(Closed) How do I go about starting my wedding officiant business

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Advertise! If you’re creative, create a flyer and have them printed and post them up at places. Put an ad on Craigslist or your local equivalent. Spread it by word-of-mouth. Create a website. 

MAKE SURE you are ready to do this BEFORE you take on any clients. Do you have a packet to send to clients/potential clients with examples/choices/ideas for ceremonies? Do you have a contract written up that outlines what clients will get from you for your fee, and also protects BOTH of you in the event that something happens?

Post # 4
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1109 posts
Bumble bee

@domesticdiva82:  ADVERTISE!! I have a friend on my FB who just lost thier officiant 10 days before thier wedding (May 26) so, she is freaking out. We’ve been looking around for her all day, but not alot of non religious officants are advertising for our area… Open up a website, and put your info everywhere. Facebook, Craigslist 🙂 Just my advice.

Post # 5
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401 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@domesticdiva82:  Register at bridal conventions and make your pricing competitive until you have some weddings under your belt 🙂

Post # 6
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9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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

Also…

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,

 

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