DeArruda Weddings is a wedding officiant company located in Tampa, Florida. Michael DeArruda is the company’s owner and ordained Christian minister. With over three decades of pastoral experience, Michael and his team of dedicated officiants create and conduct customized ceremonies for couples throughout Florida, the United States, and beyond.
DeArruda Weddings provides a range of services and variety of ceremony types including Christian, interfaith, single religion, and non-denominational. Ceremonies range from 15 to 30 minutes and are conducted in Enlgish. Spanish is also available. Additional services include free consultations, premarital counseling, marriage warranty plans, vow renewals and more. For more information regarding wedding services, couples can contact the company directly through their official website.
125 Reviews for DeArruda Weddings + Marriage
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Carrie DeSouza · Married on 02/08/2020
Best choice for a wedding — and lifelong marriage support
We wholeheartedly recommend Michael as a wedding officiant and partner who will strengthen your lifelong marriage! Since we’re out of state, my dad initially joked about us getting a “rent-a-minister” — but after meeting him, he showed overwhelming approval of this classy, professional minister who facilitated a perfect wedding. Michael’s “create your ceremony” enabled personal customization of our wedding. After sending us the overall script, he used Zoom (web conference) to walk us step-by-step through the ceremony since we opted out of a rehearsal. We’re a military couple, so we appreciated his organization and the digital rehearsal so we knew what to expect. He even impressed the venue and other vendors through his own coordination with them before and during the ceremony. The synchronization ensured guests and other vendors knew where to be and what to do at the right times, enabling smooth transitions from guest arrival through dinner. He demonstrated such an easy ability to connect with others from multiple cultures. It seems uncommon that guests would give raving reviews about an officiant, but ours were so impressed with his professional demeanor, articulate speech, and sense of humor they kept complimenting him. “It feels like he actually knows you two,” they commented — and he does.
After reading such positive reviews about the coaching sessions and wanting to start our marriage on a strong foundation, we opted for the Luxe package. We weren’t sure what to expect or say, but he provided tools to guide the sessions and help us meaningfully discuss topics affecting our relationship. He carefully listened to our responses and asked questions to go even deeper. His intelligence, warmth, and thoughtfulness keep our minds active and hearts safe. Michael genuinely cares about couples and successful relationships, constantly encourages us, and refrains from judgement. We have enjoyed his pre-martial coaching sessions so much we decided to continue post-marital coaching sessions with him for another 2.5 years, so we’re also thankful he’s very adept with modern technology.
We credit discovering him to my sister-in-law who conducted comprehensive research for her own wedding and identified him as the top minister in the region, and we absolutely recommend him too!Sent on 02/15/2020
Michelle · Married on 11/01/2020
Michael was such a pleasure to work with. He was very supportive and provided great guidance throughout our wedding planning process. He takes the time to have you complete a relationship assessment and meet personally to discuss the results and provides advice accordingly. He also assisted us with the challenging task of writing statements to one another for our ceremony. He truly cares about the decision you are making and it shows through his work! Our ceremony was absolutely perfect and we couldn't have asked for anything better! Michael is very very professional, friendly, and passionate about what he does! Thank you again Michael we highly recommend you!Sent on 10/25/2016
Bridgett Chavez · Married on 03/07/2020
Having DeArruda Weddings + Marriage was the best decision we ever made!! We enjoyed each and every coaching session we had and it really helped us prep for our marriage and our ceremony. With the guidance and tips we felt more comfortable at our ceremony and we got a better understanding with certain things. We felt we had a friend to confide in during the process of our engagement and are SO happy we made this decision! Thank you Michael!!
Sent on 03/19/2020
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Michael DeArruda is an absolute gentleman and performs a unique & memorable ceremony that is custom to you. One of the most important choices for your big day is who will perform your ceremony, with Michael you know you are getting the best. The moments of your ceremony will be captured in time as you celebrate your life together through the years.
Our DJ's always enjoy working with Michael! Awesome officiant!!
We worked with Michael numerous times on the weddings and recommend his services every time when we speak to our brides! He is very professional, fun and easy to work with. He puts his heart into each couple and makes their ceremony personalized. Eddie and I are proud to say that Michael officiated our own wedding ceremony last November! He made our day special, everyone in our party loved him!