What’s The Price for Just a Small Wedding?
We often get this well-meaning question. It goes something like this:
“Hey Pastor Ken & Jo-Ann, we just want a small wedding…maybe 5 minutes long, not many people are going to be there, and you don’t even have to work hard designing it. Just throw something together for us. How much is that?”
We call this the “Bridal Reduction Inquiry” (Had to come up with a fancy name). It’s where a Bride reduces the value of her wedding in hopes that she’ll get a reduced cost. We get it, and in this economy we totally understand. We actually underpriced completely because of this. Most quality officiants are within the same price range, however the value and level of service (including perks) we provide quickly highlight the “oh…wow…you should charge more” response we get from our clients. After a consultation, the difference becomes crystal clear.
The problem is, we place a high value on every client we’re honored to serve. We provide relentless work in planning each ceremony, and we treat each wedding like it’s a Royal Wedding, whether it’s the Fox45 News Wedding we do each year, or whether it’s in your yard with just your dog and cat as witnesses. You deserve the best. That’s how our pricing is structured, based on the unparalleled value we aim to provide.
You can get a discount.
Discounts are provided based on off-peak differential. That’s just a fancy term for “we can provide the same excellence, but in fairness to the date and time of your wedding, off-peak times can be discounted.” For example, if you get married during the week (Monday-Thursday; Friday before 5pm; or even Saturday Morning before 11am), you are eligible for a $100 off-peak discount!
Moral of the story: It’s your special day, don’t devalue it! You want your vendors to treat your wedding with the same respect they would a “higher priced” client. You are not chopped liver! You deserve the best, period! Don’t allow anyone to treat your wedding as second class, including yourself.
Whether it’s small or large, it’s one of the most important days of your life.
In valued Service,
Pastor Ken & Jo-Ann – The Maryland Wedding Officiant