1. Introduction: What's your story?
Hi, I am Candi Johnson, founder and only officiant of Weddings By Candi, and I am proud to be Veteran Owned! I found a love for weddings towards the end of 2013 when I left my career of 20 years. I just got burned out being a pharmacy technician and I could no longer help patients in the capacity that was needed. I love helping my couples have the best wedding ceremony they can envision. All ceremonies are customized to each and every couple. After all, no two couples are the same, so no two weddings should be the same. I love adding extra touches to the ceremonies such as lines from their favorite movie, song or book.
2. What's your experience as a wedding officiant? How many weddings have your officiated?
I have been officiating since September 2013 and have officiated over 450 weddings and I love each one like it was the very first one. Each couple brings exciting ideas and challenges and I love to help them bring what they envision to light. I give my couples the ceremony they want and not what someone thinks they should have. No wedding is perfect, and that is just fine. It is the end product of coming together that matters. Some couples have forgotten words or said something slightly different that causes the other to laugh. Some couples may drop the ring, but it is always found. Nothing ever goes as planned. It is how the officiant handles themselves that can make the difference.
3. How far in advance do couples need to secure your services?
At least a month is great but I have been booked as far out as 2 years before. I work from home, but watch my granddaughter, so I am usually available at anytime for a quick elopement.
4. How would you describe your officiant style?
I am pretty laid back and fun, but professional. My ceremonies last from about 12-15 minutes because I find that no one likes standing that long, especially if one is in heels. Plus, if there are children in the wedding party or with guests, they tend to start getting antsy after about 10 minutes. But I will have the ceremony as long as my couples want. I have officiated up to 30 minutes before.
5. What are your fees for officiating a wedding?
I do not offer packages and I do not charge mileage or charge travel fees (unless the wedding is in another state). My fees are county based, so it is a flat fee per county and those can all be found on my website. Rehearsals are extra. I am not going to have my couples or myself try to figure up mileage, so this was the best option. Anything over 3 hours one way does have a hotel room built into the fee.
6. What do you wear when you officiate a wedding?
My couples have control over what I wear. I have a questionnaire with photos of clothing options.
7. How many pre-wedding sessions will the couple need to have with you?
I do not require any pre-wedding sessions. If my couple wants to meet in person, by phone or facetime, we can certainly do what is needed to make that happen. Everyone leads a busy life, so I leave that up to each couple.
8. Will you be able to create a personalized ceremony?
I can do pretty much anything with the ceremony. The ceremony is completely customizable any way the couple needs it to be.
9. Are you available to travel if needed?
I go anywhere needed to do a wedding. From a few minutes away, to an overnight flight.
10. What is your cancellation and/or refund policy?
Cancellations must be communicated in writing. If written notice of Cancellation of Services is provided by Client at least thirty (30) days prior to the Event date, all fees paid in excess of the non-refundable retainer will be refunded within ninety (90) days. If written notice of Cancellation of Services is provided by Client less than thirty (30) days prior to the Event date, Client shall be responsible for full payment of Services. If written notice of Cancellation of Services is not provided by Client, Client shall be responsible for full payment of Services.