Chaplain Stephen Macht is a wedding officiant located in Beverly Hills, California. Before your big day, he works closely with you to get to know you and your partners’ personalities, love story, and desires for the day. Stephen is also a professional actor and theater director with 40 years of experience, so he is completely comfortable speaking in front of large groups of people. Chaplain Stephen Macht is happy to unite all types of couples in marriage, including intermarrieds, Jewish, non-denominational, and LGBTQ+ couples.
Chaplain Stephen Macht offers premarital counseling for you and your partner ahead of the big day. He welcomes agnostic, Jewish, and non-denominational couples. His ceremonies usually last less than 30 minutes. He is happy to perform a ceremony rehearsal before the celebration to ensure everything goes smoothly. Stephen can provide services for civil, non-religious, interfaith, and single religion weddings and vow renewals. He is licensed in several states, including:
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Scott · Married on 06/23/2018
Stephen is the absolute best! We couldn't have been happier with him as our wedding officiant. We were initially supposed to marry in January 2017, however, due to an unexpected death in the family, we had to delay the wedding a year. Stephen graciously stuck by us for the three-year period that we worked together. He was incredibly kind, attentive, conscientious, thoughtful, and supportive throughout the process. He was very organized, thorough, and collaborative as he guided us to put together a beautiful, thoughtful, personalized ceremony. It was very clear to us that Stephen loves what he does and has a true gift.Sent on 07/04/2018
When the big day came, he delivered with flying colors. Our ceremony was everything we could have hoped for and more. Stephen was able to perfectly articulate and express why our relationship is beshert. It was like having an old friend marry us. His delivery was perfect. Stephen captivated the audience throughout the ceremony and received rave reviews from all who attended -- we've lost track of how many people have told us that it was the best ceremony they have ever attended. When we reflect on our wedding the two of us ultimately agree that the ceremony was the best part of the entire wedding. We could not recommend Stephen more -- snap him up!
We love you, Stephen!
Maggie Shackelford & Scott Pearlman
Chaplain Stephen Macht's reply:Your words move me deeply and energize me simultaneously. Your depth of understanding of each other and your loving — were as much a gift to me as my my service on your behalf. You know Maggie and Scott, you did me a blessing by allowing me to serve as your Officiant, and your friend.
Lauren Levy · Married on 06/08/2019
Could not have been better!
Getting married was the easy decision. After a short engagement the decision was who to find to host a small service in a back-yard garden in Topanga Canyon. I wanted a Rabbi but, someone who was reform, open-minded and comfortable with an extremely relaxed and short service. My husband-to-be wanted someone who was ‘not religious at all,’ which I understood and respected. We are both from Jewish families but, for us, it was about honoring the traditions while leaving the g-word to a minimum (if at all.)Sent on 08/07/2019
Once I placed a couple calls to Rabbi’s in the LA area it was quickly pointed out that our wedding day was on a Jewish holiday. Well… not on a holiday exactly. It was the eve before a holiday and that was going to be a problem. One Rabbi, who I found first through a quick google search, told me point blank “no one is going to do this; you should move your wedding day.” What else could have been more calming to hear for a bride doing all the planning herself and people already scheduled to fly in from out of town!
We asked around and eventually found Chaplin Stephen Macht. I emailed him on several different sites in my desperation. He quickly contacted me and said he would be available on that day.
Choosing Stephen was one of the best we made. He sent us a list of questions to fill out. In the midst of major life changes (apart from the wedding planning) we were really slow in getting back to him with this. He was always incredibly patient with us. We really took our time and thought about our answers. These answers help craft your service so really give it some thought. Stephen, myself, and my now husband really worked together as a team to craft the ceremony with all the things that are important and not important to us. We never felt pressured to do anything that wasn’t ‘us.’
My sister-in-law got a quick sneak peek at the script before the wedding and was crying. She has been to more weddings that I can count, and said this was far and away the best (most personal) service she has ever read. The service was perfect. Even before the ceremony, Stephen told us that if we needed anything we could call him. Although, we didn’t really need much it was nice to offer.
We really couldn’t thank Stephen enough for all he did. There are a few make-or-break things in every wedding. Having a skilled chaplain was one of essentials, and we can’t recommend him more highly! Stephen enabled my husband and I to have the wedding that was right for us. Our ceremony truly was the right blend of honoring our Jewish heritage in a non-religious way which was just right for us. We are so thankful!
Whitney · Married on 09/02/2018
Stephen did an amazing job officiating our wedding! Not only did we love our ceremony, we got so many compliments from our guests. We gave him the challenge of a non religious ceremony that incorporated traditional Jewish elements. Stephen found the perfect balance and also found a way to make it very personalized to us. He is also very professional and very responsive.Sent on 10/09/2018