Looking for an unboring ceremony for your Raleigh wedding? Want to be thrilled by your ceremony and have your guests raving about it? Gwen specializes in creating fun, lighthearted weddings that have couples and guests saying it was the best ceremony they've ever seen. With just the right balance between cheer and tradition, not only will your ceremony include all (or none!) of the elements you want, but it will also feature the story of how you and your fiancee "ended up here today." So rather than just a formality, your nuptials will actually be one of the most fun and entertaining parts of your day!
Gwen 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 filling of your marriage in North Carolina, a back-up officiant (just in case), and a guarantee that you'll absolutely love your ceremony.
Visit Gwen's website at RaleighOfficiant.com for more info and pricing. Last minute requests welcome!
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Taylor Hoggard · Married on 07/13/2019
Very professional with many personal touches
Picking an officiant was one of the last things we did when choosing our vendors. We knew we wanted a few Jewish elements but overall didn't want a religious ceremony. We didn't have a person in our life who we wanted to ask to be the officiant so we turned to the internet and found Gwen.Sent on 08/15/2019
Gwen listened to our requests for what we did and didn't want out of the ceremony and totally delivered. Part of Gwen's work is the telling of a "Love Story" which is kept a secret from the bride and groom. This is a major part of the ceremony and when you're planning every little detail it's tough to turn over such a large chunk to someone else. Gwen asked us to trust her, we did, and the story was incredible. It had lots of details about how we met, how we grew closer, the proposal, etc. It also included anecdotes from friends and family so they were able to be included as well. We came away very pleased with what she delivered.
We also asked Gwen to perform a simple ceremony before the main event for the signing of the legal marriage and a ketubbah. She showed up early to do these and they were great as well.
We know that picking an officiant can be difficult if you don't have a Rabbi, Pastor, Priest, etc in your life or want to steer away from religion altogether. We highly recommend Gwen's services and professionalism to help make your wedding great!
Andrea Maloney · Married on 07/03/2019
My new husband and I had such a wonderful time with Celebrant Gwen Downs! We eloped and it was amazing to have such a small personal ceremony. No worries, no stress, just a whole lot of love!Sent on 07/05/2019
Tiffani Amber · Married on 06/27/2019
Our wedding was extremely last minute (like 2 weeks of planning last minute) and Gwen was SO flexible and understanding. She really made this day easy for me and my husband and in the end was the best day of my life. Thank you!!!!Sent on 06/29/2019
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.