Reverend James Marques  "Soft Ceremonies"
Reverend James Marques  "Soft Ceremonies"

Reverend James Marques "Soft Ceremonies"

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Introduction: I will make even the largest ceremony seem warm, personal, and intimate. I can provide even the smallest of ceremonies the attention they deserve. I deliver "Soft Ceremonies." Non-denominational. Non-judgmental. They are stress-free, meaningful, and memorable, with built-in romance. My ceremonies are easily adjusted to become your ceremonies. I have been officiating weddings and other religious events for over thirteen years, recently through Thumbtack and previously through other venues. Ask about discounts for the military. I live in Pioneer, Ca. (Discounts for locals.) I will serve up and down the Gold Country Corridor and as far as Napa Valley, South Lake Tahoe, and down to Yosemite. Without contradicting the importance of the occasion, I believe your ceremony should be light-hearted and enjoyable, memorable, and fun. "No fire and brimstone" here. I will pause for laughter and for tears. Either way, bring a tissue...maybe a box. Weddings mean family and friends. Just two of the greatest inventions ever. (I will also officiate Vow Renewals, Baptisms, Celebrations of Life, Formal Blessings, and I do Motivational Speeches.) I am fully COVID vaccinated. Sorry, not licensed in Nevada. Feel free to ask any questions. Thank you for your consideration, Reverend Jim

Hired 37 times

Serves Pioneer, CA

2 employees

13 years in business

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Exceptional 5.0

37 reviews


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Jennifer G.

Wedding Officiant

Rev. Jim is a perfect choice for a wedding officiant! He tailored the ceremony to fit us. He is reliable and very helpful in what can be a stressful situation. His words moved us from tears to laughter. My family had a ton of compliments for him.
Reverend James Marques "Soft Ceremonies"'s reply
You and your family made it very easy!
Apr 8, 2021
Daniel S.

Wedding Officiant

Because of a sudden change with our family, we had to cancel with Reverend James which was unfortunate. We were so pleased with his timely responses and professionalism that we still wanted to leave a raving review. To anyone on the fence about having him officiate your wedding, we say do it! Even during what sounded like an emergency on his end, he still made it a point to email us drafts and plans about our ceremony which pleasantly surprised us. Reverend James was easily contacted and readily available whenever we had questions and assured us multiple times that our ceremony would be exactly how we dreamed it would be, whether it be a micro wedding or elopement, and even during this pandemic. Despite our change of plans in the end, we highly recommend reverend James for any couple looking for an understanding and responsible officiant during these uncertain times.
Reverend James Marques "Soft Ceremonies"'s reply
Thank you very kindly. Much appreciated!
Jan 17, 2021
Breanna h.

Wedding Officiant

Reverend James was amazing! From our very first email exchanged to the day of our wedding. He answered all of my questions in an extremely timely manner, and he was there to guide us through rehearsal. Not to mention the beautiful ceremony he wrote for us. 10/10 and I'd hire him again. As well as recommend him to everyone.
Reverend James Marques "Soft Ceremonies"'s reply
A very nice review. Thank you very much.
Jul 1, 2021
Brock K.

Wedding Officiant

Rev. Jim is the best officiant out there hands down, his professionalism and knowledge are hands down top tier. The amount of knowledge and preparation he shares with you through the process from hire to ceremony is unbeatable. If I could give 10 stars I would
Reverend James Marques "Soft Ceremonies"'s reply
This was very generous. Thank you very much. You made it so.
Jun 15, 2021
Unique K.

Wedding Officiant

Reverend James Marques and his wife were very helpful through the whole process. We are a young couple and had no idea how to coordinate the rehearsal/ ceremony and reverend James made it very easy for us. He helped us each step of the way with professionalism, kindness, and was very responsive to any and all questions. He handled our crazy chaotic wedding party with grace and his wife even videotaped our beautiful wedding for us! Highly recommended 😊
Reverend James Marques "Soft Ceremonies"'s reply
Thank you very much. It is much appreciated.
Jun 3, 2021


  • 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.

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