Your Wedding Officiants-IN

Greenwood, IN

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Thumbtack's Best of 2015 and 2016 and "TOP PRO" Award! (1) We Officiate (minister) Wedding Ceremonies. (2) We provide "Live Music" for Wedding Ceremonies, Cocktail Hours, Receptions. (3) We teach music lessons (Piano, Guitar, Violin) in our studio in Greenwood. FOR WEDDINGS: We strive to make this day the "Memorable" day of their dreams. We give a personal service and want you to "have it your way." We have been in the wedding business since 1998, though we are new to Thumbtack. We are experienced and belong to the Indianapolis Wedding Professionals Network - an organization of established wedding vendors that have a history of a stellar reputation. Membership is by invitation only. We belong to the Better Business Bureau under our sister-company: Phyllis Lynch Music. MUSIC LESSONS (Piano, Violin, Guitar) I have been a lifetime Music Professional. I am a collegiate-educated in music and also in education. My curriculum includes: Note reading, Rhythm Reading, Theory, Harmony, Stylizing, Composition, Technique, Repertoire (of all genres), all spectres of music. I have had a teaching studio for many years. I use age-appropriate material and have taught from age 4-88 years old. I go to the student's level to explain complex concepts. People learn in many different ways, and I try to hone in on that. I want my students to enjoy their music, and I do NOT employ intimidation to motivate. I teach ONLY in my studio located in Greenwood (Center Grove area). LIVE MUSIC FOR ANY OCCASION - PHYLLIS LYNCH MUSIC.COM I play SOLO and also in DUO's, TRIO's, QUARTETs, BANDS in conjunction with my Music Friends. We specialize in Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions, but certainly are not restricted to that. Instrumentation: SOLO: Piano, Violin, Guitar (1-Man Band) DUO: Violin-Piano; 2-Violins; Violin-Cello; Violin-Guitar, Cello-Piano; Viola-Piano; Keyboard-Percussion/Vocals/Guitar; Keyboard-Bass/Vocals TRIO: String Trio (Violin, Viola, Cello); Piano Trio (Violin, Cello, Piano/keyboard); Jazz/Variety Trio: (Violin, Percussion, Keyboard) QUARTET: String Quartet (2-Violins, Viola, Cello); Variety Quartet (Keyboard, Violin, Percussion, Bass-guitar) Music Genres: Most of them: Classical, Pop, Classic Rock, Country, Celtic, Blues, Oldies, Swing, Big Band, Dance, Contemporary, etc. (top 40 is somewhat sparse) . MUSIC WEB SITE: PhyllisLynchMusic.com

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

WEDDINGS It is such a joyous day and people are happy. I'm a creative person and enjoy having a part in achieving "the Day of their dreams" and as the Bride and Groom have it envisioned. With the experiences I have had along the way, I have accumulated many ideas which I am always happy to share. MUSIC It is perfect when your hobby is also your profession! Makes for an enjoyable life ! PhyllisLynchMusic.com
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Location

Greenwood, IN 46143

Background check

Complete

Years in business

19

Number of employees

3

Times hired on Thumbtack

36

Reviews

22 Reviews
  • Sheila P. Jul 1, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Mr. Johnston was on time & he did an excellent job.
  • Dana P. Jun 15, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Not switch officiants on us last minute when we are expecting her then i get a call from a gentleman saying she had another that needed her music! Either book then or us but not both and then send us someone different that was asking us for more money! Plus he did not know what we wanted, announced my husband's first name that he does not go by, and left immediately after the ceremony! All together i just think it was bad business and when i called her the next morning she was rude like i was bothering her!
    Phyllis L. Jun 15, 2017

    I didn't know that Dana was calling me specifically. She called our company. She didn't specify that she wanted a female (in fact most want a male). Actually, they didn't pay the correct amount. Our officiant was correct but he didn't push it. Initially, she wanted a typical ceremony (not customized). Then she came back with an addition, so we had to re-print our copy and the one we also give the client. I definitely was NOT rude. Perhaps I didn't apologize - as I was befundled by her dissatisfaction. This is the first time ANY client said they weren't happy! The officiant used the Groom's full legal name once (that corresponded to his legal name on the license.) The male officiant had all the info that I had. After the ceremony, instead of signing the license and certificate they wanted the officiant to stay until photos were finished before signing. He waited awhile, then he signed and filled out both the license and certificate. Since they weren't interested in signing, he left it with the parent and show them the x blanks where they needed to sign. He should not have been expected to hang around for an hour to watch them sign - after they refused to pay the proper fee.

  • Erin E. Jun 8, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Phyllis and Don were wonderful to work with. They were there for us when ever we had a question and quick to respond. The wedding ceremony was beautifully officiated. I would highly recommend using them!
  • Nancy K. May 9, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    She was very competent very helpful with the whole process and she was prompt.
  • Suzanne G. Feb 14, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Marriage
    very professional, yet very comfortable and funny. Loved having her as our officient
  • Megan H. Oct 12, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Professional, Friendly and Simple
    My husband and I were married by Phyllis and her husband in August. They were wonderful. Very warm, friendly and professional. They made the last minute process simple for my husband and I. This was a quick ceremony just us but we have discussed using them again for our actual wedding ceremony next year!
  • Ken S. Aug 3, 2016
    Non-Religious Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Phyllis and Don were a great choice. Went well beyond our expectations. Highly recommended.
  • Sharon W. Jul 11, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    They did awesome job! On time, very informative.
  • Rebekah H. Jun 6, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Phyllis officiated our wedding, I was a nervous wreck but she was very accommodating to what we wanted, so after the ceremony was over it turned out to be a great wedding! Thank you!
  • Leticia R. Jun 5, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    The ceremony was short and sweet. The patio area for the ceremony was very beautiful. I was very happy with our experience.
  • Florence I. Mar 31, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
  • Eric S. Mar 3, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
  • Brittany M. Mar 1, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Arrived early to get things going, customized our entire ceremony to include my daughters, dressed professional, and had a great ceremony.
  • Andrew W. Feb 18, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
  • Linda L. Feb 14, 2016
    Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Phyllis and Donald were wonderful! They were a joy when they doing our ceremony and they were very pleasant to talk to. They did their best to make us feel comfortable! Thank you from Linda and Scott..
  • John B. Feb 6, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Phyllis did a excellent job as our wedding officiant. She was organized and helpful prior to the ceremony and did a wonderful job at the actual event. My new wife and I would highly recommend her to anyone.
  • Twana D. Jan 5, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    I was very happy with my ceremony my officiant Phyllis lynch was awesome
  • Angela R. Jan 2, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    We wanted a small and private ceremony, but wanted a special touch. This was our second marriage to each other, so we wanted it special but not too elaborate. We needed a venue and an officiant for our special day. All of this was provided and exceeded our expectations. With a small and reasonable fee we were welcomed in her gorgeous home and the 5 of us that attended were comfortable and at ease. Would highly recommend this officiant for ANY type of ceremony. She is flexible with scheduling and venues. She is reasonably priced, talks to you prior to ceremony and all around a sweet and caring woman! Thank you for being there on our special and loving day!!
  • Lisha B. Nov 15, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
  • Adetayo B. Nov 10, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    It was excellent!
  • Steve M. Sep 27, 2015
    Diana was a sweetie. She came to our residence with just a weeks’ notice. We had relatives and friends in for the weekend and decided this is how we wanted to do it. A short and sweet ceremony, and then a party celebration! Diana gave us exactly what we wanted. So we were relaxed, enjoyed the simplicity, then celebrated. Just like we want our life to be. Thanks YourWeddingOfficants!
  • Jessica B. Sep 27, 2015
    Very professional services! Phyllis and Don were extremely helpful throughout the whole wedding planning process all the way up to the day of the ceremony. They had a lot of ideas and options and went out of their way many times in order to make our wedding day unique and unforgettable. We really appreciated them. We gladly recommend YourWeddingOfficiants-IN to everyone! Their services are worth every single penny!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
We have several packages, starting with a "Quickie" which is just getting the job done - no frills ($75) at our place. ($100) if we come to you. The Basic Ceremony starts at $125.00+ and can be as much as $350, depending on location, size of wedding party and larger venues with 250+ guests (includes a photo, a preview of the ceremony which they can add, delete, or insert that personal vows etc; a final Printout of their ceremony in a folder as a Keepsake, info sheet on getting marriage license at County Clerk, Consultation (as much as needed), Marriage Certificate on thick paper-oversized with a gold seal and suitable for framing, Signing and Authentication of the Marriage License, Register the signed license with the proper County Clerk. We pride ourselves on personal service. Options for extra fee of $100: Rehearsal (not necessary unless there is a Wedding Party; non-professional Video $50; music (varies); microphone & amp 25; table for Unity Candle or Sand Ceremony, etc.; Day-of Coordinator (larger weddings) Canopy for couple ; for outdoors: Bridal Arch decorated w/flower/ivy/lights; Other requests: negotiable, If you have some special requests, just ask. Maybe we can accommodate them. We also work with many other wedding vendors. We can recommend those that are quality and would make a good fit for you and you can hire them independently or we can work it into a package. Medium and Large Weddings that have large wedding parties and rehearsals and more consultations can range from $150 - $400. We customize to please our clients and give a personal service.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
First, making sure they are aware of the details and requirements of obtaining their Marriage License from the County Courthouse. We like to chat and get feel for their personalities and get a feel for the tone of the ceremony as they see it. We usually start giving them a copy of a typical ceremony along with some options that can be incorporated in the ceremony and let them know that they can make changes, write their own vows. If they want help with the changes, we are available for that, too. We do all that within the type of ceremony they have chosen: Religious, Non-denominational, Non-Religious, Same-Sex, Military, Spiritual, etc. We will also include other smaller ceremonies within that: Unity Candle, Sand Ceremony, Wooden Box, HandFasting, etc. So it is "all about the Couple" Or they can use the standard traditional religious ceremony, civil ceremony, non-religious ceremony, etc. But we have found that when a couple is invested in the construction of the ceremony, they are more comfortable, not as nervous, and it is more meaningful.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Phyllis played her first wedding at age 8. She went on to study music for 8-years of college, and became of Minister of Music/Pipe Organist/Pianist at several large Indiana church. Of course, part of the job was weddings and their rehearsals - my life long professional. The daughter of a seminarian minister, and the outgrowth from that lead me to the joining of her daughter and husband to add the Officiate Service.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Phyllis played her first wedding at age 8. Her father was a pastor of a church, so all of her life she played weddings and was a part of the rehearsals. Having been a music major in college, playing weddings has been an integral part of my professional music career. Now working with my husband, Rev. Donald Johnston, and my daughter, Rev. Diana Erkul, we are a three-some.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We have worked with the smallest Quickie weddings as well as large weddings 400+. In Indiana, most want outdoor weddings. But we go anywhere and also we have a Wedding Garden so small weddings can come to us and not have to pay for a venue. We have worked with Same-Sex couples, Religious, Non-religious, Spiritual, Commitment Ceremonies, Christian, Vow Renewals, and some rather unique others. We do not discriminate.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I believe it is very important to talk with a vendor and ask questions and get detailed info before booking. Just reading facts that they post doesn't give you the feel of "if it would be a good fit." personality-wise. For us, every wedding is a personal experience. It is "all about You" and we like to make the ceremony reflect that. We are experienced and can be very helpful and give lots of ideas. We communicate and explain as most people don't know what to ask. We want to be a part of making "the Wedding You Want" be a reality.. We belong to "Indianapolis Wedding Professionals" and our sister company, Phyllis Lynch Music is Accredited with the Better Business Bureau, with no complaints.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Personally, I believe they should talk to various first. During our conversations, I throw out a lot of ideas. I pose questions that they should think about and discuss together. Things like: Will the bride keep her own name or will she take her husband's name. What type of ceremony? Christian, non-denominational, non-religious, or other. Discuss differences. With all the weddings I have done, I like to pass on ideas they can use or not. A subsequent consultation session is when the answers come to light. I hope that they enjoy the journey instead of stressing out and just wanting it to be over. Do they have a venue reserved? Where? Inside or out.? or at an unusual site such as up high on an obsolete railroad bridge (not good for someone bothered by heights). This was a real experience for me, as the bride didn't even mention that until I arrived !! Usually anything beyond that comes up with the pre-ceremony consultation when we discuss the details.