Gwen Downs is a celebrant and wedding officiant who uses her specialized skills in ceremony creation and rituals to design a unique and memorable wedding ceremony reflecting your personalities, love story, beliefs, values and cultural backgrounds. She will customize every element of your ceremony with your collaboration, assist you on the traditional elements you'd like to include, write your love story, ask members of your family and friends for their input, and tell it the way it happened to the delight of everyone in attendance. You and your guests will remember feeling riveted, engaged, and moved by your wedding ceremony for years to come.
Gwen serves many religious affiliations as well as non-religious, interfaith, and spiritual-but-not-religious couples. Her process includes a no-obligation consultation, 1-hour wedding workshop, unlimited script revisions, open editing process, continuous communication via phone/email, complete rehearsal, travel fees, legal filing of your marriage license, a back-up officiant (just in case), and a guarantee that you'll absolutely love your ceremony.
Gwen also performs elopements and license signings. She can provide witnesses if needed. Last minute requests are welcome! Visit Gwen's website at RaleighOfficiant.com for more info and pricing.
45 Reviews for Gwen Downs, Celebrant
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Caitlin Lyster · Married on 12/10/2019
A Custom Touch
We absolutely loved working with Gwen in creating our story. We are not a religious couple so finding someone like her that had the flexibility to incorporate religious/nonreligious as you wish was perfect. I honestly didn't know where to begin when it came to finding someone so diverse. I've only witnessed weddings with preachers reading from the bible. So when I met Gwen I instantly knew she was "the one" LOL. I love the creation of our story she told our guests to give them an inside perspective on us as a couple, we got plenty of laughs and 'aww's'. It was great having something so catered to usSent on 11/01/2019
Melissa · Married on 10/19/2019
Best Day of Our Life
Gwen was the perfect choice for our recent wedding. She made the whole process easy and stress free. She was very knowledgeable on different ceremony types, traditions and rituals. Gwen did a great job personalizing the ceremony to accommodate our needs. She responded quickly to our questions and was receptive to any changes that needed to be made. During the rehearsal, she helped ease my anxiety with her calm demeanor and easy going personality. One of the things I looked forward to the most was hearing “Our Love Story” which she created for our ceremony. On our wedding day, she arrived early to make sure everything was organized. Gwen made our day better than we could have ever imagined and I would highly recommend her to anyone!Sent on 10/31/2019
Tessa · Married on 10/05/2019
Gwen was a phenomenal officiant for my wedding. She worked with my husband and I on every detail of our ceremony. She was super professional and very nice. I would recommend her to any couple needing an officiant for their wedding.Sent on 10/07/2019
Gwen brings the premier experience for couples in the North Carolina area. Her higher level of education, as a Life Cycle Celebrant, has her focus on your needs and wants in the service. A wonderful and well spoken Officiant, Gwen has the experience and charm to enhance your day.