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.
Recommended by 100% of couples
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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.
Jennifer · Married on 07/13/2019
Benjamin did a fantastic job with our wedding ceremony! Everyone commented on how very "us" the ceremony was and that they loved how personal the ceremony was. Benjamin was a very calming presence at our wedding. He did a amazing job writing a story about us based on the emails my husband and I sent him. He was truly a pleasure to work with! We highly recommend Benjamin to officiate your wedding-He will make your ceremony so special. Thank you so much Benjamin for helping make our wedding day so perfect!!Sent on 08/09/2019
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Annie Molodetz · Married on 06/22/2019
Love love love
Ben is a truly kind and genuine person who created a personalized and special ceremony that was one of a kind and completely authentic to us as a couple. He was extremely responsive, flexible, professional, and open to designing a ceremony just for us. He made us feel so comfortable during a stressful time and having him stand up with us in front of our friends and family meant the world. Thank you, Ben!!Sent on 08/06/2019