Today we’d like to introduce you to Clint Hufft.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Clint. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve been in entertainment my entire adult life. Received a degree in Radio & Television Broadcasting, Disc Jockey in radio, nightclubs, social/corporate events for 30 years, member of SAG/AFTRA as an actor, Master of Ceremonies since age eleven, and Became ordained 1995 to officiate non-denominational wedding ceremonies.
This has been the best job of my life.
I’m a dopey romantic who is fascinated with different customs, rituals, philosophies/theologies, human interactions. The wedding business in Southern California contains all of these elements.
I was very blessed to officiate the televised wedding for Trista & Ryan (Bachelorette) on ABC-TV in 2003. Other televised weddings followed. Host of two podcasts: “Wedding Ceremony Podcast” and “Wedding MBA Podcast”. Speaker at many wedding industry conferences and events.
Has it been a smooth road?
Smooth is subjective. One ceremony the first year. Two the second year. 30 the next and steady around 60-70/year since.
The trend for the last couple of years has been to have a friend/family member officiate the wedding ceremony so my number of weddings has dropped a bit. Fortunately, or unfortunately (depends on your point of view), enough mishaps by untrained, novice officiants have begun to push back towards hiring a professional officiant and including important loved ones within the ceremony.
My only goal is to help the couple create brilliant memories of their wedding ceremony. Nothing should break the intense emotional connection between them at the exact moment they become married.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Reverend Clint Hufft story. Tell us more about the business.
I don’t have a set ceremony. I’ve never done the same ceremony twice. If a couple decides to have a formal wedding ceremony, they should say what they want to say, hear what they want to hear.
I give the couple a huge document filled with ceremony components: Vows, Rings, “I do”, readings, scriptures, rituals. It’s an amazing process helping people find their ceremony.
Plus, the couple doesn’t know what they don’t know regarding wedding ceremony logistics. The smallest detail could bring the ceremony to a screeching halt. As the officiant, I’m not in charge of everything but it’s my responsibility to make sure nothing slips through the cracks.
It’s the things that go wrong you’ll remember. Fix it before it breaks.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
No major shifts. People are very diverse. Some feel secure in the familiar, some enjoy thinking outside the box.
Perhaps as technology innovates new options for sharing the ceremony remotely will become easier. I’ll bet virtual reality, 360-degree viewing will become a part of the wedding experience for those not able to attend in person.
- Address: PO Box 35837
Los Angeles, CA 90035
- Website: ReverendClint.com
- Phone: 323 936 9027
- Email: RevHufft@mac.com
- Facebook: Clint Hufft