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Amirah · Married on 08/09/2014
Joan was great! She is sensitive to all backgrounds and is extremely professional. She cares about making the ceremony a perfect fit for the couple and their families. I would hire her again in a heartbeat!Sent on 09/03/2014
James · Married on 07/19/2014
We found Rev. Joan after an online search and reading reviews on wedding sites such as this one. My fiancee (now wife!) and I did not want a religious wedding and were considering justices of the peace when we saw Rev. Joan and Ceremonies By Design. Rev. Joan was incredibly helpful, flexible, and responsive throughout the planning for our ceremony - including helping keep us on track in a very gentle manner when we got a bit swamped. We went into the process without a lot of upfront notions of what we wanted, aside from it being secular and personal. Rev. Joan helped us establish a solid starting point by discussing options and common elements with us at our first meeting. We went back and forth probably 3 - 4 times with suggestions/changes, via email, as we tweaked that initial framework. Come the wedding day, the ceremony was truly unique and we wouldn't change a thing about it; though our wedding was small and pretty simple, Rev. Joan was also a big help in terms of orchestrating people and events - that took a lot of stress off before and during, and is not something you get with a justice of the peace. We received many comments afterwards about how relaxed and enjoyable our ceremony was, and how much a reflection of us as a couple it turned out to be. All in all, Rev. Joan & Ceremonies By Design helped make the most critical part of our wedding day a true joy!!Sent on 08/23/2014
User4109079 · 2+ years ago
If you are considering working with Joan - do it! You will not be disappointed with her clam demeanor, attention to detail/schedule, and of course her ability to craft a unique ceremony that reflects on your personal love story! Joan also gently encouraged us to try to write our own vows (this isn't something we thought we wanted to do out loud). But I can't thank her enough for the encouragement. Our family and friends said that our vows were the most special part of the ceremony. Our ceremony was non-denominational/civil and Joan was more than we could have hoped for. Enjoy working with her on your wedding day.Sent on 06/26/2014
User4178207 · 2+ years ago
We enjoyed working with Joan - she was professional, easy to work with, and very organized. We wrote our own vows, added readings into the ceremony by family members, and worked in a unique element at the last minute, which made the ceremony perfect for us. She was attentive through every change, and we had multiple compliments on how beautiful the ceremony was. We are very happy that we chose Joan to officiate our wedding.Sent on 06/16/2014
User4050304 · 2+ years ago
Reverend Joan did an amazing job of customizing a ceremony for us. We knew that we wanted a secular ceremony that would let people know who we are as a couple, and we couldn't have been happier with the result. She also sent us 2 drafts of the ceremony in the weeks leading up to the wedding, which gave us a lot of input into the final result. However, we really didn't have to change much of anything because Joan's writing was fantastic. She also did a rehearsal the night before, which was really well organized and made us confident that everything would run smoothly on the wedding day. The ceremony itself was perfect! We had many comments from guests about how great the ceremony was. People were really impressed by how much the ceremony was focused on our story. We really loved working with Joan and would highly recommend her to other couples.Sent on 07/04/2014
User3094532 · 2+ years ago
Joan was wonderful to work with!! She helped me feel calm during the planning phase and our ceremony went very smoothly and was exactly what we wanted!Sent on 05/28/2014
Jennifer · Married on 05/17/2014
We loved working with Joan for our wedding. She was able to put together a wonderful ceremony for us and was also very helpful in coordinating our ceremony at Olbrich Botanical Gardens.Sent on 06/13/2014
We initially met with Joan in person in her home office and felt right away that she was the right person for us to work with for our wedding. After that we communicated mainly by e-mail and Joan was always very prompt to respond and we got everything we wanted in our ceremony. We didn't see her again until our rehearsal but everything went wonderfully.
Many of our other vendors commented that they loved working with her and that she always does beautiful ceremonies. We could not agree more!
User3218625 · 2+ years ago
We are truly grateful that we found Joan!Sent on 04/17/2014
We are so pleased with how smoothly the planning process went and how professional and kind Joan was. From the first time we contacted her and initial meeting through the planning process, ceremony revisions, and all the way through to the wedding day! She even made a last minute revision right before the ceremony began!
The ceremony itself was perfect (and not at all cheesy) and it was exactly what we wanted! We received so many compliments on how lovely and personal the ceremony was and I couldn’t agree more. Joan captured the spirit of our relationship and both of us as individuals and created a ceremony that was a perfect reflection of us. I could not be more pleased with how wonderful it all was!
We would recommend Joan to anyone!
Caryl · Married on 11/01/2013
Rev. Pape was exceptional as the officiant for our daughter's wedding a couple weeks ago. My daughter and her new husband live abroad, so planning had to be done via e-mail and Skype. From their first correspondence, they felt very comfortable with Rev. Pape. The day of the wedding she put us all at ease and made sure everything went smoothly in spite of all the participants not have 'rehearsed' together previous to the ceremony. Many of the guests commented on how personal and beautiful the ceremony was.Sent on 11/12/2013
User3533050 · 2+ years ago
We picked the civil ceremony package from Joan. She sent us readings and ceremony options to choose from. We got to design the ceremony how we wanted it with Joan's advice along the way. She was very warm and friendly, even when we waited until the last minute to choose our readings and vows. She married us in a state park and met us an hour before the ceremony to make sure everyone felt comfortable with the process. Joan has been extremely helpful with everything and I would highly recommend her.Sent on 09/14/2013
Kristen · Married on 09/01/2013
My husband and I live in Missouri, but our wedding took place on his family farm in Wisconsin. Planning a wedding through mostly emails and phone calls can be stressful. The quick responses and consistent phone calls and emails with Rev. Joan Pape whenever I needed to speak with her was so easygoing and more importantly she was always available for us.Sent on 09/19/2013
She was such a pleasure to work with during the planning process, the rehearsal, and especially the wedding day. She took lead in some of the most important parts of our day, was incredibly on top of it all, and well organized. It was such a relief to have her. She exceeded our expectations and we had several guests praising her for a job well done.
We absolutely loved our ceremony! It was unique...it was us! We were so comfortable working back and forth with her to make it just right! She wont settle for anything, but perfect! Joan is so kind and a pleasure to work with; we couldn't be happier how everything came together so easily.
We highly recommend Rev. Joan for your wedding ceremony!
Samantha · Married on 07/06/2013
Joan is amazing - There are no words to describe her professionalism and creativity she brings to your ceremony.Sent on 07/23/2013
Joan worked with me and my fiancee from day 1 - we had our venue set, changed that, and through all the chaos that a wedding takes - she moved with us.
We met once and talked on the phone many times, only because my schedule was so busy - she is so flexible.
We got so many compliments from our guests on Joan - I'm so happy we went with her; she made our day so special. Even in the July heat! :) She was so prepared and helpful throughout the whole process... She is simply amazing!
July 6th, 2013 @ Milford Hills Hunt Club
Johnson Creek, Wi.
Jamie · Married on 06/08/2013
Rev. Joan is AMAZING!! I honestly cannot say enough great things about Joan.Sent on 08/13/2013
She helped us so much, every single day of our engagement from the minute we hired her, she was incredible.
Joan is worth every penny. We're from Chicago so having someone local, who knew the what we needed to do to apply for our marriage certificate and all that jazz was great. She also, so graciously, offered to help and pick up our license once it was ready and have it there for us on our wedding day.
Having someone we knew we could depend on and someone to do that for us was so incredibly helpful.
She also performed a PERFECT ceremony for us! Not everything went perfectly - our rings fell off the pillow on the walk to the front of the aisle (in grass) the ceremony didn't start on time, etc ... but Joan rolled with the punches, made the ceremony everything we wanted it to be and we couldn't have been happier!!
If you need a Reverand, and Joan is available ... hire her!!!! Seriously, do it!
Jamie and Mike
User3473345 · 2+ years ago
Rev. Joan made it easy to plan the ceremony details. Joan was very professional, receptive to our wishes (we included our dogs in the ceremony), supportive, and she always got back to us quickly. We initially met with her in person, and were able to figure out which ceremony style we liked. We then emailed drafts of the ceremony back and forth until it was perfect. Joan emphasized that she wasn't done helping us until the ceremony was exactly what we wanted. Joan helped the entire way, and her experience really showed. When it came to our wedding day, the ceremony went flawlessly.Sent on 08/18/2013
We would definitely recommend Rev. Joan to anyone looking for a wedding officiant in the greater Madison area.
Scott · Married on 05/04/2013
Sent on 07/07/2013
We found Ceremonies by Design after looking for ministers on theknot.com. We were very impressed after meeting with her and receiving a booklet full of ways to put together the perfect wedding ceremony. We aren't the type of creative people to come up with a ceremony and write our own vows, Joan helped guide the way and gave us plenty of little reading to include in our special day. We didn't want an overly religious ceremony but still wanted a few prayers and reading to make all the families happy with the ceremony, and it was easy to do so. Joan helped run the rehearsal flawlessly despite the miserable weather, and the next day with perfect weather, the ceremony ran off without a hitch. Thanks Rev Joan!
Dustin · Married on 12/29/2012
Joan was so helpful and worked with us to make sure that the ceremony was everything we wanted. I couldn't recommend her enough.Sent on 01/16/2013
User2486945 · 2+ years ago
Joan was great to work with throughout the ceremony planning process! She genuinely wanted to make the ceremony exactly what we wanted, and she succeeded. Our guests all said that it was beautiful!Sent on 11/20/2012
Marie · Married on 11/03/2012
Peace of mind is invaluable, and that is what Joan provided. She was wonderful at explaining and walking us through the ceremony. Always punctual and understanding, she helped make our wedding day perfect!Sent on 11/20/2012
User2748773 · 2+ years ago
Very professional, very personable and made our special day exactly what we wanted ceremony wise so very flexible. Highly recommend!Sent on 11/01/2012
Kelli · Married on 10/26/2012
Joan did an amazing job with our ceremony. We couldn't be happier with the way everything turned out! If you are looking an awesome officiant-- look no further!Sent on 11/02/2012
shelly · Married on 10/20/2012
Joan was absolutely amazing. She made our ceremony so warm personalized and caring. We were soooo very lucky to have chose her as an officiant. She way went beyond our expectations. We got soo many nice comments from the guests on how impressed they were too.Sent on 10/31/2012
User2206014 · 2+ years ago
Rev. Joan and Rev. Karen both did an amazing job for us. The ceremony brought tears to my eyes, it was so perfect. They really take the time to create the perfect words that portrays your story.Sent on 11/02/2012
Samantha · Married on 10/13/2012
Great officiant! Very professional! She really helped make our ceremony special!Sent on 11/14/2013
Alecia · Married on 09/08/2012
Joan did a wonderful job not only the day of our wedding, but throughout the entire planning process. She was easy to work with and always very kind and helpful.Sent on 12/04/2012
Ashleigh · Married on 08/11/2012
Rev. Joan Pape made our wedding feel personal from the first day we called her. She helped us make our wedding ceremony completely unique to us as a couple. On the day of the wedding, she was there ahead of time, and really helped to get the wedding started. We are so glad that we chose to have her as our officiant, and we highly recommend her to other couples getting married.Sent on 10/16/2012