Sweet Song Ministries

Buckhannon, WV

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I offer a uniquely crafted ceremony that is a one-of-a-kind tribute to the love that is written within the hearts of the couples I work with. Many times couples know how they feel but have trouble putting those feelings into words. That's where I come in. Writing and public speaking are my specialties so when it comes to writing and officiating wedding ceremonies, I am in my element. My ceremonies are never "canned" and no two are ever alike. They are unique, meaningful and totally reflective of the personalities, wants and desires of the couples I work with.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I am passionate about love and marriage and I love the fact that I can share my passion with the couples I work with. Writing and officiating wedding ceremonies is much more than a business for me... It is a calling. I find it enjoyable because I get to meet a lot of different people and it is inspiring to be able to write about the special gift of love my couples have found in one another. I impart a piece of myself with every ceremony I write and am never satisfied until they fit my couples perfectly. I always go the "extra mile" to make my ceremonies special and it doesn't end with the ceremony. I always add some extra-special touches after the fact that leave the couples with wonderful memories and for me, that's what it's all about.
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Location

Buckhannon, WV 26201

Years in business

11

Number of employees

1

Reviews

5 Reviews
  • Loniann W. Nov 7, 2016
    Pam Made Our Day SO PERFECT!!!
    Pam was by far the best Officiant for our wedding!! We could not have asked for someone more perfect. When I contacted Pam months ago, she was very quick to get back to me. I was nervous about having someone I had never met be the one to marry us, but I had read so many reviews on how so many people said they hadn't met her and when they did meet her it felt like they had known her forever. This is SO true!! Pam is such a kind person and is very passionate about what she does. She realizes that this is your big day and will do anything she can to make it absolutely perfect. In fact, many people who attended our ceremony commented on how well Pam did with the ceremony and thought that the ceremony was absolutely beautiful. So, if you are looking for an Officiant for your wedding, please pick Pam!! You seriously can not go wrong!! Again, Pam, thank you so much for everything you did for Lance and I the weekend of our wedding and taking the time to make our day so so perfect!!
  • Brittany C. Nov 6, 2016
    Absolutely Wonderful
    Pam is an absolutely wonderful woman and I highly recommend her to anyone. I contacted Pam after seeing her show up on multiple wedding sites and she responded quickly and was so helpful in getting everything ready for the ceremony! She was very patient with us and provided a lot of options in readings and overall styling, helping to make sure it was exactly what we wanted and more. The ideas she had of making the ceremony a little more modern were great and made the whole wedding memorable. The ceremony itself was so beautiful. Even though I had read her final draft many times, her reading of it was so great and really moved everyone. (She even did a great job of helping make sure we didn't cry TOO much.) I still get comments of how much everyone loved the ceremony and many of my friends are modelling their ceremonies after ours! I will always cherish the beautiful things she said for us that day. In our ceremony we had the family members give roses to a vase, which gave them a chance to say a few words privately to us as they brought it up. I LOVED this idea the moment I saw it in Pam's materials. I think this by far is one of the best things we had and I would recommend this to everyone. It's so nice to be able to see each parent individually during the ceremony. Pam was very professional and looked great at the ceremony. She made us feel very at ease too! When it's something so important, it was great to feel like you really knew the person marrying you and that meant a lot to us. She also brought her own photographer to grab a few extra pictures and that was great!!! We LOVED the pictures. Having the option to get even more photos was a wonderful surprise and I'm so glad that was there. I cannot recommend Pam enough. She does everything to make your ceremony unique to you and her writing+speeches are just fantastic. We will definitely be seeking her for any other dedication services in the future.
  • Libby T. Nov 5, 2016
    Highly Recommend
    Pam was phenomenal! I called her on Monday....asked if she could perform a ceremony for me on Saturday....she drove all the way to Pittsburgh on Saturday night, after she had done a ceremony earlier in the day. My ex-husband and I got remarried, and the ceremony she chose was perfect, about second chances, and I cried through the whole thing. She had a photographer for us, and honestly, made our day even more special than it already was. I can't thank her enough for her flexibility, her responsiveness, her kindness and her thoughtfulness. I highly recommend her to everyone, she made our day perfect!!!
  • Matt M. Nov 3, 2016
    Fall Elopement
    We found Pam on the web while researching "Elopements in WV." Although our ceremony was very last minute, and we had to switch the date a couple of times, Pastor Pam was very pleasant to work with and made everything a stress free "breeze!" We finally chose to do our ceremony at her house using the "Trail of Grace" venue and went ahead with the photo package as it was just the two of us. Everything was just perfect! Jimmy, the photographer, was very easy to work with and had great photo ideas. The venue for the ceremony was beautiful with all of the Fall foliage! Pam's ceremony could have fooled anyone into thinking that she had known us our entire lives, it really was very personal to both Allison and myself. She allowed us the freedom to choose how everything went and sent us our photos and paperwork very promptly. She and Jimmy were awesome to work with and we will definitely be using them again for a vow renewal later down the road. I would recommend Pam to anyone! Thanks so much for making our "special" day extraordinary!!!
  • Clara M. Nov 3, 2016
    Absolutely Amazing!
    Pam was absolutely amazing! When a Catholic marries a Buddhist you need someone very special that has the intuition to know just what to say and Pam was perfect! We could not have asked for more & highly recommend her!

Q&A

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.