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Ceremonies By Design is a wedding officiant company located in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, creating personalized and meaningful ceremonies for couples. Reverend Joan Pape is honored to be your confidante, collaborator, and spiritual coach in creating the ideal wedding ceremony for you and your partner. Whether you want to combine traditional elements or create something truly unique, Ceremonies By Design provides services based on your tastes.

Ordained by the Universal Life Church in 1998, Reverend Joan Pape's first officiating experience was for her daughter's wedding in 2002. Over the years, she has performed over 600 weddings. Additionally, she is a Reiki Master Teacher and practices alternative medicine.

Services Offered
Ceremonies By Design officiates interfaith, religious, and non-religious ceremonies, as well as civil unions. During your introductory meeting, Reverend Pape will discuss your vision for your wedding day, whether traditional or alternative, and her approach. Ceremonies By Design offers hands-on assistance both on the big day and during the planning process; from arriving early to ensure proper set up to coordinating musical cues, they keep your special day organized. Premarital counseling is available upon request, and sample vows are provided to assist in the customization of your own vows.

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Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

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Premarital Counseling

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No Denomination

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Less than 30 mins.

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Sarah G. Married on 09/17/2022
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Joan is amazing

We chose Joan based on a search for someone who could capture our personal magic, while honoring two different belief realms. Joan was absolutely perfect. She was so kind, caring and easy to speak with. She sent us rough drafts of our potential ceremony and made edits with us until we felt that all things were perfect.
She is so eloquent and amazing with words. We received so many compliments on how beautiful the ceremony was overall.
It was the most perfect day and we are so happy that Joan was a part of it.
Amanda K. Married on 09/18/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Highly recommend Joan!

Joan was so easy to work with and provided so many great options for our ceremony. We were able to completely make the ceremony our own. She was present for our rehearsal the night before and was available early before the ceremony. She made the ceremony run very smoothly. Joan was such a pleasure to work with and I would HIGHLY recommend her!
Patrick H. Married on 09/05/2021
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Great officiant, super pleasant to work with!

Rev. Joan was so pleasant to work with! She helped craft the perfect ceremony for US and went above and beyond in assisting with the marriage license filing process and turned it in for us after the ceremony. We received so many compliments from the guests about how well the ceremony was conducted. Afterwards, we received a printed and binded program of our ceremony. Highly recommend her services!
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Joan and Karen are such fantastic people and amazing officiants! They really listen to the clients and create ceremonies that embody the couple love and spirit. We have worked with Joan and Karen for many years, and absolutely love working with them!

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