Fr. Alan Akridge+
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Alan always brings a fresh perspective to any issue he is involved with and he is eager to help find a suitable solution for all involved if possible. He is very professional and approachable.Jun 4, 2019
Met with my spouse, he is a fantastic listener, offered fair suggestions and followed up a few days later.Jun 12, 2019
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?The funding collected for officiating us used to help those in need. In some circumstances, the couple themselves are in need. In these instances, I am honored to help pro-bono.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?1. Phone call to determine if a wedding is possible for me (dates, times, type of service, number of previous marriages, etc.). If yes, it's in pencil and 2. The couple does their due diligence. We are online, there are lots of internet resources to insure a good fit. If yes, they call and we put it in ink and agree on a fee. 3. The couple seek pre-marital counseling from another source. At least 3 sessions. If yes, after the second session, I'll spend some time talking with the couple about a draft of the service. After this... 4. Before the wedding if possible, I take the couple to supper to meet them in person. This usually happens when they visit the venue. After this... 5. The couple sends a final corrected draft of the bulletin (or script) and we are all set. 6. Couple comes to rehearsal having license in hand. I may or may not need to be there depending on their request. 7. Wedding, grooms fees, signature on marriage certificate, Happy Couple.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have a Masters in Theology from Virginia Seminary I have been in full time ministry since 1998. I have been ordained as an Episcopal Priest since 2004. I have served 3 churches I have served as the lead pastor in 2 churches I have helped celebrate more than 50 weddings. As far as I know, only two of those wedding since 1998 have ended in divorce.