Dear Ceremony

Carman Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 Map · Phone number
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About Dear Ceremony

* Lowered Rates for Covid-19. See “deals” page. 💘


Dear Ceremony is an officiant service based out of Ithaca, New York. Benjamin Marlan is the founder and legally ordained officiant of Dear Ceremony. He was registered in 2001 by the city of New York to officiate ceremonies throughout the United States.

His goal is to deliver a completely genuine, cared for and personalized ceremony. His professionalism, experience and expertise shines through in a comforting and grounded way. Writing original content with couples, and performing the ceremony with elegance and warmth, he strives to make the wedding day as beautiful as you have envisioned.

Benjamin has been officiating traditional same-faith, interfaith, same-sex, intercultural, interdenominational, interracial, and civil wedding services, along with renewal of vows, funerals, and baby blessing services for 19 years...

Services Offered
Benjamin at Dear Ceremony will meet with you one-on-one to help you design the wedding ceremony that fits all of your expectations.

We will go through a creative process centering on custom writing - working together to incorporate as much from your lives and history as a couple, making the ceremony very personal and real.

the typical fee for this service Has been reduced for 6 months to $300 plus $50 an hour for travel from Ithaca NY. If the location is over two hours from Ithaca NY, he will be happy to reduce the fee.

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38 Reviews for Dear Ceremony

Recommended by 100% of couples


5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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    Destiny Metzler · Married on 10/04/2019

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    Ben is the best!

    My fiancé and I were looking for a short, sweet and non-traditional ceremony. Ben was so easy to work with and put together a ceremony that was exactly what we were looking for! He was available for questions always and we are so thankful for him! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

    Sent on 10/07/2019

    Dear Ceremony's reply:

    Thanks so much you guys!! So nice to be there for you and your family. Beautiful setting there and happy I could help create the day you were looking for.
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    Bethany · Married on 09/21/2019

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    Calm, cool, and just right for our ceremony!

    Benjamin was a great officiant for our wedding! He made a point to get to know me and my husband before the wedding, even though we were so far away from where the wedding took place. He helped us personalize our ceremony, making it as beautiful, and as special as we wanted it to be! He was also such a calming presence when I was in panic mode the night of rehearsal when we were double-booked at the venue! He went right with the flow and helped me in any way he could!

    Sent on 10/03/2019

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Dear Ceremony FAQ

  • What is the typical price for your wedding services?
    $ 300
  • What is the starting price for your wedding services?
    $ 250
  • Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?
    No
  • What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?
    $ 50
  • What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
    Non-religious
    Interfaith
    Ceremony Rehearsal
    Vow Renewal
    Civil Union
    Single Religion
  • What services do you provide?
    Allow Couples' Own Vows
    Licensed
    Bilingual
  • What religious affiliations do you serve?
    Anglican
    Baha'i Faith
    Baptist
    Buddhist
    Catholic
    Episcopalian
    Evangelical
    Hindu
    Islam
    Jainism
    Jewish
    Lutheran
    Methodist
    Mormon
    No Denomination
    Orthodox Christian
    Presbyterian
    Quaker
    Shinto
    Sikhism
    Taoist
  • On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
    Less than 30 mins.
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  • What languages do you speak?
    English
    Spanish

1 Wedding Deal & Discount

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    Current Times Discount

    Hello!

    Due to the current times of reschedulings, changed event plans, and Covid-19, I am lowering my rates for services by $100 for a custom written and professionally delivered wedding ceremony. The fee for this service is now $300 (not including travel outside of the ithaca area).

    For a romantic and beautifully delivered ceremony - unaltered with no changes, I am happy to offer this service for $225 (not including travel outside of the Ithaca area)



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