What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I think a customer should examine a person's credentials and make certain they coincide with what they wish for their wedding, or other ministry or Sacrament. If a person wants something that feels somewhat traditional or religious or none of the above, they have to make sure the person they are asking to officiate understands what they want and are able to provide it. For instance, I would be unable to perform a purely secular ceremony. It wouldn't be authentic on my part. If a person wants a Catholic service, or a standard Christian service, or even just a traditional service, then he or she needs to find someone who has been trained to perform to those specifications. That being said, I also think that a level of rapport is necessary. It may be tempting to think that you are inviting some stranger to participate for a twenty minute service, so it doesn't matter much who that person is. But that is just not the case. You want to make sure that you are comfortable with the person long before the wedding or service takes place. You want to walk down the aisle knowing "I like this person. I trust this person. And I'm glad this person is a part of my wedding."