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I am a licensed, professional, full time wedding officiant from Worthington, Ohio and I have been performing weddings in Columbus and the central Ohio region since 2011. I love what I do and in the past 12 years I have presided over more than 500 ceremonies. I call myself The “Uncommon” Officiant simply because I do things a little differently. Rather than simply insert your names into an existing ceremony template, I specialize in making sure your ceremony is personal and enjoyable. I take the time to walk you through the process prior to your wedding, get to know the both of you, and write custom ceremony that is only about you and your relationship; all while adding a little personality into things to ensure everyone has a good time.

Your ceremony is the first interaction your guests have with your wedding. So I set the right tone and generate the right atmosphere for everyone to relax, celebrate, and be present for the entire experience. My reviews will certainly attest to that.

Services Offered

Whether it’s a traditionally formatted wedding, non-religious ceremony, or an earth-based civil union, I am here to make sure your wedding is both exactly what you want it to be and an affair for everyone to remember. I am happy to perform all of the following:

  • Elopements
  • License filling
  • Civil unions
  • Interfaith and non-religious ceremonies
  • Rehearsals
  • Vow renewals
  • Script Writing

  • LGBTQ+-owned

Frequently asked questions

What is the typical price for your wedding services?

$700

Which of the following are included in the price?

Ceremony Rehearsal

What is the starting price for your wedding services?

$350

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

$100

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

Non-religious
Interfaith
Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Agnostic
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?

IL
KY
MI
OH
PA

What languages do you speak?

English
Spanish
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Reviews of The Uncommon Officiant

4.9 out of 5 rating
4.9 out of 5 rating
68 Reviews
98% recommend it
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Robert is highly praised by multiple reviewers for his officiant services. He is described as professional, accommodating, and able to capture the couple's unique story and style in a heartfelt and humorous ceremony. Reviewers appreciate his clear communication, timely delivery of drafts, and coordination with other vendors. Robert's services are highly recommended for couples looking for a personalized and memorable wedding ceremony.

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Robert is highly praised by multiple reviewers for his officiant services. He is described as professional, accommodating, and able to capture the couple's unique story and style in a heartfelt and humorous ceremony. Reviewers appreciate his clear communication, timely delivery of drafts, and coordination with other vendors. Robert's services are highly recommended for couples looking for a personalized and memorable wedding ceremony.

Remle
Remle Sent on 07/21/2014
5 out of 5 rating
Robert was amazing accommodating our last minute request for a civil ceremony officiated by the Cat in the Hat. His creativity and energy made this a truly memorable ceremony for all of us. He answered all of our emails promptly and we were able to coordinate all of the details. If you are looking for a unique wedding The Uncommon Officiant is your guy!
Laura T Sowards
Laura S. Sent on 06/25/2023
5 out of 5 rating

4/28/23 Clayton Higa & Laura Sowards

Robert couldn't have been more perfect! We are older Hawaiian-Boho wedding, we met online. Robert captured our life with humor, laughter, love and EVERYONE loved him! People still speak of what a great ceremony and seen nothing like it or Robert. He made the flow from the start to the finish. You're Loved. We are grateful for your creative writing that captured us, the vibe for our day and our lives together ❤
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Ryan Sent on 08/31/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Service on Short Notice

My wife and I were in a bind when our planned officiant cancelled on us, and so we hired Robert roughly 4 weeks before our wedding in a panic. His communication was clear from the beginning that he had two other ceremonies scheduled on the same day as our wedding, and that his service might be delayed or below standard, but he was clearly being modest because his service was exceptional from start to finish even with severe constraints.

We received a draft of our speech in a very timely manner after our meeting with him, and we even made several last minute changes that Robert handled with a level of professionalism which showed a tremendous experience at his craft. We had an absolutely amazing experience working with him, and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant who is both friendly and accommodating. Just maybe give him some more time to work than we did because I am sure he would appreciate it!
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Robert Kannal Jr
Robert Kannal Jr
A Passionate and Beyond Average Officiant

I am 37 years old, a father of 4, married for 13 years, and I have been officiating now for a solid decade. It started as a wedding present to friends, but I went full time in 2016 and have never looked back. Since then I have presided over and performed more than 350 weddings and continue to be the premiere source for fun and engaging weddings for couples in Columbus and afar. I LOVE what I do and I do my best to let that shine through in every ceremony that I write and perform - be it 3 people to 300 people.

Professional Network & Endorsements

2 Endorsements
Avant-Garde Impressions Avant-Garde Impressions Wedding Invitations

If you are looking for an officiant that is easy to work with, flexible and able to be professional - and fun - you have found him. Robert is a chameleon in the trade, and whether it be a formal and more serious wedding, or a fun themed wedding with someone not easily embarrassed to don a costumed look, he can fit the bill either way. And being open to many diverse cultures and religious beliefs you won't run into any issues that can often come up with this particular field. Many of our clients have used him, and each one of them has said that he was amazing to work with. We feel comfortable recommending him to anyone, no matter what type of wedding they are having.

Wedded Perfection Wedded Perfection Wedding Planners

As a wedding planner, I work with a lot of officiants, but never one like Robert. Every wedding we work together I hear wedding guests go up to him and tell him how amazing his ceremonies are. He is funny, and it really gets the crowd engaged. He can tailor his work so that the couple shines, and by the time the big day arrives, they are comfortable with him, and even more ready to say their vows. He is the only officiant I know of that caters to all cultures and walks of life, and has even been known to dress up for the couple in a kilt or with a sword just to make the couples day! (and because it's really fun, and so is he).

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