Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Private weddings in homes, outdoors, on the beach, elopements, civil unions. Some are short and sweet and others include ceremonies within ceremonies. It all depends on the couple.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Look at the officiant's website and compare it to others in the field. Is it well written and easy to navigate? If so, your officiant is probably spot on in managing details and communicating. If the website is not pleasing, difficult to navigate, or is riddled with typos, you have to ask yourself if you want this person writing and executing your ceremony.
If an officiant doesn't post their fees on their webpage, ask yourself, "Why are they hiding that?" Some will charge more money when they see the couple is getting married in an expensive venue. Fees for service shouldn't depend on how rich the officiant thinks you are.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. How many weddings have you officiated this year?
May I read client reviews of your work?
What is the procedure for getting a marriage license in NJ?
What does an out-of-state couple need to know before applying for a NJ marriage license?
What do you wear?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. You need to have secured your application for marriage license at least 72 hours prior and within 30 days of the wedding date. I must see the license prior to the ceremony. If you are already married and are renewing your vows, or having a 2nd wedding for family, I must see proof that you are already married prior to the ceremony or no ceremony will be performed.
If you are getting married in a public outdoor location, you need to contact the town's municipality to secure any necessary permits, such as getting married on a beach or in a park or other similar setting.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I do this full-time, this is not a part-time job for me. I do this all day, every day. I'm my own boss and work hard for my boss to make this career a success. :)
I'm highly attentive to my clients. I take their wedding day as seriously as they do. I'm honest and I can be depended on to deliver. Communication is key and I offer unlimited availability to my clients. They know word for word how their ceremony will read and their satisfaction is my goal. I keep my fees down to earth and affordable by remaining within a 50 mile round-trip radius of my home and because most of my business is by word of mouth.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love my job! I'm a writer and artist and this position allows me the opportunity to write expressively. I get to meet new people and become part of on of the happiest days of their lives. What's better than that?
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Customers commonly ask if I've done unity ceremonies or hand-fastings, things like that. Yes, I've done most of the popular requests and what I've never done before I've already researched.
Clients also ask if I'll marry them in a private home, or on the beach, or other locations. YES, I go to your location.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Officiating a wedding is not just about the fifteen or twenty minutes it takes to perform the service.
It's about quality customer contact, immediate response time, offering options and going above and beyond what is promised.
Your officiant has spent hours writing and modifying your ceremony, and is counted on to be on time, know the laws of the state, and file the paperwork promptly and correctly.
This is not a service you want to leave in the hands of the inexperienced.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Absolutely, this is a full-time avocation. When I'm not officiating a wedding, I'm involved in researching new trends or developing my business in some other way.