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Parisa · Married on 06/29/2013
Nilou's attention to detail, organization and execution of everything we discussed was flawless. Everything was perfect and we couldn't have asked for a better officiant.
She took the time to get to know us both and everything was exactly to our liking. our ceremony was truly custom and unique. Everyone was raving about how great our officiant was and loved our ceremony. I highly recommend Nilou to everyone.
When I reflect back on my wedding she was one of the decisions I would absolutely make over and over again, wouldn't change a thing.
Mariam · Married on 08/05/2018
Amazing officiant and day of coordinator
Booking Nilou as our officiant and day of coordinator was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding! After meeting with her locally in San Francisco, we quickly realized that Nilou was not only highly professional and an expert at her trade but she also took time to get to know us and about our families to create a unique and memorable ceremony for our Persian American wedding across the country. She put everyone, especially us at ease, researching the out-of-state marriage license information and delivering a beautiful, eloquent ceremony. She flawlessly orchestrated the communication and vendor coordination in advance and on the day of the wedding so that any last minute details were executed perfectly. Our guests were very impressed and we cannot thank Nilou enough for all her efforts to make our special day the best it could be!
Kiana · Married on 06/30/2018
Nilou is a 10/10.
Before booking Nilou for our wedding, I had seen her officiate a few weddings. I was always extremely impressed by her. She is truly one of a kind. When my husband and I got engaged, we knew immediately we wanted a Persian wedding. I am Persian, but my husband is not. When it came time to book an officiant for our wedding, I wanted someone who I knew could capture the beautiful nuances of Persian culture and explain it to those who were not familiar with this style of wedding in a romantic, beautiful and hilarious way. We knew we wanted Nilou. There is no one else! Not only does Nilou engage the crowd, make everyone laugh, explain all the traditions perfectly in Farsi and English (or whatever you want - she is incredibly accommodating and will style your ceremony any way you desire) she shows up dressed to KILL! Her impeccable style is unforgettable. I have had so many guests come to me after the wedding, asking about her and commenting on how fabulous she is. The guests who had not attended a Persian wedding before were absolutely blown away by the ceremony, and many commented it was their favorite part of the night. A few guests even commented that Nilou had made it so easy and pleasant to follow along.
We absolutely loved having her and our wedding would not have been the same without her.
We would recommend her to all of our friends and family. If you want someone who will elevate your wedding ceremony in every way possible, you must give Nilou a call. We would pick her 10000 times over.
We love you Nilou! Thank you for being apart of our special day and making it so unforgettable!!
Kiana and Bryan
Babak · Married on 06/23/2018
Nilou is an absolute professional. She is dedicated & focused and walked us through process very well prior to the event; she's also a joy to work with. We would highly & enthusiastically recommend her.
sahar · Married on 05/19/2018
Asking Nilou to officiate our wedding ceremony was one of the best decisions we made in the planning process. Being 2nd generation Iranian kids in the South, we had friends and family of all different backgrounds attending our wedding ceremony. Nilou did such a perfect job getting to know us over FaceTime and email before the wedding, and incorporated our personalities and background into the ceremony as if we had known her our entire lives. I received so many compliments from our Iranian friends/family about how beautiful her words and the ceremony were, and also from our American friends/family about how well they were able to follow the ceremony and how much they enjoyed the Iranian traditions.
Donya · Married on 05/12/2018
My goodness, there is not enough space to write here how AMAZING Ms. Nilou Nouri is. We cannot thank this beautiful lady enough. She has been an angel and the biggest asset to the development and coordination of our wedding. If anyone is reading this, stop looking around, you have found the best wedding planner, coordinator, and/or wedding day officiant. This lady is worth more than her weight in gold. Thank you Nilou jan for our wonderful Persian/American/Greek Wedding. You have been a blessing and your smile is always the best to look forward to. Honestly, we never saw this lady once frown. She is always there with this angelic smile ready to help and make anything wedding related so much easier. We would recommend a hundred times over, pick a thousand times over. Look no further. Give her a call (and as usual, she will respond soooo quickly!)
Donya & Alexander
Christopher · Married on 02/02/2018
Nilou officiated our wedding recently and we could not have been happier! We had originally planned to just work with a typical justice of the peace at City Hall in San Francisco and were thrilled to learn that Nilou could do it instead. Yay! She created such a fun environment and really put a lot of thought and energy into making it a wonderful experience for everyone. Having Nilou officiate and put her own heartfelt personal touch on things really made our wedding. She also helped guide us through the process and had a lot of great ideas and suggestions since we had no idea what we were doing. We recommend her highly! She is the best! :)
Mishga · Married on 11/11/2017
Nilou is the Wonder Woman of planning, officiating, and saving weddings, no joke! After a year and a half of planning, everything literally burned to the ground only a month before the wedding date, and Nilou saved the day; but more on that later.
When I met Nilou, I was impressed by her portfolio of work and her professionalism. She understood exactly what I wanted and had amazing ideas that fit my vision. In time, I came to realize that she was an incredibly warm-hearted and patient individual that was masterful in managing the various requests from both sides of our families, while still staying true to what I wanted. She was very thorough and detail oriented, followed through on all inquiries, and went above and beyond what we expected from her.
As our officiant, she did a beautiful job of integrating all of our multicultural customs into one seamless ceremony. She did part of it in Farsi for our Persian guests, learned and memorized Hebrew verses for our Jewish guests, and translated all of it into English for our friends. She accomplished all of this in under one hour of ceremony time. All of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed it, and said that it inspired them to learn more about each others' cultures.
But now I'll get to the part where she rescued our wedding from certain doom! Our wedding was on 11/11/17, and was set to be located in Santa Rosa, CA. Unfortunately, the Santa Rosa wildfires occurred just one month before, and we had no choice but to relocate. Within 24 hours, she found 4 local venues in San Jose for us to choose from. She not only saved our wedding day, she made it so much more amazing and beautiful than we ever imagined. We made sure to surprise her with a big thank you and a standing ovation during the reception.
Nilou is an absolute treasure to work with. She understands and follows her client's vision and cultural traditions, has impeccable taste, has a professional work ethic, and works well under pressure.
Larry · Married on 10/27/2017
Nilou and her team were amazing! We had to plan our wedding from across the country in a very short time because of work schedules. We had initially made some plans, but it became apparent that we needed some professional guidance. Nilou and her team stepped in 60 days before the wedding and was able to ensure that the event went off perfectly. She was very attentive and extremely organized. In addition, because we could not get to the venue till a week before the wedding, Nilou helped us solve numerous last minute details and offered amazing suggestions that really completed our ceremony and the entire event. Also, she is an amazing officiant, her pose and elegance is something unique that I have not seen in other wedding before. She made our day easy and enjoyable and memorable!
Katie · Married on 10/07/2017
Nilou was an absolute dream to work with. She met with us in San Francisco on two different occasions before the ceremony and was so accommodating to our busy schedule. She was responsive in her emails from beginning to the end, even going as far to send us a copy of our marriage license while on our honeymoon. She worked with us to create a program for our non-denominational wedding - handpicking love poetry, quotes, and even working with a request from our parents to have their pastor speak in the beginning. She created the ceremony with such ease and every piece she chose fit like a perfect piece to our puzzle. She even coordinated her outfit to fit with our rustic-bohemian theme.
Nilou's kind, graceful, and calming presence brought the perfect amount of class and thoughtfulness to our wedding ceremony. She even added in a few kickers for laughs.
One additional plus: her years of experience speak to small things that she did throughout the wedding ceremony. After she wed us, she stepped aside so we could have pictures of our wedding kiss with just us in it. She pulled our witnesses aside to sign our marriage license without asking. She also made a FANTASTIC effort to meet our bridal party members at the rehearsal.
Any couple would be lucky to have her officiate their wedding! We love you Nilou!!!
Solmaz · Married on 09/29/2017
Beyond satisfied with Nilou’s service! She was amazing to work with, an absolute delight! Several guests commented on what a lovely job she did as well! She truly made my ceremony something special, unique, and to be remembered!
Anahita · Married on 09/02/2017
Nilou was a wonderful officiant. She was elegant, articulate and professional. I am Persian and my husband is American. I really wanted a traditional, non-religious Persian ceremony to highlight my beautiful culture in front of our guests. I also wanted someone who was knowledgeable about Persian traditions and fluent in both Farsi and English, so we could have a bilingual ceremony that catered to guests from both of our families. We found videos of Nilou online and were so impressed with her. She was exactly what I was looking for. I reached out to her and she was very responsive. She worked with me to customize our ceremony to meet my needs and expectations. She was extremely well prepared for our wedding and she delivered a beautiful wedding ceremony for us. We received numerous compliments on how unique and beautiful our ceremony was from our guests. I am so glad she was part of our special day.
Tara · Married on 08/18/2017
We had the privilege of having Nilou officiate our wedding this past August and we couldn’t be happier with her and her incredible service. Nilou was very helpful in guiding us through the process by making suggestions while also making sure to keep the ceremony our own. She was very accessible in preparation and was an incredibly calming presence on our wedding day. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a delightful, thoughtful, well-spoken, elegant, and talented officiant for their big day.
Vida · Married on 08/13/2017
As a Persian and American couple, we wanted to have a Persian-themed wedding ceremony that was inclusive to both of our families. Nilou Nouri has an incredible reputation for officiating Persian wedding ceremonies, she was our obvious first choice. She worked closely and intimately with us to design a ceremony that included both traditions from a Persian upbringing and a Protestant American upbringing. We were very happy with all the recommendations she made in crafting a personalized and sacred wedding ceremony.
In addition to being culturally inclusive, Nilou’s fluency in both English and Farsi, allowed her to customize a ceremony that was culturally eloquent too. She is an incredible public speaker and was very skillful at keeping the details meaningful, while keeping the attendees engaged. She has a good sense of humor keeping the mood lighthearted, yet also conveying an affectionate tone with words that poetically and romantically weave a beloved ceremony.
We highly recommend Nilou Nouri as a wedding officiant, especially to everyone and anyone who is Persian. She is highly professional and will be sure to make your wedding a truly special occasion as she did ours. Thanks Nilou!!!
Vida & Ed Pierce
david · Married on 07/25/2017
Nilou made our wedding day perfect!
We live in Florida and we wanted to get married by a woman in our favorite city, San Francisco. This made planning the wedding a bit more complicated but, with the help of the events planner at the Loews Regency Hotel, we chose Nilou.
After our first contact with Nilou we knew that we made the right choice. It was obvious that she sincerely cared about people and loved her chosen profession. Nilou scheduled time to talk to each of us privately (by phone) to get to know us and hear our unique love story from each of us individually. As a result of our conversations with Nilou, her first draft of the wedding script was perfect. We were so impressed with the brilliant job she did, even adding a little humor, it was as if she could see inside of us. It was so comforting to know that before we departed for California our wedding would be in good hands with Nilou.
On our wedding day Nilou arrived in breathtaking fashion, we were blow away by her grace and beauty. Nilou’s kindness and sense of humor kept us calm and cheerful for our special moment and she delivered her script with loving care that made our wedding perfect. Nilou is truly a wonderful person with a kind heart and it shines through in everything she does.
Naseem · Married on 07/03/2017
Nilou was incredible! I (Bride) am Persian and born/raised in the US, and my husband is Persian and born/raised in Iran. We wanted to have a traditional aghd that would be customized for us as individuals. Since most of our guests did not speak Farsi, we were also looking for someone who spoke both English and Farsi beautifully. Nilou was exactly what we were looking for, and we were lucky enough that she was available when we booked her only 3 months before our wedding. She was even willing to take an early morning flight from Portland the day after another wedding so she could arrive in Milan only a few hours before our ceremony. While we never met Nilou in person before our ceremony, she delivered on everything she promised on - we spoke to her a few times by phone/Skype and emailed with her about our ceremony outline. She was always very professional and responsible. She did an exceptional job of weaving together the ancient Persian aghd traditions with what people expect in a wedding ceremony today. We were very specific that we did not want any religious elements but preferred a more romantic/poetic feeling which is exactly what the ceremony was. Many of our guests told us it was the most beautiful ceremony they have attended and though they had not attended a Persian aghd before, found it very interesting. We highly recommend Nilou to anyone who is looking to have a Persian aghd!
Yashar · Married on 06/03/2017
Nilou did an incredible job with our ceremony! We (bride and groom) come from different backgrounds (American, Filipino and Persian) and she did a wonderful job including aspects from all traditions. Nilou handled her responsibilities with the utmost amount of class, professionalism, elegance, grace, and humor. She is first class and we couldn't have imagined our ceremony going any better than it did. With Nilou, we didn't have to worry about a thing after talking with her about what was important to us and allowing her to understand who we were as a couple. We could write and praise her forever but just now that you are in great hands when working with Nilou and that she will tailor any parts of the ceremony to your liking; she was simply amazing to work with and we would recommend her to every person looking for an officiant!
Pooya · Married on 02/25/2017
If you're looking for a cultural archivist and caring officiant to not only marry you but to also educate and enlighten your guests on your heritage, look no further than Ms. Nilou. She made our wedding truly special not only for my wife and I but also for our families and our guests who are still applauding our memorable cultural ceremony. She is truly a student of history and took the job of learning more not only about us but also about our heritages seriously which definitely came across during our multiple calls, FaceTime's, and emails which resulted in truly an amazing union. We simply cannot thank Nilou enough and all of our families and friends are so grateful for her care, support, and attention to every detail which was very noticed and super-appreciated throughout our whole experience.
Allegra · Married on 12/23/2016
Nilou is fabulous and the most extraordinary officiant and wedding coordinator. She is exceptionally thoughtful, kind, and generous, and she has excellent taste, wonderful instincts, and a perfect way with people. When my partner and I decided to have a small wedding at San Francisco City Hall, we looked for an officiant who could incorporate Zoroastrian traditions and cultural and personal elements we cared most about and we found Nilou. She went on to make our wedding day more meaningful and beautiful than we could have imagined. We first met with Nilou about six months before our wedding to talk about what we envisioned for our ceremony and to learn more about each other. And then we stayed in touch as Nilou helped us with every detail of that day, always responding right away and in ways that were so helpful--connecting us to an outstanding florist, finding a private cable car service to take our party to a post-ceremony reception at the Slanted Door, arranging every detail down to clear umbrellas for the rainy part of the day. Nilou prepared a ceremony that moved everyone present and drew in our families' different cultural traditions. We will always be so grateful and happy for the way Nilou helped us bring our loved ones and us together through our celebration. Nilou is a treasure and I could not recommend her more highly or with greater enthusiasm.
Suzanne · Married on 12/18/2016
It was a pleasure working with Nilou for our wedding ceremony. She went above and beyond to perform a wonderful wedding ceremony for us that we will always remember and cherish. We had an Egyptian-Persian wedding and it was my goal to combine the fascinating cultures in our wedding while at the same time engaging guests from both sides. We had guests who only understood Farsi or Arabic or English and so we requested from her that the wedding ceremony be a mix of Persian poems and blessings along with Arabic loves quotes/poems/blessings as well as English. She delivered an excellent and outstanding wedding ceremony in Farsi-Arabic-and English and our guests were beyond happy. My husband and I met with many officiants before the wedding in search for the one who would be able to fulfill our dream of delivering a multi cultured ceremony that would engage all of our guests. And while we felt that all the other officiants had their pros and cons, Nilou was by far our chosen one. Her Farsi, English, and Arabic is clear and fluent. Furthermore, she worked closely with us before the wedding to get to know us better. She was very responsive with her emails and telephone calls. She even stopped by the bridal suite before in the morning of the wedding to congratulate us in person before the start of the ceremony. Oh and her outfit was gorgeous!! I had 6 bridesmaids for my wedding all wearing a gorgeous burgundy strapless dress and Nilou managed to find almost the exact color of the bridal party's gowns where she created a wonderful and confluent blend in colors. She is also a good friend and stays in contact with you after the wedding. We wish her and her family all the best and hope to see her again at future events.
Maryam · Married on 11/05/2016
Nilou is absolutely a doll. My friend told me about her. At first I was a little hesitant because she lives in CA and our wedding was in South FL, but the very first time I spoke to her I know she was the right one for us. She is a very calm, classy and elegant woman which is exactly what I was looking for my big day. My ceremony was absolutely Magical and dreamy and we owe it to her. Thank you for making our big day magnificent.
Jessica · Married on 10/13/2016
This review is loooong overdue seeing as how the wedding was this past October. Nilou was both my officiant and coordinator. I'm honestly not sure what I would have done without her throughout the process of getting married. As my coordinator, Nilou went above and beyond the call of duty. I experienced almost no stress the day of the wedding due in large part to Nilou. As an officiant, Nilou was amazing and made our ceremony feel quite unique.
As a coordinator, with the assistance of Lily, Nilou did an unbelievably fantastic job. A couple of weeks before the wedding, I was quite stressed with all of the little details and Nilou swooped in to alleviate much of that stress. Her attention to detail was magnificent and the venue was set up beyond my expectations. I truly trusted Nilou throughout the entire process. I highly recommend Nilou -- she is both personable and professional! My only regret is that I did not write this review sooner.
Alice & Jack · Married on 09/24/2016
Our wedding was in September 2016 a very busy month for weddings! We were initially supposed to have our friend fly in to be our Officiant, unfortunately about a month before hand, she had to back out due to work conflicts. Thankfully she told us early enough! So just another minor setback among others when planning a wedding. We reached out to our wedding planner, Halina from A Touch of Grace, who found that Nilou was available the day of our wedding! We met Nilou before the wedding and we are so glad we did! She really did a great job with our Ceremony! We were so pleased the way it turned out! She took the time to get to know us, how we met, etc. and what theme we were doing and she made it perfect! We are so thankful we got to match with her!
Sepideh · Married on 09/02/2016
Where do I begin..... Elegance, Modern, Romantic are all the words our guests used to describe our Wedding Ceremony officiated by Nilou. We LOVED her! Nilou did an amazing job officiating our Persian/American ceremony Labor Day weekend. From the start she was very helpful in planning and creating the flow of our ceremony. She took time to get to know us, what we like to include and understand what we envisioned for our Aghd (Persian Ceremony). She perfectly weaved in both cultures so that everyone was engaged and enthralled. Describing all the Persian Ceremony traditions and translating meanings.We received so many compliments from our guests on how beautiful the ceremony was and how elegantly Nilou spoke. My brides-to-be friends in the audience even asked us for her contact information for their own weddings. We highly recommend her!
Leila · Married on 08/20/2016
THE MOST INCREDIBLE WEDDING CEREMONY!!! We hired Nilou to officiate our wedding ceremony. We did both a Persian ceremony (aghd) and Christian ceremony. Nilou first met with me to get an idea of what I was looking for and to also get some information on me and my husband as a couple. She carefully designed the ceremony to match our personalities and to match the qualities that drew my husband and I together. Once she put together an outline of what she planned to say during the ceremony - she sent me a copy to see if I had any edits and comments and incorporated those in. We then had her come to the rehearsal to practice everything with us in person. On the wedding day SHE WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I still have people telling me how great the ceremony was. The ceremony was poetic, fluid, personalized, and romantic - all in one. It is truly an art that she has mastered. Most people get bored during the ceremony or are uninterested - but everyone in the room was captivated. During the planning process, you may not realize it because you will be tied up in details like flowers, music, and food, but the ceremony is absolutely the most important part of the wedding and Nilou made that happen for us. Hiring her for our ceremony was the BEST DECISION I made during the entire process. Thank you so much, Nilou!