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.
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Camilla · Married on 07/28/2018
If you’re reading this, BOOK BARBARA AS YOUR WEDDING OFFICIANT! My fiancé and I are about a month out from our wedding, and working with Barbara has been a dream. We cannot wait for her to lead our ceremony and be the first to greet us as husband and wife.Sent on 06/26/2018
My fiancé and I are among the first few in our circle of friends to get married. We have very little family help, and therefore we came into the process with very little knowledge of what we wanted. Some vendors take the approach of asking you a million questions and expecting you to know exactly what you want. Instead, Barbara presented us with many options for our ceremony, let us pick and choose passages that felt right for us, and was willing to rework anything that didn’t feel right. In the extremely overwhelming process of wedding planning, Barbara has always been mindful of keeping things as straight forward and easy as possible. We cannot express how much that means to us.
Because we are planning everything ourselves, it was important that we find vendors who are knowledgeable, professional, responsive, and reliable. Barbara is every one of those things. She guided us on different traditions and helped us decide which to include/exclude. She is respectful of different beliefs. She has responded to every one of our emails thoughtfully and in a timely manner. Most importantly, my fiancé and I can rest easy knowing that we can trust her on our wedding day. Thank you so, so much, Barbara!
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J · Getting married on 02/14/2020
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
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Christina · Married on 10/13/2018
Barbara is amazing!
Barbara did the most beautiful job with our ceremony and I am so happy we chose her to work with! Initially, we had considered asking a friend to get ordained online to do it, but right from the very beginning were so relieved we went this route instead. Barbara has a wealth of experience and ideas to draw from, making the whole process so much easier and more seamless! She helped us craft the most perfect wedding ceremony and it could not have been better.Sent on 12/19/2018
Barbara was really communicative, worked closely with us and was quick to respond to any questions and ideas we had. Throughout the planning process, when there were times we didn't know what exactly we wanted to do, she would offer a range of suggestions for our consideration, allowing us to pick what we thought best suited us as a couple.
She is also warm, friendly and helpful. She made our ceremony so special and we are very grateful!
Barbara Boyd Ceremonies's reply:
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!