Youngstown Entrepreneur Specializes in Custom Weddings
Jeremy Sayers, wedding officiant and founder of Always Yours Weddings, said he started celebrating weddings by chance in 2017 when a friend asked him to marry her and her fiance. He specializes in ceremonial scripts specific to each couple.
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Always Yours Weddings offers personalized wedding officiant services for ceremonies “of all sizes and for all walks of life” in the Mahoning Valley.
Jeremy Sayers, wedding officiant and founder of Always Yours Weddings, said he started celebrating weddings by chance in 2017 when a friend asked him to marry her and her fiance.
“It was actually a Pokémon-themed wedding. They were huge Pokémon fans. So I tried to incorporate that as much as possible into it. [the ceremony]Said Sayers.
This first non-traditional ceremony set in motion what Sayer specializes as a wedding officiant – ceremony scripts specific to each couple.
Sayers says Mahoning questions that every couple who book a ceremony through Always Yours Weddings will get a “wedding workshop” four to six weeks before the wedding.
“One thing I like to be proud of is that I’m not a standard wedding officiant where I just show up on the wedding day and read a traditional script. I like getting to know the couple I’m going to marry, ”he said.
“I like to organize a wedding workshop with a couple, get to know them, ask them a list of questions and get a feel for their personality. After completing this workshop, I write a wedding script personalized to their liking and suitable for them by putting little jokes they have between them or maybe quotes from movies, books, TV … whatever. really makes them a couple, ”he added.
Sayers also provides a version of the script to the couple via Google Docs to display before the wedding, and prints a version for the wedding planner, photographer, and DJ on the wedding day.
“[I print a script] so whoever is involved has sort of a clue, ”he said. “In fact, the videographer from my last marriage said she’s been doing this for years, and no one has ever done this for her.”
Although Sayers became passionate about planning weddings in 2017, he didn’t launch Always Yours Weddings until 2019, a year after being diagnosed with heart failure.
“I thought I had a breathing problem and after listening to my wife say ‘You have to go to the doctor’, I finally listened. And it turns out I was in heart failure, ”Sayers said of the August 2018 diagnosis.
After an extended stay at Trumbull Regional Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic, Sayer’s said the heart disease was now at the point where it was “manageable”, but was therefore unable to pursue other aspirations. professional.
That’s when the door opened for a full-time wedding officiant concert and Always Yours Weddings was born. The company is named after Sayer’s wife, Maggie, who is a huge Harry Potter fan and encouraged him to celebrate this first marriage.
Always Yours Weddings offers three wedding packages.
The Elopement package, ranging from $ 50 to $ 150, is for a couple who are getting married in a short period of time and / or with a guest list of up to 10 people.
“It’s also used for ‘Hey, I’m looking for a wedding officiant. I’m getting married the day after tomorrow. I wish I could provide them with my full service, but unfortunately two days is not enough. So I kind of try. to do something a little personal, but that’s not all the bursting and full ceremony that they usually would get, ”Sayers said.
The small and intimate package, ranging from $ 150 to $ 225, is for couples with a guest list of up to 25 people.
“We do the wedding workshop … before the wedding. I offer them some limited script revisions so that they can watch what is going to be said and change whatever they want. They receive a copy of their wedding script the same day and I usually show up at least half an hour early.
The full wedding package, ranging from $ 225 to $ 300, is offered at ceremonies with an unlimited number of guests.
In addition to the “wedding workshop”, couples will benefit from a fully personalized ceremony, access to the script in advance, and early arrival at the ceremony. The plan also offers 24/7 contact with Sayers.
All wedding packages offer a free pre-booking consultation as well as a free wedding rehearsal.
“Some [officients] additional costs [for rehearsals], I include it in my package. If you don’t have a wedding planner, I’ll step in and sort of lead the rehearsal. Like I said, no extra charges and we’ll have things as perfect as possible for the ceremony, ”he said.
Always Yours Weddings is offering a free wedding ceremony at Full Spectrum Outreach’s Pride In The Valley festival on July 31 to any couple who wish to be married at the festival with a valid Ohio marriage license.
Sayers said he wanted to get involved in Full Spectrum Outreach after attending the first Pride In the Valley festival in 2019. The wedding ceremony was originally scheduled for the 2020 festival, but has been postponed due to the COVID pandemic -19.
The ceremony will take place at the booth in Warren’s Courthouse Square, and free photography services will be provided by Rachel Myers Photography. The couples will go up to the booth one at a time and have a custom script, courtesy of Myers.
Couples who pre-register for alwaysyourweddings.com will receive a “wedding workshop” in advance. However, the ceremony will still be open to all couples on the day of the festival, whether or not they have pre-registered.
Couples who do not pre-register will not have a personalized ceremony, instead they will have the choice of four pre-written scripts.
“I hope we can do something that everyone will enjoy. It will be a little different environment because it is not totally the mood of the wedding like you would normally have. But at least something where we can have guests [and] maybe music, ”he said.
“For me, it’s just about spreading the message of love. I mean, with everything going on in the world today, you don’t see a lot of love. And I kind of want to restore that faith in humanity and support people. Regardless of your color or sexual orientation, everyone has the right to love, ”he said. “Marriage, to me, is the greatest commitment you can show to love. So why shouldn’t everyone get married?