Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A. Absolutely, this is a full-time avocation. When I'm not officiating a wedding, I'm involved in researching new trends or developing my business in some other way.
Q. What types of customers have you worked with?
A. Private weddings in homes, outdoors, on the beach, elopements, civil unions. Some are short and sweet and others include ceremonies within ceremonies. It all depends on the couple.
Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A. Look at the officiant's website and compare it to others in the field. Is it well written and easy to navigate? If so, your officiant is probably spot on in managing details and communicating. If the website is not pleasing, difficult to navigate, or is riddled with typos, you have to ask yourself if you want this person writing and executing your ceremony.
If an officiant doesn't post their fees on their webpage, ask yourself, "Why are they hiding that?" Some will charge more money when they see the couple is getting married in an expensive venue. Fees for service shouldn't depend on how rich the officiant thinks you are.
Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to
professionals about their project?
A. Officiating a wedding is not just about the fifteen or twenty minutes it takes to perform the service.
It's about quality customer contact, immediate response time, offering options and going above and beyond what is promised.
Your officiant has spent hours writing and modifying your ceremony, and is counted on to be on time, know the laws of the state, and file the paperwork promptly and correctly.
This is not a service you want to leave in the hands of the inexperienced.