Joan Fergus, founder of Ceremonies by Joan, is a professional wedding officiant serving southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. Officiating weddings since 2013, her passion is crafting and delivering exceptional ceremonies that will bring your story to life.
Rev. Joan listens and makes it a priority to get to know couples, developing an understanding of their individual style and taste. In addition to writing a unique, personalized wedding ceremony, she assists couples in all the details that have to do with their ceremony (working with vendors, directing the rehearsal, obtaining your license, etc.) to make your day stress-free.
Rev. Joan's talent for writing and her calm and warm presence helps your wedding ceremony have a look of professionalism and elegance. Your love story is unique, so your ceremony should be, too!
Planning a wedding during COVID-19?
Rev. Joan has been officiating weddings during the 2020 pandemic...from small backyard weddings...nature preserves...lakeside...to traditional large wedding venues. Weddings can come in all shapes and sizes, but what is most important is to share your love and commitment and become married. No matter the size or location. It all works!!
Do you want a ceremony that reflects you as a couple and not the standard script? Let's talk!
* Check out the testimonials left by happy couples. Click 'Reviews' above.
23 Reviews for Ceremonies by Joan
Recommended by 98% of couples
28 User photos
Emily C. · Married on 10/24/2020
Amazing!! Everything I could ask for and more!!
Joan was the perfect fit for us. After having a difficult time finding an officiant who would do the ceremony like we wanted, we were able to find Joan! She was amazing to sit down and talk to. So easy to open up to. We wanted something shorter and not religious and something that just flower and emphasized on our relationship and our love for each other and Joan did exactly that. The ceremony was perfect. I think about it a lot because I just love how happy we were and how much love I felt in that room. I would recommend Joan to do anyone’s ceremony because she makes it for what you want and what kind of couple you are. The ceremony was everything I could ask for and more!Sent on 01/16/2021
Emily H. · Married on 07/31/2020
Planning a wedding during the COVID-19 pandemic had many moments of uncertainty. Joan helped us through many moment of uncertainty and was willing to create the perfect wedding ceremony regardless of the ceremony changes we might of needed to make. Joan met with us various times to review our ceremony, she offered suggestions on what she thought would be best, and made sure the items that were important to us were included. Joan also ran our rehearsal which was fabulous, she really took the lead to ensure everyone felt comfortable and knew their role for the day. We received many compliments regarding our ceremony! It was a remarkable day and Joan made our ceremony a moment we will cherish forever. I highly recommend Joan for your wedding ceremony!Sent on 08/15/2020
Ceremonies by Joan's reply:Hi Emily (and Jake) - thanks so much for the great review. You two nailed it and planned the best wedding, inspite of a global pandemic. What stories you will have to tell your children!! You looked so beautiful and Jake's eyes were full of love for you as you walked down the aisle. I really enjoyed creating your beautiful ceremony together and I wish you all the best as husband and wife.
Carly A. · Married on 07/04/2020
We Love Joan!!
Joan made our rehearsal day + our wedding day smooth, it was an absolute pleasure to work with her and we loved having her as a part of our big day! We would recommend her to ANYONE!!Sent on 07/27/2020
She made our - middle of the pandemic not so perfect wedding - a PERFECT WEDDING. She was the calm of the day and we couldnt have been happier to have her there with us.
Ceremonies by Joan's reply:HI Carly - thanks for the great review. It was SO much fun to be there with you and Austin...fireworks and all!!! You both were SO excited to get married. The feeling was contagious. You have many memories to share about planning a wedding during COVID...and you made it through, both looking amazing! Thanks for including me in your big day. I had lots of fun!!