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Dear Ceremony

Ithaca, NY View map
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner

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2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$425 Typical Price

Dear Ceremony is an officiant service based out of Trumansburg, New York. I'm Benjamin and I've been a legally ordained officiant for the past two decades. I was registered in 2001 by the City of New York to officiate ceremonies throughout the United States. My goal is to deliver a completely genuine, crafted, and personalized ceremony. My professionalism, experience, and expertise shine through in a joyful, positive, and supportive way. In writing original content for, and with couples, and performing your ceremony with elegance and warmth, I will strive to make the wedding day as beautiful as you have envisioned.

Description of Services Offered:

Dear Ceremony will meet with you one-on-one via phone, video call, or in person, to help you design the wedding ceremony that fits all of your expectations. I officiate elopements, traditional same-faith, interfaith, same-sex, intercultural, interdenominational, and interracial wedding services. My creative process includes getting to know my clients and their histories, ensuring that each ceremony is very personal, real, though especially reflects the warmth and romance that your relationship embodies.

Personalized Ceremonies, written with excellence and a truly caring, expressive touch, are 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. Gathering your guests of family and friends, I 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 customized 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 in any way that suits you as individuals, and as a couple.

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 refining 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 process.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the typical price for your wedding services?

$425

What is the starting price for your wedding services?

$225

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

$50

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
Licensed

What religious affiliations do you serve?

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
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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
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    Jonathan L. Married on 10/16/2022
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    Incredible!

    Ben was amazing from the start, we began planning with only a 2 month window to the day. He gave us so much helpful information, we had no idea how any of this worked, and he tailored the entire thing around our backgrounds, and our personalities. Ben provided examples and lots of material to pick and choose from, and was super open to ideas from us and incorporating them into the ceremony. He kept checking in on us and helped make sure our moment was incredible. Ben anticipated every aspect of the day down to the smallest detail, so that when the actual ceremony began it ran so smoothly, it was as if we had rehearsed it several times (we had not!) And most of that is credit to him and his preparations for us and for the day. Also he was so genuinely friendly that after the ceremony he felt like part of the wedding party, I had people asking afterwards because he was so memorable.

    Work with Ben and that's one less thing you need to worry about on your big day. We cannot recommend him enough!

    Jon & Chantel

    ps. - we tried to find some photos with Ben in it, but he strategically moves right before they happen so he's not photobombing anyone, we only got a couple!
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    We had an excellent time working with Ben to put together our wedding ceremony. He walked us through a variety of options for the ceremony, and allowed us to customize each aspect. He was very responsive to questions, and made time to meet with us as often as we needed to finalize all of the details. We highly recommend working with Dear Ceremony, our experience could not have been better.
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Carman Road Ithaca, NY, 14886
607-280-2803
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