Hi @domesticdiva82: I see this is your Debut Post on WBee… so a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”
As the others have said, being organized is key.
Mr TTR and I Eloped to a Destination Wedding (probably some of the most frequent case where people are looking for a local Officiant).
We used GOOGLE as our primary way of finding what was available…
We GOOGLED the name of our Destination City and Wedding Officiant…
Example… Myrtle Beach Wedding Officiant
Brings up both a list of Local Officiants
AND info put out by the City of Myrtle Beach, the Region, and the State of South Carolina on the process of getting Married (what paperwork is needed)… as well as some of the Tourism Websites for the 3 also have some additional info, and links to local Officiants.
So make sure you are carried on BOTH these fronts.
Also doesn’t hurt to advertise on a variety of Wedding Dedicated Mediums as well… Magazines, Bridal Fairs, On-Line Wedding Websites etc (example, I believe WBee has a section here for Vendors)
The most important thing in my mind tho is to have a Website.
In several cases we found Officiants who ONLY had Phone Numbers…
To be honest, we put them on the bottom of our CHECK INTO LIST
And started with the Officiants who had their OWN Websites, and concise info on what they offered and costs.
Think about the BIG picture…
You’ll want a list of possible locations (that you’ve had pre-approved with the Authorities or have performed Ceremonies at previously). As those Couples doing a Destination Wedding might not even know WHERE THEY WANT TO MARRY
Will you offer just Officiant Services… OR will there be “packages” that you coordinate… Officiant, Photographer, Bouquet, Music etc.
And think about how you’ll price em.
And IF there are any services you won’t offer (equipment rentals)… OR if you plan to be able to make ANYTHING HAPPEN for a price that you’ll Quote the couple.
Also, on your Website…
You’ll want to make sure that there is an EASY WAY to contact you for more info. And BE PROMPT in your replies… COURTEOUS AND HONEST.
DON’T BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN BE EVERYTHING TO EVERYONE
The truth is, there will be times you can’t help the client… be HONEST about that. Don’t lead them on. Their time is precious.
And make sure you add your Phone Number as well as your Email Address (and not just a direct link to another “fill in the box” form). Having your Email Address listed as a stand-alone is helpful for situations where the Bride needs to write to you while she is busy (ie from work on her lunch-hour, or from her other devices) OR like in our case, while on the road… we being on an extended Road Trip that included getting married.
And once the Contract is in place… you’ll then also want to provide the Couple with your Cell Phone number.
As I can tell you as having gone thru one mishap… it sucks when you can’t get a response from the Wedding Officiant you’ve been working with… it is VERY UNPROFESSIONAL… and leaves the potential NOT ANYMORE Client with a very bad impression, and won’t be good for business once they get around to Writing a Review about your company on-line.
Hope this helps,