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, and cared for 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 the couple has envisioned.
Benjamin has been officiating traditional same-faith, interfaith, same-sex, intercultural, interdenominational, interracial, and civil wedding services, along with renewal of vows, funeral and baby blessing services for 18 years..
Benjamin at Dear Ceremony will meet with you one-on-one to help you design the wedding ceremony that fits all of your expectations. He is licensed to officiate ceremonies throughout the United States and has experience creating non-religious ceremonies, interfaith ceremonies, vow renewals, civil unions, and single religion ceremonies.
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Badr · Married on 02/20/2016
We cannot say enough about how important Benjamin was for our wedding at the Brooklyn Winery. As a bit of background: My wife and I debated quite a bit about what we wanted to do for our ceremony: we don't follow a single religious tradition and frankly we weren't sure if we wanted to have much of a ceremony at all. In the end, we contacted Benjamin and decided that we would see how we felt upon meeting him. Within a few minutes we knew we had made the right choice.Sent on 06/09/2016
Benjamin is one of the most kind and sincere people we have ever met, and we instantly felt comfortable with him. Over the course of a few months, he guided us through the process of putting together a ceremony that represented what was important to us. After our first meeting, we instantly felt calm and confident about not only the ceremony but also the process of planning the wedding itself. This was an experience repeated many times as we met with Benjamin leading up to the big day. Speaking with Benjamin was always a source of calm and reassurance.
On the day itself, Benjamin arrived early to help us and our family prepare for what was to come, and almost every guest we spoke to made a point to tell us how moved they were by some aspect of the ceremony. It was important to us both that our family were direct participants in the ceremony and Benjamin suggested a flower exchange between each of us and our significant other's parents as a way to acknowledge their support and the union of our two families. This was one of many details that Benjamin recommended which connected with our guests and transformed something we had seen as a bit of a dated ritual into something intimate and personal that really brought us all together.
We can't recommend Benjamin highly enough. We never would have imagined what a difference a real pro like Benjamin would make in the planning process and on the day itself.
Paul Yakel · Married on 04/06/2019
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We contacted Ben to officiate our ceremony in Utica, NY which was a bit of a distance from where he lives. From the very first phone call, he was fully invested and willing to work with us. Even with the distance (we live in Albany), we felt we had the opportunity to get to know Ben and for him to get to know us as a couple. We took time to Skype and figure out what we wanted out of a ceremony. The first time we actually met was at our rehearsal and for the remainder of the weekend, Ben was part of our family and wedding weekend! His ceremony was heartfelt and genuine and captured everything we wanted to say to each other. Ben was the perfect addition to our perfect wedding weekend! We couldn't have chosen anyone more fitting to kick off our journey together. Thanks, Ben!!Sent on 04/18/2019
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Elizabeth · Married on 06/30/2018
We absolutely adore Benjamin! He was amazing from the very start. We knew as soon as we met him that he was the one. He is a very sweet man and we would hire him again in a heartbeat. I was a worried bride and Benjamin was there and very responsive to all my emails and calls. He also took the time to walk me through the ceremony many times over the phone. I am glad we decided to have him at the rehearsal the night before. He knew exactly what he was doing and lifted so much weight off our shoulders. We had many compliments on how amazing our officiant was. His voice is so soft and calm which makes the ceremony that more beautiful! We couldn't have found a better officiant for our big day. I highly recommend him to anyone.Sent on 08/15/2018