Agape Ceremonies and Events

Eagle, ID

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

We believe in the God ordained institution of marriage. We believe in the couple entering into that commitment and desire to assist in making their wedding exactly what they want it to be! In wedding planning we endeavor to save you money and eliminate your stress as you prepare for you glorious day! We know and use the best vendors, and we compare and negotiate prices to get you the best value available. You will almost always spend more on vendors if you do it yourself. We are trained, professional, experienced, and knowledgeable. We design your ceremony and reception according to your wishes - after all, this is YOUR day! In officiating we get to know the couple and then design the ceremony and vows around them. It's your wedding and we want to personalize to fit you personally. Pastor Phil is an ordained non-denominational Christian Minister who takes this ministry very seriously. He provides pre-marital and post-marital biblical counsel to all of his couples, should they desire it, for free. We want your wedding to be personal and beautiful, and we want your marriage to last!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

As an officiant Phil enjoys seeing the faces of the bride and groom as they stand before me, captive in their love for one another. The bride's eyes (and often the groom's as well) are moist with emotion and the excitement of the moment. The love they share at that moment warms both me and their family and friends. It is one of the most wonderful of human experiences. As a wedding/event planner Bettina loves the planning, organizing, preparing, and directing the event that surpasses the clients wishes, relieves their stress, and saves them time and money. She makes her clients "heroes" to those who attend their ceremony, creating a lasting memory for all involved.
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Location

Eagle, ID 83616

Background check

Complete

Years in business

17

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

11

Reviews

15 Reviews
  • Thumbtack Customer Sep 18, 2017
    Phil was very professional and understanding of all of our needs for the wedding ceremony. I would definitely recommend his services!
  • Tamie S. Jul 26, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Phil was awesome!! He made our day so very special and brought in the Man upstairs which was very important to us. Phil took the time to make our day perfect and add our personality and a personal touch to the best day ever! I would highly recommend using him and Agape Ceremonies to all my family and friends in the future. We felt so comfortable and made the perfect choice with him officiating our day. Thanks Phil!!! :)
  • Camille A. Nov 21, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Phil was great!
    The minister Phil was absolutely outstanding!! I rate him alone 5 stars and would recommend him to everyone I know. His wife on the other hand (who is a wedding planner which we chose NOT to hire) came in last second and started barking orders and all my bridesmaids and myself, the bride, and I was very unhappy with that. I truly wish she wouldn't have come at all to be honest. I did not appreciate her coming in and causes chaos at the very last second right befor I was to walk down the aisle, and for that reason alone i am rating them 4 stars.
    Phil and Bettina D. Jun 19, 2017

    My wife assisted in the processional because there was confusion and she is a professional. She did not charge for this service and was merely helping where help was needed to make your wedding all that it could be. You will notice the other, very positive, reviews concerning her help. I am sorry that you thought she caused chaos, but I assure you, she prevented chaos.

  • Casi H. Jul 12, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    They were wonderful I highly recommend them!
  • Heidi H. Jun 30, 2016
    Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
  • Katelyn S. Apr 5, 2016
    Party Planning
    Verified Review
    Very good job on planning and executing our wedding they were always professional and available whenever and for whatever we needed! I highly recommend them for planning and anything else
  • Everett T. Mar 29, 2016
    Awesome I couldn't ask for anyone else better to conduct my wedding very friendly helped with kids just wow...
  • Michelle L. Sep 1, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Minister Phil is wonderful. He took time to get to know myself and fiance now my husband. Given we had only 12 days to pull together our wedding. Minister Phil put together the most perfect vows. My husband and I would highly recommend minister Phil. Thank you so much for making our day possible.
  • Tatyana S. Aug 15, 2015
    Amazing!!!
    Phil and Bettina D. May 17, 2016

    Yes you are!

  • Kelli A. Aug 10, 2015
    I cannot put into words how grateful we were that Phil married us. Not only was he amazingly professional, he also had the personable side that took any jitters away that we were feeling. We called him on the spur of the moment when all our previous wedding plans fell apart literally at the last minute and he was there to save the day. God truly blessed this man and we were very proud and happy to have him be a part of our celebration.
    Phil and Bettina D. May 17, 2016

    Congratulations Kelli and Anthony! May God richly bless your union!

  • Zack K. Aug 8, 2015
    Phil and Bettina D. Aug 9, 2015

    Zack is a bit short on word...but the 5 stars sums it up pretty well! Thanks Zack!

  • Patrick D. Jul 24, 2015
    Phil did an excellent Job in officiating my wife and I's wedding!! I would highly recommend him to any one!!
    Phil and Bettina D. Aug 9, 2015

    Thanks Patrick! Loved the little church you used for your venue! What a beautiful wedding!

  • Ashlynn M. Jul 23, 2015
    Phil was an amazing officiant who made sure to make our day a special one we can remember always. He took his time to get to know us and he delivered to us exactly what we wanted for our wedding day.
    Phil and Bettina D. Aug 9, 2015

    Ashlynn was such a lovely bride, and the wedding was wonderful. The venue was perfect! You and Mat make a great couple!

  • Phillip H. Jul 23, 2015
    He was very fun and out going and very good and hea wife is awsome as well makes you feel like he has been your friend forever
    Phil and Bettina D. Aug 9, 2015

    Phillip and Chylzee are simply the best! Thanks for allowing Bettina and I to share your day of joy!

  • Donita A. Jul 16, 2015
    Phil & Bettina were such a Positive, Fun, Helpful Couple for my Brothers Wedding. They went Above and Beyond helping Us. We will never forget them. Excellent Service..!!!
    Phil and Bettina D. Aug 9, 2015

    Bettina and I felt like we were part of the family! A beautiful wedding and a bright future for the newlyweds!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Wedding and Event planning begins at $650. Services are customizable. Decorating rentals are available. Officiant services begin at $75 for an elopement ceremony. Wedding ceremonies and rehearsals range between $150 and $250.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We meet our customers for a free consultation before hiring giving us a chance to get to know one another, and giving me a chance to understand their individual desires for their ceremony/event. We meet individually if they are in need of only one of our services (i.e. officiant or wedding/event planner). Once hired we are at your service and keep in contact via phone or email. Most important to know is that we listen.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Officiant Phil went to the Jesus Christ Light and Power House Bible School and then to Azusa Pacific University where he received his BA in Religion (Bible and Biblical theology). He has worked with many churches and heads up Oil and Wine Ministries in Boise, ID. He has officiated many weddings in Idaho, California, and Nevada. Bettina received her wedding and event certification from Penn Foster. In addition she organized and coordinated many weddings prior to her training since 2000, and many more since her graduation and the opening of Agape Ceremonies and Events.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Having been in Christian Ministry since 1973 I officiated weddings and my wife, Bettina, was always involved in, and deeply enjoyed, the planning and coordinating of these weddings. We have enjoyed this aspect of the ministry so much that Bettina began Agape Ceremonies and Events and went into business. We love our work, and the joy it brings our clientele.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Each wedding is different because each couple is different, and Bettina and I work hard to insure that each ceremony is personalized for them. I one wedding a couple already had a young son who was to become the stepson of the bride. I (Phil) wrote out vows for the stepson and the bride and pronounced them mother and son, at which point the new son grabbed the bride, giving her the best bear hug ever! A very heart warming moment! The ceremony took less than 20 minutes, but will be well remembered 20 years from now!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Seek an officiant who has the same commitment to marriage as you have. Seek a wedding/event planner who gets personally involved with your desires and seeks to save you money in so doing. Don't plan and coordinate on your own! You won't save money and your stress level will greatly interfere with the enjoyment of your big day!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
In both our officiating and planning/coordinating capacities we recognize that this is YOUR time, not ours. Therefore we customize and personalize your vows, your ceremony/event, your reception to YOUR desires. This will be a lasting memory and we want that memory to reflect you and all you've wished for!