- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I simply charge a flat fee of $235 for performing a wedding in the Charlotte region any time and any day except for late Saturday afternoons. If you wish to have me "run" your rehearsal that's a separate charge which I'd be happy to discuss.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I start by arranging for a deposit payment to reserve the date, and I immediately send them a legal contract as my bond and promise to do what I say I'll do. Then I'll ask questions to get the information I need to custom write their ceremony. I provide any information they need about marriage licenses and other legal details. I love getting questions from clients, and never tire of answering them. I want my customers to be totally comfortable with me, and confident they have made the best choice for their ceremony. I will always share the benefit of my experience in any area. Not long ago I provided restaurant recommendations for a couple honeymooning in West Palm Beach! It has nothing to do with the ceremony, but it's the information they needed from me.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Of course there is my formal religious education, but most of what I have learned about marriage and wedding ceremonies has come from hard-won experience. Over time you learn what works and what doesn't, and I'm always writing new material to meet the requests of my clients, I'm always on the lookout for new trends in weddings in order to share ideas with my clients. Unity candles and unity sand are still big right now, and the "handfasting" ceremony is also popular with both religious and non-religious ceremonies. Fads come and go, but the center of the service--the promises, the joining of two hearts--stays the same.