What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I formed a wedding network so that wedding professionals in all services can meet, refer, learn, share and improve their services with the help of others. It's called NW Wed Pro. I have also produced a Bridal Fair for the group twice. www.NwBridalFair.com
Knowing the other vendors at weddings and being familiar with the venues is important. It can make the entire wedding go smoothly.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My pricing is pretty basic. I try to keep it affordable and flexible. I will perform elopements for as little as $75.00 but the average full wedding package which includes consultation, ceremony writing, rehearsal coordination, wedding day ceremony performance, travel both days and filing of the marriage license ranges between $350 - $400. Often I perform small family weddings for only $150.00. It all depends on the day, size, location or complexity of it.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Weddings. Elopements. Vow Renewals. Commitment Ceremonies. (in that order) I also find myself being:
The person all the children gravitate to.
The answer person.
And much more.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I was asked to help make a Dream Wedding for a couple who had lost their home to a fire. The venue offered their estate and I contacted NW Wed Pro members to get them to help out. Within hours we were loaded with donated service providers. Dream Team Events coordinated and brought it all together and I performed the ceremony. The couple was overwhelmed by happiness and the generosity of so many. It was a great feeling.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Do your research. Read reviews. Go with experience.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish they understood that the officiant needs to be booked as soon as is possible. Usually 6-9 months at least, to guarantee your wedding date is available. Many couples think it's a last minute thing but then learn that none of the officiants are available for their date.