Your Custom Ceremony is a wedding officiant company founded in 2010. Owner Chris Dickens brings his experience as a former stand-up comedian to provide laughter and entertainment, while his current role and experience as a pastor brings the reverence that your wedding ceremony deserves.
Every ceremony is created from scratch and is tailored to the couple's desires. Chris invests the time needed to get to know you as individuals and as a couple so that Your Custom Ceremony can deliver a service that reflects your desires, values, and beliefs. Pastor Dickens and his team are comfortable officiating any type of ceremony from Christian weddings for any denomination, to weddings with no religion at all.
This bespoke approach to wedding ceremonies is not for everyone. Your Custom Ceremony couples are unique individuals and couples who want their wedding ceremony to be a reflection of their personalities and a memorable experience for them and their guests. The results speak for themselves.
With multiple Couple's Choice Awards, over 70 WeddingWire 5-star reviews (and counting), and having been featured in Vogue magazine Chris Dickens' services have been sought by couples all over the U.S.
Chris has been officiating weddings since April of 2010. Your Custom Ceremony serves all of Southern California including Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Diego, and beyond. With a Bachelor's in Religion from Vanguard University, Chris Dickens has been working in ministry since 2008. A black wedding officiant, Chris grew up in the cultural melting pot of Cerritos, CA, and having studied multiple faiths and practices in school, he is comfortable officiating multicultural and most interfaith weddings. Pastor Dickens is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and is a Pastor at Uncommon Church in Santa Ana.
In addition to custom wedding ceremonies, Chris Dickens and Your Custom Ceremony also provide premarital counseling and other select services.
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Chris · Married on 06/01/2019
Highlight of the Ceremony
When I was originally debating whether to hire an officiant or to have a family member perform those duties, the sentiment which swayed me was, "You don't have to have a professional when things go according to plan, but only a professional can make the unexpected hiccups look like they were planned."Sent on 08/16/2019
And I've got to say, Chris is a total professional.
All was going well until about three minutes before we were supposed to walk down the aisle. Then we had sound issues. We really wanted to enter to a specific song, but it took us about ten minutes to get it to work.
Those were a long ten minutes. I was on one side of the venue, trying to shout across to some technical people ideas for how to fix it. All of our guests were seated, and of course no one could get up or get too distracted as the ceremony was due to begin any moment now. How stressful!
Unbeknownst to me, Chris was working the crowd over, telling jokes and stories and intimate details about us that he learned from our conversations and communications with him. I had multiple people tell me that that was their favorite part of the ceremony, and ask where I found this guy.
A month later we were at a different wedding and I had someone who wasn't even at our wedding speak fondly about our officiant and ask where we found him. How does that even happen?
It happens when you're the best.
Thanks so much, Chris, for making our wedding wonderful.
Your Custom Ceremony's reply:
Alex · Married on 07/05/2019
Still receiving compliments on our ceremony!
From the moment we spoke with Chris, we knew he was going to be the perfect officiant for our wedding. And I have to admit, even with very high expectations, Chris went above and beyond all expectations. My wife and I come from several different cultural and religious backgrounds, and we wanted our ceremony to touch on each culture without being overly religious. Chris was able to find a perfect balance and did so wonderfully. What I appreciate the most is that Chris was able to lead a ceremony based on our love and history together. We're about two weeks removed from our big day, and we're still receiving non-stop compliments as to how memorable our ceremony was. Chris was able to deliver everything we could ask for and more, and if you want your guests to be wowed by a customized and unique ceremony, he is no doubt your guySent on 07/15/2019
Your Custom Ceremony's reply:
Alyssa Edwards · Married on 06/07/2019
Chris was absolutely amazing! We were complimented by many of our guests on how amazing Chris was at keeping the ceremony serious while also making it funny and inclusive. He also helped when I forgot my vows, LOL! He also made sure to send our entire ceremony to us prior to the wedding to allow us to add/remove any information or material that was in there that we did not like. It was truly CUSTOM! I would absolutely recommend Chris to any of my friends that may be getting married soon!Sent on 06/10/2019
As a veteran myself, I can appreciate the sacrifices that the men and women of our armed forces make in service to our country. For that reason, all military personnel (with a valid military ID card) receive 10% off wedding officiant services.
All of us here at Waveform Events LOVE working with Chris of Your Custom Ceremony. The key to his success is right there in the name. Custom. It's never a routine with Chris, never a formula. He takes the time to get to know all of his couples, and works with them to design the ceremony exactly as they have envisioned it. The result is a moving, personal experience that each couple will cherish in their memories. He's a pleasure to work with as a dj, always ready and happy to go over the ceremony with us, so that we know the proper music cues and sound levels, and can help him create a seamless event. If you want a ceremony especially tailored to your lifetime dream, look no further than Chris of Your Custom Ceremony.
Chris is a pleasure to work with. The depth that he goes to get to know each couple and their story really shows in the very personal and warm ceremonies he performs. I give him 5 stars for his ceremonies. They engage and touch all who attend your big day.
"We see a lot of wedding officiants, but Chaplain Chris and Your Custom Ceremony impressed us. He was engaging, funny, but still very professional. The way he talked about the bride and groom we thought that he was a friend of the family, but it turned out he'd only known them a few weeks. Chaplain Chris really gets to know his couples and that makes for a great ceremony"