Well sort of!
Many of you will recognize the name SandyVoice as a regular commenter on this site, who was also profiled in one of my New York Stories. SandyVoice is trying to develop her business as a marriage officiant, and knowing what a great community of helpful commenters we have here, she's asked for your feedback. Please pitch in if you can, either in the comments or by emailing me at openwallet1 [at] yahoo [dot] com. I'll forward all responses to SandyVoice.
Performing weddings is the best part of my job! I'm a cantor, so of course I do a lot of Jewish weddings, but I also officiate and co-officiate at interfaith weddings, civil ceremonies, recommitment ceremonies, commitment ceremonies, same sex marriages where they are legal, and so on. I'm licensed in New York, which lets me perform weddings in most states.
I'd like to do more weddings to supplement my current income, and intend to turn officiating into a full-time career when I retire. Can you folks help me do a little market research? I would be very grateful for your answers.
IF YOU WERE MARRIED WITHIN THE LAST FIVE OR SIX YEARS ...
How did you find your officiant?
If you did an online search, what keywords did you use, and what did you think of the websites you found?
Did the websites provide helpful information, and did they help you pick an officiant?
When you interviewed officiants, what characteristics and information were you looking for?
What questions did you ask? What questions did you miss, but would advise others to ask?
Did your officiant offer any special services that helped you decide to hire him or her?
Did you write your own ceremony, use one provided by the officiant, or develop a script together?
Can you share any other thoughts about your experience of finding and working with your officiant?
Thanks to all for being so helpful! I can't wait to read your answers!
Thanks to Madame X for letting me hijack her blog for a day!
And, of course, if anyone here is getting married, and needs an officiant ... ;-)
Regards from SandyVoice