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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.

Services Offered

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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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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Natalie Married on 10/02/2022
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Barbara was incredible!

We really can not say enough great things about Barbara -- her calming energy, warm presence and (much needed) organization and clarity throughout the whole process.
We just got married this past Sunday and wanted to reflect on how special Barbara made our wedding weekend.

Barbara was so organized throughout the whole process of creating our vows and guided us (and our families) through every part of the ceremony. Her priority was creating a ceremony that my husband and I envisioned together.

During the ceremony itself, Barbara brought a calm and warm energy, and set the tone for the ceremony. She was so present and guided us through every part of the ceremony.

Several of our guests (including the in-laws!) commented on the ceremony and how beautiful and smooth it went.

We will definitely be calling Barbara for our vow renewal in the future!! Thank you for everything Barbara!!
Jeff M. Married on 09/01/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The Perfect Celebrant!

We hired Barbara for our non-religious wedding ceremony. She was incredibly communicative, deeply thoughtful, and led us in putting together the perfect ceremony program. Her words were reflective and she spent time getting to know us, and then putting it all together. She has a lovely, calm demeanour, especially on the day when things can feel rather hectic! We had to move our wedding ceremony indoors due to weather at the last minute and she had no issues in adapting to the new circumstances. She gave us a beautiful book with our ceremony notes inside afterwards, and took care of filing our marriage certificate. We could not recommend Barbara Boyd more highly!
Emma H. Married on 08/19/2022
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I highly recommend Barbara Boyd!

My husband and I just had the pleasure of experiencing a ceremony that Barbara Boyd officiated. Barbara was incredibly organized throughout the process of planning our ceremony and incorporated our feedback into every part of it. She thoughtfully received feedback and her top priority was building a ceremony that we wanted. As per the delivery of the ceremony, Barbara was simply excellent and her experience showed. Both my husband and I really appreciated the reassuring presence she brought to the ceremony, and felt that she guided us through the process. We received many compliments from our guests on how beautiful the ceremony was and were struck by how many of our guests told us they became emotional.

Knowing what we now know about Barbara, my husband and I agree that we made the right choice. Thank you for such a wonderful ceremony Barbara!
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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!

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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!

Expressive Photographics Expressive Photographics Wedding Photographers

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!


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