* 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...
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.
38 Reviews for Dear Ceremony
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Mary Conroy · 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. ❤️
Destiny Metzler · Married on 10/04/2019
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.
Bethany · Married on 09/21/2019
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
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)