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Non-denominational (mentions God),
Non-religious (no mention of God)
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.
I had such a pleasant experience with Reverend James. Before the wedding he went through step by step of what I need to do like positioning myself and gave me details about what happens after the wedding, etc. He was very genuine, quick to respond, and just overall a perfect officiant to have at a wedding! Multiple people at my wedding pointed out to me how good of a job he did. Will recommend to newly weds!May 26, 2019VerifiedReverend James Marques "Soft Ceremonies"'s reply
Thank you. It was a pleasure.
My husband and I are so happy we found Reverend James. We wanted a short and sweet ceremony, but also something personal, and that’s exactly what we got. He did an amazing job officiating our wedding, and I would highly recommend him to anyone.Oct 8, 2018Verified
Reverend James was so calm and made it so easy I truly got lucky when I picked him from thumbtack he is amazing man my wedding was so beautiful a lot of that had to do with him I would definitely recommend him to anybody who's getting marriedJun 6, 2018VerifiedReverend James Marques "Soft Ceremonies"'s reply
Thank you. You and James made it easy.
- 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.