Luxury Weddings. Personal Experiences.
Luxury Weddings. Personal Experiences.

Luxury Weddings. Personal Experiences.

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Introduction: My name is Brian Bajari and I craft and officiate your wedding ceremony centered around your unique story of love and commitment to one another. Where laughter, tears, and a sacred elegance is experienced by you and all of your guests. I've performed over 400 weddings in Carmel, Big Sur, Pebble Beach, Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Tiburon, Napa Valley and beyond... Why I do what I do? How many ceremonies have you attended that truly captured the character and spirit of the couple? And, how many of those ceremonies were terribly dull and all you wanted to do was find your way to the reception? There’s no reason why your ceremony shouldn’t be as meaningful and memorable as your reception, right? You spend enormous amounts of time planning your wedding - from picking the perfect venue, to deciding on hydrangeas or roses in your arrangement, to the playlist for the DJ, to the wedding party gifts, to the white twinkle lights and sparklers - you plan every little detail… except for the ceremony. Let’s change that. Together, we get to the heart and soul of what matters in your ceremony most, and all the reasons why you fell in love. From the first email inquiry to each planning phone call, to the rehearsal - I take the time to listen and ask questions that enable me to narrate your love story in a meaningful and unique way. Each ceremony is "couple centered" and ranges from traditional weddings, interfaith weddings, non-denominational ceremonies, spiritual weddings, inclusive weddings, and vow renewals.
Overview

Hired 4 times

Serves Carmel by the Sea, CA

1 employee

23 years in business

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Cash, Check, PayPal, Square cash app, Venmo, Zelle

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Reviews

Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, work quality, and value.

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Ellen Y.
Nov 21, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

Brian was wonderful. There was a number of things that we weren't sure about when we started planning our small garden wedding, but with his experience and expertise Brian guided us through the process, offering us a number of options and helping us figure out what was right for us. Then day of, we couldn't have asked for better. The ceremony was perfect, Brian did an amazing job setting the perfect tone for our wedding. Both family and friends commented on how he had captured us from the welcome, to our story, to the presentation of us as the newly wedded couple. It was a pleasure working with Brian, we are so fortunate to have had him officiate our wedding.

Details: Elopement • Non-religious (no mention of God) • 20 guests or fewer • Help writing vows will not be needed • English • Officiant will not be needed at the rehearsal • Date and time has not yet been chosen

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Nicole B.
Oct 14, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

He is the best wedding officiant in this world! He is so lovely and we just love everything what he said in our wedding! I do recommend Brian for your Big Day!!!

Details: Wedding • Catholic • 51 - 100 guests • Help writing vows will be needed • English • Officiant will not be needed at the rehearsal • Officiant does not need to be present at rehearsal

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Atenea G.
Sep 2, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

We contacted Brian the same day as the wedding happens, because the officer we had hired canceled on us, just hours before the ceremony, but it was the best thing that could have happened to us. Brian showed a lot of professionalism, patience and good disposition. He actually did perform an elegant and exciting ceremony, he save the day, we are so grateful. Thanks Brian.

Details: Commitment ceremony • Non-religious (no mention of God) • 20 guests or fewer • Help writing vows will not be needed • English • Officiant will not be needed at the rehearsal • Officiant does not need to be present at rehearsal

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FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    As an officiant for luxury weddings I point out that to afford a high-end boutique cake it can cost a thousand to several thousand dollars. ​And yet no matter how good the cake may be it is only memorable in the moment of consumption and the presentation for the photographer. On the other hand your ceremony sets the tone for the rest of your wedding celebration and if your ceremony is engaging and shines light on you as a couple it will be a deeply memorable experience for you and all of your guests for years to come. My experience and my time and my delivery are worth the extra cost. It's as least as good as your cake. There is no charge for our first initial consultation by phone or Facetime. I'm based in Carmel, CA. And so my base price is $500 anywhere from Big Sur to Santa Cruz. I'm often referred to officiate weddings in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Tiburon, and Napa Valley. The prices range from $700 to $5000 depending on the time of the year, travel, accommodations, and the demand I'm receiving for my work. And if you are having a smaller wedding celebration or elopement during the week my price ranges from $500 to $750.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Will you help us craft our ceremony? Of course. From the first email inquiry to each planning phone call to in person meetings and all the way to rehearsal and the day of your wedding, I take the time to listen and ask questions that enable me to reflect your love story personally, elegantly, and with some tears and laughter in between. ​My vision is to revive the art of the personal wedding ceremony so I work closely with you as a couple. We also discuss what nuances or sensitivities to be aware of related to your backgrounds so we can honor family traditions without compromising the values you hold as a couple. I'm here to help you navigate those places without losing the momentum of the arc of your story as a couple. ​What types of ceremonies do you officiate? All types. ​What makes your ceremony process unique? I listen. I am a keen observer of what makes couples tick. I live by the poem from Mary Oliver; Instructions for Living a Life Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. ​ My mission is to pay attention to your story, become astonished at how the intersections in your story occurred, and then tell about the brilliance and beauty of your story to you and your guests during the ceremony. Everyone's story is compelling. Tears and laughter are part of all love stories and tears and laughter keep everyone engaged and on the edge of their seats. How long is a ceremony? It all depends on what you want. ​20-30 minutes is a sweet spot to aim for. Shorter than 15 minutes is best left to courthouse ceremonies or for a couple who doesn't want their story included in the ceremony. Ceremonies that go 40 minutes and beyond tend to be religiously focused ceremonies that require elements that have been ritualized in a particular faith tradition. How long have you been doing this? Since 1999. ​I've officiated well over 400 ceremonies.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    What is your background? I graduated with a B.A. in English literature from Dartmouth College and so I love story and work hard to uncover compelling ways to incorporate couples' stories into their ceremonies. I have seminary work from both Fuller Theological Seminary as well as Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. I also have a graduate certificate in leadership development from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. ​I have co-founded a few non-profits and am currently a founding partner of Spero Challenge.

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