Barbara Boyd Ceremonies is a wedding officiant service in Santa Cruz, California. Barbara Boyd will collaborate with you to create a ceremony that is unique and that speaks to you both. From honoring traditional or spiritual philosophy, to contemporary and personal she will bring warmth and humor to your special day. Barbara's warm personality and lighthearted yet meaningful words will transform your special day into a "Celebration of Love!"
Barbara Boyd was raised in an interfaith family, and spent much of her life traveling to many parts of the world where she experienced the knowledge and the traditions of other cultures. She earned her degree in Cultural Anthropology from UCSC and then became an ordained interfaith minister. Barbara has served as a non-denominational officiant since 1998, helping couples tie their lives together in meaningful and memorable ceremonies.
Barbara Boyd offers personalized ceremonies for religious, spiritual, interfaith, and secular weddings. She will bring her experience, enthusiasm, order and clarity to all of the chosen rituals and readings that are important to you. Barbara Boyd will also gift you a keepsake copy of your ceremony in a wedding book. The book will have extra blank pages to preserve your wedding day memories on one of the most important days of your loving relationship.
83 Reviews for Barbara Boyd Ceremonies
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J · Getting married on 06/14/2020
Barbara Boyd is just one of those people who has great energy -- a wonderful aura. My husband and I could tell by talking with her via email that she would be a great fit for us, which was confirmed when we interviewed her as a candidate officiant for our wedding. Her manner was so calm, serene, patient and professional, working with her thenceforth was an instant no-brainer for us.Sent on 11/01/2011
Having chosen Barbara, we found her to be incredibly attentive, responsive, and supportive during our year of wedding planning -- during which time she always gave us patient thoughtful feedback whenever I had any questions pertaining our ceremony or even unrelated wedding topics. Moreover, she was very flexible with our vision and submitted to my nearly obsessive revisions of our ceremony (as a writer, I can often get picky with my editing!).
To compound her supportive presence, Barbara helped keep us on track as the big day approached, and made our ceremony that much cooler by including our self-written vows in her book -- an item that later became ours as a keepsake -- thereby eliminating the need for me to scrawl them on a piece of paper to read during the wedding.
On the wedding day itself, she performed beautifully and did a wonderful job organizing our group and leading the way. Having accepted my invitation to stay for the reception ahead of time, she was also a wonderful addition to the party -- akin to a longtime friend.
For those of you searching for someone who has an intimate presence, an articulate voice, a kind heart, and a quiet strength to preside over your union, Barbara Boyd is the one for you.
On a more secular note, she is affordable, can accommodate any religion or non-religion, and often travels to perform her services and is thus not restricted to the Santa Cruz area :-D
Barbara Boyd Ceremonies's reply:I truly blush when I read your loving words. Thank you for taking the time to write your thoughts about how together we created your special moment. It truly was a day to remember as you worked so beautifully to make it all happen and for it to happen just the way you wanted. Love and light to you both and your wonderful family.
Crystal Swink-Ridino · Married on 10/27/2019
34 Year Old, my daughter, died too soon....
Barbara Boyd: It’s impossible to sum up in just a few words the beautiful end of life celebration that Barbara made so perfect! We met with Barbara, through tears, hoping to get “help” with my daughters Service. Barbara sat and listened for two hours. She asked about my daughters personality, what her short 34 years had been like. Two days later she sent over a prepared summary of the 3 hour Service, including poems, and the speech she would read to our 100 guests. As sad and uncomfortable as this was, Barbara truly gave my daughter a sweet GOODBYE celebration! Our many thanks to Barbara for her compassion and genuine personality. We could not have pulled this off in one week without her!! Seascape Golf Course Banquet room was the venue and The staff and Chef really made this event special. I didn’t want some cold Chapel, my daughter would not have wanted that.Sent on 10/30/2019
Barbara Boyd Ceremonies's reply:Crystal, Thank you so much for your heartfelt and sincere review. I'm truly touched knowing that you and your family and friends could gather at this most tender time and feel a sense of peace and joy as together we created your daughters Celebration of Life. Thank you for taking the time to write and to share your sweet memories of your beautiful girl. May you continue to receive healing energies of light and love as you move through this unexpected and changing time in your life. Many blessings to you and your loved ones. Barbara
Stefanie Bassler · Married on 09/28/2019
A calm presence on your big day
Even though Barbara was only physically present during the big day, she was such an important presence throughout the entire planning process. For months leading up to the wedding, I could count on Barbara to be responsive to my questions. We partnered together on creating an amazing ceremony that was perfectly tailored to my and my husband. I would highly recommend Barbara as she will surely calm your nerves the day of!Sent on 10/18/2019
I cannot say enough about Barbara's warmth and true interest and connection she has with every person she meets. The wedding ceremonies that she creates with each couple are beautiful, creative, meaningful and so very lovely!
We have worked with Barbara Boyd for many years. It's very comforting to know when we will be doing a wedding together. She's very professional and personable. Love Barbara Boyd!
Barbara is a true Master of Ceremonies. Very experienced, professional and articulate, bringing a heartfelt presence to every wedding. I recommend her as a top-tier choice, for nuptials and special ceremonies!