Ceremonies For Sacred Days Reviews

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185 Reviews for Ceremonies For Sacred Days

Recommended by 99% of couples

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  • Value 5.0
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  • David

    David Tatum · Married on 05/06/2020

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    Shyamala is the best!

    We have nothing but great things to say about Shyamala Littlefield and her role in our wedding in June. We were initially nervous about trying to navigate family expectations for our ceremony while still being true to ourselves, but it was immediately clear working with Shyamala that she has the experience and the compassion to navigate just about any modern-day ceremony like ours. She did a fantastic job of assembling a personalized and coherent ceremony after meeting with her at her home. She was responsive and collaborative as our ideas matured about what we wanted, and she encouraged us in our efforts to make our own nerdy science demonstration unity ceremony by writing the very much needed first draft. She was perfectly prepared on the day-of, she did a great job during the ceremony, and we were so pleased with how it all turned out.

    The response we heard in the following weeks from friends and family was telling. Everyone loved the ceremony, and many made specific mention of how much they liked our officiant in particular. Shyamala is the best!

    Sent on 12/18/2019
  • Ashwin

    Ashwin Kumar · Married on 04/06/2020

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    A warm, thoughtful partner in our ceremony

    Shyamala officiated our wedding and did a terrific job. When we first reached out to Shyamala, she set up time with us to learn about our family's customs, how we wanted to modernize them, and how it would influence her narrative. In a timely manner, she produced a draft of her speech and collaborated with us on weaving it into the ceremony's timeline of events. During the ceremony, Shyamala did a great job to make us feel comfortable in the moment. We'd highly recommend her as an officiant.

    Sent on 12/19/2019
  • Jane

    Jane · Married on 11/08/2019

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    Excellent writer, listener, and orator

    Shyamala helped make our big day unforgettable. She listened to our needs and crafted a ceremony that truly reflected us and our story. Our guests were blown away by the ceremony, with personal rituals like a "ring warming" that was unforgettable! She was wonderful!

    Sent on 12/17/2019
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    Blake Brydon · Married on 09/10/2019

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    A ceremony we will remember for years to come!

    Shyamala Littlefield was and outstanding officiant for our wedding. We had about 175 people in attendance. She was able to personalize our service and really focus on what we wanted the ceremony to be. Those attending thought that it was the best ceremony they had ever been too. We highly recommend Shyamala. Blake & George

    Sent on 09/10/2019
  • Andrea

    Andrea Mace Walker · Married on 09/08/2019

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    Shyamala made our day perfect!!

    When we met Shyamala, we knew immediately she was the right person to marry us. She has a warm, calming presence that set the tone perfectly for our ceremony, and put my now husband and I at ease. She is such a lovely and genuine person. She was super easy to work with and had lots of great ideas. She took the time to get to know us so it didn't feel like we were getting married by a stranger, but more like a friend. We didn't realize it at the time, but Shyamala had married two of my friends within the last 7 or 8 years. She recognized them in the crowd during the wedding. THAT'S how much of a connection she makes with her couples. And they were just as happy with her as we were. Book her early though--she's very popular and in high demand!

    Sent on 12/20/2019
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    Dave Costello · Married on 07/06/2019

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    Beautiful Ceremony

    Shyamala was the best. Her guidance in preparation and carrying out the service made it really easy for us, and we're thrilled with how everything turned out. Everyone who attended the ceremony loved it as well.  Several let us know that it was one of the most beautiful services they had experienced.

    Sent on 12/15/2019
  • Kay

    Kay I. Jones · Married on 06/07/2019

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    Beautiful Day!

    Shyamala was just a delight! She helped us with all the out-of-state information we needed and was very flexible about accommodating us with time, licensing, etc. The ceremony was just beautiful and was everything we hoped for. She is wonderfully inspirational and knew just how to make our wedding day special. We hope to go to her for a renewal day. She is very special.

    Sent on 12/18/2019
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    Kris and Susanne · Married on 05/10/2019

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    Just Perfect!

    We had a beautiful ceremony with Shyamala. You can sense Shyamala's vast experience, she is extremely organized and has an abundance of material to choose from. She helped us make the ceremony very personal and unique. We can highly recommend her.

    Sent on 12/18/2019
  • Sudhir

    Sudhir Setia · Married on 01/11/2019

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    She made our wedding ceremony a memorable one!

    Simply put, we were lucky to have found Shyamala to be our wedding officiant! We wanted to do something simple and the court seemed like an obvious choice. However, fate intervened and we were forced to find a place to get married over a weekend. And our internet search brought us to Ceremonies for Sacred Days and Shyamala. It was like finding a major upgrade from mundane to something very special!

    Shyamala has all the personality traits you would want in a wedding officiant. She is thoughtful, articulate, well-read, and clearly well-traveled! Add to this her experience of nearly 600 weddings and professionalism and you have got yourself a true Master of the Ceremony.

    My wife and I chose the elopement package. We were to be wed in her backyard winter garden, however, it rained and Shyamala was kind enough to open her living room to us. The words she spoke were touching and beautiful! The ceremony was such a treat!

    Tip: Go prepared with a plan on how you want to make a video or take pictures. We were a little under-prepared and Shyamala made some adjustments for us so that we could rest our camera on a table to record the video. Buy or borrow a tripod that fits your camera/phone so you can capture the special moments without any worry.

    Sent on 12/08/2019
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    Heidi · Married on 01/04/2019

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    Last minute request yielded exceptional results!

    We are a couple based in NYC who were married in the Bay Area. Imagine our disappointment when my husband's best friend of 25 years couldn't be our officiant, as planned, ONE WEEK before the wedding! Needless to say, we were scrambling! I looked around and contacted a few different officiants in the area. Once I spoke with Shyamala, I knew we were done looking. Time was of the essence and she was prompt in her response. Others were also, but there was a calm in her voice and patience behind her words. I felt that she understood the urgency, but was going to take her time completely to make it as special as we were looking for. We interviewed at her house where she asked detailed questions and took notes. At her idea, we forwarded some "notes" our friend had drafted to keep the ceremony personal. Obviously, we knew the feel or tone of the ceremony we wanted but hadn't prepared anything ourselves. We are "spiritually ambiguous", and she knew exactly how to phrase the love and destiny type stuff to make it genuine and heartfelt. She was ready with special readings, poems, sayings, the vows, and quotes we could add. We were both able to look over what she had prepared and edit, days prior to the ceremony, while she kept our "personal statements" as surprises to one another. She added a touching tribute to his mother that made her cry (more). The day of, I didn't see or hear from her at all until I was walking down the aisle. PERFECT and in my opinion very professional. Her cadence and pace was perfect. Words and disposition matched our feel completely. In less than a week, we got a really nicely done ceremony put together AND I really like how she printed the ceremony and our vows out on heavy stock paper. Price was very reasonable. Overall, Shyamala is a kind and caring individual. Her personality shone through without adding too much or taking away from US. Very happy with our decision.

    Sent on 11/30/2018
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    Tanicia Baynes · Married on 12/06/2018

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    Hands down, the best wedding officiant

    From the moment Shyamala answered the phone I knew she was meant to be our wedding officiant. She was warm, kind, thorough and genuinely interested in us as a couple. We didn't have a particular type of ceremony in mind and she was able to offer such beautiful suggestions for readings, vows and rituals that really helped us create a custom wedding ceremony that felt personal and special. And meeting her in person was like seeing an old friend again. Her warmth, caring and knowledge creates the perfect space for an amazing ceremony to unfold. I we had to do it over again, we would hire her again and again, hands down, without a doubt.

    Sent on 12/15/2018
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    Juliana · Married on 11/02/2018

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    Absolutely perfect

    Shyamala was the perfect choice to perform our ceremony at the Brazilian Room. She crafted and delivered the perfect ceremony for us and several people commented on how beautiful and true to the two of us it was.

    Working with her was an absolute pleasure every step of the way. She really has a talent for asking the right questions and sensing who you are as individuals and as a couple, then reflecting that in your ceremony. She has curated a wonderful selection of readings and rituals to give you some ideas for things to incorporate in your ceremony, but is also skilled at bringing in any other ideas you might have. She sent us a draft of our ceremony two weeks out (which made me cry the first time I read it, tip: don't read it at work) then worked with us from there to make it perfect.

    Afterwards, she gave us a printed copy of our beautiful ceremony to look back at forever.

    We can't recommend her enough.

    Sent on 12/30/2018
  • Sunita

    Sunita Kumar · Married on 10/01/2018

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    Truly empathetic and creative officiant

    Shyamala was a truly great officiant, weaving together our personal stories and incorporating both American and Indian elements into a beautiful City Hall ceremony. She was extremely flexible with our timeline and content and we loved her ideas for how to make our ceremony special.

    Sent on 12/31/2018
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    Divya · Married on 09/29/2018

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    The Most Personalized, Respectful, and Fun Process

    We both come from different religions (we're Hindu and Jain) and wanted to create a ceremony that respected both as well as our values of equality. Shyamala made sure that she read about our wants/needs/values beforehand in great deal, then invited us to her home to meet with her and discuss more in person. Immediately we found her to be warm, personable, very knowledgable, and very respectful of different religions. Every time we spoke, she was extremely prepared and helped us co-create the perfect ceremony. She was willing to work with us in our Google Doc too! Our ceremony would not have been as special without her fantastic input (including pieces like writing our story into the ceremony, and explaining traditions to our guests in an easy-to-understand way). This whole part of planning had originally made me nervous because the ceremony is so important and can go so wrong, but Shyamala made it one of the most fun and meaningful. On the day of our wedding (as well as the rehearsal the day before), she brought a peaceful and spiritual force and we felt so calm and happy. After the wedding, we had a small mixup with the marriage certificate after the fact, but Shyamala made sure to take care of it too.

    Sent on 01/18/2019
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    Jonas · Married on 09/14/2018

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    Heart, soul and 'real' - the best officiant you could ask for!

    Shyamala was absolutely great to work with! We talked to 4 different officiants before our wedding and she was certainly the most "real" and sincere one. You can tell she truly loves what she is doing and puts all her heart and soul into it.

    She took a lot of time to get to know us and our story. That allowed her to customize the ceremony to our needs and make it in a very personal manner. We felt that a lot of the other officiants have their standard agenda that they do and are not willing to change it up much.

    But Shyamala wrote a ceremony that was tailored to us. She allowed us to provide enough input and always guided us effectively. We loved that perfect balance of being open to our ideas but also ensuring that the whole ceremony would work out as a whole.

    Our guests loved the ceremony and some asked if she was a friend of ours since she put so much heart and warmth in it. We couldn't have been more happy with choosing her!

    Sent on 12/23/2018
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    Brittany · Married on 09/07/2018

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    Amazing officiant!

    We first heard of Shyamala through our wedding planner since we were having a Napa Valley destination wedding and are originally from Boston. We relied a lot on recommendations from our planner as she had worked with many vendors and was more familiar with the area then we were. When researching Shyamala, the first thing we did was listen to a video she had posted on her website. We absolutely fell in love with her voice – there is just something so calming and soft about it – that we knew we had to speak with her. Knowing that we would both be filled with nerves and anxiety on the big day it was important we felt calm with our officiant during the ceremony. We quickly booked a phone conversation with her (no video chat or Skype) and in the first five minutes we spoke we knew she was the perfect fit for us!
    Since we were from Boston, we wanted to meet her in person at least once before our September wedding so we mentioned we would be flying out to Napa for some wedding events (food tasting, cake tasting, etc) in February and she offered us over to her home for coffee and cookies (so sweet)! We met with her for an hour and just talked as she got to know us as a couple and our journey together over the last 10 years. After we left we just felt even more validated that we chose the perfect person to officiate our wedding.
    Our wedding in September was a dream come true and the ceremony was absolutely perfect!! Shyamala did such an amazing job that we actually had several guests come up to us throughout the evening and still to this day comment about how great of a job she did and how it was one of the best wedding ceremonies they’ve ever seen!
    If you’re in search of an officiant in the Napa/Northern Cali area please do yourself a favor and book Shyamala – you will not be disappointed!!

    Sent on 12/06/2018
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    Anh · Married on 08/18/2018

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    Thank you Shyamala!

    My husband and I were beyond satisfied with choosing Shyamala to officiate our wedding. The guests were in tears and commented on how unique and heart felt the ceremony experience was. Shyamala was well organized and created space and time to learn our stories with coffee and cookies at her place. We knew instantly that receiving her special care and dedication early on foreshadowed what to expect for our wedding. I am pleased we chose Shyamala and she chose us back. If Shyamala has any availability, I would strongly recommend her to officiate your wedding! I would choose her again, and again if I could.

    Thank you so much Shyamala! Keep doing great work and service for couples, family and the community.

    Love, The Plasencias

    Sent on 12/30/2018
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    Erin Goodell · Married on 07/27/2018

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    Amazing Officiant experience!!!

    Shyamala was absolutely amazing at our wedding! We could not have been happier! Finding the perfect officiant was very important to us. We wanted someone who would take the time to get to know us and our story and make the ceremony personal- and Shyamala did exactly that. She was even more amazing than we could have asked for. She reached out to us several times and truly got to know us and our love story. The ceremony was so personal and she made it exactly what we dreamed of. Not to mention that after the wedding, so many of our guests told us how personable Shyamala was with them prior to the ceremony. She engaged with the guests and made them laugh and feel welcome to the ceremony.

    We 100% recommend Shyamala for your wedding ceremony. She will spend time to get to know you and create the ceremony exactly how YOU want (she will even ask you questions you had not thought about yet and set your mind at ease).

    Sent on 12/10/2018
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    Kevin Calica · Married on 06/30/2018

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    Shyamala Littlefield is a rare jewel! A precious gem.

    Shyamala is a guide of hearts, a director of love and a producer of poems! Above and beyond! She authored the most stunning and loving ceremony we’ve ever experienced! Generosity of spirit was the thread woven throughout the whole process. There was so much giving and at the same time so much space that the end result was a tailor-made story that everyone in attendance felt and got to be a part of.

    Shyamala made it a lot of fun too! Her upbeat nature permeated the entire process. It’s almost like she “authored” our special day. Scripting out an experience rather than just an event is the only way to describe it.

    Sent on 12/14/2018
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    Jodi Collins Henry · Married on 04/21/2018

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    Perfect Fit for Our Special Day

    We found Shyamala while looking on line at the Knot website. Shyamala was listed as "the best of", so we contacted her to see if she would be a fit for the ceremony we wanted. We did a Skype meeting and had an initial discussion with her. After we met, we knew she would be a perfect fit for our wedding. We told Shyamala "our story" and she cleverly inserted the story into our ceremony. She provided excellent references for us to chose from and modify so that we could make the ceremony unique to us. The references included sample vows and ring exchange statements as well as quotations and poems. When working on our ceremony together, we enjoyed the flexibility of her schedule to meet with us on Skype during the evening hours and weekends. After the ceremony, we received several comments from our family and wedding guests who said that they really enjoyed the ceremony. Shyamala was the "perfect fit" for our wedding.

    Sent on 12/19/2018
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    Ariel A Deardorff · Married on 03/03/2018

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    Lovely ceremony with Shyamala

    The ceremony Shyamala put together for us was perfect. We met first with her over Skype and liked her right away, then later we had a longer conversation at her home over coffee and tea. She held no preconceptions about how the ceremony should go, but did a great job of guiding us through the many possibilities. She asked us great questions to find the right tone for the ceremony and learn about us as a couple, and then she wove it into a meaningful and personal ceremony that captured us extremely well. We had many guests compliment us on a ceremony that was very "us" and asked how we knew this officiant who seemed to know us so well. We would highly recommend her.

    Sent on 12/02/2018
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    Johanna · Married on 10/13/2017

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    Thanks for everything, Shyamala. The ceremony was lovingly personal and your words were deeply touching. I can never thank you enough for making our wedding so special!

    Sent on 12/11/2017
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    Beth · Married on 10/07/2017

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    We loved working with Shyamala in preparation for our wedding day. We had one Skype meeting and one in-person meeting to plan the ceremony details and share our love story. We were graciously welcomed at her lovely home and felt immediately that she was the right fit for our non-denominational wedding. From the details we shared with Shyamala, she wove a beautiful story about our relationship that made our wedding guests cry. We felt she gave a great balance of authenticity, seriousness, and moments of light that reflected our own personalities and gave our guests a genuine, personal glimpse into our relationship. In fact, several of our guests said it was the most genuine ceremony they'd ever seen. Shyamala is considerate, timely and thoughtful, even asking us the color scheme so she could match it with her scarf! We are so grateful for her services and would not hesitate to recommend her to other engaged couples.

    Sent on 12/11/2017
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    Cindy · Married on 09/30/2017

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    We are so thankful to have had Shyamala as our wedding officiant. The first time we met her, we already knew she'd be just the right fit for our wedding ceremony. There is a calm in her voice and presence that was perfect for delivering the beautiful words she crafted for us. During the planning process, she welcomed us to her home, where she got to know us and our love story, asking us all the right questions that led to putting together a beautiful narrative to tell our story on our wedding day with all the heartfelt emotion we were feeling inside. In the short amount of time we spent with her, Shyamala did an amazing job of making our personalities and love for one another shine through. Our guests had specifically mentioned to us that our ceremony was very touching and causing many of them to (uncharacteristically) tear up. On the day of, Shyamala arrived early to ensure everything was ready for her to perform her duties. She even wore a scarf to match our wedding color. She is so patient, kind, thoughtful, and genuine in her work. We are so happy she made our big day so special. Thank you, Shyamala!

    Sent on 12/20/2017
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    George · Married on 09/02/2017

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    Shyamala was truly an amazing find to preside over our wedding. From the start she was great to work with and we received tons of compliments from our guests about how beautiful the wedding ceremony was to attend. We felt very connected throughout the whole process and Shyamala was happy to work with us through a few edits to make the ceremony perfect for us. We would happily recommend Shyamala to any of our friends that are in search of an officiant!

    Sent on 12/28/2017