It's a Wonderful Life Weddings

San Antonio, TX

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Your wedding, written exactly as you want it. No surprises. I really have a passion for doing this and just love a good wedding. The process I use has been time tested and our couples love it. I start with a creative consultation at my home office. This is a relaxed get to know you meeting where I can gather all the information I need to make sure you have a ceremony that is truly designed for you. I ask about family ties, your belief system, what attracted you to your mate and your mate to you. Why do you want to marry; really looking at the core of your relationship. We then talk about how you met, that first date, when you popped the question, and so forth. After that meeting, I will email your first draft within a week, afterwards we exchange ideas until we have arrived on your perfect wedding ceremony. The Officiant is the only required portion of your wedding day, so make sure you pick the best. I have lots of wonderful, happy, and 100% satisfied, couples and would like an opportunity to show you personally why that is so.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I like seeing, and being part of new life, new relationships, and a bright rewarding future. I also enjoy creating your wedding ceremony based on you wants, and desires. Let's make your wedding A Wonderful Life Wedding.
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Location

San Antonio, TX 78261

Years in business

9

Number of employees

3

Times hired on Thumbtack

33

Reviews

14 Reviews
  • Amy S. Jul 2, 2017
    Non-Religious Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Fantastic!
  • Brooke R. Mar 20, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review Updated
    Absolutely wonderful in every way!
    Words cannot describe how amazing Pastor David is at It's a Wonderful Life Weddings! He was absolutely wonderful in every way and we could not be more thankful for him and his wife Elaine for making sure our wedding ceremony went off without a hitch! Pastor David was incredibly personable, professional, funny and kind. He made us feel so comfortable throughout the entire process! Our wedding was a beautiful success because of Pastor David!
  • Verified Review Original
    Absolutely wonderful in every way!
    Words cannot describe how amazing Pastor David is at It's a Wonderful Life Weddings! He was absolutely wonderful in every way and we could not be more thankful for him and his wife Elaine for making sure our wedding ceremony went off without a hitch! Pastor David was incredibly personable, professional, funny and kind and made he us feel so comfortable throughout the entire process! Our wedding was a beautiful success because of Pastor David!
  • Cindy H. Aug 24, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    We wanted a Nice and Simple wedding at our home and Pastor Dave delivered exactly that. We reviewed and edited our ceremony vows early on so that they were perfect for us the day of our wedding. Pastor Dave even does the paperwork filings after event, that saves you from forgetting something, ha ha. Everything went very smoothly, we are very pleased with using It's A Wonderful Life Weddings and would recommend them to others.
  • Alysia P. Mar 11, 2016
    Non-Religious Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
  • Jonathan F. Mar 5, 2016
    Non-Religious Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor David married my wife and I at the place of our choice in less then a weeks notice. He was very organized and truly listened to what my wife and I wanted. He made our small short ceremony so much less stressful and gave us everything we wanted and he is very professional and arrived early to esure everything was in order. His price is spot on for the quality of service he provides. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone!!!!
    Pastor David B. Mar 7, 2016

    Tha k you. It was a beautiful afternoon at the park for a wedding.

  • Amanda H. Jan 15, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor David Barger was extremely helpful and informational. He is so easy to talk to and has a great personality. We are very happy and excited we chose him for our wedding. The ceremony he wrote for us is just beautiful and if we decided to change some things around he is more than happy to do that so we get exactly what we want! Highly recommended! We can't wait until our wedding!
  • Paige G. Dec 5, 2015
    Same-Sex Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor David B. Jan 14, 2016

    Thanks, we are really looking forward to making your day A Wonderful Life Wedding Day.

  • Julianna H. Nov 1, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor David B. Jan 14, 2016

    Thanks, we are really looking forward to making your day A Wonderful Life Wedding Day.

  • Lindsay T. Sep 14, 2015
    Non-Religious Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    From the moment we met David and his son Truemon, we knew they were the perfect fit for us. Truemon officiated our wedding and did such a beautiful job. He fit in so well with all of our family and friends; almost like he was there as a friend.I felt like we'd know him for ever!!! Such a great feeling. We would recommend Truemon to anyone!! Lindsay, 2015
    Pastor David B. Jan 14, 2016

    Thanks Lindsay, We had a great time crafting your ceremony, and I know Truemon loved doing the ceremony. Blessings on your marriage.

  • Chelsea T. Jul 25, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor Barger has been wonderful thus far in the process! We were so happy to meet with him
    Pastor David B. Jan 14, 2016

    Thanks Chelsea, We look forward to making your wedding day, A Wonderful Life Wedding Day.

  • Amity W. Apr 14, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor David is amazing! Very down to earth, easy to talk to,so passionate about his career and really easy to open up to and laugh with. Our wedding isn't until next year but once we had a meeting with him we KNEW he HAD to be our officiant! Don't look any where else! He will give you everything you need in an officiant and MORE!
    Pastor David B. Jan 14, 2016

    Hi Amity, I loved meeting with you and really look forward to making your wedding day, A Wonderful Life Wedding Day.

  • Pam M. Oct 31, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor Barger was always very kind, helpful and accomodating. He showed up early at the wedding. My husband & I found him and his wife very pleasant talk with. My daughter and son-in-law wanted a very short wedding with no frills and he provided that very well. I appreciate the time he gave to make their wedding the way they wanted it to happen. Thank you!
    Pastor David B. Jan 14, 2016

    Thanks Pam We enjoyed the ceremony and Elaine loved the way your decorated the event space.

  • Kristine C. Oct 13, 2014
    2 years ago we asked Rev. Barger to be the officiant at our evening fall wedding in Sedalia Missouri. There were specific things we wanted, we had written our own vows to recite and we also wanted a handfasting incorporated into the ceremony, and he was more than accommodating with our requests and had a lot of helpful ideas to make our special day just that, special. He was professional, on time and such a joy to have at our wedding. If we ever renew our vows David will be the only one we ask to do it. We would highly recommend him.
  • Joshua B. Oct 7, 2014
    David was super easy, professional, and fun!!! He tailored the ceremony to meet all of our needs. David's communication was exacting and prompt with all changes, and he made sure all details were understood by all involved. During our day, he was relaxed and in control. The whole bridal party knew exactly what to do, and he kept a lot of stress off of us! Couldn't have asked for anything more or better than what he provided!!! Highly Recommend him for your ceremony!
    Pastor David B. Oct 7, 2014

    It was an honor and I loved working with this wonderful couple. Many years of blessings.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We first have a creative meeting where I can get to know the couples history, family, reasons to get married, hopes for the future and what they specifically want in their ceremony. I then create each ceremony from scratch and give them exactly what they want. Afterward, I make sure the legal paperwork is delivered to the proper recording agency. I keep a copy of their license in my files for at least four years, just in case.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a member of the International Association of Professional Wedding Officiants, and currently give seminars on creative ceremony writing. I continue to hone my delivery style to present the best Officiant service I can. I also participate in online briefings from The Knot, Wedding Wire services to keep up on latest trends and themes.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Our pricing is not complicated at all. We feel our pricing reflects the time to create a wonderful service, the performance itself, and the paperwork follow up. But we never let the fee stand in the way of a great wedding. In the San Antonio, and the Kansas City market we are priced in the middle of the market.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have been involved in the ministry since 1970 in one way or the other. First being called to evangelize in small church's in he Midwest. Attending Oklahoma Baptist University, I was called into military service where I converted to the Catholic Church where I served as Lectern, Eucharistic Minister, and Knight of Columbus. My career path led to Broadcast Meteorology, so I am very comfortable and in control with public speaking. Before I retired, I was an Event Manager for a major entertainment corporation. I have been a member of the Congregational Church, The United Church of Christ, Southern Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran, Unity Temple, and Methodist. I have studied Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and many other of the worlds religions. I created It's a Wonderful Life Weddings because God has given me and my wife Elaine a wonderful life and I want to share that joy with others as they begin their lives journey together.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with a lot of inter-faith couples, non-religious, and even agnostic and atheistic. We will spend about 30 hours in getting your ceremony just right for you. We will consider anyone's request for a custom made ceremony and give the same top shelf treatment to all our clients.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I have been lately doing a lot of Inter-faith weddings including Jewish, Hindu, and Agnostic ceremonies that also include a Christian side. I love the challenge to create a custom made ceremony just for you and your loved one.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Find someone that wants to do what you want, not what they want. You are not a round peg to put in a square hole. Whatever you want done, I can do it in most cases.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
We take the ministry very seriously. The ceremony is yours to design. We have done hand binding weddings, tree planting weddings, rose ceremonies, non-religious and religious ceremonies, Catholic Lite ceremonies, civil, and LGBT.