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About

Heidi Gessner is an Ordained United Church of Christ Minister located in Durham, North Carolina. She has officiated weddings for happy couples since 2008 and is excited to be a part of your day as well.

Services Offered

Providing every couple with a personalized, meaningful and fun ceremony is what Heidi prides herself on. Her warm and friendly demeanor makes her couples feel comfortable, relaxed and excited for their big day! She creates ceremonies that reflect your relationship, personalities and emphasize your love. She proudly services wedding types such as civil union, non-religious, interfaith ceremony, rehearsal, single religion and vow renewals. Her ceremonies last 30 minutes or less, giving couples ample time to enjoy their day as newlyweds. Weddings by Heidi respects all religions and beliefs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the typical price for your wedding services?

$650

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

$100

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

Non-religious
Interfaith
Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

What services do you provide?

Premarital Counseling

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Agnostic
Anglican
Baha'i Faith
Baptist
Buddhist
Catholic
Earth-Based
Episcopalian
Jewish
Lutheran
Methodist
No Denomination
Orthodox Christian
Pagan
Presbyterian
Quaker
Taoist
Unitarian

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

In which states are you licensed?

AL
AK
AZ
AR
CA
CO
CT
DE
DC
FL
GA
HI
ID
IL
IN
IA
KS
KY
LA
ME
MD
MA
MI
MN
MS
MO
MT
NE
NV
NH
NJ
NM
NY
NC
ND
OH
OK
OR
PA
RI
SC
SD
TN
TX
UT
VT
VA
WA
WV
WI
WY

What languages do you speak?

English
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Hannah M. Married on 10/28/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Heidi is so great!!

Heidi is so lovely! My husband and I eloped last month and Heidi was so communicative and kind throughout the entire process. She took the time to get to know us, and prepared a personalized ceremony for us that could not have been more perfect. We can not recommend Heidi more!
Ashley
Ashley P. Married on 10/27/2023
5 out of 5 rating

An Amazing Person and Officiant

If you are looking for an officiant that truly makes your wedding ceremony something special and unique to you and your spouse, hire Heidi! My husband and I had such a great time working with Heidi through her Building Blocks program, and then having her officiate our wedding was the cherry on top. Our ceremony was personal to us and exactly how we wanted it. Heidi is so good with her words and we couldn't have asked for a better ceremony.
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Gretta Married on 09/17/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful Officiant

We had Heidi officiate our wedding on 9/17/2022 and it was absolutely perfect! She worked with us to make it exactly what we wanted and she is truly such a kind and wonderful person. We felt our ceremony was so sweet and personal. Many of our guests complimented Heidi and the ceremony as well. We also did 3 building block sessions which we enjoyed and found helpful. Truly cannot recommend Heidi enough for your big day! She will undoubtedly dedicate the time to make sure your ceremony is beautiful and do a wonderful job day of.
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Professional Network & Endorsements

5 Endorsements
FireRose Photography FireRose Photography Wedding Photographers

Heidi is captivating and fun while she showers her couples with wisdom and love. Eloquent and versatile, I recommend Heidi as a professional officiant in the industry.

Michelle Elyse Photography Michelle Elyse Photography Wedding Photographers

Heidi was wonderful to work with. She is warm and friendly, and also very professional. We photographed an outdoor wedding with her this fall and were very impressed. The ceremony was just lovely.

Chad Biggs Event Planning & Design Chad Biggs Event Planning & Design Wedding Planners

From a planner's point of view, Heidi is a dream to work with. She's responsive, organized and easy to work with during the planning process. During the wedding weekend, she is always prompt, flexible and has made my clients feel special through her work. Her ceremonies are personal to the couple and she gives great sessions prior to the ceremony, if the couple is interested in working more closely with her. I highly recommend Heidi as your officiant!

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