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A Wedding in Paradise has become one of the most sought-after services for those whose wedding destination is the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry on and around Hilton Head Island. The Rev. Dr. David Leininger is a retired Presbyterian minister who lives on the island and has become known as one of the most highly-recommended wedding officiants in the region. He takes seriously the fact that your wedding day is YOUR big day, and he makes certain that your ceremony is uniquely YOURS. Feel free to contact him by telephone or e-mail to get to know him and discuss making your wedding day the special event you have always dreamed of.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the typical price for your wedding services?

$300

Which of the following are included in the price?

Ceremony Rehearsal
Premarital Counseling

What is the starting price for your wedding services?

$195

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

$55

What is the starting price for pre-marital counseling (per session)?

$15

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

Non-religious
Interfaith
Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Agnostic
Anglican
Baptist
Catholic
Episcopalian
Evangelical
Lutheran
Methodist
Mormon
No Denomination
Orthodox Christian
Presbyterian
Quaker
Unitarian

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

In which states are you licensed?

AL
AK
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CO
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DE
DC
FL
GA
HI
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IA
KS
KY
LA
ME
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NY
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Lexie
Lexie S. Sent on 05/19/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Great experience!

Rev. David officiated our wedding. He was so great and easy to talk to! We did a destination wedding so didn't know anyone in the area to officiate, but when we found A Wedding in Paradise we hit the jackpot. Rev. David was excellent at making our ceremony feel intimate and personal with only knowing us for a couple of day. I would certainly recommend him to anyone getting married in the Hilton Head area.
Mackenzie
Mackenzie L. Sent on 02/03/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Do yourself a huge service and book Rev. Dr. David Leininger!

Working with Rev. Dr. David Leininger was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding! He is charming, thoughtful, funny, eloquent, and so easy to work with!

My husband and I got married in November 2021 at Palmetto Bluff. We were getting married on-site and looking for an officiant to travel to us. We had a few suggestions from the team at Palmetto Bluff, but thanks to fate, they were booked. We ended up getting referred to Dr. Leininger, and he was an absolute pleasure from the start. He works with you to customize the ceremony to fit you as a couple. From vows to readings, he provides guidance but leaves the decision completely up to you.

If my husband and I were honest, we would have told you that we saw our ceremony as the step before the real party, but our experience couldn't have been further from that expectation. Dr. Leininger created the most beautiful, personalized, and intimate ceremony that ended up being our most favorite part of the day (and don't worry! He did all of this in the ~25 minutes we asked for). Afterward, guests came up to us to ask if he was family or if we had just known him forever. Neither! But he takes the time to make it feel that way.

Do yourself a favor and book him! Early!
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Ryan S. Sent on 06/01/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing wedding officiant!

David was such a pleasure to work with for our wedding ceremony officiant. He was so responsive and quick to get back to us from the minute we first reached out. He even made time for us to meet him in person prior to our ceremony when we visited Hilton Head for some final wedding planning details a month prior to our destination wedding. The process for selecting how you want your ceremony done makes it so much easier as well. We had at least a dozen or so guests ask if we had written our own vows. That was how personal his message was. Definitely worth the hire if you want someone who is going to make your wedding ceremony feel like he's known you your whole life. He even printed out our vows for us to have a hard copy to read each year on our anniversary. 100% recommend hiring David if you are looking for an incredible wedding ceremony that is both personal and intimate.
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