After taking seven months of online classes and becoming certified by the Celebrant Institute & Foundation, I started my own business as a Wedding Officiant: Developed collateral marketing materials, designed and CSS-styled website, created a social media presence, and branded myself on aggregate wedding websites. By 2018’s end, will have performed 73 weddings.
My niche is writing and performing semi- but mostly non-religious ceremonies that do not sermonize but rather tell the couple’s story, marking the ceremony a celebration of their love. For every minute of spoken ceremony, I estimate an hour’s worth of work has gone into it beforehand — from meeting the couple for an in-depth interview, to the actual researching and writing of their unique and personalized ceremony script (often taking 20 hours alone), to revisions, to answering the couple’s myriad concerns and questions via email, which escalates as the wedding date approaches. The number of hours also includes liaison with other vendors, running the rehearsal the day before, setting up my own P.A. system if necessary, and driving far and wide to the couple’s chosen venue to arrive early: vineyards, barns, wineries throughout the region.
Because one’s wedding day is often cited as about the most important of their life, much care and meticulous attention goes into the vocation of Wedding Officiant.