What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Meet with the clients at least once before the ceremony, to acquire information on what the client's needs are, and also what tradition will expect of them.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I'm constantly keeping abreast of what is new and right in all Christian, and Jewish denominations. I am also currently engaged with the seminary to learn Chaplaincy.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Nothing complicated here. $70 flat rate for your wedding, regardless of venue, crowd size, or social orientation.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
It wasn't actually my decision... as most clergy will tell you, you do not choose this profession... you are "called" into it. This calling is demonstrated by your life being guided into this direction over a period of years by God. Usually, when you are ready, He will provide you with the desire to learn how things are done.
This usually ends with becoming ordained, if you are truly meant to be clergy.
What types of customers have you worked with?
All types. I have married over 300 couples, and the diversity knows no bounds.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Ask to see a copy of the potential officiant's certificate of ordination. This will have the head ministry's logo, and will be proof of being actual clergy, and not someone that just photo-shopped together some business cards and a fake certificate.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Ministers are people, too.. We laugh, we cry, we love... we're into most of the same stuff as everyone else.,,so ask your questions freely. Ask what is "par for the course" in most ceremonies, ask what's "in" at the moment, ask for suggestions.