Meet Tina Fitts-Bigham
Thanks to Tina for answering some of my recent questions for her interview. She is a talented speaker and officiant. Her unique ceremonies are well planned and lovely!
When did you first realize you wanted to work with weddings?
In the state I grew up in, there was no such thing as a justice of the peace wedding, we didn’t have that option. Ever since I was old enough, in my pre-teens, to understand that there were certain groups of people that couldn’t be legally married by a ceremony of their choice, I wanted to perform weddings and handfastings to give couples that choice.
What is your training or background?
I was ordained by the Church of Universal Light. Many cultures have beautiful rituals from simple exchange of vows or gifts to over the top with the groom riding in on an elephant. It’s been fun to study them and plan how to pull them off. I will research books, the internet and my network of vendors and friends to find what my clients need.
How long have you been in business? Where are you located?
I have worked in the wedding industry since 2005 as a planner and officiant, located in Northern Kentucky but I’m willing to travel anywhere.
Why did you start your business?
When I was planning my own wedding, I was very frustrated that I couldn’t have the kind of ceremony I wanted. The whole process seemed to consume my life and involved lots of conflicts with family over my choices. As soon as I could, I got my license and set up shop so other people could enjoy their big day with less hair pulled out.
What is your favorite part of a wedding?
Where do you go for inspiration?
It can come from anywhere. A nature walk under a canopy of all leaves, a vintage photo I came across a decade ago, or even a dream.
What are your favorite upcoming trends?
Colored wedding dresses. It is time to move on from white and ivory!
Do you have any new favorite products?
The Broach or Bauble Bouquet
What is one thing you wish brides knew while planning a wedding?
That one doesn’t have to be overwhelmed with everything. Delegate tasks (to responsible wedding party members) and be sure to ask your officiant if they have any recommendations or tips. Most of us have been doing this a while and know all the best resources. Some, like me, even can help you plan.
Anything else you want to share with us?
There isn’t much of any type of ceremony religious or non that I won’t do and my favorite weddings are always on Halloween!