Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Weddings. Elopements. Vow Renewals. Commitment Ceremonies. (in that order) I also find myself being:
The person all the children gravitate to.
The answer person.
And much more.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. ha ha, I perform more weddings than that in ONE week! But I am involved in many projects and committees. Currently I am a Board Member of CRBC (Clackamas River Basin Council) and also the founder and facilitator of NW Wed Pro Networking Group and I do occasional contract work for the Clackamas County Tourism Department. I love being involved in community and small business development.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Do your research. Read reviews. Go with experience.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. They really should have the date and location already reserved before contacting me so that I can check my availability but I actually do get many couples who contact me FIRST. This is fine also. Together we figure out a venue and date that works for all of us. I help out with recommendations, referrals and coordination often when the couple lives out of State or the Country.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. "We would rather not have a religious ceremony, is that ok?"
Of course! There are many reasons that couples request this. Perhaps their families come from different religious backgrounds, or their guests are all of mixed faiths. Whatever the reason, there are many beautiful and meaningful ceremonies that celebrate love and marriage without any religious reference.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. Yes, the couple that I married 3 times!
(ok, the first was the official one) I performed a private ceremony for them with only 2 witnesses on the anniversary of their first date.
The second was the wedding day ceremony in front of their friends, family and children. A beautiful ceremony that included a hand fasting ceremony and fa family Unity Sand ceremony with the children.
The third, was another private ceremony with just the couple, the complete the hand fasting tradition of "A year and a Day" after the handfasting. My assistant and I provided incredible photography also to all 3 ceremonies with DVD slideshows with music, printed coffee table books and CD's with all of the images.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I wish they understood that the officiant needs to be booked as soon as is possible. Usually 6-9 months at least, to guarantee your wedding date is available. Many couples think it's a last minute thing but then learn that none of the officiants are available for their date.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I was asked to help make a Dream Wedding for a couple who had lost their home to a fire. The venue offered their estate and I contacted NW Wed Pro members to get them to help out. Within hours we were loaded with donated service providers. Dream Team Events coordinated and brought it all together and I performed the ceremony. The couple was overwhelmed by happiness and the generosity of so many. It was a great feeling.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I formed a wedding network so that wedding professionals in all services can meet, refer, learn, share and improve their services with the help of others. It's called NW Wed Pro. I have also produced a Bridal Fair for the group twice. www.NwBridalFair.com
Knowing the other vendors at weddings and being familiar with the venues is important. It can make the entire wedding go smoothly.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. People are finally beginning to realize that hiring a professional wedding officiant is vital to having the ceremony they dreamed of rather than asking their clergy or a judge or a friend to do it. Also marriage equality in more states opens up more doors for my line of work too.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. That would be the Dream Wedding. The idea was formed in April, all vendors donated their products and services and it took place on September 21st. The couple paid nothing. The wedding community came together to give this deserving couple a Dream Wedding.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. My pricing is pretty basic. I try to keep it affordable and flexible. I will perform elopements for as little as $75.00 but the average full wedding package which includes consultation, ceremony writing, rehearsal coordination, wedding day ceremony performance, travel both days and filing of the marriage license ranges between $350 - $400. Often I perform small family weddings for only $150.00. It all depends on the day, size, location or complexity of it.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. My confidence, my clear speaking voice, my personable personality!
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. The Elopement Packages that I offer. I am working on more options, locations, inclusions, decorations and more. Currently I have a country one called Enchanted Elopements, also a wine country one that is All-Inclusive including B&B, dining and more, and a Elegant Dining elopement package. Couple love these packages. They are stress free and no work at all for them.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. What hours or days are you available for weddings and rehearsals?
Where as most officiants have other "jobs", this is my primary profession. I am available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I can leave for a wedding or appointment as early as necessary to avoid traffic problems or unexpected occurrences. I am able to travel too. Some venues require rehearsals to be very early in the day on a weekday. This isn't a problem for me. I will be there! I've performed elopements at 8:00 am and also at Midnight!