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Howard Pendley, Ph.D.
Howard Pendley, Ph.D.

Howard Pendley, Ph.D.

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Introduction: I will be delighted to officiate your wedding whether it be religious, civil, or interfaith. Although it's not required, I am willing to meet with you for for premarital consultation. I'm as interested in your marriage as I am in your wedding. I've officiated weddings for more than 50 years. I have a variety of ceremonies available, or you can structure your own so long as the dignity of the occasion is maintained. I will be available to you for any pastoral needs for as long as you want me to be. If you need me to, I can recommend excellent wedding photographers and musicians, as well as a number of venues in the Savannah area if you haven't already decided on one. I am willing to do whatever I can in order to help make your wedding day the happiest of your life. In addition, if you require a day-of wedding director, my wife is available for a modest charge.

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Courtney H.

Wedding Officiant

Dr. Pendley officiated my wedding on April 17th, 2021. He really saved the day! We had another officiant hired that we did premarital counseling with and had intentions of her marrying us, of course. After several issues of reliability and accountability we decided last minute (90 days out) to try to find someone else. Thank goodness I found Dr. Pendley! He was responsive and professional from the very beginning. He gave us several ceremony options to choose from so we could decide which one fit us. All of them were beautiful and different! I was only worried about him being from Savannah since we were getting married in Charleston. He immediately erased any doubts I had, as he typically travels to marry couples all over Georgia and South Carolina. During the ceremony itself, he was a delight and really illuminated the room! Typically I feel the ceremony gets overlooked by guests due to all the other excitement happening the day of the wedding. Not with Dr. Pendley! Several people commented on how wonderful he was, as well as how intrigued they were with the words he spoke. I even had people ask to hear the vows again later because they were so different, sweet and beautiful . I couldn’t have asked for a better man to share our day with us! Such a sweet soul. We would hire him again and again if we could!! Thank you for your time and professionalism Dr. Pendley. We will cherish your contribution to our day forever. **Will add photos at a letter date
May 5, 2021
Haley S.

Wedding Officiant

Howard officiated our outdoor wedding in Savannah and I am so thankful I found him through this app. His communication skills are amazing and all the brides out there know how important that piece is. He was willing to meet with us the day before to help us pick out the perfect spot since this was a destination wedding. The ceremony itself was beautiful with touching words. He made us feel very comfortable. Howard is so easy to work with. I highly recommend him! Howard, thank you again for working with me through all this! You made everything perfect yesterday!
Apr 10, 2021
John O.

Wedding Officiant

Howard did a very good job officiating our wedding. Very professional, very kind, on time, and did it exactly how we wanted it! -Ouimets
Apr 2, 2021
Fernando R.

Wedding Officiant

Howard did an amazing job and honestly couldn’t be a better choice for someone to officiate our wedding. He was friendly, patient, and just overall a great presence.
Feb 28, 2021
Sonya W.

Wedding Officiant

Howard did a wonderful job officiating our wedding. We had a small wedding on the the beach at Jekyll Island. He always responded quickly to my "Many" questions. He was a pleasure to have part of our important day.
Feb 23, 2021
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Although I do have standard prices for my services, everything is negotiable. For local weddings, I have a very competitive flat rate. If I must travel any significant distance, the fee includes mileage and/or travel expenses.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    After being contacted by new customers, I do my best to turn them from customers into friends. Whenever possible, I want to meet face to face with the couple, in order to get to know them, and to give them the opportunity to get to know me. It also allows me to find out the couple's preferences regarding their wedding ceremony. As Savannah is a popular destination for weddings--and people come here from all over the world--it's not always possible to meet with them in advance. In that case, we must do our work by telephone and e-mail.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have been officiating weddings for more than fifty years. I am an ordained minister with college and seminary degrees including B.A., M.Div., and Ph.D., and three-and-a-half years of additional chaplaincy training. I was a parish pastor for 25 years. For the last 25 years, I have worked as a chaplain in hospitals, hospice, and prisons.

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