Reverend James Marques "Soft Ceremonies"
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Hired 23 times
12 years in business
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Jul - Dec
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Type of ceremony
Service type (affiliation)
Non-denominational (mentions God),
Non-religious (no mention of God)
Reverend James Marques is AMAZING! I contacted him back in January 11th for my little sisters wedding ceremony that was planned for less then a month away. February 2nd was the date, worried of not having an officiant I took to google and found Thumbtack. Lucky I came across reverend James. From the first interaction to the end of the entire process it was a pleasure working with him. He is a complete professional who is very experienced and does everything he can to make this very easy for anyone to work with him. My sister and her husband are a young couple who had no idea where to start with the marriage license process. Once I connected them with Reverend James he gave them a step by step playbook on what they needed to do on their end and what he would take care off on his end. Very clear and easy for anyone to do. The day of the ceremony came he was there early and ready next his lovely wife. He introduced himself and Mrs. Marques and talked for a moment giving us instructions on what to expect and all that was to take place during the ceremony. Once he started the ceremony the tears started flowing! He’s amazing at what he does. The vows where chosen by the bride and groom ahead of time from some options reverend James provided as options. Everything else was all him, the speech and blessings came from his heart. It was very memorable for everyone. You can tell he loves what he does by the way he officiates. Very warm and loving message he delivered for my sister and brother in law. You would have thought he knew them personally for years! I loved it! You will not be disappointed by choosing him for your celebrations. I’m a very picky individual who researches everything before doing business with anyone and I was very happy and blessed to have found Reverend James on this site. Naturaly nervous as we didn’t know what to expect and since the wedding was so close we didn’t get a chance for the couple to meet ahead with him to get a bit more familiar before the big day. However he did more then what we expected with his services and the ceremony was BEAUTIFUL! Days after the wedding day my sister received her wedding certificate in the mail thanks to Reverend James who also took care of mailing it in for them. He does everything for you and the best part is he is very responsive and communicates with you throughout the entire process. No question went unanswered thanks to him. You will not be disappointed by choosing him to officiate your big day. Its been two months since the wedding and we still are amazed of how memorable this day was thanks to the beautiful ceremony preformed by Reverend James. Thank you so much for making my sister and brother in laws day so special. You are amazing and we can’t thank you enough for such an easy process, your professionalism and your beautiful ceremony. Note: review wouldn't let me choose more then three options on the review but we would have loved to select "value" and "punctuality" as he delivered the hole package as stated on my review.Apr 6, 2020Verified
Reverend James was awesome. He was exactly what my husband and I were looking for in an officiant. We spoke over the phone to go over specific details and then he sent over a draft of his service so we could add or change anything we wanted. I even made a change the night before the wedding and he was more than willing to accommodate. So thank you again, the ceremony was wonderful and we couldnt have done it without you.Dec 15, 2019Verified
Rev James was a perfect officiant for our wedding! He was kind, easy to speak with, gentle, funny, extremely well prepared, and checked in with us often enough to let us know he was available if we needed any help (but was never overbearing!). His rates were certainly affordable. His professionalism was such a welcome gift to us, we were beyond happy we hired him as our officiant. We received multiple compliments from our guests at what a great ceremony we had and much of it was reflective of Rev Jim!!Sep 24, 2019VerifiedReverend James Marques "Soft Ceremonies"'s reply
Thank you very much. You made it very fun and memorable for me as well.
Such a pleasure to work with, he made the so very special and magical with just the two of us!! Then to get our wonderful wedding package in the mail, made me cry all over to get our ceremony on dvd that his lovely wife recorded cry all over again in happiness. Thank you for the wonderful memories that will last forever⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thank you reverend Jim, so happy we found you!!!Aug 12, 2020VerifiedReverend James Marques "Soft Ceremonies"'s reply
I value your thoughts. Thank you.
Haven’t had our wedding yet due to cancelled event from Covid-19. However, his patience and responsiveness has been wonderful this far! We have asked to still hire him whenever we decide a date. He is very kind and thoughtful and we look forward to having him at our wedding!Apr 20, 2020VerifiedReverend James Marques "Soft Ceremonies"'s reply
How nice! Thank you very much! Reverend Jim
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I will usually be traveling over 50+ miles. Rehearsals mean an extra trip. Time & travel. Rehearsals take longer than the wedding itself. This may add to the price. Extra sub-ceremonies (Candle, Sand, Lasso, etc.) may add to the price. In short, prices vary based on travel, size, and type of ceremony. I will work with you. I give discounts to locals near my home in Pioneer, CA, and anyone in the military.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I try to meet my couples, by phone or, if possible, in person, before the wedding. I like to know a little about them; what they do, how did they meet, etc. I find out how to make the ceremony as personal as possible. At this time, I would present a ceremony and discuss any changes or additions. I would also present helpful planning hints, family involvement possibilities. This is a time to discuss the venue and wedding day procedures. Between then, and the wedding, keep in contact to make sure everything is on track.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology and physical education from San Jose State University. I have been a teacher, manager of operations, and human resources. I was ordained a minister as a Non-denominational Clergy from Rose Ministries in July, 2008; and obtained Credentials of Ministry from Universal Life Church in March, 2013. Since 2008, I have been performing weddings, vow renewals, baptisms, celebrations of life, motivational speeches, and formal blessings in Monterey County, the Wine Country and the Gold Country Corridor. I am a contributor to the Amador Ledger Dispatch for the Wedding Issue, as well as other newspaper support. I now live in the Sierra's, but am willing to travel most anywhere. I am retired, but still available for weddings, renewals, baptisms, celebrations of life, formal blessings and inspirational speeches.