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Danielle · Married on 10/19/2019
Tamara did a wonderful job officiating our wedding. She was calming, had a good sense of humor, and put everyone at ease. As soon as we met at the rehearsal, I knew she'd do a wonderful job! Prior to the wedding, she let us design the order of our ceremony, and sent examples of verses for us to pick and chose from, making our ceremony personal and beautiful. I would definitely recommend her to any couple, no matter what your religious/spiritual persuasions are. Thanks Tamara!Sent on 10/14/2013
Sarah Merianos · Married on 09/11/2019
Fun, unique officiant
We had such a great experience working with Tamara, who was recommended to us by our photographer. My husband and I are not religious, so we were looking for something fun and unique. Tamara created a beautiful ceremony, with just the right personal touches. We included a ring warming at her suggestion for some of our more religious guests. She was funny, warm (even in the cold), and took care of everything! If you're an off-beat bride, or just looking for something non-traditional, no ordinary ordained is it!Sent on 11/17/2019
No Ordinary Ordained's reply:Thank you so much!! I had a blast working with y'all and your ceremony was beautiful and absolutely perfectly you two!
Beverly · Married on 10/21/2018
Tamara was a fantastic officiant! She was very accommodating and flexible in everything that we wanted for our ceremony. She was perfect on the day-of and you could tell how experienced she was. She even stepped aside when it was time for our first kiss so that the pictures are just of us and the backdrop - my (now) husband noticed this and mentioned how grateful he was later on as the pictures turned out beautifully! She worked with us to create exactly the ceremony that we wanted and even skyped with us when we had additional questions. I highly recommend her!Sent on 10/23/2018
No Ordinary Ordained's reply:Thank you so much Beverly! You and John were great to work with, and always made me smile and laugh. You two are definitely the perfect match, and your beautiful celebration showcased that. Congratulations!
Stacey · Married on 10/13/2018
Beautiful non-traditional ceremony!
Tamara wrote the most beautiful, meaningful ceremony possible for us! We are not religious, and our wedding had a goth/Halloween theme, so that was a challenge! Our guests thought she was perfect, and we'll be forever grateful that she was a part of our marriage.Sent on 10/17/2018
No Ordinary Ordained's reply:Thank you so very much Stacey! I had an amazing time working with y'all and was thrilled for your goth/Halloween theme. It's always one of my fav's, and it's always fantastic to see couple's stay true to themselves. You two are so magical together!
Maggie · Married on 06/09/2018
Tamara did an amazing job with our ceremony! She was very helpful giving me ideas and helping to edit bits and pieces I had found and liked. We wanted our ceremony to feel like us and it absolutely did! It was short and sweet and everything that we hoped it would be. We didn't meet in person until the wedding day, but it felt like she knew us because of the questions she asked and the time she took to learn what was important to us. Would absolutely recommend Tamara!Sent on 08/20/2018
Sheree · Married on 04/28/2018
Full disclosure, I know this officiant from outside the wedding world, so she was an obvious choice to officiate my wedding. That being said, she made the process smooth and easy, and I could tell it would be the same for any couple. After filling out the initial questionnaire, she gave me several wording samples that fit what I was looking for. I customized a couple into one, and she gave me great feedback on how to make it flow better for the ceremony. She always has ideas if you're looking for a unique spin on tradition, and can be as professional or as laid back as fits the mood. Our ceremony had a lot of sweetness and a little humor and turned out absolutely perfect for us as a couple.Sent on 06/07/2018
No Ordinary Ordained's reply:Thank you so much Sheree! That truly means a lot to me coming from you. Your wedding, celebration, friends and family added so much to who you two are as a couple and it was beautiful - and fun - to be a part of it all.
Ashley · Married on 04/14/2018
Tamara did such an amazing job with our ceremony! We loved our vows and couldn't have been happier with the way everything turned out! Our wedding was tailored perfectly to our personalities and we would recommend No Ordinary Ordained to anyone!Sent on 04/27/2018
No Ordinary Ordained's reply:Thank you Ashley! I'm so happy for you and Graham and that you were able to have the wedding you wanted. It all worked out how it was supposed to :) Congratulations!
June · Married on 01/06/2018
Tamara was wonderful. She customized our ceremony to be exactly what we wanted and she did a wonderful job of including our children. She made us all laugh and she made us all cry. I can't say enough great things about her. She also found us a violinist at the last minute when we and others had failed. Highly recommend her!Sent on 01/14/2018
No Ordinary Ordained's reply:Thank you so much June! It was so fun working with you two and your family. Although I need to shout out to Didi Russell for the violinist connection. Sadly I cannot take credit for that one :)
Teresa · Married on 12/08/2017
I asked Tamara to officiate a wedding ceremony out on a Civil War battlefield. She was wonderful about making sure that we had a ceremony that we wanted and even allowed my mom, brother, and friend to read certain parts. She made us all smile and laugh and truly loves what she does. I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs a wedding officiant. She's the best.Sent on 12/09/2017
Kerryn · Married on 10/27/2017
Once we decided that we would have an outside officiant for our wedding, I knew it has to be Tamara! Sure I know her personally, but I had also read so many raving reviews about how that persons wedding wouldn't have been as special without her. She was able to personalize the ceremony as much or as little as we wanted and managed to do it all on short notice. We were truly lucky to have had her as part of our special day.Sent on 12/31/2017
Julia · Married on 10/14/2017
Tamera is one of a kind. She married my italian husband and I on 10-14-17 She will work diligently with you to make your ceremony exactly what you want. I had no idea going into this what I wanted and my husband wanted something formal, i wanted something with a little extra meaning. She gave us several different ceremony examples, let me pick and choose, and then ultimately created a very unique and meaningful ceremony that satisfied us both. She is truly amazing at what she does! T also helped me with advice for various other wedding decisions- colors, traditions, vendors. T knows everyone and is a pleasure to work with. Thank you for making my day more special!Sent on 11/07/2017
Brittany · Married on 10/06/2017
Having Tamara officiate our wedding was one of the best decisions my (now) husband and I made. A friend of mine found her online and I immediately contacted her after reading all of the amazing reviews. My husband and I were interested in a quick, non-religious ceremony that would hopefully make people laugh (and at the very least not put them to sleep). Tamara was extremely responsive from our first contact and really worked with us to get a feel for what we wanted. She was able to provide us with several example ceremonies that she had done in the past, and then we worked as a team to turn it into what we wanted. We’re funny, goofy people and she was really able to incorporate that into the ceremony.Sent on 02/11/2018
My husband and I also wrote our own vows that only Tamara saw prior to the ceremony. Turns out, we wrote nearly identical things, which Tamara and everyone else found pretty amusing. A lot of our guests told us after the fact how much they enjoyed the ceremony and how truly “us” it was. We really attribute the successful ceremony to Tamara and couldn’t be more thankful for her hard work!
Peyton · Married on 09/23/2017
Tamara was GREAT!! She was super easy to work with from start to finish! From the initial phone conversation to the emails back and forth finalizing the ceremony, Tamara was professional and fun at the same time. Tamara was so positive to have around before the ceremony and kept us laughing throughout the ceremony. She was perfect for what my now husband and I were looking for in an officiant. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!Sent on 09/26/2017
Anna · Married on 06/24/2017
Tamara was an absolute dream to work with. While we originally wanted to have my brother, who was licensed out of state, perform our marriage and ceremony, we hit some bumps and my wedding planners were quick to recommend Tamara. We reached out to her via email, and she was clear and quick with her response. She worked with us to make sure we received the exact type of services we wanted, and made everything as easy as could be (which is exactly what we were looking for). When it came to the day of, Tamara was professional and efficient. We could not have asked for more.Sent on 07/05/2017
No Ordinary Ordained's reply:Thank you so much Anna! I'm thrilled to hear you were happy with my services, but more importantly, being able to help make your wedding go how you wanted is what matters most. So glad I could help! Congratulations!
Nicole · Married on 05/28/2017
Tamara was so quick to respond in the beginning and was always quick to respond throughout the entire process. I loved her personality without even meeting her! She was more than willing to help you through EVERYTHING. She gave you ideas outside of what you already suggested. When I finally met her on the day of I loved everything about her! She immediately came up to introduce herself and see how I was. She was professional and extremely nice. Once the ceremony took place she made me and my now husband feel so comfortable in front of everyone. She was prompt and rolled with the punches. I highly recommend her to anyone!!Sent on 05/31/2017
No Ordinary Ordained's reply:Thank you so much Nicole! You two were so fun and easy to work with. It was great meeting you both and thank you for the honor of officiating your wedding. It was a beautiful celebration of your love!
Natalie · Married on 05/07/2017
We hired Tamara from a suggestion that came to us from our DJ, Nate Clancy. Finding an officiant was the last piece of our puzzle and I'm so glad we hired Tamara! She was a dream to work with because we had no idea where to begin. My husband is in the military so he was gone for 2 months and it was impossible to get him to read over the suggestions/wording she had sent us. I felt terrible knowing the wedding was only about a month and a half away by the time we were finalizing our ceremony. She never pressured us and worked so well with our timeline even though I'm sure it wasn't ideal for her. She was perfect! The day of the wedding was the first time we met Tamara and she was amazing from when I first met her. She made me feel relaxed, asked if I had any questions, asked how I was doing and just was so sweet. Once I met her, I felt even more comfortable with how everything was going to go. My mom told me afterwards that everyone loved the ceremony and that it was perfect! I couldn't have asked for anything to go better! Thank you so much Tamara for being apart of our special day! It means the world to Eric and I! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!! :)Sent on 05/14/2017
No Ordinary Ordained's reply:Thank you so very much Natalie! That means so much to me. You two were great to work with and I had a wonderful time. I'm thrilled you and everyone else was happy with everything! Congrats and best wishes!
Page · Married on 05/06/2017
Hiring Tamara was one of the easiest decisions we made during wedding planning. My husband and I aren't religious people so finding an officiant who didn't require classes or even an in-person meeting was proving to be difficult. That is, until we found Tamara. She offered up a phone call consultation and the conversation flowed well. She helped us craft a wedding ceremony that meant something to us. On our wedding day she threw in her touches of humor that got us and our guests laughing during the ceremony which was awesome. We appreciated it so much and will always remember that! We enjoyed her so much that we referred her to my sister and future brother-in-law who will be married by Tamara as well. Her laid back personality helped to keep us calm going into the ceremony. Thank you so much Tamara!!Sent on 05/19/2017
Domonique · Married on 03/26/2017
Tamara is amazing! She made our wedding ceremony. I loved the words spoken and the ad libs in between. Definitely glad you were the one to unite us as one.Sent on 03/27/2017
Alyssa · Married on 03/25/2017
Tamara was AMAZING throughout our entire wedding planning process, and she thoroughly delivered at our wedding! Right from the beginning, she was quick to reply to our questions and initially skyped us from her car to get to know us. My husband, Tamara, and I crafted a ceremony from scratch to fit our chemistry-themed wedding. We gave her quotes we liked and things we wanted to include in our ceremony (our own vows, our friends speaking about our story) and she put it all together into something incredible. She also was great in working with a handful of us - as we wanted our vows and our friend's stories to be a surprise that day - and was able to compile everything and have print outs ready for us to read from during the ceremony. Tamara was incredibly professional and responsive throughout the whole process, and mailed our marriage certificate the day after our wedding! We got so many complements on our ceremony - which I feel like normally isn't something that gets commented on - and guests stated that they felt like they had known us forever after hearing all the stories in our ceremony. Thanks so much to Tamara for making our special day so personal and so fitting of our quirky selves!Sent on 04/08/2017
No Ordinary Ordained's reply:Thank you so much!! You two - and your friends - were so much fun to work with. I loved their personal stories and how much everything actually seemed to be a different version of the same story. Just proved how perfect y'all are for each other!
Star · Married on 03/11/2017
How do you blend Catholic and Pagan, Board Games and Rat Pack, Laughter and Tears, and two people who have already been together for 20 years. I was a bit shocked at the first three officiants we talked to were not comfortable doing our wedding and started to wonder what I was doing wrong. Then found a few that would work but just didn't have a spark and connection with us. Then we met Tamara and knew our search was over. She did a great job - was very up front about style and times, very professional and friendly. She did a great job suggesting edits and nudging us to the most awesome ceremony and helped us find a way to blend things that everyone though it was beautiful. If you are searching I encourage you to talk to Tamara and see if she is the fit for you as she was for us.Sent on 03/28/2017
Ann Marie · Married on 11/06/2016
We definitely made the right choice in choosing Tamara to officiate our wedding. She was quick and easy to communicate with prior to the wedding, and on the day of she was prompt, professional and executed the ceremony perfectly.Sent on 11/13/2016
No Ordinary Ordained's reply:Thank you so much Ann Marie! It was great working with you and John, and I loved how laid-back you both were throughout the entire process - and ceremony! You two balance each other so well. Congratulations again!
Ashley · Married on 10/22/2016
No Ordinary Ordained was such a blessing!! The quality of service was top notch. Very prompt, very nice , very professional ,and very helpful. I never had to worry about a thing. She made my ceremony perfect ! Thank you so much again!!! Ashley and Wesley Jacobs =)Sent on 10/27/2016
Michael · Married on 10/21/2016
Tamara Riley of No Ordinary Ordained is fantastic. She worked very hard for us to make our ceremony unique. She went through multiple drafts with us and kept giving us multiple choices of wordings to help get us started.Sent on 10/25/2016
Unlike other officiants, she had no problem with us having a non-religious ceremony and heartily embraced our willingness to explore both traditional and non-traditional ceremony ideas. She was extremely flexible, and made sure that we loved our ceremony. She helped us plan a ceremony that was mostly traditional, but with just enough flair and creativity to make it our own.
The only critique I could give is that we were looking for someone who could take charge and sort of tell us what to do and how it's going to be. Instead, she left us in the driver's seat and we weren't really sure how or where to go. She gave us tons of ideas, and it was terribly difficult deciding which way to go. But on the flip side, had she led us and told us what to do, we'd have been left with a ceremony that we weren't that thrilled with. By insisting that we find a ceremony idea that excited us, she made sure that we loved our ceremony. So, actually, I think that's a positive thing!
Bridgette · Married on 10/15/2016
My wedding was a mess right to the end and Tamara was so understanding, accommodating and knowledgeable. She did a wonderful job and had great advice. I can't thank her enough!!!!Sent on 10/19/2016
Lorena · Married on 10/15/2016
Tamara was so attentive to us during the planning process. She would check in every so often to make sure everything was gong well. She responded to emails very quickly. On our wedding day, she got there early to see if we had any last minute questions. She even walked my niece through the handfasting ceremony process (she wrapped the cord) because we weren't sure what we were doing. Overall, Tamara officiated a wonderful ceremony, and we are glad we found her!Sent on 10/23/2016