Ceremonies by Bethel is a professional wedding officiant based in Bonsall, California, working with couples throughout Temecula, Palm Springs, and the entire San Diego region, including La Jolla, Del Mar, and Rancho Santa Fe. Since 2009, Bethel has specialized in creating customized and non-religious wedding ceremonies that truly celebrate her couples, working with each couple to incorporate the rituals and messages that mean the most to them, as well as celebrating their stories and their journey together. She enjoys inspiring every audience of family and friends with a truly meaningful and personal wedding ceremony - a ceremony that celebrates this couple they care greatly about and is worthy of what they share.
It began in 2006 when Bethel Nathan was asked to officiate her brother's wedding - a non-religious couple coming from two different religious backgrounds - and she spent a great deal of time not only looking at the traditions of their two families, but also finding out about their story and what marriage meant to them, resulting in a wedding that was all theirs. Soon after, two other friends asked her to do the same for their non-religious and interfaith weddings, and she had found what really touched her heart. She founded Ceremonies by Bethel in 2009, and has since married over 1000 couples, thoroughly enjoying celebrating really great couples in the way that fits them best. Ceremonies by Bethel has also been a proud recipient of the Couples Choice Award since the very first year.
Ceremonies by Bethel proudly officiates wedding ceremonies for all couples looking for a ceremony that is fun, personal, meaningful, and non-traditional, usually non-religious (or with a tinge to satisfy a family member), and has always been a supporter of marriage equality. Her couples often come from interfaith and/or intercultural backgrounds, and are looking for a way to honor where they've come from but in a way that fits what the two of them particularly share. Whether her couples describe themselves as non-religious, spiritual, interfaith, or agnostic or atheist, she works closely with each couple to create and then deliver their ceremony in such a way that touches the hearts of not only the couple being celebrated in that moment, but all those who are there for them as well, often with a mixture of laughter and happy tears.
328 Reviews for Ceremonies by Bethel
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Giselle · Married on 03/06/2020
So much love!!
- I can’t not express how important an officiant is for your wedding. I completely understand that some couples love to have family members and friends marry them. That is a great option but hiring a professional officiant was the best choice I ever made, Bethel was phenomenal I can’t even express how thankful I am for her doing our ceremony. When we first met Bethel and we met at a coffee shop and we went over questions, concerns traditions, and everything that is important to us￼. She let us know what she’s seen other couples do and what has and hasn’t worked. She discussed first look vs. not having one, She explained the pros and cons and having a first look was the best choice I had ever made which I was against at first. She gave us homework assignment to do separately to see how we each view our relationship and how it developed and what it meant to us. She gave us so many options for ceremonies and puts it together with everything you want and send you previews except the stories she’s gonna tell. I have never been to a wedding having so much love present in the ceremony, the amount of guest that came up to me and said that the ceremony was filled with so much love was unbelievable. I ￼understand that she is on the higher end of the officiant scale price but that is one place I would not cut cost on, she’s worth every penny and more! I hope you get to experience the amount of love we had at our wedding at your wedding.
Sent on 04/21/2020
Chris D. · Getting married on 04/03/2022
Bethel breaks conventions and builds experiences that matches each relationship
Working with Bethel has been one of the greatest experiences we had during wedding planning. Right out of the gates, Bethel wanted to set up a Zoom call with us (this was to be a destination wedding) and she took the time to understand who my wife and I are individually and how our relationship was built. She quickly learned that my wife and I bonded over video games and that the wedding would be gaming themed and Bethel was excited to help make it happen. Both my wife and I aren't conventional in anyway and we were anxious about how a non-religious, non-conventional ceremony would play out; and this is where Bethel shined. She understood who my wife and I are as a couple and started brainstorming different activities that would make sense for our ceremony. She worked with us extensively to make sure that our vision would come to life. My wife and I sincerely believe that without Bethels help and guidance, along with the time spent on calls, that our ceremony was going to feel more like a family obligation to attend rather than a true celebration of us.Sent on 10/29/2020
Outside of wedding matters, Bethel is a very kind, empathetic person and radiates charisma. She's very thoughtful and full of great ideas.
We cannot recommend Bethel enough. We couldn't ask for a more amazing person to lead our ceremony.
Lauren W. · Getting married on 11/10/2021
Intimate and Personal
Bethel is a true gem! She made our destination wedding in La Jolla intimate and personal. Our grown children have commented on how much they loved our vows because Bethel captured our relationship so perfectly.Sent on 10/23/2020
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Bethel is not only an amazing officiate she is truly a wonderful human! She loves what she does and it reflects in her work. Not only have I worked and recommended Bethel to my clients, I hired her for my own wedding a couple years back. She assigns "homework" (but don't be scared) to better get to know the two of you and works with you to ensure the ceremony is personal and meaningful. She's the best!
Bethel is the best! Definitely our go to recommendation for officiants! She is so well spoken, caring and organized. We love when we know Bethal is officiating a wedding we are photographing!
I've worked with Bethel multiple times over the years, and have ALWAYS loved the experience. Not only is she a breath of fresh air, she's a wealth of knowledge - and fortunately, willing to share! I always encourage my couples to hire her as their officiant because I KNOW she will lovingly guide them as well as create custom ceremony that is heartfelt, unique, and memorable. If you want an officiant that REALLY knows their stuff, is HILARIOUS, and is able to bring two families together as one - Bethel is a.m.a.z.i.ng. I know, with her as part of my team, my clients will truly have their Best.CEREMONY.Ever. =))