Conference 2017


Saturday March 25, 2017
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

(Continental Breakfast at 8:30 a.m.)

Bristol City Hall
111 North Main Street
Bristol, Connecticut

Theme: “Finding Your Unique Voice as a JP”
Special Guest: Peter Merry, renowned wedding guru  


 Finding Your Unique Voice as a JP by Peter Merry

Promoting Your Unique Services by Peter Merry

A Mock Wedding Ceremony: Ideas for Running a Rehearsal and a Wedding Ceremony,
Shelley Schulman, officiant

JP Panel Discussion: What Makes YOU Unique? moderated by Peter Merry


Ready, Set, Go! A Working Guide to a Successful Ceremony for the New or Renewing JP
facilitated by Shelley Schulman

What happens after you take that Oath?  How do you get from that point to becoming a successful wedding Officiant?  Join a lively, interactive discussion with a  JP moderator and your peers. Explore where and how it all begins; discover roads traveled along the way to becoming the very best Justice of the Peace you can be. Five important steps to success will be highlighted: Be creative…be dramatic..…be sincere… funny… yourself! 

Creating a One-of-a-Kind Ceremony for Same Sex Couples
facilitated by Doug Kovacs

Are there more differences or similarities in becoming an officiant for couples of the same gender? Learn creative ideas to market your services and to make any ceremony stand out above the rest. Incorporating ethnic traditions and unique ceremony highlights to enhance and go beyond your clients’ expectations. We will discuss ways to turn humdrum vows into works of art that will leave everyone needing tissues. Learn how to increase your profits by working with other vendors to create the ultimate ceremony.  Learn about hot new trends and where to go to get the information you need to create a successful ceremony! (Note: While this workshop is geared toward same gender couples, concepts can be applied to all couples)

Everything $$$: Knowing Your Worth and Getting your Value!
facilitated by Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby

Sure, you love what you do and it is an honor to officiate for loving couples. But does that mean that you should give away your services for free? Or just invite your couples to make a donation to their favorite charity?  Learn how to determine your value in this marketplace, what goes into deciding a reasonable fee, how to set YOUR FEES according to your value of the services provided and the importance of contracts in this very frank interactive discussion.

?❤ # SOCIAL MEDIA -What Does It Mean and How do You Use It?
facilitated by Jeanine Schirmer

Are you lost, or under-using, when it comes to social media? This introduction may be just what you need!  Learn about the latest social media sites and trends. Find out which social media — Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat — will best work for you, as well as how to track its impact. Optional: Bring a laptop, smartphone or tablet to establish new accounts or access your existing social media accounts.

Make the Most of Your FindaJP Profile
facilitated by Barbara Jay

Let your uniqueness shine through in the words you use and images you display on your findajp profile. Barbara Jay will show you how (and help you refine the words) in this hands-on workshop. Bring a laptop if possible (if not, we’ll use mine) and digital photos (of yourself, wedding pix or scenes) that will appeal to the couples you are seeking. The result will be an irresistible YOU that viewers will want to be THEIR officiant. Findajp is your marketing tool. Make it count!


 Conference Registration Fees

Breakfast and Lunch are included

$60 for JP Association members

$75 for JPs who are not members of the JP Association

$115 Special Offer for non-member JPs
Conference plus Basic Membership in the Association (a $35 savings)*

* This offer is for JPs who are joining the Association for the first time.

Walk-in registrants are welcome. The fee will be $5 higher for each category.