The wedding industry (or wedding industrial complex, as I’ve heard it called) is a multimillion dollar industry. Competition for brides and grooms is pretty serious, especially for those of us who depend on our wedding couples for either primary or much-needed supplemental income, and there are many different paths to take to market one’s wedding services or products. The internet is, of course, the primary means for many of us wedding officiants to connect with potential brides and grooms, and officiants in Los Angeles and around the US can be found on sites such as theknot.com, WeddingwWire.com, OneWed.com, StyleUnveiled.com, GayRites.net, GreenBrideGuide.com, and the list goes on and on!
Advertising on these sites generally takes a good chunk of change, and for this reason, I’ve spent quite some time searching for the best bang for my marketing buck. This is no easy task here in the glamorous, high-end Los Angeles market. When someone can advertise themself as the wedding officiant who married Scott Baio, I wonder how exactly I’m supposed to compete!
One of the most cost effective ways to advertise is through craigslist.org (you can list your services for free!), and I’ve been pretty consistent with always having one or two active listing under the event services of Los Angeles’ craigslist page. There are four or five of us wedding officiants around the Los Angeles area who seem to do this, so I was surprised when I consulted my website stats today and found that someone had visited my site by using the search phrase “dont get a wedding officiant off of craigslist.” Seriously? I’ve had some great couples who found me on craigslist! All were very happy with my services and sent me great thank you notes. Advertising on craigslist is a completely legit to reach out to brides and grooms, and craigslist is invaluable to those of us with limited advertising dollars to spread around.
No matter if you find me through craigslist or through another site where I pay for my vendor listing, you can be assured that I treat all couples with equal respect and professionalism. After all, I love what I do and the service I provide to you, no matter how you find me, your personal background, your economic status, able-bodiedness, sexual orientation, spirituality and whatever makes you a unique, love-filled couple.
So, my advice to any couple who is looking for a wedding officiant or celebrant, don’t hesitate to use craigslist. Do, however, always meet with any wedding officiant before making your selection. Meet two or three, as many as it takes to the right person for you. Ask as many questions as you want, and don’t hesitate to (gracefully) say no thanks to anyone you’ve met with . We’re not a one-size-fits-all commodity by any stretch. I’m sure not every couple would be satisfied with a pony-tailed, earring wearing gay wedding celebrant like myself!
Anyone who IS looking for a pony-tailed, earring wearing gay wedding officiant, please give me a call or shoot me an email! 🙂 And be sure to check out as many officiants as you need before deciding on the person who’s right for you.