Frequently Asked Questions
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
My advice is don't always go with the cheapest bid. If ever there was a day that you want to guarantee quality, this is the day. A cheap wedding officiant probably says the same thing every time. He or she may not bother to make the message unique to you, whereas I want this wedding to take on your personality and style.
Also, I recommend pre-marriage counseling. Learning to live together can be hard, and gaining some skills in communication and conflict resolution can be very useful. I am trained in a counseling method called Prepare-Enrich, that uses an online questionnaire completed by the couple to guide me to any "hot points" in the relationship.
Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
The unique aspect is my British accent. This, plus my experience of doing over 100 weddings, enables me to pitch the wedding at just the right level, whether that means formal, or more informal and casual with humor. Almost all of my weddings come from people who saw me do another wedding, and were so impressed that they engaged me to do theirs too.
What do you like most about your job?
I love getting to know the bride and groom so that I can tailor a wedding that matches their personality. Usually I tell a personal story from their relationship during the ceremony, which both puts the couple at ease, (often adds some humor) and allows everyone there a window of insight into their relationship.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
They most often ask about what elements can be included in the wedding. My viewpoint is that it's YOUR wedding, so have it your way. If you have a friend who wants to sing a song, or a parent who wants to read a poem, I'm all for it. My goal is to make it a memorable and unique day both for you and all your guests.
If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
The key thing for you to know is that you are in the hands of an expert. In the ceremony, everything you have to do is prompted by me. You don't need to memorize the order of the ceremony. "We are now going to exchange vows... the couple will now exchange rings as a symbol of the vows they have made" etc. Also, if anything goes wrong (as it sometimes does in weddings), the key is not to panic. As long as we (officiant, bride and groom) stay cool, no one else is going to freak out. They take their cue from how we react. Also, I think fast, and am witty, so if something unexpected happens, I will smooth it over.
Do you have a favorite story from your work?
One time the rings were presented on a ring cushion but proved impossible to untie. The DJ saved the day by coming over and using his knife! It led to some laughter, and since it was pretty informal, the ceremony did not suffer from the delay.
What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
That even though I am only with you for one day, I know this is the most important day of your life, and I will do everything to make it run smoothly, and be memorable and unique.
Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A couple contacted me just 16 hours before they were due to get married. Here is the groom's story:
"Cannot thank Glyn enough for the great job he did for my little wedding. My wife and I scheduled to get married at the courthouse on Valentine's Day. The thought of standing in line with all the other people getting married and having 15 minutes to get in and out did not sit well with me. The night before Valentine's Day I went online and found Glyn. I called him that night and told him my situation. I asked him if he was available to be our pastor and he asked when? I said tomorrow? He said he was available and that we can have it at his church in San Jose. I emailed him Information about ourselves and we were set to get married in his church instead of the courthouse. The best decision I could make. Glyn was well prepared and we had the whole church to ourselves. It was a intimate setting with our close family and we were able to take our time and make the day truly special. If Glyn was able to put so much effort and preparation with less than 16 hours to prepare, I could only imagine what he is capable of doing with a better planned wedding. I highly recommend Glyn's services! Thank you."
You are welcome!