Tips To Start A Wedding Ministry
Pastors and ministers need options to
increase their bottom line income. One way is to offer your
services as an officiant; performing the wedding ceremony. Many
of our pastors and ministers study for years just like any other
profession. They may have college loans, and then a term of study
for their chosen religious field. You would think with all this
education, they would be paid more. Not true. People in the
ministry field need to supplement their income and performing
weddings for additional income is one way you, as a minister or
pastor, can achieve this.
Here are some tips to start you on the
journey of wedding income:
• Find online wedding
service sites in your area. If you live in a city, simply type in
your city name and the words “wedding guides.” If you live in a
large city, you will probably discover more than one site. Most of
these sites offer two choices, you can advertise, which will cost
you anywhere from $99 to $200 to appear as a wedding officiant on
their home page; this usually doesn’t require you to have a
website. Or, you can submit a free listing. The free listings
do require you to have a website where you can post all of your
education, experience and, any additional training you may have
that will entice the reader to your officiant listing. When doing
this, the wedding guide site you submit your listing to will more
than likely request you put a link on your site to their site to
qualify for the free listing.
• Contact local wedding
planners. You can find them online or in the Yellow Pages.
Wedding planners need resources and as the officiant, let’s face
it, you’re one of the most important people at a wedding—you’re
performing the ceremony! Arrange to meet them to discuss your
skills and experience. Create a resume with detailed references
on weddings you have performed, even if it’s at your church.
• How much should you
charge? Don’t shortchange yourself. You have the experience and
pretty much know how to intertwine your wedding services to
individualize each wedding. Set your fees and don’t forget to
include mileage charges for traveling and additional fees for
rehearsals. Make sure the wedding party will feed you free at
their wedding. Last, don’t be afraid to ask or accept tips.
Other vendors are tipped and you should be too.
• Join a website officiant
site online. Many areas have websites that offer ministers or
pastors the opportunity to join their organization, free or at a
low cost to list you as a wedding ceremony provider. You will
need a good resume that lists your experience in and outside of a
church, set prices for the ceremony, rehearsal and, traveling
fees. Check a few of these sites out before you apply and see
what other ministers are charging.
Following these tips can help you earn
the additional income you seek and deserve. Finally, create an
exit-wedding suggestion form. Give this to the bride and groom
with a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) so they can return
it free. Ask them to be honest and offer suggestions. This will
only improve your skills, give you ideas and, more income. For
more information, visit
www.weddingincome.com for the basics.
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