36 Reviews for The Socal Wedding Officiant
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My wife and I are beyond thrilled with Chad's service. Weddingwire is built on the trust of peer-reviewers, and I hope mine serves as a affirmation of his skill set. Whether you are going for a religious ceremony or nonreligious ceremony, I fully recommend Chad. His background as a pastor gives hims daily practice in the art of public speaking. This is not easily imitated and should not be forgotten when choosing your officiant. Leading up to the wedding was perfect. We spoke over email, text, and phone. Our conversations never felt rushed and were always very professional. Day of was above and beyond his call of duty. He arrived with more than adequate prep-time, delivered a great ceremony, and wrapped everything up perfectly for us. I hope you at least keep Chad on your "short-list" of potential officiants when you're making the final decision. Again, you will not be disappointed.
Chay, thanks for the incredible review. It was a pleasure serving you and you're family. Blessings
Chad was everything we could have hoped for and more! We wanted a quick to the point ceremony that kept our guests interested. He had us fill out "wedding homework" which we were not to share with one another. During the ceremony, he told our story and also shared our completed homework with everyone ( why we were marring the person, what we loved most, etc). Chad added a bit of humor and fun to the ceremony as well- which we loved! In addition, he gave us some spot on marriage advice that I think all our guests really enjoyed as well. They are things I know we will both certainly never forget! Book Chad-he's awesome and most people thought he was a friend we had known for years. THANKS CHAD!
Thank you guys for the great review. Blessings In your marriage!
My husband and I hired Chad super last minute and we are so glad we did!
We planned the majority of our wedding from the east coast and had originally planed to have someone we knew officiate our wedding, but moving across the country and total wedding planning took over our lives and about a month before the wedding we still hadn't decided on who to marry us. That's when we found Chad. I spoke with him on the phone once prior to the ceremony and responded to a small questionnaire and when we met the day of our wedding it felt like we had known him for years. So many people came up to my husband and I during the reception to ask how we knew Chad and how much they loved the ceremony. To say they were shocked when we told them we met him 5 minutes before the ceremony would be an understatement. If you are in So Cal and looking for an officiant - look no further!
My husband and I hired Chad to officiate our small, intimate wedding ceremony at Balboa Park and we could not be happier with the ceremony that Chad created.
Chad worked with us from the beginning to help create the type of ceremony we wanted. He wrote a beautiful ceremony and presented it perfectly. He was personable and genuine in his delivery. All of our family members complimented us on our decision to hire Chad!
Chad also was a tremendous help with a few hiccups we had with our ceremony location--he arrived with plenty of time before the event and helped us move our ceremony from one location in Balboa Park to the next.
Thank you so much for everything Chad!
Thank you Amy! I also appreciate the picture :)
Chad is amazing. Couldn't have asked for a better officiant. He's professional but really makes your Ceremony about you and your spouse. It's customized and full of feels. Yet, he also keeps it in a timeframe you want. Short? He's got you. Want it a little longer? He'll make sure to incorporate everything you want.
Actually think I got more compliments on Chad than on my dress :) Kidding, but he was truly amazing. We spent 6 months in marriage counseling with Chad and it was a service I would recommend to ANYONE looking to get married. It was so nice to know Chad before our ceremony.
The ceremony itself was a true highlight of our wedding. The guests were so engaged and it was romantic, funny, entertaining, and overall just so special. Chad has the perfect mix of pastor and friend, we even had him and his wife as wedding guests afterwards!
Highly highly recommend!!
Pastor Chad is an incredible officiant! From the moment we first sat down with him to our big day, my wife and I knew he was the person for the job. He made us feel like family and we would recommend to anyone!
Chad was awesome!!! He's nice, professional, and generally just has a nice vibe. Our wedding ceremony was wonderful, thanks to him. We did a mix of traditional and non-traditional elements. He infused our ceremony with humor and warmth, as if we had all been friends for years. Many of my guests commented to me afterwards that his remarks had left them in tears! Good work, Chad!!! I would recommend him to anyone!
Chad was the perfect officiant for our wedding. He provided exceptional service, was very flexible and made our ceremony flow seamlessly! Great personality, couldn't ask for more.
I would recommend Chad time and time again. He made our ceremony the best part of our wedding day. He used just the right amount and appropriateness of humor but also made it so personal. He was flexible, responded quickly, professional and just plain likable! He made our ceremony a beautiful and personal moment. Thanks a ton Chad!!
It was a blast working with you guys. Blessings!
My folks found Chad for our ceremony and let me tell you, he is a Heaven-sent! From the second we met him we knew he was perfect for our ceremony purely based on his personality. Once we got into the details we realized that our ceremony would be specialized around our relationship. We are both followers of Christ and Chad made the ceremony feel so full of the Lord's love. Thank you, Chad, for making our wedding day so special!!!
It was a great pleasure serving you and your family. Thank your for the opportunity.
Pastor Chad was fantastic! His message during the ceremony was personable, funny, and touching. My wife and I couldn't be happier with our decision to go with him. Don't be intimidated by the "homework" he gives you! It's very easy and makes the ceremony so much better than your typical boiler plate ceremony. He has a great vibe and is super easy to work with. We would definitely recommend him to anyone. We're so thankful he was part of our big day!
Chad was absolutely amazing. We did contact him with only about a month notice for the wedding but he was available and helped us every step of the way. We met with him and he was able to answer every question I had since I didn't know a whole lot about how weddings usually go. He also gives you the ability to customize how you want the ceremony to go! He definitely made the ceremony fun and added a little bit of humor to lighten the mood of the ceremony. I was definitely stressed as the bride but Chad kept the ceremony relaxed and I thank him for that. The ceremony was beautiful and it couldn't have been any better!!!!
Chad Richards was amazing. He married us in our backyard! We have six kids between the two of us and he helped us creatively involve them as we made our new family official. The way he expressed our story to our friends and family was so special, thoughtful, and humorous - better than we imagined it could be. He made himself very available to us as we planned and his pricing is more than reasonable for what he contributes to your big day. We knew immediately after meeting him that he was the one we wanted to join us together!
Pastor Chad was beyond our expectations of an officiant. His message was the perfect length, sweet, and filled with so much personal information that you would feel like if he'd known us our entire life. My wife and I only sat with him once and immediately we knew he would be the perfect fit for our wedding. Even two weeks after our wedding our guests are still raving about the awesome message that Pastor Chad had during our ceremony. Definitely would recommend anyone hiring Pastor Chad as their officiant and I guarantee they won't be disappointed. His presence at our wedding was beyond a blessing.
Chad was AMAZING! He was easy to get in contact with, easy to get a hold of whenever we had questions, professional and flexible with our schedule the day of the ceremony. The ceremony went perfectly and we were so happy to have him be a part of it. All of our guests loved him and we would highly recommend anyone in his area looking for an officiant to choose him!!!
Chad is amazing! He made us feel really comfortable and we were so certain after meeting him that he would do a great job. After our ceremony everyone asked us how we knew Chad, where we met him, etc... We told them we met him through a wedding website looking for officiants! People were so surprised we hadn't known Chad prior to hiring him to be our officiant. For the ceremony, Chad really did a great job telling our story and making it very personal. We are very happy with how everything turned out!
Chad was amazing! First off he showed up to our venue early which was great. He sat down with my groomsmen and just talked to them, got to know everyone. I liked that. As you know most weddings dont start on time and Chad was very patient with that as some key members trickled in a bit late. And he performed a great ceremony. Quick, fun and wonderful. Chad was great I would recommend him to anyone.
It felt like Chad really knew us , and he made our wedding ceremony amazing. Everyone asked after the ceremony if he was an old friend of ours. I have nothing to say but the utmost highest praises about Chad and his abilities to make your day a memorable one.
Our experience with Chad was amazing. He took us to a beautiful spot to get eloped. I would recommend him because he was professional, funny, and so nice! He made it so memorable!
Chad was absolutely amazing! Prior to the wedding, he gave us wedding homework to complete (order of events, vows etc). It also included great questions about us (how me met, how we start dating, engagement story, what qualities we love about each other etc). He incorporated our homework into the ceremony making it very personal. His personalization also helped make myself and the groom relax and enjoy the moment. We received so many compliments on the ceremony. I highly recommend him.
Thanks Stephanie for the great review!!
Chad was the best wedding officiant ever! We were nervous about having someone marry us that we found on yelp and had never met but Chad made the process so easy and seamless. He was willing to meet up with my husband and I to determine if he was a good fit for us where he went over his standard ceremony pointing out the parts that were customizable and would make it a personalized ceremony. He asked us questions about our story, and made a genuine effort to get to know us as a couple. We told him we wanted a happy light-hearted ceremony and wanted to include our 4 month old baby as well somehow. He suggested he wear our rings on a necklace and then my mom could hold him up like Simba when it was time for the rings! It was the cutest idea and so happy he suggested it.
The day of the ceremony, he came an hour early with a photographer that he recommended to make sure they were prepared to capture our special day the way we had pictured it in our heads.
Everyone had the best things to say about Chad, that it felt like he was a friend marrying us that had known us forever, just what we wanted
After the wedding, Chad sent us a copy of our personalized ceremony that we could keep forever- and shortly after edited photos that captured the day perfectly.
Chad really went above and beyond and I would highly recommend him as a wedding officiant.
Thanks for the excellent review Vanessa. I had a ton of fun officiating your wedding at the Wedding Bowl.
Chad was AMAZING! My husband and I wanted an officiant who would deliver a PERSONABLE ceremony. We have been to weddings that were a snooze, and we wanted our guests to be engaged in our ceremony. Upon our skype interview with Chad (we live in LA, but our wedding was in San Diego. He's so accommodating!) we fell in love with his vibe. It seemed like we've known him for a long time. He explained he likes to create a personal ceremony and incorporate our history. I thought that was a great way to let our guests know the backstory of how we met/got engaged. He also included some humor and kept my guests engaged. On our wedding day Chad was the best, Our DJ's microphone went out so Chad improvised and projected his voice with ease. I didn't even know and my guests didn't realize either. Overall he made my ceremony beautiful and my guests LOVED him. I would recommend him to anyone who wants the best ceremony EVER!
Thanks for the 5 star Review!!
Chad was more than we could have ever hoped an officiant would be! My wife and I constantly feared that we would have a "boring ceremony" because we had been to so many in the past, but that wasn't what we got with Chad! He personalized our ceremony and really got to know our story, which I believe is what sets him apart from the rest! He is organized and professional, which makes the process so easy as we were planning many other things before the wedding. He is naturally funny and is an entertainer, but also creates an environment that can be enjoyed by all.
You want Chad for sure!
Thanks for the review austin. Had a blast at your ceremony :)
We were very happy we chose Chad Richards as an officiant. Very good speaker! He was happy and upbeat, well groomed, calm and collected. A+