Dear Ceremony is an officiant service based out of Ithaca, New York. Benjamin has been a legally ordained officiant for the past two decades. 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, crafted, and personalized ceremony. His professionalism, experience, and expertise shine through in a grounded, supportive and joyful way. Writing original content for and with couples, and performing the ceremony with elegance and warmth, he strives to make the wedding day as beautiful as you have envisioned.
Description of Services Offered:
Benjamin at Dear Ceremony will meet with you one-on-one via phone, Zoom or FaceTime to help you design the wedding ceremony that fits all of your expectations. He officiates elopements, traditional same-faith, interfaith, same-sex, intercultural, interdenominational, interracial, and civil wedding services. His creative process includes getting to know his clients and their histories, ensuring that each ceremony is very personal and real.
Personalized Ceremonies, written with excellence and a truly caring and expressive touch, drawn from the features which define you both as a couple. We will create the perfect fitting ceremony, celebrating the life you have already made together, the connection you treasure, and the embrace of your future with all the anniversaries to come. Gathering your guests of family and friends, we will offer the display of your loving relationship through a professional and well spoken voice.
With many options available and a true craft for original and specifically written-for-you content, we will create the whole picture, leading to a customised ceremony that speaks for your lives together. Whether your preference is romantic and sweet or lighthearted and fun, I am here to write the words any way that suits the both of you.
After speaking on the phone and getting to hear each other, making sure your officiant is a good match for your vision, we can set a date to move forward with a process where I will take notes on what you're both looking for (even if you’re not exactly sure at this time) and walk you through the whole ceremony, from walking down the aisle, to the kiss and cheering guests.
After this, I construct an outline with the information gathered, we have our base for proceeding with the arranging, and adding of content over the next few months. There’s no sense of rushing and no feeling of “homework” - rather a sense of grounded confidence and trust as we move along in tailoring the perfect ceremony for your wedding day.
Always available, kind hearted and helpful, my 21 years of experience will make this a fun and easy to visualize process.
42 Reviews for Dear Ceremony
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Mary C. · Getting married on 09/04/2021
Ben was amazing and such a professional. He had so many different options available for the ceremony, and was so flexible to things that we wanted to include. He also was so helpful with suggestions for how things would flow, and was quick to respond when I had a million stupid questions as we approached the big day. He also has a such a warm and calming presence, which helped with any nervousness during the ceremony. He was absolutely the perfect choice for us, and I highly recommend him!Sent on 09/09/2020
Dear Ceremony's reply:Oh my gosh! Thank you so much! That was such a sweet and romantic time. I loved your story and what a perfect day. Plusssss! That adorable super sweet little rescue pup. I told my girlfriend Hannah abt her (I think it’s a her?). Congratulations you two, and thanks again for including me. ❤️
Caitlin · Married on 10/31/2020
Benjamin is an incredible officiator and writer - at least of wedding ceremonies if nothing else. From first contact to assistance after the wedding and every single step between he was our ideal officiator. He was helpful, kind, and passionate about his job. He even helped when we had some technical problems setting up a livestream for family and friends and assisted with staging things nicely for the ceremony. If you are looking for an officiator in the Finger Lakes, this is your guy. You will not regret it.Sent on 11/16/2020
Angela · Married on 10/15/2020
Absolutely Amazing Officiant
My fiancé and I were so lucky to have Benjamin be the officiant for our Wedding Ceremony a few weeks ago. Planning a wedding is stressful and Benjamin made this portion so easy. He was fantastic at communicating with us and was extremely prompt at answering all of our questions. He gave us some options and examples of how we could structure the ceremony and some choices for the wording of the whole event. My fiancé and I wrote our own vows and Benjamin was so flexible and let us create the ceremony that fit our style and beliefs. He was absolutely wonderful to work with. We felt so comfortable and calm with him officiating our special day! He was so professional and we are so grateful that we chose him. We'd recommend Benjamin to everyone!Sent on 10/26/2020
For weddings scheduled to take place on any weekday from Monday through Friday, of any week, from the beginning of May 2021 to the end of September of 2021, I am offering 20% off of the full wedding services (not including travel fees).