Donna Rose Gardner - Honey In The Heart Ceremonies

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About Donna Rose Gardner - Honey In The Heart Ceremonies

Hello. I'm Donna Rose Gardner with Honey In The Heart Ceremonies. I bring my heart into performing your ceremony with warmth, a sprinkling of humor and honey in the heart that naturally flows with your love. Your ideas are welcomed in addition to what I provide. People from all beliefs, cultural/ethnic backgrounds and LGBTQ are embraced. I want to ensure that your ceremony reflects the unique love that the two of you share. My experience with performing hundreds of ceremonies over the past ten years has lent to my expertise and creative ideas.

Many couples have told me how much they appreciated my flexiblity with creating a ceremony that's unique for the two of them! Ensuring that your expectations are met is something that I take very seriously.Together, we have conversations to make sure that both the ceremony planning process and the day I say the words, “ Family and Friends, I now introduce to you as a married couple” are an incredible, memorable experience.I've also been complimented on the calm demeanor that I bring into this experience. I tell my couples that if they're nervous to look at me, "my roots go deep." I can help to be a source of reassurance and grounding!

“It was really easy to work with Donna from booking our date with her to having our signed marriage license mailed after the ceremony. She walked us through planning our ceremony and it was a beautiful day that ran smoothly. We appreciate all that Donna did for us on our special day.” Matt and Lauren

Services Offered: The ceremonies I perform range from a civil union to interfaith, non-religious and modern spiritual. I also perform partnership and vow renewals. If you want me to be present at your wedding rehearsal-I'll be there. I also bring handkerchiefs for the two of you just in case there's a few tears that come from the wellspring in your hearts.

I offer a selection of pre-written ceremonies. If your desire is to have a ceremony that’s filled with an honest simplicity that allows you to be fully present in the moment, then one of my pre-written ceremonies is the perfect choice. You can choose from a variety of options that are offered. Everytime I perform a pre-written ceremony it truly flows from my heart.This is a perfect ceremony for elopements as well!

Or, we can co-create your ceremony. Many samples from the beginning to the ending words are offered to you. Additional components such as hand fasting, a sand ceremony, or a beer blessing can be included. We spend time talking with one another in depth about your love story. I weave into your ceremony to create one that is unique, personal and truly represents the love that the two of you share!

With either type of ceremony, you can write your own vows or choose from samples that I provide.

Let's chat together soon about the love that the two of you share and talk about what I can do to help you with crossing this threshold into your deepening commitment of marriage. You can call, text, email and/or we can have a SKYPE, ZOOM or Facetime conversation. I truly look forward to hearing from you.

"Donna was a pleasure to work with from beginning to end. When we began to search for an officiant for our Pescadero wedding, we sent out a few inquiries to nearby officiants. Donna stood out right away as she responded quickly and reached out to us by phone. She left a very kind voice message, leaving us with a wonderful impression of her warm nature. As we worked with Donna to create the ceremony, she made the tasks straight forward, organized and even made it a little fun and romantic. The final draft of the ceremony was extraordinarily beautiful and intimate. The wedding ceremony went smooth and without a hitch. A moment we both felt very nervous for turned into a moment in front of our loved ones that felt so relaxed and full of love. She truly made us feel as though we were the only two people in the world at that moment. Our guests have made several comments since the wedding, complimenting the beautiful ceremony, and many stated it was one of the best ceremonies they have ever witnessed. We feel honored to have been married by such a warm and kind person. Thank you so much, Donna!" Ashley and Brandon

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  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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    Ama · Married on 07/18/2021

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    Welcoming you into marriage with open loving arms

    Donna is simply the best. We are so thankful and grateful to her for her warmth, kindness and loving demeanor. When our wedding was postponed due to COVID she offered us a small elopement ceremony in her beautiful home. It was everything and more than we ever could have dreamed of. She truly encompasses everything you could want or need in a wedding officiant. I would get married 100x over just to have her preside over our love. Thank you Donna!

    Sent on 09/14/2020

    Donna Rose Gardner - Honey In The Heart Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you Ama! It was such a joy bringing you together in marriage. Love prevails even in this time! It was such a joy to pronounce you as husband and wife.
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    Emily W. · Married on 05/16/2021

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    Amazing!!!

    Donna with honey in the heart was the officiant for our wedding, and I have nothing but amazing words for how she facilitated our ceremony. Everything was absolutely perfect. Her communication was spectacular from the beginning to the end. The booklets she provided were absolutely beautiful, and she was prepared with everything. Even down to after the wedding, with her providing us the information on the marriage certificate.

    Donna, brandon and I are forever grateful for how amazing you were throughout this entire experience, and we are so happy that we picked you to be our officiant. Thank you!!!

    Sent on 05/19/2021

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  • What is the typical price for your wedding services?
    $ 395
  • What is the starting price for your wedding services?
    $ 395
  • Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?
    No
  • What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?
    $ 75
  • 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?
    Agnostic
    Buddhist
    Earth-Based
    No Denomination
    Pagan
    Unitarian
  • On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
    Less than 30 mins.
  • In which states are you licensed?
    CA
  • What languages do you speak?
    English

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    Special Winter Wedding Discount

    If you book my services for a ceremony to be performed between November 16, through March 31,2020, I will offer my pre-written ceremonies at $300 in the Santa Cruz area; $325 in Monterey/Carmel/Big Sur. This reflects a substanial savings from the normal price of $395.00. Let me know you saw this on Wedding Wire to receive this special pricing offered!

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  • Sweeley's Design Shop Wedding Florists

    I have known Donna Rose Gardner from many, many years back during her start as a wedding coordinator for distinguished establishments in the Santa Cruz area. It is of no surprise she chose to be a wedding celebrant. Donna has a unique gift of connecting to her clients and being a part of their special day. Always a joy to see her.

  • Duke and Pearl Weddings Wedding Planners

    Donna's wedding ceremonies she creates with her couples are some of my favorite! They are a joy to experience as she engages not only the couple but the guests as well.

  • Sound In Motion Entertainment Group Wedding DJs

    We really enjoy working with Donna. She does a great job of personalizing every ceremony she does. This isn't easy but she somehow makes it happen! :)

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