Serendipity

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21 reviews
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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, value, and punctuality.
  • Cassandra J.

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    Nov 12, 2017Verified
  • Dani C.

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    Ricki was absolutely amazing to work with- so helpful, friendly and informative- she helped us put together a perfect ceremony

    Oct 23, 2017Verified
    Ricki Z.'s reply

    Dani, thank you so much for this review! You and your husband made everything so simple for me. It was a pleasure being a part of your ceremony

About this pro

WE have been in business since 1993. We Won the COUPLE'S CHOICE AWARD 2014, 15, 16,17, &2018. Voted one of the top planners/coordinators in the Inland Northwest. TRADITIONAL CEREMONY We provide a day calendar to help guide you through the day to day tasks that go hand in hand with planning a ceremony. We offer reception timelines, a check sheet to help keep track of RSVPS as well as gifts received, and we can provide tips on how to encourage your guests to become more accountable for their RSVP. Serendipity will work with you to help you choose a ceremony that you feel matches you as a couple, or tells your unique love story. We help you write your own ceremony, mix and match what we have, or you may write your own vows If needed we can recommend vendors We stage the ceremony and, conduct the rehearsal. We take care of filling out, and filing your license, and if your county does not provide this, offer a keepsake certificate On the day of your wedding we arrive 45 minutes to 1 hour early, so we can help with any last minute issues and review your ceremony with the DJ/musician, and photographer. We line up and cue the wedding party, We make any needed announcements directing both before and after the ceremony. REVIEWS CAN BE SEEN AT weddingwire.com/serendipity/reviews SERENDIPITY Performing Ceremonies That Are Meant To Be 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!

Times hired on Thumbtack

43

Location

Spokane, WA 99201

Photos and Videos

12 photos

    Q & A

    • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
      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
    • 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
    Coverage Area for Serendipity is about 45+ miles of Spokane, WA.