Reverend James Marques "Soft Ceremonies"
Responds in about 2 hours
Hired 37 times
Serves Pioneer, CA
13 years in business
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- 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.