Gwen is available to officiate porch weddings, elopement ceremonies and microweddings during the global health crisis while practicing social distancing. She is able to provide witnesses if needed. Gwen serves Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas. Visit Gwen's website at raleighofficiant.com for more info and pricing.
Gwen 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.
50 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
Lorryn Dioguardo · Getting married on 01/07/2022
Gwen made our ceremony SO easy. She constantly kept in touch with us, and was very understanding to any changes or add-ins I needed. She also sent a very detailed copy of how the entire ceremony would happen and what would be said, which is extremely helpful, it especially came in handy while we were doing our rehearsal. She also allowed you to personalize it to make sure it is exactly what you want. I appreciated her services! 10/10 would recommend!Sent on 07/27/2020
Kimber Barnett · Married on 06/20/2020
Micro wedding during Covid
Gwen did a phenomenal job as our officiant! She has a variety of ways for couples to choose how they want to exchange their vows. It was extremely personal and meaningful. There were a lot of joyous tears shed! Gwen was also flexible w/ Covid and provided a zoom meet & greet prior. Gwen wed us at our home and reasonably priced!Sent on 06/24/2020
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.