The following is an article about my and my business Nonconformist Nuptials posted on the Adventurous Writer website by Laurie Pawlik Kienlen

Wedding Officiant Career Profile – What Ordained Ministers Do

September 25th, 2010 • RelatedFiled Under

In this wedding officiant career profile, an ordained minister describes what she does, and shares the best and worst parts of performing marriage ceremonies for “nonconformist” couples.

Here’s one of the best parts of working as a wedding officiant:

“I never encounter Bridezillas!” says Minnesota-based ordained minister Sid Korpi. “By definition, nonconformists shun the over-the-top trappings of a conventional wedding. These couples seek wedding ceremonies that are customized to them, that reflect their history together, and that reveal their personalities and values.”

Ordained ministers may perform weddings in churches, or while jumping out of airplanes — so they need to be prepared for anything!

And here is Korpi’s job profile, plus her career tips for aspiring ministers…

Career Profile – Wedding Officiant

Korpi is a wedding officiant/nonsectarian minister through Universal Ministries; her business is called Nonconformist Nuptials. She is legally ordained and registered with the state of Minnesota to perform marriage ceremonies.

How Much Money Does an Ordained Minister Make?

“I work as a minister on a part-time basis,” says Korpi. “I average about eight to 10 weddings per year and charging roughly $150–$200 apiece.”

She and her husband also teach private social dance lessons through their home-based business, Two Right Feet Dance. They specialize in getting couples ready for their first wedding dance and/or teach dance at the wedding reception. Those lessons are either $50 each or $135 for a prepaid package of three 90-minute lessons.

In a separate but somewhat similar job, Korpi also works as an animal chaplain.

The Best Parts of Working as a Wedding Officiant …  to learn more click here


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