- 47 years in business
- 280 hires on Thumbtack
"Patty Burgess was the most amazing, magical, warm, wonderful, and professional officiant my husband and I could have hoped for. We planned our Georgia wedding from New Mexico, and were concerned about finding a suitable officiant with whom we felt a genuine connection, as well as one we could afford! Through a Google search, we found Thumbtack, and Patty popped up as one of the officiants available for our date and location. What made Patty stand out right away was the rapidity of her response to our inquiries, as well as the sincerity and detailed nature of her responses. You felt like she was giving you all the time in the world, even before you had hired her or paid her a cent. Patty answered many questions via email, and was glad to have a lengthy conversation with my fiance and I by phone, in which she explained her approach to working with a couple to craft a unique ceremony that truly reflects their story and personalities. We came away from that conversation convinced that Patty was the one for us. She then sent us a treasure trove of sample components for us to consider and pull from as we crafted our ceremony. When we decided to involve friends in a dramatic performance as one of our "readings", and to have other friends play a song in place of a reading, Patty was 100% supportive. Two things that made her stand out even before our wedding day were, 1) She sent an extensive email with the contact info for the courthouse in the county where our wedding would be held, with instructions on how to obtain a marriage license, and details of how she would handle filing it for us; and 2) Patty insisted on meeting with us in person once prior to our wedding, at no additional charge, so that we could forge a personal connection that would be reflected throughout our eye contact and energy together during the ceremony. She was so warm and relaxed during our pre-wedding day meeting, and you could just tell that she genuinely loves not only officiating, but getting to know her couples and helping them pull of a totally unique ceremony on their big day. As for the wedding day itself, Patty had a wonderfully soulful, grounded, authoritative presence (like you would want from an ordained minister). She had a wonderfully articulate and easily audible speaking voice with a beautiful Virginia accent. And, she rolled like a champ with the curve balls, even folding them into the ceremony, like when our friend's 2-year-old son began to cry just as our friend walked forward to do a reading. Our friend ended up holding her son throughout the reading. While our friend sorted this out, with her son wailing, Patty said with a smile, "Well, you know, it's not a proper Southern wedding unless there's at least one crying child!" This got the whole crowd "on board", and everyone had a good laugh and showed their support for the mother of the crying child, and it actually made the reading more endearing. Patty remained calm and affirmative throughout this hiccup, and that made me respect her even more. You can tell that after 800+ weddings, she is simply unflappable. Finally, Patty had some time after our ceremony and was able to join us for the reception. My family and friends had so much fun talking to her and getting to know her. She felt like part of the family! Bottom line: Patty has loads of experience and just kind of thinks of everything in advance, and does everything she can to take worry and stress off of the bride and groom's plate, so that all the bride and groom have to do is show up, follow her cue, and look in her book when it's time to do vows, since she has everything there for you. She even gave us a printed, ribbon-tied copy of our ceremony as a keepsake right out of her book after the ceremony! And she filed our marriage license for us after signing it. She is a delight, and so incredibly good at what she does. I found her price to be an astonishing bargain, and could not more highly recommend her! Thank you, Patty, for making our ceremony so wonderful, memorable, and effortless!"