We are excited to share with you another interview with a local wedding vendor in Portland, Oregon. Rev. Dee Richardson has kindly taken time to chat with us about her and the trends she is seeing with weddings. One of the most important people is the person who performs your ceremony. We have seen the trend of “friends” performing the service. This is a nice way to personalize it but it can also go wrong. I have seen so many weddings where the “friend” forgot what to say next, didn’t step out of the way for photos etc. Sometimes it’s better to hire experience, especially for one of the most important days of your life!
What do you specialize in?
I specialize in personalized, heartfelt, meaningful ceremonies, and I work with ALL couples, in all kinds of places, for all kinds of weddings!! I am an Interfaith/Nondenominational Minister and perform many many weddings for couples who want ZERO religion or are not faith based at all. I match each couple exactly where they are and want to represent them in their entirety, whether that be religious, spiritual, or none of the above!!!
I like to make it fun and I take the stress out of the whole process, from writing up their own Vows, to experiencing the most wonderful day possible on their Wedding Day!! I make friends with many of my couples which continue on long after their wedding!!
How many years have you been in business?
I got my Ministerial License in November 2008 – 8 years ago. I have been performing Weddings ‘full-time’ since 2012 – 4 years.
How did you get started in the wedding industry?
I am a ‘People Person’ and my role at the church I was involved in for 7-8 years, was changing, so I got my own office separate from the church, and began seeing clients/couples soon thereafter. I attended as many networking events as I could find, to get my name out there and things began opening up. I have never stopped since!! I LOVE meeting each couple in my office, getting to know them and sharing in their joy!! I had no idea that Weddings would take over 75% of my business, and I love it! I also perform Funerals/Memorials, Baby Blessings, House Blessings, Spiritual Counseling and Pre-marital Counseling.
Any trends you are seeing within your field for 2016?
I am seeing a lot of couples who are having alternatives to having their ‘Dad’ walk them down the aisle.
Both parents, Two dads(step and bio), Brother…..many different combos!! Dogs in the ceremony too!
What advice would you give a couple who is planning their wedding day?
~To remember that it is “THEIR” day, and try not to fall into the trap of pleasing everyone else.
~AND>>the biggest thing, is to realize that the day will be over in a FLASH<<< and so not to get stressed out by getting TOO caught up in all the menusha and ENJOY the day to the fullest. All the planning you do is good, but something is bound to go wrong on the day-of…however, no one else will know but you…and usually it makes for good memories!!
Please visit her website for more information and ask her questions about officiating ceremonies.