If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet Jon Turino yet, it is with great pleasure to introduce you! In today’s vendor shoutout, get to know one of our favorite officiants! You will LOVE him!
1. Where are you originally from? And how long have you been in Portland?
Born in Troy, NY. In Portland since 1994.
2. What is your favorite thing about Portland?
The general friendliness and helpfulness of the people. Especially other wedding vendors.
3. What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Portland?
I love visiting new wedding venues and revisiting my favorite familiar ones.
4. How long have you been working as a professional wedding officiant?
5. What people/training/experiences/opportunities led you to this career path?
Years of public speaking and seminar leadership in the USA, Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia, and a friend who led me into a vocation that I never would have imagined for myself!
6. How would you describe the importance of your role & why do you feel a couple should hire a professional for their wedding day?
My role is probably the often least appreciated but most critical for their wedding day – and before. As a professional I can craft a script and vows that are personalized and as perfect as possible for them. I can also coach them on what to expect and how to say their “I Do”s, exchange rings, perform any special ceremony elements that they’ve chosen to include, and generally alleviate as much of their nervousness as possible. That’s something a friend or family member cannot often bring to the party.
7. What is the best part of your job?
Participating in the happiness and shared love of the couple on what will hopefully be one of the best days of their lives.
8. What do you find most challenging about your specific line of work or weddings in general?
Getting clients to remember to get the marriage license well in advance of the wedding day!
9. Do you work solo or do you have a studio and/or team?
I’m a sole practitioner and officiating is my only job.
10. What do you attribute to your success as a wedding? What do you think makes you stand apart from others in your field?
I think my success results from sincerely caring about and connecting with my clients, understanding their needs, wants, and desires, and delivering wedding ceremonies that are universally loved by my couples and their guests.
11. At what point in the wedding planning process should clients hire you?
Ideally they should hire me as soon as they have solidified the booking of their venue. Late Spring, all Summer, and many early Fall Saturdays go very fast, immediately followed by Sundays and Fridays. It is never too early to book me!
12. Where do you draw inspiration? Are there any current trends you are excited about?
From wedding websites and other officiants in groups and resources that I belong to such as the International Association of Professional Wedding Officiants, the Wedding Officiants of America, my colleagues in the NW WedPro group, and now – of course – the Art Of Weddings Portland group!
13. What is the most important thing that couples should ask someone in your profession before hiring them?
Clients should check reviews from couples who have used officiant services for their weddings. They should make sure that the person they hire will communicate promptly and dependably with them and will return phone calls and email messages. They should ask if their officiant will build a ceremony tailored to their needs, what backup plan exists in case of officiant incapacitation, and anything else that concerns them.
14. What is your best advice for wedding clients?
Book a professional officiant. Book your officiant early, meet with your officiant early to go over your ceremony script and your vows, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about anything!
15. Anything else you’d like couples to know about you?
I’ve officiated at well over 300 weddings over the past four years and I’m very proud, and thankful to my clients, for all of the 5-star reviews they’ve provided on WeddingWire, TheKnot, Google, Facebook, Thumbtack, and other wedding sites to help other couples looking to hire me.
16. What other local wedding professionals are currently inspiring you?
Mainly wedding planners who come up with great themes and special ceremony elements for the couples.
Come and met Jon at the Portland Venue Crawl March 21st at The Foundry in Lake Oswego! For more information click here!
All Images courtesy of Jon Turino