Who wouldn’t want to get married in Savannah when you would have photos better than these I took with my iPhone 6 Plus at my most recent ceremonies? !!!
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This past Saturday I had a #WeddingRescue!
At 6:15pm a Savannah Police officer called me, while I was having a quick break between weddings, at Leopold’s Ice Cream which is a Savannah staple!
He said “This is Captain so and so with the Savannah Police Department.” My first thought was something had happened to my son. He continued “Lt. Gunther gave me your number because the preacher for a 6pm wedding didn’t show up and he thought you could help.”
“Yes, I can, where is the ceremony?”
“Greene Square. Let me give the phone to a person in the bridal party”
“Hello. The preacher we hired didn’t show up can you come and perform the ceremony?”
“Yes. I can be there in 5 minutes.”
“I just so happen to be down the street. I’ll be right there.”
When I arrived everyone was so grateful for me showing up. I went inside the rented home and spoke to the groom. While doing so, word came that the “preacher” showed up at 6:30pm. “It doesn’t matter to me who officiates your ceremony, I can stay or you can have him officiate.” “You stay.” So I did.
The “preacher” wasn’t a preacher. He was an internet ordained wedding officiant. He wasn’t a pastor of a church, nor had he ever been to seminary to study the Bible or theology. He is recognized by the State of Georgia as clergy because of his internet ordination. Basically: he does weddings for the money.
While working out at the local YMCA one day, about a year ago, I heard this “preacher” brag to his friend about how he gets $175 to marry people and that he could hook him up too. “It’s easy. You show up, read the words and you get paid.” The “preacher” didn’t recognize me from when we worked together on a volunteer school resource team in 1995. I was 30 then, he was about 60.
I take what I do seriously. Have I ever been late to a wedding? I believe twice: both times about 5-10 minutes due to traffic. Have I ever missed a wedding? No. Have I ever filled in for an officiant who missed a wedding? Dozens of times.
Even if you don’t hire myself or my company, find out the reputation of the person/company you hire. And also see if they have a business license.
I am a pastor of a local Lutheran church, yet I still have a business license for weddings. For me, a business license separates those who are serious and professional from those who just do it for the money.
Share your stories and your thoughts.
It’s great to have all of your friends and family at a wedding. But is it great to have someone from your own town (or not local to Savannah) be the professional wedding coordinator for your special day?
Here is the list of cons:
Here is the pros:
Nothing against out of state/town professional wedding coordinators but I find that for the most part, local Professional Wedding Coordinators are steps above out of town ones.
Share your thoughts!
Over the last 20 years that I’ve been officiating weddings, there have been many awkward moments. I’ve been hesitant to share any of them for fear of embarrassing the bride/groom/guest. Most of these examples below are years ago 😉
If you have more awkward moments, PLEASE share them!
I can give you a lot of examples of why the don’ts don’t work!
Don’t have a traditional style aisle runner – Do consider using some flower petals. I’ve seen bride’s heels get stuck.
Don’t have flower petals on the beach. Sea gulls think it is food and will attack.
Don’t wear heals if your gonna stand in grass, unless you put those high heel protectors on them – to keep you from sinking into the grass.
Don’t laugh during your vows – do let tears and emotions happen. If you are a laugher, then you may get laugher in the wrong time: “I _____ take you ____ to be my ________. To love and to cherish “laughter.” I’ve seen the laughter at “and I promise to be faithful to you.” Awkward.
Don’t wear makeup which will give you streaks if you shed tears. Do wear make up which will not leave streaks. This is different than mascara.
Don’t wear red lipstick – Do wear lip sealant. Otherwise your spouse will have red lips, too! Awkward for pictures.
Don’t let the groom arrive to ceremony without a real handkerchief. Do get the groom one so that he can dab your tears or his perspiration.
These are just for starters!
Let me know your thoughts and your experiences!
my website: http://www.RevSchulte.com
I cannot believe it’s been so long since I’ve posted a blog! But that is changing. Some new and exciting things are happening and I can’t wait to share it very soon.
One thing is me blogging again!
The second is well, is more exciting! If you or any couple you know will be in town on February 7, 2015, and would like to meet with me about your wedding or a wedding, to ask questions and/or to be given advice on weddings, please let me know. There will be a film crew/person(s) following me around that day. Can’t wait to share more!!
Congratulations on your pending nuptials!!
My website is: http://www.RevSchulte.com