Name: Katherine Edwards
Business Name: Ceremonies By Katherine
Industry Category: Officiant
What common mistakes do you see couples making?
A big mistake I see is couples make is not considering the comfort of their guests when having an outdoor ceremony. If it is an extremely hot day, give your guests shade, fans, and cold water to drink. If it is cold out, give them blankets and hot coffee or hot chocolate. Or if it is just really miserable one way or the other, move inside! You really don't want to start off your wedding day by making your guests grumpy. It is a celebration after all!
What's the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding?
Don't forget about the ceremony! I meet some couples only weeks before their wedding because they literally forgot about the ceremony. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the party planning, the colors, the flowers, the food, that you forget the reason WHY you're all there. Your ceremony does not have to be the boring thing your guests suffer through. If you find a great officiant who you really connect with and take the time to put together a ceremony that reflects you and your relationship, you will love it. Your guests will love it. And you absolutely will not regret the time and thought put into having a meaningful, romantic, and special ceremony.
What don't couples know about your business category that they need to know?
A good officiant does so much more than read the words off a page. They set the tone and create an atmosphere for this huge, transformational moment in your life. Your officiant should be interested in you, invested in your love, and should enjoy working with you! Having someone with you who respects your beliefs and your life choices is essential at such an impactful moment. Your officiant should listen to your desires, answer your questions, and address your concerns. They should committed to making YOUR vision for your ceremony become a reality.
What questions should couples be asking that they don't know to ask?
Ask each officiant you meet with about their experience, reviews, and ordination credentials. In a time where anyone can become ordained on the internet and set up a website, you want to make sure that you are hiring someone with valid experience, a solid reputation among their previous couples and fellow vendors, and someone whose ordination will not bring the validity of your marriage into question.
What's the most unusual wedding you ever did?
Adam and Kristina were married on a Monday in February of 2016. A Monday ceremony is unusual by itself, but this was a special Monday because it was Leap Day! You can imagine it takes a pretty special couple to choose Leap Day as their wedding day and these two didn't disappoint. Their theme was Avengers and they had me wear a black suit and eye patch to play the part of Nick Fury. All of the guests wore black, and the bride's "bouquet" was Thor's hammer! There were so many thoughtful details throughout that carried out the theme. I love when couples get creative!
What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked, and why?
The most memorable wedding so far was July 2017 at the NC Museum of Life and Science in Durham. I have officiated several weddings at the museum, but this ceremony was in the tree houses! I was so looking forward to this wedding and was heartbroken when thunderstorms began rolling through late that afternoon, which I was sure would push us inside. However, Veronica and Daniel were not phased by the storms and we went ahead with the ceremony outside! In the tree houses! In a thunderstorm! I offered to cut the ceremony short, but the couple wanted to do the whole thing, handfasting and all, so we did! One particularly memorable part of the ceremony was at the end when the bride, groom, and their wedding party all recessed via the bright green tube slide. So much fun and a wedding that will not be forgotten any time soon.