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.
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Cara · Married on 01/28/2017
If you're reading this review, then congratulations - you just found your officiant. My husband and I could not have asked for a more perfect ceremony. From the moment we met Chris we were laughing and felt like we had known him for years. After meeting only once in person, and speaking once on the phone to discuss details, he had our guests engaged from start to finish - laughing, crying, and rejoicing in our union. It's been almost a month since our wedding and we are still receiving compliments from guests saying that our ceremony was the best they have ever attended, commenting that they really felt they had a part in our wedding instead of a zombie in the crowd. The best thing about Chris is that he is able to connect with you on every level, making you feel comfortable when you feel silly and has answers and solutions when you are unsure (giving of the bride, vows, etc). Without even explaining in detail to him what we were looking for, he was able to provide a ceremony that ourselves and our guests will remember for years to come, I am so happy my videographer was there to capture this moment! He is also flexible, mainly serving Orange County, Chris came to Los Angeles for our wedding. I honestly do not believe that our wedding ceremony would have been as successful if it weren't for Chris. Hiring him as our officiant was one of the best decisions we made, and he is at the top of the list for our vendors that we selected. Even my friends who are engaged and attended our wedding were asking me about his services! Chris office is also close to us, and we look forward to paying him a visit; when you work with Chris, you're more than just another couple getting married to him. If you want an engaging, thoughtful, personable, heart-felt ceremony with some fun laughs - contact Chris, you will absolutely not regret it.Sent on 02/22/2017
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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
Marcos Tapia · Married on 05/30/2019
Lucky to book Chris for your big day!
We wanted to have a laid back, fun beach wedding and Chris gave us that. It is extremely important to Chris to make your ceremony your own, totally custom. He gave us everything we had hoped for and more. Laughs, love, and brought out some tears. If Chris is available on your day, book him!Sent on 06/12/2019
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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"