Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I commonly work with couples that don't belong to any church, or who are getting married in a location that isn't traditional. I'm not limited to these couples, but they seem to be the ones that seek me out. A Priest or Minister that's affiliated with a Church, sometimes won't perform a ceremony outside of that church, which facilitates the need to hire someone like me. I also find that my couples are usually looking for something more personal, or non-traditional in the actual wording of the ceremony.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love making people happy. A well worded ceremony can evoke tears of joy, or even laughter. Sometimes people come up afterwards and tell me how wonderful the ceremony was. I love that I'm able to touch not just the couple but also the guests.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I once married a couple in a bar. That's where they had met, and they wanted the ceremony to be in the exact same place. They both stood on either side of the waitress walkthrough, at the bar, just like when they met, and I stood in the walkthrough and did the ceremony from there. It was fun, and totally unique. The bar even did the reception out back on the beach area!
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. There is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes on. I've had couple ask me to do a ceremony, expecting it to cost $100 or less, and they seem baffled by why it's so expensive. What they need to understand is that I spend 10-20 hours on every ceremony I do. Not to mention the overhead costs of running a business, that a church wouldn't have to deal with. I like to think my prices are fair and reasonable, and I go above and behind what my contract states on many occasions, but it is still a business.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. Branding. I'm told that when you own your own company, you should live and breath branding. I've been working hard to incorporate my logo, company colors, and signature fonts into all my internal documents, and also into my contracts and other client forms. I'd like to think that if you are looking at a Wedding Concepts by Jennifer document, you know it, without having to read the company name.