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I am a wedding officiant and sometimes I see the craziest things, or have the best couples. This is just my blog on things I see and do at weddings.

The Importance of a Professional Wedding Officiant

  Couples often overlook the importance of the person actually conducting their wedding ceremony. They place great care in a place, date, and time, but do not consider that the ceremony will not go forward without an officiant. The person you choose to conduct your ceremony is the person you are counting on to share your vision, personalize your vows, and finalize your special day. This industry often goes unchecked because a lot of officiants are ministers and Justices of the Peace, which people simply assume are always professionals. The truth is, while the vast majority are, some can have questionable reputations in the industry just like any other business. The stories of showing up late or not at all, answering cell phones during the ceremony, refusing to customize your ceremony and vows, getting your names wrong, or countless other mistakes are endless and an absolute nightmare for any bride and groom. Before you book your officiant, know what to ask and what to expect for your money. Officiant fees can vary between $150.00 to $450.00 or more so make certain you know what you are getting. A higher price does not always mean a better officiant so be prepared when you interview them. Once you have established a date, time and place for your wedding, it’s time to look for a wedding officiant. Start looking early as the best officiants, like the best vendors, tend to get booked quickly. See how much “control” your officiant allows you over your ceremony. Does your officiant insist on a religious ceremony? Are you getting a “fixed text” wedding — that is, a “word for word” style ceremony that is read for every couple? How much choice are you given in putting together your ceremony? Will your officiant help with advice in writing your own vows? In giving you suggestions for readings and ceremony ideas?      An officiant should have no problem giving you references. If they do, don’t walk…run away! An officiant should always return your calls, answer your e-mails, and be available to you for all your needs. They should also be at your ceremony early to go over things and make sure there are no problems. Ask what will happen if your officiant has an emergency on your special day. Do they have a replacement? Who is this person and will they be able to step in at the last minute if need be? Your payment is probably non-refundable so make certain you get your questions answered and feel comfortable that your officiant shares your dream of the perfect ceremony. Finally, did you know you can get married at the airport, in a park, your favorite restaurant, in a skating rink, the top floor of a building that overlooks the city, or anywhere else you desire? Well you can. So consider what your day means to you and follow your dream!

Posted 1 week ago

Why did I decide to become a wedding officiant?

Well, I will tell you: I love to see people happy. I was a pharmacy tech for about 22 years. I got burned out. I got tired of being yelled at because I couldn’t help people. Not my fault your doctor won’t refill your prescription, or change your meds. I couldn’t help them. Now, I am in position to help people, to give them what they want, and to make them happy. I work for each couple. I give a personalized ceremony (based on how much you are willing to share with me of your life and how you met). I give my couples choices.
And I often get asked: What do you do when you aren’t doing weddings? Here lately, there isn’t much time to do anything. Prison weddings are picking up, so that takes care of Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday every week. When not doing a wedding, I read or watch Netflix, spend time with my family and my precious grandson, and when time does permit, I do missions with the Patriot Guard Riders. When my husband and I actually have time off together, and he is not tired, then we may go out riding on our motorcycles (yes I ride my own).

Posted 1 week ago
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This had to have been one of the most fun so far. It was at Kemah at a rented condo on the waterfront. So we were in the back yard with the water to the right of us. Boats passing by. They were Facebook live streaming this in a private group so those that could not be there could still see. First time I have done a wedding while wearing flip-flops

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This had to have been one of the most fun so far. It was at Kemah at a rented condo on the waterfront. So we were in the back yard with the water to the right of us. Boats passing by. They were Facebook live streaming this in a private group so those that could not be there could still see. First time I have done a wedding while wearing flip-flops

Posted 1 week ago

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