Reverend Wendy Clark

Riverside, CA

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How does your service stand out?

My focus is to help those couples who can't afford to pay for a large wedding. Some of the most memorable and beautiful weddings I have officiated are ones that were pulled together at the last minute. In my opinion the most romantic wedding I officiated was at a couple's place of business. They called me at 4:00 in the afternoon one day and asked if I could marry them at 7:00 that evening. They were still in jeans and t-shirts when they said their vows while their young kids sat and played on the floor.

Location

Riverside, CA 92508

Times hired on Thumbtack

75

Reviews

36 Reviews
  • Sarah G. Feb 11, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Reverend Wendy was wonderful during the ceremony! We booked her very last minute and she was still able to come to rehearsal! She was kind and gave advice about various things that she has experienced and suggested ways to make the ceremony run smoother. She was accommodating to our specific needs and allowed us to customize the ceremony. She's affordable and wonderful! Only slight hiccup was she was late to the rehearsal and the ceremony. It wasn't too late and you know weddings are always a little behind schedule so it didn't ruin the day or anything. Our venue was pretty far and hard to find so we understood her being late to the rehearsal but the ceremony was kind of frustrating especially since she had been there the day before! All things considered I would still recommend her to anyone! She was kind and professional!
  • Tammera B. Jul 4, 2015
    Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Service was wonderful. Only negative thing was that she said she was going to be 15 minutes late, ended up being on time, and since we planned on her being late we weren't ready so she charged us $25 more.
    Replied to Tammera B. - Jul 11, 2015

    Tammera, There is an unfortunate misunderstanding here. I never charge more than $10 if I am required to wait 30+ minutes past the scheduled start time of any wedding ceremony. In your case, because I said I would be late and then ended up arriving on time, I did not charge anything more than the original agreed upon fee. Please contact me to discuss. Warmest Regards, Reverend Wendy Clark

  • Jim S. Apr 15, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    We held a very intimate ceremony at the top of Mt San Jacinto in Palm Springs. Wendy drive all the way out from Riverside, she was on time, rode the tram to the top with us, and performed the ceremony EXACTLY as we wanted. She is very friendly and accommodating. Thank you, Wendy! Jim and Kristina
  • Sarah G. Feb 11, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Reverend Wendy was wonderful during the ceremony! We booked her very last minute and she was still able to come to rehearsal! She was kind and gave advice about various things that she has experienced and suggested ways to make the ceremony run smoother. She was accommodating to our specific needs and allowed us to customize the ceremony. She's affordable and wonderful! Only slight hiccup was she was late to the rehearsal and the ceremony. It wasn't too late and you know weddings are always a little behind schedule so it didn't ruin the day or anything. Our venue was pretty far and hard to find so we understood her being late to the rehearsal but the ceremony was kind of frustrating especially since she had been there the day before! All things considered I would still recommend her to anyone! She was kind and professional!
  • Tammera B. Jul 4, 2015
    Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Service was wonderful. Only negative thing was that she said she was going to be 15 minutes late, ended up being on time, and since we planned on her being late we weren't ready so she charged us $25 more.
    Replied to Tammera B. - Jul 11, 2015

    Tammera, There is an unfortunate misunderstanding here. I never charge more than $10 if I am required to wait 30+ minutes past the scheduled start time of any wedding ceremony. In your case, because I said I would be late and then ended up arriving on time, I did not charge anything more than the original agreed upon fee. Please contact me to discuss. Warmest Regards, Reverend Wendy Clark

  • Jim S. Apr 15, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    We held a very intimate ceremony at the top of Mt San Jacinto in Palm Springs. Wendy drive all the way out from Riverside, she was on time, rode the tram to the top with us, and performed the ceremony EXACTLY as we wanted. She is very friendly and accommodating. Thank you, Wendy! Jim and Kristina
  • Arlinda W. Mar 26, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Reverend Wendy Clark was amazing. Reverend Clark did our ceremony exactly the way we wanted it done. Reverend Clark was punctual, extremely professional, courteous, and her availability was perfect for the date we needed. Thank you Reverend Clark for making this experience stress free and special!
  • Lanetta Q. Mar 22, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Wendy was great! We had to find a different officiant last minute and she was able to do it for me. She did the unity candle and unity sand ceremonies at no extra cost, which was great because others were quoting me an additional $100 to do those. She was very professional, on time, polite, and I recommend her to anyone looking for a Reverend.
  • Alishia A. Mar 19, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Arrived early and very professional even though we were a mess. Lol everything went great!
  • David O. Feb 22, 2015
    Reverend Wendy did a beautiful job for our simple wedding. She was flexible and accommodating and met us at the first hole of Journey Golf course in Temecula on New YearÂ’s Day for the ceremony. Her short, standard service was beautiful. We and our witnesses were very touched by the emotion in the words. We would recommend Reverend Wendy to anyone looking for someone to help with their wedding ceremony. She is a very nice person who works with you for the ceremony you want.
  • Chrissy A. Feb 1, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    She did an amazing ceremony. Unique situation and she definitely was patient and helpful. I will definitely recommend her to anyone who wants someone to do their ceremony/
  • Andrea A. Jan 27, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    She was late to the ceremony with no phone call. It was supposed to start at 5 and she arrived about 15 minutes late. The price was very cheap though. Her husband performed the ceremony, it was very nice and touching.
    Replied to Andrea A. - Jan 27, 2015

    First, I was not late to this wedding. My husband and I arrived exactly on time. Second, her husband was not happy that my husband performed the ceremony. From the very beginning, when I booked their wedding with the bride, she knew and agreed to have my husband conduct the ceremony. It was unfortunate that she neglected to mention this to her husband. Third, for me, being a Wedding Minister is not about the money, it's about doing what I can to help those people who couldn't ordinarily afford a lavish wedding. This couple has complained about what I charged them both here and on Yelp calling me "cheap". If they had an issue with my fee then they shouldn't have hired me in the first place. I put my heart and soul into each and every wedding I officiate, so I am deeply saddened that I was unable to meet this couple's expectations.

  • Crystal H. Sep 8, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Reverend Wendy was superb. She has great customer service skills, was punctual, calm under pressure and very eloquent. She was even able to make our wedding last minute as our poor Minister had a heart attack. She took care of all the paperwork (Riverside County) afterwards as well. Would definitely recommend! Thank you again, Reverend Wendy!
  • Diana G. Jul 22, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Reverend Wendy did a perfect job officiating our wedding in Palm Springs. It was just the two of us and 4 friends and we wanted it short and sweet. She delivered exactly what we had in mind. My husband and I have been together a long time and she personalized her remarks to celebrate and reflect that. We came from out of state and she did a great job answering our questions via phone and email before we arrived. She was also a great sport putting up with the heat because we married outside in Palm Springs in July. Even though it was sunset, it was still warm! Everything went perfectly for our special day and Reverend Wendy was a big part of it going so well.
  • Michelle W. Apr 22, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Reverend Wendy performed our intimate ceremony on 04/14/2014 at The Chapel, Mission Inn Hotel. It was beyond perfect and far exceeded our expectations. Rev. Wendy was very professional in liaison prior to the day and tailored a very personal service for our requirements at short notice, without the need for a rehearsal. She encouraged our personal vows and put us both at ease, with her friendly, informal manner and kind words. We both highly recommend Rev. Wendy to officiate your special day. Our service was so perfect for us, we both want to do it all over again ..... Michelle Raouf
  • Kelly P. Apr 20, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Rev Wendy performed my daughters ceremony it was so beautiful the words were so touching I would gladly recommend her services to anyone. There were no worries she made the process very easy and relaxed.
  • Faith S. Mar 31, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
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    Perfect!
  • Tierra B. Mar 23, 2014
    !!! Do not go to this lady!!! She was extremely unprofessional. She waited until the night before my wedding to call and let me know that she was sick and would be conducting the wedding with a raspy voice. After I gave her my deposit she was very difficult to contact, my wedding planner couldn't even get in to contact with her. The day of the wedding she showed with a very bad attitude my whole family was offended that she was there. She was very rude and she messed up on the ceremony. BEWARE!!! she is cheap for a reason
    Replied to Tierra B. - Mar 23, 2014

    There were several issues that happened during this wedding and unfortunately the bride has chosen to place the blame on my shoulders. The night before the wedding I spoke to Tierra notifying her that I had laryngitis from a cold. I offered her the option of having my husband (who is also a wedding officiant) perform the ceremony. She was fine with me performing the ceremony. At that time I also told her that I would need to see their picture IDs and the marriage license before I could perform the ceremony. I responded to all phone calls from the bride and groom in a timely manner. I never received any calls or messages from a wedding planner. I arrived 20 minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to begin at which time she was unable to locate the marriage license. I waited 40 minutes for the bride to get ready during which time I had to repeatedly remind her that I needed to see her marriage license. She was never able to locate it and insisted we go ahead with the ceremony anyway. She said she would have someone back home in Monterey sign it. I cautioned her that if she did that then this date could not be their official wedding date. She said she didn't care. I agreed to do it provided that they sign a statement agreeing that that day's ceremony would not be a legal marriage. During this process she was very difficult to talk to, she made it obvious that this was a problem she didn't want to deal with. I eventually got her husband to sign the agreement, but was unable to obtain her signature. Unfortunately the groom's father, who was also the best man, was very intoxicated and repeatedly talked over me throughout the entire ceremony. The groom and groomsmen tried desperately to quiet him. Finally, I asked him politely and firmly to please remain quiet. That made it worse, he just got louder. I performed the ceremony in a professional manner doing my best to ignore the scene going on behind me. Both the bride and groom were obviously mortified and completely distracted through the entire ceremony. I don't see how she can possibly say I was the one that messed up the ceremony. After the ceremony I offered to meet them near my home the next day, on my own time, at no additional charge to sign the license so they could keep the same wedding date. She seemed thrilled and grateful. They then changed their minds because they didn't want to drive that far. I dealt with these issues in a polite and professional manner. It's unfortunate that they have chosen to blame me for events that were completely out of my control. As a wedding officiant I have certain legal guidelines I must go by and it's unfortunate she felt that I was rude by insisting those guidelines were met before the ceremony. After the ceremony both the brides's mother and aunt complimented me on the ceremony and apologized profusely for the father's behavior. As for my pricing, I choose to keep them low because there are millions of couples out there who don't have hundreds of dollars to spend on a wedding and it makes me happy to be able to offer a quality service everyone can afford. I have officiated 115 weddings during the past two years. I have over 20 five star reviews on Thumbtack that paint a far more accurate picture of how I do business. Thanks for reading. Rev. Wendy Clark.

  • Taj M. Feb 19, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Reverend Wendy was fabulous! We asked for something simple, without religious components, and that spoke of and to us specifically--- she delivered! We had a simple ceremony on the beach at sunset and kept it low key. Wendy was on time to our location, she had great communication with us from the get-go to coordinate plans and understand our requests. Wendy did exactly as we asked with regards to our requests for simplicity, she made us very comfortable--- she's outstanding in all respects. We HIGHLY recommend her as an officiant!
  • Brit B. Feb 4, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Wendy was prompt, professional, and very personable. We were very happy with the words she used in our ceremony, they seemed custom tailored for us. We would definitely recommend Wendy to anyone.
  • Amber B. Jan 21, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
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    Rev. Wendy made our wedding ceremony beautiful and very sentimental! We could not have been more pleased with her services. I will recommend her in the future! Thanks again Reverend Wendy!
  • Donald B. Dec 30, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
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    Wendy was just great, we are so glad we picked her to officiate our wedding. Our wedding was small, we had about a dozen guests and all said they liked Wendy and she was very professional. Thank you Wendy, we will spread the word about you. Don & Angelita.
  • Martin C. Dec 30, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    She was on time, the ceremony was wonderful and we felt blessed for having her as our officiant and yes we would recommend her. Marty and Tom
  • Chester D. Dec 27, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
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    We requested a simple & no frills solemnization. It was as requested. The prepared words were touching, meaningful & respected our secular values. Reverend Wendy was respectful, warm & friendly. We were presented with a certificate & a certificate of the reverend's ordination. C & P
  • Stefan L. Dec 24, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
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    It was wonderful to have Wendy as our officiant. She was open to the wishes we had and her warm personality made us feel very comfortable on this special day.
  • Ryan O. Dec 18, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
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    Words cannot describe how wonderful rev Wendy is. Did a great job.
  • Heidi B. Dec 17, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
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    Wendy was perfect for my daughter and son-in-laws wedding. She responded immediately to our communications, listened to our wishes regarding the ceremony and her service couldn't have been more loving or inspirational. Would and will recommend her to anyone needing a wedding officiant. Thank you Wendy!
  • Susan L. Nov 11, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
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    Reverend Wendy did a great job. We had a couple missteps, but it was a great ceremony.
  • Carl W. Oct 12, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
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  • Cary A. Sep 27, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
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    Reverend Wendy Clark did a fantastic job for us! She was both friendly and professional, and I immediately knew that I had made the right choice. I can't recommend her enough. Whatever your wedding needs, she will deliver!
  • Sunny S. Sep 24, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
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    My husband and I eloped back in May 2013 and Reverend Wendy created a beautiful non-denominational ceremony. From the first call, prep calls, and ceremony we felt like we were in the prescence of an old friend. She made us feel very comfortable. We are planning to have a big wedding later and i know for sure Rev. Wendy will be renewing our vowels. Thank you Rev. Wendy for making our day so special!
  • Marla M. Aug 29, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
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    A month ago, end of July, we were married by Reverend Wendy Clark. I couldn't be happier with our choice to have her marry us!The whole experience from the first time we spoke on the phone to the final step of signing the documents, was professional and she was very thorough with every detail, She was pleasure to share ideas with and helpful in suggesting a lovely location for us which we used being that I was not familiar with Orange County. Our ceremony lasted about 15ish minutes and because we did not write our own vows she offered us a few options for the ceremony script and vow exchange. It couldn't have been worded more perfectly! We chose a beautiful spot to be married at and she was very open and accommodating to our time and choice of location. The service was short and sweet and to see how happy she was for us and sharing some laughs with her as I was so nervous, made the experience so worthwhile. I can't thank you enough for everything Rev. Wendy and for making our day so special and memorable!! You have a beautiful family and I'm so glad they were a part of our celebration!! Next year, we would like to renew our vows and I'm hoping you will be available to once again perform the ceremony for us! Thank you again for making my most special day, truly the most special day of my life! Sincerely, Marla
  • Donna M. Aug 26, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
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    Your Wedding Your Way!!! Wendy not only gave us "Our Wedding our way" She went way beyond that. We will consider her our Special Friend forever!!
  • Czersale H. Aug 13, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
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    On such a special occasion we were VERY lucky to have Rev. Clark officiate our wedding. She was kind, helpfully, easy to contact at any time leading up to the ceremony, and flexible. We were impressed with the time & effort she took to arrange the right vows for us specifically. We have nothing but wonderfull words in regards to Rev. Clark's services.
  • Lidia S. Aug 4, 2013
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  • Myanh R. Aug 3, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
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    Rev. Wendy was wonderful. She was great at explaining things well and clear. Overall the short amount of time she was at our wedding, she did awesome! :) Thank you. -Myanh Downey
  • Jeannette G. Jun 16, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
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    Very professional service....great ceremony...short and sweet....she delivered as she said she would!!!
  • Richard H. May 25, 2013
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  • Joel G. May 13, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
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    Me and my wife were very pleased. Everything that was said felt like it came from the heart and made our wedding experience better then we have imagined!

Q&A

How did you get started doing this type of work?
I spent 20 years working in offices as a secretary or office assistant. During that time I worked my way up from a File Clerk to a Certified Paralegal. Frankly, I hated every minute of it. I wasted thousands of hours of my life watching the clock waiting for the day to end so I could return home to be with the one I love. Suddenly one day it just came to me, I wanted to help unite couples in marriage. The only thing in life that ever really meant anything to me was love and helping others find love. So why not make a career of it? My only regret is that I didn't think of it sooner.