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My Generation Weddings

Santa Barbara, CA View map
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner

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2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$300 Typical Price

Dusty Hoesly - My Generation Weddings offers non-denominational, mixed-faith, spiritual, and secular ceremonies in traditional or modern styles. Whether you’re looking to get married, consecrate a domestic partnership, or simply share your commitment with the world, Dusty would like to help celebrate your special day.

My Generation Weddings serves couples in and around Santa Barbara, California, as well as in San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties. Dusty prides himself on honoring the unique connections between every couple. His primary focus is understanding you and your partner, so he can develop the beautiful ceremony you envision. He also speaks some German.

Experience
In 2008, two of Dusty’s friends asked him to officiate their wedding. Afterward, several more friends and family members asked him to marry them too, and his passion for officiating weddings was born. The praise and encouragement he received inspired him to start Dusty Hoesly - My Generation Weddings in 2012. Since then he as performed over 160 weddings. Dusty has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California - Santa Barbara and is licensed through the Universal Life Church. His expertise about contemporary wedding rituals and personalized ceremonies has been featured in the New York Times.

Services Offered
Dusty Hoesly - My Generation Weddings offers two kinds of ceremonies: a simple, romantic ceremony ($300) or a more personalized ceremony ($450). For either kind of ceremony, Dusty will work with you in person, by email, or phone to craft the perfect wedding for you. He shares drafts with couples to get your feedback and tailors ceremonies to your desires; you will see the final draft before your wedding day. Dusty also performs rehearsals and can help coordinate your ceremony.

The simple, romantic ceremony is centered on love and commitment. It includes the standard elements of a classic wedding and offers a variety of vows, readings, and phrasings. Couples can choose to write their own vows, add readings, include rituals, or otherwise shape the ceremony as they like. Dusty has nonreligious, nondenominational, interfaith, and Christian templates he can use to begin creating your unique ceremony.

The highly personalized ceremony includes a couple’s “love story” of how you met, fell in love, and decided to marry. This is based on discussions with the couple and an emailed questionnaire. A more personalized ceremony may also include expanded interfaith or multicultural traditions, more complex rituals (such as handfasting), bilingual passages, and additional elements. Please contact me to learn more.

There is a $100 charge for a rehearsal. I am also happy to perform weddings with no rehearsal, depending on your preference.

I perform weddings in all locations, indoors and outdoors. For weddings outside the Santa Barbara area, I charge a travel fee starting at $100 (depending on distance).

Payments can be made via cash, check, Venmo, and Zelle.

From conducting a consultation in person, over the phone, or through email to participating in the rehearsal for your ceremony to celebrating your wedding, Dusty is with you through every step to ensure your wedding is perfect. If it’s a wedding or a vow renewal, or any ceremony that celebrates your unique love and commitment, Dusty is glad to help honor your special day.

Dusty can officiate ceremonies that are:

  • Non-denominational
  • Spiritual
  • Secular
  • Non-religious
  • Interfaith
  • Agnostic
  • Catholic
  • Jewish
  • Quaker
  • Episcopalian
  • Evangelical
  • Methodist
  • Baptist
  • Unitarian
  • Earth-based
  • Pagan

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the typical price for your wedding services?

$300

What is the starting price for your wedding services?

$300

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

$100

What is the starting price for pre-marital counseling (per session)?

$150

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
Premarital Counseling
Bilingual

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Agnostic
Anglican
Baptist
Catholic
Earth-Based
Episcopalian
Evangelical
Jewish
Methodist
No Denomination
Pagan
Quaker
Unitarian

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

In which states are you licensed?

CA
LA
MS
OR
WA

What languages do you speak?

English
German

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    Warm & Kind Officiant

    Dusty is warm and kind which allowed us to feel comfortable having him officiate our vows. He was generous with his support and guidance through the process. We would 100% recommend Dusty!
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    Sophia L. Married on 09/09/2021
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    Dusty is wonderful!

    During the wedding planning process, it was hard to find vendors as my husband and I were planning an out-of-town wedding. I searched through many vendors and then found Dusty for officiant services. He was quick to respond to my inquiry, and scheduled a phone call with us right away. After the phone conversation, we knew he would be our choice! Dusty was kind and made us feel very comfortable during rehearsal and our ceremony by being so detail-oriented and excited for us. He made sure everybody knew exactly what they were expected to do and was very thorough and professional. If you’re in need of an officiant who will make your big day perfect - I highly recommend Dusty Hoesly!
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    Kara M. Married on 08/01/2021
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    Ben and Kara’s wedding

    Dusty made our wedding day so special! He was an outstanding officiator. His pre written vows felt so beautiful and personal and really took the pressure off of us to create our own. It was a very special day and I’m so grateful for Dusty!

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner

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Team

Dusty Hoesly
Dusty Hoesly
Officiant/Minister

Born and raised in Oregon, Dusty Hoesly grew up with the outdoors as his backyard. In addition to a reverence for nature, he learned about the importance of love, community, and commitment from his family, who operated a home health care company. Having worked with various populations as a teacher, Dusty can make people of every generation feel welcome and comfortable.

After attending dozens of weddings as a guest or participant, Dusty began officiating at weddings when two friends asked him to marry them in 2008. More friends and relatives soon followed with the same request. After positive responses and much prompting, Dusty decided to offer wedding services for other couples.

Dusty has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dusty’s background as a student and scholar of different religious traditions has given him a sensitive and nuanced understanding of the various ways that people choose to celebrate life’s most special moments. Dusty has a deep appreciation for non-traditional, spiritual, and secular ways of consecrating extraordinary occasions, as well as for non-denominational and mixed-faith ceremonies. His expertise about contemporary wedding rituals and personalized ceremonies has been featured in the New York Times.

Dusty is licensed through the Universal Life Church.

Professional Network & Endorsements

1 Endorsement
Weddings by the Sea Weddings by the Sea Wedding Planners

Dusty has worked for many times as an Officiant/Minister. He is wonderful. He contacts my couples well ahead of their wedding date and writes a personalized Ceremony for them. I have only fantastic things to say about Dusty. He is genuine, honest, and so very nice to work with. He has never been late, always dresses appropriately and I would give him 10 stars out of 10! He is caring and interested with all my couples. I would not hesitate to hire Dusty Hoesly ever! kim colombini weddings by the sea - santa barbara

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