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He was 45 minutes late to the ceremony, and told multiple guests 3 different stories. He also has yet to provide an apology. When we initially booked him, we thought he was nice and outgoing, but this was not the case the day of the wedding. I would recommend going with someone else!
We hired Ritchie to officiate our wedding. Our initial consultation went well - he brought a sample ceremony, was open to us adding a few readings to the ceremony, and seemed very warm and kind. After that, we emailed him an updated ceremony script with readings we had added and asked him for feedback. He never responded to that, even after two phone calls (which thankfully he always answered) and a text reminding him to look at it. We contacted him several times between our first meeting and the wedding and he asked what the date and time of the wedding were each time (including the week of the ceremony).
The day before the wedding I called to make sure that he would be at the site at the time we had agreed on weeks before (3pm), and he told me he had to do a funeral service at 2:00 an hour away from our site, and the earliest he could be at our wedding site was 4:00 - which was the time we wanted to do our ceremony! Needless to say, we were very upset about this.
The day of the wedding Ritchie was very flexible, calm, and easy-going which was helpful, given some unforeseen circumstances. Unfortunately, when he started the ceremony he did not read anything that we had discussed. He also added in stories that were not part of the script he showed us at our initial meeting, and do not align with our views.
While he did admit he had some personal things going on that were distracting him, he treated our wedding as if it was not a big deal and that we would just be happy with anything that he did. We put a lot of time into making sure the ceremony script was exactly what we wanted and he completely dismissed it. We were upset with the ceremony, but at the end of the day we were married, which is the most important part.
His lack of contact, professionalism, and disregard of all we asked led to a lot of unwanted/un-needed stress.
Ok, so I hired some stranger off the internet. The same way I did every other vendor I used for our out of state wedding. Up front, Ritchie is friendly, accommodating and kind of funny- very grandfatherly. However, once he received his deposit, he was completely off hands- no check-ins, no confirmations, no appointments. Now granted, I am in a different state than he but he showed no interest in learning about us or guiding us in any way. The night before the wedding, I had a voicemail from Ritchie at 10:30 PM asking what time the wedding was! He also thought it would be a good idea to inform us that he missed a wedding that night because he got lost and showed up late. Yikes. Well I gave Ritchie one star because he did show up... maybe drunk, though. Thinking back, everything he said and did was completely unprofessional. He called my husband a 'dirt bag' during our ceremony, discredited my mother-in-law's reading, asking our "amateur" photographers to move, and even asked several married women if they were there with a date. Yes, he is married. Ritchie was out of line; too touchy-feely with me, disrespectful to my family and guests and on top of it all, he didn't even read the ceremony we had previously agreed on. This was all reason enough to why we had to ask him to leave during the cocktail hour. Fortunately in Colorado, we are allowed to self-solemnize so his name will not be on our marriage license. Just keep looking- he is not the right officiant for anyone.
I hired Ritchie to be the officiant for my son's wedding and couldn't be more pleased. He was just a joy to have do the ceremony. He added just the right touches to the ceremony and even added a bit of humor to it, which we really enjoyed. Several guests commented that it was the nicest ceremony they had been to. That says a lot! Thanks for doing a great job for us and being part of such special day!
Pastor Ritchie was very fun and laid back, and very flexible to things we wanted to add and change about the ceremony. The only complaint is that sometimes we had to email him more than once about things.
I went throught Forever I do to find out officiant for our wedding. We met Ritchie Bibelheimer for about an hour at Starbucks. He seemed nice and outgoing which is what we were looking for. He sent us all the different types of ceremonies we could do and things seemed fine. I asked Ritchie prior to the wedding to hold on to our marriage license after the wedding to send in (which he says he normally does). Right before our ceremony Ritchie turned to one of my bridesmaids and said to her "Don't be ashamed of what God gave you!" Ritchie was referring to her boobs!!! I thought it was totally uncalled for and very unprofessional! My friend was very affended and embarrassed in front of the whole wedding party! He did a good job at the cermeony. The next day we got a call from our venue saying that they found our marriage certificate in the parking lot of our venue. When my husband went ot pick it up, it had been ran over by all the cars in the parking lot. I ended up sending it in and everything was okay, but I NEVER received a phone call or text message from Ritchie saying he had lost it. I was disappointed.