Hi! My name is Victoria Meyer and I've been officiating weddings in the Indianapolis area and all over Indiana for over 9 years. I have the best job in the world! At least I think so, I hope it shows in my work!
There are so many wedding officiants in the Indianapolis area. If you are getting married, you will need to find a wedding officiant to marry you. You might already know one! All it takes is a click of a button on the internet and you are an ordained minister, qualified to perform legal marriages in Indiana. But does that make you a good, professional, dependable, wedding officiant?
So why should you hire ME? A professional wedding officiant in Indianapolis?
If you want more detailed information about being a wedding officiant in Indiana please click here.
A Professional Wedding Officiant Provides Convenience.
If you hire a professional wedding officiant you can make an appointment when you need one and know that all the paperwork is going to be filled out correctly. Sure, you can figure it out, but for a small fee, you don't have to. I marry people every day. I can make the process simple and easy for you.
Being a Professional Wedding Officiant means you charge money for your services. Running a Professional Wedding Officiant is something else.
Anyone can create a website and start a business. But are they going to deliver? There are a lot of booking services. You might talk to someone that tells you a great story but they might not be the person that actually marries you. I used to book other people to officiate weddings and most of the time, it worked out. But when it didn't, it was a huge problem to solve. I've found that people who run their own business and deliver the services are more dependable. If you just hire someone to work for you when you have work for them they really aren't invested. They can walk away at any time. They may have never spoken with you so they aren't personally invested in you and your wedding. They have a lot less to lose. I'm the one you speak with on the phone or text or email. I'm the one that comes to your wedding, performs your wedding and completes your paperwork.
Isn't a business with several Wedding Officiants better? If one person can't make it, they'll have a back-up plan.
In theory, this is true. But emergencies are generally a last minute problem. If your wedding is at 4 pm on a Saturday during wedding season, that's a hard time to fill last minute. All the other wedding officiants might be booked with other weddings or already have plans. Every season I receive those last minute calls and emails asking if I'm available. Everyone really did put their best foot forward with every intention to follow through, but emergencies are emergencies. My policy with formal weddings is I'll do everything within my power to find someone else to marry you with the ceremony you want. I've ALWAYS been able to find someone if I needed to. But a broken ankle or an emergency appendectomy is just that, an emergency. It can happen to anyone.
Pro Tip: If you are planning a wedding for 6 months to a year from now, make sure you hire someone who has been around for at least that long or longer. If your wedding officiant doesn't perform weddings on a regular basis they may have lost interest by the time your wedding date arrives. They may forget or just cancel last minute. It's easy to become a wedding officiant, it's a lot harder to build a successful business as one.
Professional Knowledge and Expertise.
Performing marriages, simple, legal marriages, or formal wedding ceremonies is what I do. It's my specialized skill set. Just about everyone can read a website and find the answers. I've done all that and experienced the things that can go wrong and found out how to fix it. I'm in the clerk's office talking to them face to face often - when I am return marriage licenses I also spend a lot of time learning about wedding ceremonies, collecting ceremony information and blogging about it.
Check out my website WeddingOfficiantInsider.com. I also maintain a wedding ceremony website filled with just wedding ceremony ideas and options. WeddingCeremonyPro.com - Where It's All about the Ceremony
A Professional Wedding Officiant performs your wedding ceremony - It's a big deal. You want the right person.
I've performed thousands of wedding ceremonies. Traditional, formal, religious and non-religious - With dignity and professionalism. But, more often - fun, lighthearted weddings, focusing on you, the couple, and your guests. I try to find the perfect ceremony that's just right for you. You don't have to find a pastor or jump through hoops to get married in a church if you don't want to. You can just hire the perfect person to marry you, the perfect couple!
A Professional Wedding Officiant will put your mind at ease
So much goes into your wedding day. The ceremony is what kicks that whole day off. Having someone there that understands everything going on and making sure the ceremony goes off without a hitch is important. You need to get everyone down the aisle, and once you are there, you want to enjoy the moment! I don't want to be part of that stress. I want to be the other person waiting for you at the end of the aisle that says "Welcome to your wedding!" and makes you take a deep breath so you can find your center to enjoy the moment. If that doesn't work, I just make make you - and everyone else giggle. Just because! You should be comfortable and feel good!
A Professional Wedding Officiant asks the right questions
Every wedding and every wedding ceremony is not the same. Moreover, every couple getting married is not the same. Yes, you could hire me to come and perform your wedding and I can show up and everything will work out just fine. I've got a folder full of ceremonies and I can put one together that's right for you without skipping a beat. Many couples do this every year. Book their ceremony sight unseen and we exchange a few emails, I come and it's done. "I do," "I do," "It's done." Is a very popular way to get married!!
But over time....
I've learned to try and get to know a couple a little better. To know what you are planning and what you are actually wanting in your wedding. I actually have a whole list of questions I ask couples when we sit down to talk about their wedding ceremony. You can read an entire explanation about there here. Not every couple has an answer to every question, they aren't all relevant to every wedding, but better to ask than assume.
Some Interesting things about me
Married for 27 years and counting
I have been married for 27 years! My husband was born in Germany. I met him when he was in the US working on a J1 visa. I always say his visa expired and we didn’t. I moved to Germany with him where we got married. He got a green card and, shortly after, we moved back to the US. He is a naturalized citizen. We had a legal wedding in Germany and a wedding in the church where I grew up in the US. I'm very familiar with couples having two weddings. K1 Visa? Green Card? I totally understand! We lived in Dortmund, in North Rhine-Westphalia when we got married. We also lived in Dusseldorf for a year in 2006
Pro Tip: Hire a professional wedding officiant with a good reputation if you are dealing with immigration. It might help your case if you have to go to court.
I'm a mom - of 2 kids with special needs
We are the parents of two boys. They are both on the autism spectrum. We also homeschool.
I welcome people with special needs at weddings. Both the couple being married and anyone who might be attending, or in, your wedding. If you are a couple that deals regularly with SPD's or social anxiety I want to help you feel comfortable during your wedding.
I Love Indy!
With a business called Marry Me In Indy! LLC, It's pretty obvious. :-) We moved to Indiana when I was 9 months pregnant with a 3 year old. I felt like I was so welcome by everyone from the moment we decided to move here. I absolutely LOVE Indiana and it’s definitely my new hometown. We are so happy to be raising a family here. That’s why everything is Indy! With the exclamation point! I love weddings by Indy's Iconic locations.
I used to be a pastry chef... among other things...
I used to be a pastry chef. I graduated from Johnson and Wales University (back when it was still a college) after high school with a degree in Pastry Arts and worked in the hotel and restaurant business for over 10 years. My goal was to be the Pastry Chef in a 4 Star 4 Diamond hotel and restaurant. I was the Pastry Chef at the Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After reaching that goal I decided to move onto something else. My husband is currently the Executive Chef at Auberge at the Brick Street Inn in Zionsville. An AWESOME place for a small wedding, elopement, or, like to just eat! We've lived in Delaware, where I grew up, Colorado Springs and Telluride too.
I have a LOT of experience in customer service - working retail and call centers. I used to be that lovely problem solver of all things credit card back in the day. I was a Senior Relationship Manager for an internet bank doing everything from helping bring new call centers online to Executive Office escalations. When you wanted to be transferred to a manager, that was often me!
I am certified holistic massage practitioner - which is not massage therapy. It still feels really good though!
I am very interested in self hypnosis and I’m also a certified hypnotist. I write and record programs to help me, and anyone else who wants to use them, to change my inner dialogue and live a more happy, positive life. I believe in the power of positive thought!
I became an ordained minister on a whim.
It was a funny morning at work when I received that email. We laughed so hard as I read “You too! Can be an ordained minister! You can marry people, you can bury people…” I had to print out the application, write a check and send it the mail. The idea of marrying couples appealed to me. A LOT or people get ordained to perform marriages. I was very Christian when I was younger and quite spiritual at the time and the ordination had meaning at the time. My personal religion is more about love and acceptance of all people. That’s why I’m happy to marry ANYONE any way the want to be married. I was ordained 16 years ago. I’ve actually been a wedding officiant for a little over 8 years.
I became a professional wedding officiant because I wanted to make a difference.
When my husband and I went to get married in the church I grew up in, the priest at the time, it was an Episcopal church, was a HUGE jerk! He said we were already legally married and therefore, he was only blessing our marriage and it wasn’t a wedding. My dad was not allowed to walk me down the aisle and I was not allowed to wear white because I was no longer a virgin. (Yes, he said that.) He did it because he could and he did it to exercise any power he had. Priests and pastor and ministers regularly marry already legally married couples all the time. Most countries, like Germany, where I was married, require all couples to be legally married by the state first. They you can go on to have a church wedding if you choose. It’s complete separation of church and state. That priest went on to become a bishop. He was ultimately “fired” from the Episcopal Church for his views on homosexuals in the church, among other things. Because of that experience, I am extremely LGBTQ friendly and 9 month pregnant brides wearing white are more than welcome in their absolute GLOWING glory!!
I absolutely LOVE my job as a wedding officiant.
I started my business (kind of) on a whim, desperate to find a way to make money and still be a full time mom. I started from 0 and taught myself everything. (Along with the help from the people who have chosen me to marry them.) I’ve learned by doing and I’m so proud of what I’ve built. I’ve been in such an incredible time and place to be a wedding officiant in Indiana. I started while they were still marrying couples at the courthouse and I was performing wedding on the weekends. When they stopped marrying couples in the courthouses I was in the right place at the right time to really grow my business and become a full time wedding officiant. I’ve met incredible couples I would have never met and have learned so much about life and love and the power of love and being legally married. It was an absolutely amazing experience to be able to perform commitment/wedding ceremonies for LGBTQ couples and then legally marry hundreds of LGBTQ couples as the laws changed. I’ve watched same gender couples who have been committed to each other for years, and even decades, weep as they were able to finally marry. Now, it’s just like any other wedding. Legal marriage and what it means in America is so much more than most people think.
It’s been an incredible 9 years of marrying over 3000 and I look forward to many more years of marrying so many wonderful couples!
Wedding Officiant Reverend Victoria Meyer owner of Indianapolis Wedding Officiant Services and Marry Me In Indy! LLC