Meet Ernie With EC Matrimony
What made you decide to become an Officiant?
My wife & I got licensed through a church we were youth pastors in 2003. Didn’t really do much with it, until about 5 years later when a friend from high school contacted me and wanted me to officiate their wedding. After that, it was more high school friends, and then college friends, and then co-workers. It wasn’t until about 5 years ago that I decided to make it into a business. I have loved every minute of it! I enjoy getting to know the couples and creating a beautiful ceremony for them.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day?
My favorite part of the wedding day is the entire ceremony. I have a front row seat, and get to see every eye tear up, I get to hear all the little whispered conversations the couples have while I’m conducting the ceremony. I get to see every nuance, every facial expression, I get to see it all. It’s wonderfully amazing! The best part is when I officially announce them as married and their eyes get really big. It really hits them, and I can see all the emotions bubbling up at that very moment. It’s really quite humbling to get to have such an honor to be there in that moment and share it with them.
What makes you stand out in your field?
I believe it’s my attention to detail and my constant communication with the couples. I’m very flexible in terms of how I conduct my ceremonies. I’m a calming force, which allows the bride and groom to take a deep breath through their hectic day. I help them relax right before the big event, and truly care for each of them. I’m there from the beginning of our consultation through until the time comes that they need to change their name. I am there for them through the entire process. I believe they know I care for them. That’s why so many seek my out of social media afterwards, which I love, because then I get to see their lives process - from buying their first home, to having babies. It’s great!!!
In your experience, what is one piece of advice that you would give your couples?
There’s so much advice I’d love to give! First, hire your officiant early on. I book up rather quickly, and I feel bad when couples wait until it’s too late. We officiants who are good at what we do, get booked quickly. Second, always focus on the main thing - you’re getting married to the love of your life. If you can focus on that, nothing else matters when things go wrong (and they will. No wedding day is perfect.). Third, delegate, delegate, delegate. It’s YOUR big day, delegate jobs and responsibilities to everyone else, so you can enjoy your wedding day. Let everyone else take care of you that day.
What are you most excited about for this upcoming year?
I’m most excited about meeting the new couples I’m officiating for this year! Also, getting to work with the amazing vendors I know, and meeting new ones. And, of course, seeing new venues. Can’t wait!!!