What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My pricing system is not difficult, but prices vary depending upon the ceremony package that is chosen. Fees are structured to support time dedicated to writing and designing the ceremony as well as travel costs in getting to and from the couple's venue. I custom-write each and every one of my ceremonies and no two are ever alike. This means that every ceremony is one of a kind masterpiece, totally unique and that there will never again be another one exactly like it. The fees are usually as stated on my webpage, but since every ceremony is unique, please e-mail me for a quote. Please be assured that all fees will be discussed openly and agreed upon prior to booking and there will be no hidden charges. No matter which ceremony package you choose, please be assured that I will do everything within my power to make your ceremony totally stress free so that all you have to do is smile, say "I do", and enjoy your day.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I work with couples all over the East Coast and like to talk with them either in person, by phone, or email, depending upon their distance from my office I talk with them about their ideas for their ceremony and come up with a plan to make their dream ceremony a reality. I am easy-going, flexible and am not judgmental in my approach to couples and always do my absolute best to provide not only a great service but a wonderful experience.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes. I am constantly taking refresher courses in an attempt to become more proficient in what I do. I have become best of friends with the premier wedding sites and bridal magazines because I am always seeking to better myself and what I do. My goal is to provide my couples a quality product, quality experience and enough fantabulous, wonderful memories to last a lifetime..
How did you get started doing this type of work?
It's really kind of funny how it all came about. I was ordained in 2006 and in 2010 my niece called me and said "Auntie Pam, aren't you ordained?" I said yes, and then she proceeded to tell me that she was getting married and wanted me to officiate her ceremony. Up until that time I had done a lot of speaking, had done a few funerals, but hadn't given much thought to weddings. I talked with her, found out what she had in mind for her ceremony and then sat down with pen and paper. Writing it came as natural as rain and when it was finished, I amazed even myself. :) After waiting for what seemed months, the ceremony time finally approached. I will never forget driving to her home in North Carolina, three states away, full of excitement... full of nervous anticipation... and then it happened. I lost my voice. Whether it was allergies, a sudden case of stage fright or purely Laryngitis, the bottom line was that I couldn't talk and then fear set in. As worried as I was though, the ceremony went perfectly. I had my trusty amp and lavalier mic attached to my dress and I was good to go. As I delivered her ceremony, I realized that I had not only found my voice, I realized I had found my passion. I have been married for 42 years and love and marriage is as important to me as the air that I breathe. I know that marriage is not always easy and yes, it takes work, but when love is at the core of it, marriage works.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I am licensed and ordained to perform all sacred acts of the ministry. I officiate wedding and vow renewal ceremonies, commitment ceremonies, baby blessing ceremonies and other life event services.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
This past weekend I officiated a wedding for a truly special couple. She is from Pennsylvania and he is from Kenya. When I met with them they asked if I could include something in the wedding pertaining to his culture and I was happy to oblige. As I began to delve into the ceremony and what I wanted to say about this couple, I did a lot of research to find out all I could about his heritage. The end result was something that I was extremely proud of and to say that the couple was happy would be an understatement. Their wedding day went off without a hitch and everyone loved the ceremony I wrote for them. Meeting and interacting with his family was a true blessing and I have never in my life seen a couple more in love than these two. Each and every couple I work with blesses my life in a unique and special way. They all have their own wonderful qualities and when the wedding day is over, the memory remains engraved in my heart forever.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Don't settle for less than you deserve. Your wedding is a special day, a day that you have looked forward to all your life and it should be everything you ever dreamed it could be. Take the time to find an officiant who will listen to you, what you want your ceremony to look like and then put it together for you in a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. It's your wedding and it should be a reflection of you and the precious gift of love you have found in one another. Never settle for less.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Everything I have ever done in life has brought me to where I am right now. From my admin experience to the inspirational speaking that I have become known for, it has all culminated in a calling that I absolutely love. Each and every one of my ceremonies are written with love, passion and a desire to make the wedding breathtakingly beautiful. Each and every ceremony is delivered with heart and reverence, and the people I work with are much more than clients. I take a vested interest in each and every one of them and want the best not only for them, but for their marriage. I give it my all and my prayer is that my passion and love for marriage spills out on everyone it touches.