- 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 beyond Chatham County, the fee will increase to compensate for 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 convert them from clients to friends, and from friends to family. Whenever possible, I want to meet in person 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-five years. I am an ordained minister with college and seminary degrees including B.A., M.Div., and Ph.D., as well as 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, prisons, substance abuse recovery, and, for the past 10 years, in hospice.