Monday, August 31, 2009

A Wedding Officiant's Perspective: Reverend Clint Hufft

If you recently watched the "I do Redo" wedding contest on KTLA, you saw non-denominational minister Reverend Clint Hufft in action. You also might have seen him a few years ago when he officiated the wedding of Trista and Ryan of ABC's "The Bachelorette". He has also done weddings for Amber Event's clients, and he's not only a fantastic wedding officiant, he is a dream to work with! Prompt, kind, name it, he's got it. Rev. Clint took a few minutes to answer the questions in the series that I am doing. Enjoy!

Q. Who are you and what makes you fabulous?
A. My name is Reverend Clint Hufft, non denominational minister. My only goal is to give each bride and groom the opportunity to create amazing memories of their wedding ceremony. Each couple is "hands on" during the ceremony creation process. They have complete freedom to write their own vows or choose elements from a large collection of wedding ceremony content. Every detail of the ceremony is discussed: text, location, logistics, family, fears and dreams. Hopefully, nothing will get in the way of the magical, mystical, intense romantic connection at the moment where their beloved becomes their spouse.

Q. What is it like working a wedding WITHOUT a wedding coordinator?
A. The stress level on the couple, family & friends is higher. Little, forgotten details get in the way. The entire day doesn't flow as smoothly. Molehills sometimes become mountains.

Q. What makes a coordinator good?
A. Kindness, efficiency, attention to detail without forgetting the primary goals. A bit therapist, producer, people mover & expert.

Q. Do you have any funny wedding stories?
A. The Sunset Restaurant in Malibu is a beautiful location where ceremonies happen on the sand, yards from the surf. There is a public access road between the restaurant and the beach. At the beginning of a wedding ceremony a few years ago, I was welcoming the guests and sharing what the bride and groom had chosen for their introduction. At the most specific moment, when I was taking a breath, a pickup truck drove by and one guy yelled at the top of his lungs, "Don't do it!". The timing couldn't have been more precise. Fortunately, the couple thought it was very funny, started laughing, which gave the guests permission to laugh. Great moment. "America's Funniest Videos" opened their Valentine's episode with that clip.

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