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All-Faith Wedding Minister
All-Faith Wedding Minister

All-Faith Wedding Minister

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Introduction: I became ordained because I simply love weddings! I love being such a special part of a couple's special day, helping them prepare for it, and making sure they experience one of the absolutely most amazing, blessed and beautiful moments in their lives! My wife and I were married in 2000. We are an interfaith couple – I am a practicing Unitarian Universalist, and she is a Conservative Jew. We designed our ceremony together, culling from several traditions, and that’s when I discovered my passion for designing ceremonies. A few years later, I attended an old friend’s wedding, and I discovered that his officiant became ordained just to do his wedding. My initial thought was, “You can do that???” I knew that I had to become ordained as well!
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  • What types of customers have you worked with?

    Couples will come to me to officiate their wedding for a variety of different reasons. Perhaps they are of differing faiths, or their own faith will not allow them to be married according to its doctrines. Many of my clients consider themselves to be “spiritual, but not religious.” Or some want a secular service, but something more special than they would get from a Justice of the Peace. Upon inquiry, I interview each of my clients to find out what kind of service they want. Once I enter into contract with them, I will provide them with some sample ceremonies, a few past ceremonies, plus other resources from which they can pick and choose whatever resonates with them. Aside from weddings, I also perform Baby Naming/Blessing ceremonies and Memorial Services/Funerals as well.

  • What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

    When looking for an officiant, the three things you need to look for are professionalism, flexibility and eloquence. By "professionalism," I don't mean stodgy, but knowledgeable, friendly, outgoing, and well-organized. This person will be running your ceremony, which is the central reason for the occasion. In many ways, your officiant is the most important vendor. You can have a wedding without a DJ, musician, florist or caterer. Without someone to officiate, you have no wedding. Choose someone who is a perfect fit for you! Make sure they are flexible enough to provide you with the service YOU want, and will go out of their way to do so.

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