I had met the lady of my dreams and wanted to spend my life with her. So, I asked her to marry me and we have been happily sharing life together ever since. Both being hopeless romantics it's only destiny that we would end up running a Wedding Officiant business together. I love talking with people, so it's only natural that I am the one up there performing ceremonies, but she is the one quietly in the background making sure this all works smoothly. We make a great team!
When we decided to get married at a local resort, we headed out to find an officiant to perform our wedding. Little did we know how involved it would be just getting someone to read the ceremony my wife wrote. It seems most officiants prefer the same ceremony for all and that just didn't fit our style. My wife created a beautiful ceremony that fit our love story and I was determined to find someone to make it happen. So, I reached out to multiple officiants and headed into even more issues.
The first person we contacted said they only worked in a certain area and we were just a bit out of there service area. The next one was more concerned with how many would be there watching us get married. Why would that even be a concern of his. Stage fright in front of large groups?? Well, it became evident that he charged based on the number in attendance and therefore his base rate just went up considerably. When he asked about venue, I got a bit more concerned how much the price would increase. I was after all in his service area, so it should be the same price. Wrong! He apparently charged more for certain type venues on certain days.
So all this craziness got me to thinking, what does any of that have to do with performing a wedding. What was with all these extra fees? Was a large amount of people causing these officiants to perform the ceremony in a different way? There had to be a better way.
I noticed Wedding Officiants started with a low base price but could quickly tally it up hundreds of dollars more with all the extra fees. My thinking was it didn't matter if just the couple was there or if they filled an arena full of people to watch them get married. The ceremony being performed was the same. Why was a couple standing in front of a waterfall paying more than a couple inside a chapel? Then there was the whole day and time deal altering price even more. My thought from all this craziness was, KEEP PRICING SIMPLE! Couples have tons of decisions to make and needed less headaches planning their big day so hiring an officiant should be simple.
I decided I would take my love of public speaking and start a wedding service, so couples no longer had to wonder about pricing. I created SIMPLE PRICE PACKAGES! That told you exactly what you would receive for a flat price, at any location in my service area, in front of an unlimited amount of people on any given day of the year. Yes, weekend & holidays are not priced higher!
I do charge extra for Travel Fees outside of my 30-mile home base radius, due to time and wear and tear on my vehicle, but then again, it's something all Officiants seem to add on even on top of all their other charges. My travel fee is $5 for an additional 10 miles out of my service area. So, the math still makes for simple pricing when this is the only extra fee.
My wife and I really enjoy what we do, and I really do love seeing happy couples enjoying their ceremony and starting a new life together. We are always here to help make your wedding ceremony go smoothly and be unique to you. Whether you choose a simple ceremony elopement lakeside or a lavish event at beautiful indoor wedding venue, we will be there with you along the way to calm wedding nerves, work with wedding planners and help where we can to make your Wedding Day the BEST!
I prefer being up front with my pricing, so couples can make an easier decision when it comes to choosing their officiant. With so many other things to take care of, choosing the officiant should be easy.
I can help couples create custom wedding ceremonies filled with special uniting ceremonies, readings, music and more. Making Your Special Day Your Way is what I do best!