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Darlene is a State of Connecticut Justice of the Peace, ordained minister and Notary Public based out of Portland, Connecticut. Darlene has more than 34 years of experience and specializes in providing you with a unique ceremony that is delivered with flair. Whether you want something traditional or a ceremony that is completely out of the box, she will create an incredible ceremony tailored just for you resulting in an experience you and your guests will remember forever.

Note: (I am am appointed official from the State of Connecticut, not a business or wedding planner and take great pride in making sure your wedding ceremony is one of a kind)!

Services Offered
From single-religion, non-religious, or civil-union ceremonies to vow renewals, Darlene will craft a beautiful ceremony full of emotion and love that will make you day all the more special. Her ceremonies typically last less than 30 minutes, and she welcomes a range of faiths, including agnostic, Baptist, Lutheran, non-denominational, and Unitarian.

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Frequently asked questions

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

What religious affiliations do you serve?

No Denomination

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

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Reviews of A Unique Wedding by Darlene

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Samantha W. Sent on 08/03/2022
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Awesome JP

We loved having Darlene as our JP for our wedding this June of 2022. Darlene was recommended to us by our venue, and she was nothing short of amazing and helpful from the beginning. She also gave a really neat idea to include a tree planting unity during our ceremony. Darlene wrote a very nice passage for our ceremony, and attended our rehearsal as well. We highly recommend her!
Molly H. Sent on 01/01/2020
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Darlene is the best!!

She is amazing! Easy to work with. The kindest person. Would recommend to anyone!!
Kristen M. Sent on 08/05/2019
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Darlene is amazing!

My husband and I knew that finding the perfect officiant for our wedding would be a daunting task, but as soon as we met Darlene we knew she was the perfect choice! Darlene was professional, helpful, easy-going, and very passionate about what she does. She helped us plan our perfect ceremony that was tailored to us as a couple. Our ceremony was moving, beautiful, and unique thanks to Darlene! So many of our guests came up to use during/after the wedding to tell us how amazing Darlene was and what an excellent job she did. We loved how Darlene had us pause and face our friends and family before our recessional to really take in everything and appreciate all the love surrounding us—it was very touching not only for me and my husband but for all of our guests as well. Darlene also framed her speech about us from the ceremony and gave it to us as a wedding gift which was so touching! I highly recommend Darlene Rice--having her as your wedding officiant will be one of the best decisions you make during the planning process!
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Jeff Ladd DJ Plus Jeff Ladd DJ Plus Wedding DJs

I've worked with so many ceremony officiants over the years but Darlene Rice of A Unique Wedding by Darlene is by far one of the very few that are at the top of the list! She has that genuine warm, friendly and engaging personality that make her stand out as a consummate professional. Her ability to make the Bride, Groom and all the guests feel so comfortable is a rare gift and should never be under estimated! I've witnessed a number of Darlene's ceremonies and they are not the "cookie cutter" type we've all been to. She tailors the ceremony to fit the couples wishes, always personal and makes sure she puts their stamp on it. A Unique Wedding by Darlene is a perfect title for her! She's absolutely great at what she does and truly a pleasure to work with!!

Dave Gasior Photography Dave Gasior Photography Wedding Photographers

Darlene is easy to work with and will make sure your wedding day goes according to plan. Darlene is experienced, professional, creative and affordable. She took time to listen to our story and will incorporate it into the ceremony while providing ideas for things we didn't even think about. Highly recommend her.

Garret Ward Photography Garret Ward Photography Wedding Photographers

I've had the pleasure of working with Darlene on a number of occasions. She is a true professional! I can't wait to capture another Unique wedding!

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