I DO Weddings by Sheri

Orlando, FL

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

This business is personal to me. It is not just about making oodles of money as is sometimes conveyed in the wedding industry. No, I cannot afford to do it for free and weddings are an integral and necessary part of my income. But I treat each bride and groom as special individuals. I create and perform interesting, memorable and unique ceremonies that speak to the individuality of my couples. I provide tools to my couples to get to know them better and understand their connection. I also try to establish a bond of confidence and friendship. This is an important life event and I am honored to be chosen to be a part of that.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I like that I get to meet some truly amazing people and families with extra ordinary lives and stories. I like getting to be in different places and learn new customs and traditions and as I have stated many times, I love cake.
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Location

Orlando, FL 32878

Background check

Complete

Years in business

11

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

3

Reviews

5 Reviews
  • Matt V. Jul 12, 2015
    I am writing to express the extreme pleasure my wife and I had renewing our vows with Sheri Thomson. She was not only flexible to our needs, but also made it a unique experience. Let me explain... My wife and I had gotten married a few years earlier. As a Star Wars fan, I was lucky enough to find someone who not only was ok with a themed wedding, but also embraced it. Because of that, I promised her that I would one day give her a Harry Potter ceremony since we both loved the series. Problems arose when I promised to have the ceremony at one of the Harry Potter themed amusement parks in Universal. I foolishly thought this would be a no brainer, but it turned out that every officiant that I contacted would not perform the ceremony due to worries of what the park staff might say. In came Sheri, who was more than willing to take the challenge. She loved the idea and was willing to work with us in every way to make sure the event took place. On top of that, she wrote amazing vows which not only captured our feelings for each other, but touched upon many facets of the Potter world. As if that were not enough, she even dressed up as a witch so that she seamlessly blended into our costumed wedding in Daigon Alley. Simply put, I would HIGHLY recommend Sheri for your wedding needs, especially if you want a unique and personal experience from an incredibly creative officiant.
  • Terri B. Jan 31, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Sheri was fantastic. She customized the ceremony exactly as we wanted. She helped ease my fears and worries and made our special day memorable.
  • Diane J. Jan 31, 2015
    There's not enough words to describe such an amazing, professional person such as Sheri Thomson! She captured so many wonderful moments on my special day! She stayed on the scene until her work was done! If you're looking for professionalism, then you've found the right one! She's a rare breed and u won't find anyone like her!
  • Linda B. Jan 31, 2015
    It was a genuine pleasure to have Sheri perform my daughters wedding. She was extremely helpful, accommodating, understanding, and professional. I would highly recommend Sheri to any bride :)
  • Laura H. Jan 9, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Tim and I were most delighted with Sheri. We were coming from Maine to get married in Florida, which is difficult to determine who is the right fit for you. We had one phone call with Sherri and knew immediately Sherri was right for us. Sherri was very thorough and spent extra time with us to ensure we had the right ceremony and went above and beyond what we expected. Sherri is passionate about what she does and we would highly recommend her.

Q&A

How did you get started doing this type of work?
I chose this field of business due to working in the court system for many years. I worked with people going through divorce everyday. It's an epidemic. It is emotionally draining and for people not married it does not give them anything to look forward to. I was becoming jaded and realized people were getting married for all the wrong reasons. I saw many not willing to work at making the marriage work or give it the respect that was due. I saw the bitterness and mean things that people did out of spite. I saw hurt and disappointment, dreams shattered, children displaced. I wanted to try to be a part of the solution. I carried an emotional burden that I was helping to perpetuate this cycle. Yes, I could have chosen to be a marriage counselor, but then I could not see the sparkle in my customer's eyes when they looked at each other coming down the aisle, the hands shaking as they face each other right before they take their vows, the look of love and support the family members convey, the expansion of family and friends in that moment. And of course, there is usually cake!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I primarily perform intimate weddings, same gender ceremonies, upscale weddings and Florida destination marriage ceremonies to tourists throughout Central Florida in addition to local Florida resident brides. I help my clients find the correct words to make their wedding ceremony unique, memorable and extraordinary. With a great command for public speaking, the guests of my couples always are engaged in the ceremony and feel like they are taking part in your wedding instead of by standing. I also offer amateur photography to my wedding clients to enhance their destination or intimate wedding experience.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Know what you want and don't be afraid to ask questions. This is your special day and with love and hard work it will hopefully be your only wedding day. Be yourself. Don't feel pressured to go through the normal expected pomp and circumstance of a traditional wedding if that is not who you and your groom are. I am easygoing, and truly enjoy each wedding I perform. I am open to performing alternative ceremonies, same sex ceremonies and themed weddings, as long as I feel comfortable that I am representing the spirit of the ceremony correctly and it has no personal offense to me.