I am a licensed 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 8 years I have presided over more than 300 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.
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:
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Megan · Married on 10/31/2015
When my husband and I first started planning our wedding, one of our biggest worries was our ceremony. It was the most important piece of the day, but creating a non-religious ceremony that did not offend any of our religious family members seemed like a daunting task. Enter The Uncommon Officiant Robert Kannal. From the moment he walked into the Starbucks where we met, I knew he was the perfect person to conduct our ceremony. We spent the next 3 hours talking, about the wedding, the story of how we met, and geeking out about all of the nerdy things we all loved. I got an email that night containing a rough draft of our ceremony that made me cry. Robert had managed to, in that short meeting, capture exactly who we were as people, and who we were as a couple. He managed to seamlessly incorporate a traditional feeling ceremony with completely untraditional wording, experiences, and vows. He made the most important part of our day the most amazing part. Our guests kept telling us all night how perfect the ceremony was and how awesome it was that it was completely about us in every way. They also though Robert was amazingly emotional and hilarious. I can not thank Robert enough for all the work he did to make our ceremony the ceremony of our dreams. I would HIGHLY recommend Robert to anyone who is getting married.Sent on 11/09/2015
Christine Nguyen · Getting married on 03/04/2021
Best officiant ever!
Robert was absolutely amazing to work with, and my husband and I could not have asked for a better officiant for our wedding! He met with us several months before our big day to learn about the details of how we met, our relationship, etc. We were both so impressed and so happy with the ceremony script that he drafted based on that meeting alone. It captured our relationship perfectly, incorporated the unique elements we asked for, had a great sense of humor to it, and required very little editing on our part. Robert was also extremely helpful and so fun to work with when it came to both our rehearsal and our actual ceremony. We had so many family and friends come up to us throughout our reception to tell us how much they loved the ceremony, and that it was one of the best wedding ceremonies they had ever seen. Many of our family and friends also asked us how long we have known Robert, and were so surprised to hear that we had only met him recently, which I think speaks to how good he is at what he does. One of my friends even asked for his contact information, as she plans to refer any friends who are looking for a wedding officiant in the future! :) Thanks, Robert, for being an amazing officiant and making our special day so much fun!!!Sent on 05/02/2019
Theresa · Married on 06/09/2019
Hands-down the best officiant in Columbus!
Robert made our wedding so special. My (now) husband and I met him after reading his profile online and all of the feedback from his previous couples. WE WERE NOT DISAPPOINTED. He wrote such a beautiful ceremony for us, and everyone was so impressed with the quality of it all. We also had a Dr. Who themed wedding, and Robert wore red high-tops to our wedding, which was SO perfect! He spoke clearly and with so much personality. He was fun. He was amazing. Even if you're not having any kind of themed wedding, Robert is hands down the best officiant in columbus!Sent on 06/13/2019
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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.
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).