Wedding Minister Officiant

Reverend Wendy Clark

Riverside, CA

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About Reverend Wendy Clark

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Reverend Wendy Clark - Your Wedding Your Way

I specialize in the simple, stress-free "I Do" wedding ceremony. I am available 24/7 for last-minute elopements. Depending on your location, I can arrive in as little as an hour.

I have performed weddings in homes, parks, on a sailboat, by a creek in the mountains, and even the county jail. The location is limited only by your imagination.

Wedding ceremonies start at $100. Additions, such as a sand ceremony, rose ceremony or unity candle are included at no extra charge as long as the supplies are provided by you.

I believe in love, and I believe everyone has a right to be happy. It is not my place to judge your beliefs or personal circumstances; therefore, I do my best to work with any situation and any budget. I have never turned away anyone because of their religious beliefs or lack thereof. I also do my best to accommodate those with limited budgets.

My standard, non-denominational wedding script typically lasts between 7-10 minutes, which includes a simple closing prayer. If you're uncomfortable with any mention of God, no problem. You are also welcome to add a poem, verse or your own vows at no additional charge.

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Riverside, CA 92508

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  • 5/5 stars March 30, 2014

    Perfect!

  • 1/5 stars March 22, 2014

    !!! Do not go to this lady!!!
    She was extremely unprofessional. She waited until the night before my wedding to call and let me know that she was sick and would be conducting the wedding with a raspy voice. After I gave her my deposit she was very difficult to contact, my wedding planner couldn't even get in to contact with her. The day of the wedding she showed with a very bad attitude my whole family was offended that she was there. She was very rude and she messed up on the ceremony. BEWARE!!! she is cheap for a reason

    Reverend Wendy C. from Reverend Wendy Clark replied to this review on March 22, 2014:

    There were several issues that happened during this wedding and unfortunately the bride has chosen to place the blame on my shoulders.

    The night before the wedding I spoke to Tierra notifying her that I had laryngitis from a cold. I offered her the option of having my husband (who is also a wedding officiant) perform the ceremony. She was fine with me performing the ceremony. At that time I also told her that I would need to see their picture IDs and the marriage license before I could perform the ceremony.

    I responded to all phone calls from the bride and groom in a timely manner. I never received any calls or messages from a wedding planner.

    I arrived 20 minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to begin at which time she was unable to locate the marriage license. I waited 40 minutes for the bride to get ready during which time I had to repeatedly remind her that I needed to see her marriage license. She was never able to locate it and insisted we go ahead with the ceremony anyway. She said she would have someone back home in Monterey sign it. I cautioned her that if she did that then this date could not be their official wedding date. She said she didn't care. I agreed to do it provided that they sign a statement agreeing that that day's ceremony would not be a legal marriage. During this process she was very difficult to talk to, she made it obvious that this was a problem she didn't want to deal with. I eventually got her husband to sign the agreement, but was unable to obtain her signature.

    Unfortunately the groom's father, who was also the best man, was very intoxicated and repeatedly talked over me throughout the entire ceremony. The groom and groomsmen tried desperately to quiet him. Finally, I asked him politely and firmly to please remain quiet. That made it worse, he just got louder. I performed the ceremony in a professional manner doing my best to ignore the scene going on behind me. Both the bride and groom were obviously mortified and completely distracted through the entire ceremony. I don't see how she can possibly say I was the one that messed up the ceremony.

    After the ceremony I offered to meet them near my home the next day, on my own time, at no additional charge to sign the license so they could keep the same wedding date. She seemed thrilled and grateful. They then changed their minds because they didn't want to drive that far.

    I dealt with these issues in a polite and professional manner. It's unfortunate that they have chosen to blame me for events that were completely out of my control. As a wedding officiant I have certain legal guidelines I must go by and it's unfortunate she felt that I was rude by insisting those guidelines were met before the ceremony.

    After the ceremony both the brides's mother and aunt complimented me on the ceremony and apologized profusely for the father's behavior.

    As for my pricing, I choose to keep them low because there are millions of couples out there who don't have hundreds of dollars to spend on a wedding and it makes me happy to be able to offer a quality service everyone can afford.

    I have officiated 115 weddings during the past two years. I have over 20 five star reviews on Thumbtack that paint a far more accurate picture of how I do business.

    Thanks for reading.

    Rev. Wendy Clark.

  • 5/5 stars February 19, 2014

    Reverend Wendy was fabulous! We asked for something simple, without religious components, and that spoke of and to us specifically--- she delivered! We had a simple ceremony on the beach at sunset and kept it low key. Wendy was on time to our location, she had great communication with us from the get-go to coordinate plans and understand our requests. Wendy did exactly as we asked with regards to our requests for simplicity, she made us very comfortable--- she's outstanding in all respects. We HIGHLY recommend her as an officiant!

  • 5/5 stars February 4, 2014

    Wendy was prompt, professional, and very personable. We were very happy with the words she used in our ceremony, they seemed custom tailored for us. We would definitely recommend Wendy to anyone.

  • 5/5 stars January 20, 2014

    Rev. Wendy made our wedding ceremony beautiful and very sentimental! We could not have been more pleased with her services. I will recommend her in the future! Thanks again Reverend Wendy!

  • 5/5 stars December 29, 2013

    Wendy was just great, we are so glad we picked her to officiate our wedding. Our wedding was small, we had about a dozen guests and all said they liked Wendy and she was very professional. Thank you Wendy, we will spread the word about you. Don & Angelita.

  • 5/5 stars December 29, 2013

    She was on time, the ceremony was wonderful and we felt blessed for having her as our officiant and yes we would recommend her.

    Marty and Tom

  • 5/5 stars December 26, 2013

    We requested a simple & no frills solemnization. It was as requested. The prepared words were touching, meaningful & respected our secular values. Reverend Wendy was respectful, warm & friendly. We were presented with a certificate & a certificate of the reverend's ordination. C & P

  • 5/5 stars December 23, 2013

    It was wonderful to have Wendy as our officiant. She was open to the wishes we had and her warm personality made us feel very comfortable on this special day.

  • 5/5 stars December 17, 2013

    Words cannot describe how wonderful rev Wendy is. Did a great job.

  • 5/5 stars December 16, 2013

    Wendy was perfect for my daughter and son-in-laws wedding. She responded immediately to our communications, listened to our wishes regarding the ceremony and her service couldn't have been more loving or inspirational. Would and will recommend her to anyone needing a wedding officiant. Thank you Wendy!

  • 5/5 stars November 11, 2013

    Reverend Wendy did a great job. We had a couple missteps, but it was a great ceremony.

  • 5/5 stars October 11, 2013

  • 5/5 stars September 26, 2013

    Reverend Wendy Clark did a fantastic job for us! She was both friendly and professional, and I immediately knew that I had made the right choice. I can't recommend her enough. Whatever your wedding needs, she will deliver!

  • 5/5 stars September 24, 2013

    My husband and I eloped back in May 2013 and Reverend Wendy created a beautiful non-denominational ceremony. From the first call, prep calls, and ceremony we felt like we were in the prescence of an old friend. She made us feel very comfortable. We are planning to have a big wedding later and i know for sure Rev. Wendy will be renewing our vowels. Thank you Rev. Wendy for making our day so special!

  • 5/5 stars August 29, 2013

    A month ago, end of July, we were married by Reverend Wendy Clark. I couldn't be happier with our choice to have her marry us!The whole experience from the first time we spoke on the phone to the final step of signing the documents, was professional and she was very thorough with every detail, She was pleasure to share ideas with and helpful in suggesting a lovely location for us which we used being that I was not familiar with Orange County. Our ceremony lasted about 15ish minutes and because we did not write our own vows she offered us a few options for the ceremony script and vow exchange. It couldn't have been worded more perfectly! We chose a beautiful spot to be married at and she was very open and accommodating to our time and choice of location. The service was short and sweet and to see how happy she was for us and sharing some laughs with her as I was so nervous, made the experience so worthwhile. I can't thank you enough for everything Rev. Wendy and for making our day so special and memorable!! You have a beautiful family and I'm so glad they were a part of our celebration!! Next year, we would like to renew our vows and I'm hoping you will be available to once again perform the ceremony for us! Thank you again for making my most special day, truly the most special day of my life!
    Sincerely,
    Marla

  • 5/5 stars August 25, 2013

    Your Wedding Your Way!!! Wendy not only gave us "Our Wedding our way" She went way beyond that. We will consider her our Special Friend forever!!

  • 5/5 stars August 13, 2013

    On such a special occasion we were VERY lucky to have Rev. Clark officiate our wedding. She was kind, helpfully, easy to contact at any time leading up to the ceremony, and flexible.
    We were impressed with the time & effort she took to arrange the right vows for us specifically. We have nothing but wonderfull words in regards to Rev. Clark's services.

  • 2/5 stars August 3, 2013

  • 5/5 stars August 3, 2013

    Rev. Wendy was wonderful. She was great at explaining things well and clear. Overall the short amount of time she was at our wedding, she did awesome! :) Thank you.
    -Myanh Downey

  • 5/5 stars June 16, 2013

    Very professional service....great ceremony...short and sweet....she delivered as she said she would!!!

  • 5/5 stars May 25, 2013

  • 5/5 stars May 13, 2013

    Me and my wife were very pleased. Everything that was said felt like it came from the heart and made our wedding experience better then we have imagined!

Question and answer

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. My focus is to help those couples who can't afford to pay for a large wedding. Some of the most memorable and beautiful weddings I have officiated are ones that were pulled together at the last minute.

In my opinion the most romantic wedding I officiated was at a couple's place of business. They called me at 4:00 in the afternoon one day and asked if I could marry them at 7:00 that evening. They were still in jeans and t-shirts when they said their vows while their young kids sat and played on the floor.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I spent 20 years working in offices as a secretary or office assistant. During that time I worked my way up from a File Clerk to a Certified Paralegal. Frankly, I hated every minute of it. I wasted thousands of hours of my life watching the clock waiting for the day to end so I could return home to be with the one I love.

Suddenly one day it just came to me, I wanted to help unite couples in marriage. The only thing in life that ever really meant anything to me was love and helping others find love. So why not make a career of it? My only regret is that I didn't think of it sooner.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. People often ask me,

Why do Wedding Ministers/Officiants charge so much for a 10-30 minute ceremony?

I can't speak for other Officiants, but I can tell you I spend at least 1-2 hours preparing for each wedding. I personalize each and every script to the specific wishes of every couple I marry. I also provide all newlyweds with packets of materials for them to take home that will help enhance the memory of their wedding.

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