room for wedding night and sign up for dance lessons
  • Write thank you notes as wedding gifts begin to arrive.

2 to 4 months out (wedding planning)

  • Choose menu and hors ‘d oeuvres
  • Discuss details of the ceremony with the wedding officiant, including readings, vows, special requests, etc. (see ceremony options)
  • Write wedding vows if need be
  • Schedule the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner for day before the wedding
  • Select make-up and hair stylist and do a trial run with each.
  • Mail out wedding invitations
  • Contact local vendors for wedding announcements in local listings

1 to 2 months out (wedding planning)

  • Print programs
  • Buy a guest book
  • Take blood tests if required by your state
  • Obtain marriage license as well as certified copies. *Pay attention to requirements for your state.
  • Change of address and name change to post office, and prepare necessary documents. (Many brides wait until after the honeymoon to do this to ease travel preparations, especially if leaving the country)

The above lists those items that must be done in the months preceding your wedding day. Please view our next blog in the Alternative Custom Weddings section for checklists required for the weeks preceding the big day!

For more information on how to create the perfect wedding ceremony or if you are in need of a wedding officiant, please contact us at Minister Services.

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