Dear Ceremony

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About Dear Ceremony

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 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, funerals, and baby blessing services for 18 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. Day of coordination and MC experience...

Dear Ceremony offers two packages:

Option one involves 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 fee for this service is $400 plus $50 an hour for travel from Ithaca NY.

Option two centers on the notion that not every couple wants a customized ceremony, and is looking to just relax, and have a beautiful delivery with a more simple process and less features involved. I will take care of everything and provide a wonderfully written ceremony with original content that requires no alterations. The fee for this service is $300 plus 50 an hour for travel.

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37 Reviews for Dear Ceremony

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  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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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!

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    Jennifer · Married on 07/13/2019

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    Beautiful ceremony

    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

    Dear Ceremony's reply:

    Hi Jen and Eric!! You two have, and are creating a fantastic story! What a fun and romantic ceremony.. beautiful spot and wonderful people. Thanks so much!

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Dear Ceremony FAQ

  • What is the typical price for your wedding services? $ 400.00
  • What is the starting price for your wedding services? $ 400.00
  • Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal? No
  • What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals? $ 50.00
  • 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
  • What religious affiliations do you serve? Agnostic, 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.
  • In which states are you licensed? AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY
  • What languages do you speak? English, Spanish

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    607-214-9807 (Phone number)

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