Serendipity

Spokane, WA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I really love what I do. I started out as a wedding coordinator before I became ordained. So if you cannot afford a photographer, I can help you "set up" for photos. I stage the ceremony, do the rehearsal, cue the musicians. I will help you with the timeline for the reception, as well as guiding you through the receiving line. I provide a day runner/calendar so you know what to do from the day of the engagement to the day of the wedding. I have one price. For that price you can write your own vows, change the vows as often as needed, add additions to your ceremony such as candle lighting, sand ceremony, handfasting, rose ceremony...Just about anything, for no additional costs. I just spent 2 days visiting a synogogue so that I could learn a hebrew prayer one of my couples wanted read. If there is something in particular that you are looking for, if possible, I will do the leg work and research. I love what I do.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

How does one explain what it is like standing beside two people as they gaze into each other's eyes and state their vows? There are too many things that I love about this job. I meet and work with incredible couples. I get a small part in their love story. Many become lifelong friends. I still cry at weddings, and I've done over 400. I am sorry, I can't give you just one answer. I love it all!
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Location

Spokane, WA 99201

Times hired on Thumbtack

39

Reviews

18 Reviews
  • Kasey W. Jun 27, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Ricki did an amazing job. She always responded to any questions I had and was very professional.
  • Jessica A. Jun 28, 2016
    Non-Religious Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Ricki was so sweet, and so helpful with our ceremony and rehearsal! I would hands down recommend her to anyone and everyone in need of an officiant!
  • Madison W. Jan 21, 2016
    Same-Sex Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Ricki Z. Feb 10, 2016

    It was such an honor performing your ceremony. You and your friends were great, and I enjoyed every minute of my time with you. Thank you again for choosing Serendipity. I wish you years and years of happiness

  • Megan P. Nov 8, 2015
    Non-Religious Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Ricki Z. Nov 9, 2015

    Megan, thank you so much for your lovely email, for giving me 5 stars on this site, and the lovely review you wrote on weddingwire.com. I really enjoyed working with you on your and Andrew's ceremony. His vows to you were so touching. I promise as soon as I get a copy of his vows, I will type them up, add this to your personal ceremony, and send a copy of your ceremony to you. I wish you years and years of happiness, and I hope you will stay in touch. I miss you both already!

  • Vanessa R. Oct 12, 2015
    When we met with Ricki for the first time, we knew immediately we had to have her. What we love most about Ricki is how meaningful her role as the officiant is to her. This was not "a job" to Ricki. She had an interest in learning about us as a couple. She expressed her passion for love and the couples she marries. We were able to visit and get to know one another. We liked that we had a personal knowing of Ricki before choosing her as our officiant. Her passion is enough to give you goose bumps. We are extremely happy we chose her and would recommend her, over and over again. She will go above and beyond and make sure your day is special. Thank you Ricki for all you did and for believing in us.
    Ricki Z. Nov 9, 2015

    Vanessa, thank you so much for this great review! You and Nick were so great to work with. I know I cried when you walked down the aisle. Sorry.We had been working together for so long, and it was hard not to fall in love with you both. You looked like a princess and you were just glowing. I looked at you, and the tears came. Who would think that after 400+ weddings I would cry at a wedding? I guess this will never feel like a job, as much as it is such an incredible honor. Thank you again, Ricki

  • Christy S. Sep 13, 2015
    I am so glad I chose Serendipity to plan and perform my wedding. My husband and I couldn't be happier with the service we received. Our wedding was even better than I had imagined it.
    Ricki Z. Nov 9, 2015

    Christy, thank you for this review, and for the emails you have sent. What a fun day this was! I never expected to have to at the last minute, change your ceremony site. One cannot control the weather. Even so, it was so much fun, and I loved how your family and friends were so supportive. I believe you promised me a picture? Anyway, the next time I am in the Seattle area, I will let you know. I am looking forward to seeing you both again Ricki

  • Stacy C. Aug 17, 2015
    I would definitely recommend Ricki to any newly engaged couple looking for an officiant for their wedding day. When we first met with Ricki, she came to our home when it was convenient for us. She was very friendly and went over everything in detail from the planning, writing our vows, plus she recommended some great vendors that we did use. Without her help, it would have been a long process of not knowing what they were like. When it comes to communication, she is the best at it. I would email Ricki with questions and the response we got from her was so quick. She is one of the most kind and caring people that you will ever meet!! Our wedding day went so good!! It was this past Saturday. We had a small rehearsal the day of, and just that small amount of time spent was all we needed. It could not have went any better. We had the love and support from our family and friends, with our newly found friend, and officiant Ricki!!!! 😊
    Ricki Z. Aug 17, 2015

    Stacy...you were right when you emailed me today and said it felt so bittersweet. We have been working and planning this for so long and i will miss your almost daily emails. I was so touched by your gift that I cried when i opened it. I don't say this lightly when i tell you that i did not simply perform a ceremony, i made a great friend. I am looking forward to me you and Chelsea getting together again. It will be fun to drive to Colville and visit. Thank you again for giving me the honor of standing with you and Mike, being the sweetest most caring person I have ever met, and most of all thank you for your friendship. How much better can life get?

  • Jamie P. Jul 30, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    She was very pushy and unprofessional when it came to the day of. She did not inform us that she was going to hire another photographer to take picture of us to promote herself. Also she coped an attitude and was very cold when it came to the ceremony. She talked to my wife the whole time I was walking down the Isle...I was in shock when I heard that. It was our special day and it was a very special moment that she missed out on because the wedding coordinator was upset. She made it about herself and was asked to leave the premises after the ceremony because she continued to talk to others about a private situation and continued to be selfish.
  • Christy P. Jun 8, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Ricki was Wonderful to work with. She came to us and gave us ideas for the ceremony,music and check lists. She helped with djs and photographers references. When i was stressed out and worried she was there too talk me through my worried and work out what i needed. She knows what she is doing and put my husband and I at ease. I would recommend Ricki for your wedding officiant!
    Ricki Z. Jun 22, 2015

    Christy, thank you so much for this great review! I had so much fun working with you, and meeting your family. I was not only given the honor of performing your ceremony. but I feel like I made great friends as well.

  • Roger L. Apr 24, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    We were in the middle of moving, our plans were shifting, chaos reigned. We asked Ricki to just do everything for us, we gave basic info at best and our ceremony, especially the vows Ricki wrote, we'll it is was wonderful.
    Ricki Z. Jul 31, 2015

    Roger, thank you so much for this wonderful review. I was a little confused regarding where the wedding was being held, and did not fully understand until I arrived at tour new home that had only recently taken ownership of the property. Wow planning and buying a new house at the same tike! You could have fooled me. I did not realize the amount of stress you must have been under. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you both as well as your son and family. Thank you for inviting me to join you all in a toast. It was a beautiful setting, the couple was so perfect for each other,and I thank you for this incredible honor

  • Jessica P. Nov 22, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Ricki was great before AND during the wedding. She was easy to contact and responded promptly to every e-mail. Being a little frazzled on the day of, i completely forgot to tell her what room number our ceremony was being held in and she still managed to be there ready to go!! She still had a smile on her face and everything. She really did feel part of the family and we couldn't be happier with the outcome. Thanks again, Ricki!!
    Ricki Z. Jul 31, 2015

    Jessica, thank you so much. It was not your fault that the concierge gave me the wrong room number. AND as I told you, your job is to feel frazzles, my job is to decrease your stress. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting your family and friends. It was such a fun evening and something I will never forget.

  • Lindsay S. Sep 28, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    It was perfect. Thanks so much. It was beautiful and casual like we wanted and the boys haven't quit talking about pouring the sand. Thank you again
    Ricki Z. Jul 31, 2015

    Oh Lindsay, I had so much fun, and your boys were great! First time I have ever seen such an unusual cake, I had to take a picture. I have your picture up on my wall, and when I walk by, it is such a great memory. Thank you again for giving me the incredible honor or standing up with you as you became a family

  • Eric F. Sep 24, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Ricki did a fantastic job officiating our wedding this past weekend. She worked with us for months before the wedding to help pick out just the right vows for us, and to help get the timing right. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a great officiant for their special day.
    Ricki Z. Jul 31, 2015

    Eric, thank you so much! It was a fun wedding, a great venue, and a beautiful couple. Every wedding is such an honor to be a part of. A friend once told me that I get excited because I get to stand as 1+1=1. I think that's it. When a couple looks into each other's eyes, I get goosebumps. I can't believe that 400+ weddings, and I still cry

  • Jamie W. Jul 7, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Thank you for all your help. I so can't wait to meet and get our wedding vows ready for our big day! Thank you so much for getting back ahold of me :)
  • Mindy F. Jan 20, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Ricki was such a pleasure to work with. We asked her to perform a very simple, quick ceremony and she wrote very personal, sweet vows for us. Highly recommend her - she was terrific!
    Ricki Z. Jul 31, 2015

    Thank you so much for this great review! You guys were fun!! You even offered to help me figure out my taxes. I did not just perform a ceremony, I made great friends. Thank you so much for the gift of your presence, and inviting me to be part of one of life's greatest moments

  • Enna E. Oct 14, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    :) amazing kind women
    Ricki Z. Oct 17, 2013

    What a sweet couple. They just wanted a very short simple ceremony. I tried to write something nice but short. Really enjoyed meeting and marrying them. Would do it again in a heartbeat

  • Rachel W. Sep 24, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    She was absolutely wonderful. She made sure everything was exactly the way we wanted. Highly recommended!!
    Ricki Z. Oct 17, 2013

    Thank you so much for this great review. I really enjoyed you and your family. You make a great couple, and the baby in the wagon, well she pretty much stole the show. I also want to thank you for letting me use your picture on my brochures. You should be a model, what classic beauty. Mitchem's Barn was a great venue, and it looked beautiful mostly due to all of the work you put into your wedding. Thank you again for letting me be a part of your very special day.

  • Krista S. Sep 9, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    I know it's hard to believe that anyone is perfect, but for our wedding Ricki completely was! She was SO Flexible in our meeting time, my husband and I work different schedules so it is hard to work with that sometimes. She is fantastic with a wonderful sense of humor. She was very organized and was able to organize and help the bridal party get ready. That is no small feat as I had 17 people to get organized, plus all the grandma's and mothers. Our venue was out of the way in the woods and she made it on time, twice. Once for the rehearsal and again for the Ceremony. She is Funny, Organized, Thoughtful and extremely Professional. I would recommend her to anyone who wants a caring and calming person to officiate the wedding. We loved having her share in our special day. Thank you SO MUCH!
    Ricki Z. Oct 17, 2013

    I LOVED doing your wedding! You guys make a great couple. And it really was my pleasure to be a part of your day. You guys are just fun people. I was a little surprised when you were being given away and one of the men came up and handcuffed you both together. I thought it was great when you demanded the handcuffs be removed. Way to go Krista. Please please keep in touch. I miss your smile it is infectious.

  • Jillian J. Aug 13, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Ricki did everything exactly how we wanted! It was simple and touching...and I sobbed like a baby! Regardless of what kind of wedding you want, I know Ricki will work with you to make it better than you could dream of!
    Ricki Z. Jul 31, 2015

    Jillian, thank you so much. I remember when I first saw your request, and thought "I have to do this wedding, she has the same name as my daughter, who I miss so much." I was thrilled to meet you and your mom. Such a loving family. I am so glad you liked the pictures I sent you. Sometimes I'm lucky and I get extra pictures for a couple. When this happens, I like to make a disc and send it on. It was really nice getting an email from your mom, telling me that she loved the pictures as well. I think of you often, hope you are doing well. I wish there was a better word than thank you. This doesn't seem to cover the gift you have both given me

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I usually bake something like shortbread. Or I might order a pizza. I want my couple to feel comfortable. It is important to me to feel 100% invested in their wedding, so I hand them a calendar of timelines, reception guidelines, and a check sheet to keep track of RSVPs. This is usually given to them whether they hire me or not. It's their wedding, and if we are not a good fit, well, I still want them to have a great wedding. I try to find out the kind of ceremony the couple is interested in. I then discuss what services I offer, how far I travel, I look at the date to make sure I am available, I ask about anything special they might want added to their ceremony. They often leave with several ceremonies to review, and then I tell them to call me with any questions. I will often save the date for a given number of days (usually 7) and if I don't hear from them, I release the date
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I was trained in a little church in Kent Washington in 1991. The wedding coordinator quit and I was told we do 3 weddings a weekend and asked if I would help out. The officiant trained me. I learned to run the sound system, stage the weddings, if needed cue the organist, or pianist, I did the rehearsals and cued the photographers, officiant, music and wedding party. After awhile, I started a book of who did a good job for a reasonable cost, and who just took advantage of the couple. I then started putting my timeline together. About once a month we did the reception in the church, so I learned how receptions come together. If the couple was going somewhere else for their reception, I researched how receiving lines were set up and the reason for this. I read everything I could get my hands on. I had books on how to have a great wedding on a small budget, to how to have a ceremony with unlimited funds. Most was learned on the job. I started taking classes on religion, and studied Judaism, Catholicism, Christian, Hindu, and currently learning about Buddhism. It is important to me to understand the couples' needs before I perform a ceremony, so I continue to learn
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Yes. if hired as an officiant, I have two main prices. One is for what I consider an elopement. By this I mean, the couple getting married, 2 witnesses standing up with them, and no more than 20 guests. If there are more than 2 witnesses, and I am cuing the wedding party as well as the musician/DJ, working with the photographer, staging the ceremony, and conducting the rehearsal, then I have a higher fee. So one price for an elopement, one price for a regular wedding. The only extra fee would be for traveling distances over 40 miles in each direction. When hired as a coordinator or planner, there is a flat fee as well. This fee normally includes 10 hours on-site, a one hour rehearsal, and a guest list of not over 150
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Well, it was serendipitous. Just came to me, and I said YES
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have done everything from incarcerated couples, same-sex, interfaith, non-denomination, Jewish-Irish Catholic, Buddhist-Christian, Earth Ceremonies, Karma, and traditional. I have done weddings where couples are on a very strict budget, and large venues with as many as 300 guests. I work with couples that know exactly what they want, and couples where I work with them to tell their unique love story. I have worked with couples that want a simple elopement, and weddings parties of over 20 attendants. In over 20 years, I have worked with too many different couples to mention, and it has all been wonderful
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I served as officiant as well as day of coordinator. The couple was married around 2 pm at Manito Park. They held their reception at a lovely venue in GreenBluff. There was quite a bit to this wedding. We did the rehearsal the day before. I met Event Rents the next morning at 8 am and started setting up tables and chairs. The outhouses arrived at noon, from there I ran home, changed my clothes and met the couple for their ceremony. After the ceremony, I went back to the venue to finish set up, greet the band and caterer, go over the timelines with all vendors. As I write this, I have to wonder why I remember this day so fondly. I mean there were contracts to review, and correct, timelines to be rewritten several times. 2 very very long days. And then I remember what they looked like on the dance floor. How in love they were, how great it felt and the end of the evening when I knew everything had gone off without a hitch. A month later I received pictures of the couple in Greece and in front of the Eiffel Tower grinning. I think of my couples and I know how incredibly lucky I am
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
What is the cost? What services are provided? Are there additional costs for changes or additions to the ceremony? Can you write your own vows? How far will the officiant travel and what are the additional fees to travel out of the area? Is there a deposit, and if so is it refundable? When is the payment due? Meet with the officiant, and make sure they understand the vision you have for your ceremony. This is your day. Weddings can be expensive, so, keep cost in mind, but never, never compromise on your dream
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What is their budget? What is most important when planning their ceremony? If it is flowers, then cut back on photography. An expensive venue? See if they will let you bring in your own food. It is sometimes difficult to stay within a budget. So easy to be swept up in the whole process of planning the ceremony, with every vendor trying to talk a couple into the most expensive packages. So really think about what you want, and what you can realistically pay. If this is getting overwhelming, then hire a professional. I often get a couple that has hired the venue, photographer, florist, caterer DJ, etc., and then think "Oh no who will marry us?" Then they contact me and are surprised that I could have saved them so much money if they had come to me first. Planners get some great deals. If I am hired as an officiant, I still am happy to recommend reliable, reasonably priced vendors