Planning Your Wedding

From simple intimate gatherings to elaborate grand affairs, you want your wedding to be as close to perfection as possible. Perfection means something different to every couple. That’s why we suggest that you ask Custom Wedding Ceremonies to help make this day the most special of your life.



Lauren and Adam

Getting to Know You

Our first contact usually consists of a conversation on the phone to discuss how you envisage your ceremony and your general plans for your wedding. The next meeting is in person and often in a local coffee shop. We discuss the many options and then clarify exactly the kind of ceremony that will best meet your needs. It is also at this meeting that we discuss your budget, the different services I provide, and a cost estimate.

Once you have agreed to go ahead with me as your officiant, I will send you a draft ceremony to review to ensure it reflects your wishes. Depending on our discussion, the draft may include the story of how you met and what happened next, your customized vows, readings, and any other particular elements what will beautifully express your love for each other.


“Your wedding will be at the place, the time, and in the language(s) and words of your choice. I will advise and support you, drawing on my extensive knowledge of these special ceremonies to make your wedding an occasion you will be thrilled to experience and always remember with happiness.”

What I Will Do for You

My primary goal is to create a unique ceremony that you will treasure and that your guests will remember for always.

Each ceremony I design is one-of-a-kind and the cost depends on what you would like to include.  However, my fee schedule is flexible enough to work within most budgets. Please note that my fee includes working closely with you to create your ceremony, a wedding rehearsal if you choose, and filing the necessary documents. In addition, I am just a phone call away should you have any questions or concerns.

As an experienced actor, and a professional writer and storyteller, as well as an officiant and celebrant at many wonderful weddings, I can handcraft your ceremony into a unique, joyful, and deeply meaningful celebration.

What to Know and Do

How far in advance to book your ceremony
Whether it is a year in advance, a couple of weeks, or anytime in between, I will do my best to accommodate you. Once you choose a date, please be in touch as soon as possible. This is especially important if you want your wedding to be on a Saturday in the spring or summer or on a long weekend. The further you book in advance, the more likely you are to receive the time and place of your choice.

Length of ceremony
Ceremonies are, usually, 20-25 minutes from Procession to Introducing you to your guests as Newly Weds. Depending on your choice, they can be shorter if you decide not to have readings or special rituals. As well, they can be longer; for example, if you have more than one language, guests participating in the ceremony, or other elements.

Replacement in case of emergency
 I work with a network of licensed officiants. In an emergency, another licensed officiant would step in to ensure your wedding goes ahead as planned.

“My commitment to you is to create a ceremony that is a joyous celebration, as thrilling and momentous on your wedding day as when you look back on each wedding anniversary.”     Catherine Kentridge

Amanda & Mathieu

Amanda and Mathieu

wedding bouquet and rings

“We’re still breathless from our wonderful ceremony.

“Thank you for the beautiful, beautiful wedding you helped us put together. It was perfect and we couldn’t have asked for a better officiant.

“You were amazing and every little piece of advice you had for us before the big day was spot-on! It was indeed a bit of a blur for us, but thanks to the extremely useful rehearsal, we don’t feel like we missed the most important moments of our lives.

We have received so many compliments on the beautiful way the ceremony was set up. Your German was flawless and my family was highly impressed!”

Kersti and Steffi



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Be Inspired!

I like to provide couples with information to consider as you plan your customized wedding—this includes documents for inspiration on the elements of a ceremony, order of procedure, cultural traditions, and readings. If you would also like to see an example of an actual ceremony as a reference, just ask.

Relying on Custom Wedding Ceremonies’ expertise and experience will help ensure your wedding ceremony surpasses expectations and becomes a memory to hold onto forever.


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