What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
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.
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.
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.