Weddings On Call
What ever you do, do NOT, I repeat, do NOT ask for Reverend Dianna. She ruined my wedding! Bottom line was we paid her $150 to embarrass and blame ME while standing at the alter.
Here's the list...
-She did not ask my father "who gives this woman away",
-screwed up on all of the lines of our 2 minute ceremony,
-when asking who blesses this marriage, she blamed me for not telling the families to say "we do", which we went over in the 3 minute rehearsal,
-joked through the entire ceremony,
-asked my husband if he had the vows memorized and was ready to repeat the vows (we were not doing any repeating),
-then when she was going to announce us she realized that we hadn't exchanged the rings, and had the nerve to say to me "you forgot to put that part in there", (again, while I was standing at the alter, and she had the script in her hands, it was in there),
-she didn't have the right people sign our marriage license,
...and to top it all off, I wrote her an email a week and a half later telling her that I was not satisfied with her service and was amazed that she hadn't sent me an email offering a refund of any sort or even an apology, funny thing is, she still hasn't responded back.
Bottom line, if you don't want to pay $150 and be blamed and laughed at during your ceremony on your special day, then look around for someone else.
In my opinion, she is not of the church but just got licensed to officiate so she can earn some extra cash.
Vendor response to review
Response to BriBlack
Re: Reverend Dianna
After interviewing Rev. Dianna regarding the charges against her by BriBlack about the wedding on 12/17/2010, I would appreciate it if this response was forwarded to the Weddingwire service and the bride.
It appears that Rev. Dianna’s mistake was not reviewing the bride’s written ceremony with me(the owner of Weddings On Call) before the wedding.
To be correct, this ceremony actually begins in the middle of the document; then jumps around throughout the document. It is
confusing. (I took the liberty of marking the proper sequence on the accompanying document).
The ring ceremony is missing from the document; only a note referencing “the symbols of this marriage”, nothing else.
The wedding ceremony was destined to go wrong from the start.
Apparently, the two-minute rehearsal described by the bride was actually about a half hour. Dianna rehearsed the ceremony twice with the wedding party from the procession to the recession. She offered to rehearse a third time, but the offer was declined. During the rehearsal, the bride did not make eye contact with Dianna, even when Dianna asked her a question. Instead, she would look down and turn to talk to the groom, who would then respond to the question.
Before parting the rehearsal, Dianna informed the bride that she would be available for the wedding at least a half hour before the scheduled time of the ceremony to clarify any last minute
details or changes.
Dianna arrived 40 minutes before the scheduled ceremony to contact the bride, but no one knew where she was. Neither the bride nor groom was available. The wedding coordinator was also
absent. About 5 minutes before the wedding was to begin, the groom approached and announced that the ceremony would be delayed by about 20 minutes. When Dianna turned to ask him a
question, the groom had already walked away.
In the ceremony, the bride’s father walked her to the front of the room, gave her hand to the groom; then sat down. That was not as rehearsed; Dianna thought that giving the bride away had
been eliminated without informing her. When she asked, “who blesses this marriage”, neither family responded (there was uneasy silence). This was really confusing. The confusion continued throughout the wedding, apparently for everyone, especially Dianna.
She had not received participation from the wedding party, as rehearsed the night before, and the ceremony was difficult to follow.
The ceremony, as written by the bride, compelled the minister to demand the couple remain faithful ”…for even in death you shall not part” (emphasis added). Although this was the bride’s “most
beloved” part of the ceremony, according to her, it is to say at the least, unusual (it is contrary to the tenements of Oregon law, and most religious doctrine where the surviving partner is free to find new
Dianna said she practiced this part of the ceremony many times, but it was not comfortable. She probably should have suggested substituting the word “will” in place of “shall”, thus indicating their desire to remain faithful after death.
The bride complained that Dianna had the wrong witnesses sign the license. Clearly, the minister’s mandate by law is to have the marriage license signed by the wedding couple and two witnesses who were present at the ceremony. If the bride wanted specific witnesses to sign the certificate, she should have made that known and had them available to do so.
The facility also had a wedding coordinator who could have helped with the bride’s wishes in this regard.
Upon reviewing the bride’s complaint on the web, it was apparent that her bottom line was a refund; she wanted a free wedding. An apology was apparently secondary. She waited ten days to register the complaint, giving enough time to obtain the recorded marriage certificate beforehand.
For the bride’s information, Dianna was ordained by me in October 2004, and has more than two hundred weddings to her credit throughout Oregon. I am not aware of one complaint prior to or
since the wedding in question. She gave more than two hours of her time to this wedding,including the night of the rehearsal and the day of the ceremony, notwithstanding the bride’s estimate of her participation.
Originally, another minister was to perform the ceremony, but Dianna agreed to fill in when the minister became unavailable.
I, as proprietor of Weddings-On-Call, apologize to the bride on Dianna’s behalf, since her role did not meet with the bride’s approval. Obviously the ceremony did not go as planned or desired, and Dianna had a part in that, though not intentionally. The bride, however, must also recognize the role of the wedding party in this event. William Shakespeare may have said it best, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”.
We wish the bride all happiness and good fortune in this her third, and hopefully most happy and enduring marriage. Dianna remarked; the bride was beautiful.
Rev. Joan K Mawhirter
Weddings on Call
This place is for those who cannot truly afford a wedding. They were open for any time, any day, as long as you make an appointment about a week in advance. It was inexpensive, but not a cheap, ratty looking place. They had flowers and decorations and the ceremony area looked like a church. It was wonderfully inexpensive, which is good for people who cannot yet afford the whole nine yards, but they still give you eight.
Weddings On Call Services
Quick & Simple Ceremony:
Bride/Groom, 2 Witnesses
Up to 10 guests/or not
Remember your marriage license!
Our Place: Scheduled Chapel Wedding:
Wedding Party & Guests
Up to 40 people
1 hour of time in Chapel to get ready, take pictures~ Enjoy!
Your Place: in Eugene/Springfield
Meet with Bride & Groom
Share choices of vows
Day of Wedding:
We arrive ½ hour in advance of the ceremony
Fill out marriage license
Help the wedding party assemble
Coordinate with music provider
Introduce the Newlywedsto the audience.
We are on-site for 1hr 15mins.
Small Reception space available
Mileage: $1 a mile one-way for locations outside of Eugene/Springfield
Our ceremonies can be a simple civil ceremony or be more elaborate.
The vows are “religiously neutral”, focusing on love, commitment and faith.
The couple may decide to edit the vows, incorporate prayers, poems, and music.
Rev.Dianna & Rev.Penny
Weddings On Call Chapel:541-747-7513