1. Introduction: What's your story?
Hi! I am Rev. Steven T. Fricke and I am the owner and Sr. Officiant for A Day Made for Us. I have been performing weddings for well over a decade, but back in 2015 we decided to register as a business and start doing this "for real"! We offer more than just officiants, we also provide Planning, Coordination and I also am the Premarital Counselor. We all our weddings are unique to the couple. We get to know you and who you are before even discussing what you want in the service. THis helps make your service YOU.
2. What's your experience as a wedding officiant? How many weddings have your officiated?
I am rapidly approaching 400 weddings. Each unique. I want people to understand this isn't about volume, this is a passion for me. I do this because I love it. Yes, I have bills to pay, but this is more than a job. It is a calling.
3. How far in advance do couples need to secure your services?
As far out from the date as possible. I do same-day weddings from time to time, but my calendar fills up quickly. By spring much of my calendar is already full for the year, so the earlier you can reach out, the better. I often have weddings for well over a year out. Right now I have contracted into the next year and even one for 16 months from now.
4. How would you describe your officiant style?
I am relaxed but very professional. I make my style fit the couple. If you want me to be relaxed in jeans and a button shirt? You got it! If you want me formal and in full vestments, you got that too! The most important take-away is that I don't have couples conform to me, I conform to them.
5. What are your fees for officiating a wedding?
This is a loaded question, and impossible to answer. It depends on the needs of the couple. If you come to my office, it could be as low as $50, but I have travelled to other states for weddings, and that was into several hundred. Since I can't really give rates, I can say that I am competitive. I am not the cheapest, but who wants a bargain-basement wedding?
6. What do you wear when you officiate a wedding?
I wear whatever the couple wants. I have done them in jeans, full vestments and everything in between. I have dark suits, light suits, robes and stoles, chasubles, the list goes on and on. One of my favorite things to talk about is when I wear a suit, which is about 75% of the time, the bride picks from my collection of over 75 ties. I have a tie in every color of the rainbow and a rainbow! So it boils down to me meeting the couple where they are. I tend to match the feel of the wedding
7. How many pre-wedding sessions will the couple need to have with you?
At least one, but I have had up to 6. I know this sounds like a broken record, but it all depends on the needs of the couple. I don't force company policies for the sake of the policies. I help the couple with whatever they need. For some couples, one meeting is enough. Some couples need more guidance. Whatever you need, I am there.
8. Will you be able to create a personalized ceremony?
Absolutely. Every wedding we do is unique. That is why we get to know each couple before even talking about the wedding. That often makes the initial meeting a couple of hours long, but it is always time well spent.
9. Are you available to travel if needed?
We are available for travel and have traveled not only within Texas but to other states as well.
10. What is your cancellation and/or refund policy?
This is a tough issue because C19 has had us revamp our policies on the fly. Under normal circumstances, you surrender the deposit/retainer. If we are close to the wedding, then there is a cancellation fee since we held the date. Should we refill the date, that fee can be waived. We work with couples. Our goal is not to take money from people who aren't getting married, but we do have expenses. Our cancelation policies are clear on every contract.