Being a Marriage Commissioner is one of the highlights of my life. What can be better than getting a front seat to the happiest day of people’s lives. I love it (I even host ceremonies in my own home) and I have been lucky enough to see more than 1,000 couples get married in Calgary… and there may have been a few repeat customers in there
Typically, I perform about 80 wedding ceremonies a year. At times, they take place at my home where I can provide witnesses when couples decide to get married at the last minute – or as a surprise. When I help, I go all out. So, since photography is a hobby, I’m the picture-taker as well. This gives me the opportunity to capture their special moments and help them remember all the details of their special day.
To say it’s been a fun job is an understatement and it’s interesting to see the ways that weddings have changed throughout the years. Today, it isn’t uncommon for couples to have their parents and family members around the world watching the wedding ceremonies via Skype. This allows families who live in foreign countries to be a part of this special day without having to spend big dollars to travel.
I have many fond memories of the weddings I have performed. One couple wanted a shower of gold streamers released as they walked down the aisle. So there I was coordinating the timing with the guests, and if I do say so myself, the final look was absolutely beautiful.
Helping to create these special moments is part of why I love being a Marriage Commissioner. Being a part of the biggest day a couple can have is an honour, and I so enjoy doing it. Doesn’t get better than that!
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About Sue Saunders
Sue was born in Victoria and grew up in a large family, which moved throughout BC. By the time she was 22 she had 4 children, was divorced and living on welfare. The move to Calgary in 1976 was an excellent decision. Sue loved the sun, vibrancy and potential – Calgary has become home!
After 20 years of food sales Sue took the Real Estate Course and became a REALTOR® in March, 1997.
Residential Real Estate – Starting with nothing but the course, business experience and a drive to succeed Sue has built a business. In a very determined move she has achieved what only 10% of all REALTORS® do – she is still in business!!
Weddings – In July 1999 Sue was appointed a Marriage Commissioner by the Province of Alberta and still loves performing ceremonies. Meeting lots of great people and traveling to different locations she has done over 1000 weddings now!
Sue is proud of her 6 children and 13 grandchildren! She loves spending time with them and many years ago started a “Wednesday Night Dinner”. The tradition continues and anywhere from 9 – 23 attend these scrumptious, fun filled, crazy, family nights!
She loves golf, reading, games, social activities and embraces change, technology and challenge. Sue works Real Estate and weddings like everything else with humour, tenacity, skill and enthusiasm. Always finding balance between work, family and home – call for YOUR Marriage Commissioner or REALTOR®!!