Officiant and Life & Career Coach
Officiant and Life & Career Coach

Officiant and Life & Career Coach

Offers remote services
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Offers remote services
Discounts available
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Introduction: As a Luxury Wedding officiant & I've officiated more than 450 weddings from rap stars to Russian ballerinas, from tech CEOs to professional athletes and no matter who you or your clients are your unique story of love is worth being told with laughter and tears during their ceremony by a professional. I take time to get to know you as a couple and relate your story back into your ceremony and afterwards almost everyone comments "that is the best ceremony I've ever attended." No canned scripts and you have my 25 years of officiating and public speaking experience. I'm the #1 recommended officiant by ShannonLeahy.com and DowneyStreetevents.com because I'm easy to work with & my process in working with you or your clients is fun, meaningful, & thoroughly enjoyable. (CarmelOfficiant.com) When you need coaching, spiritual counseling, and direction in your personal or professional life we will uncover what makes you come alive and what hinders you from becoming fully alive in work, relationships, and play. I've worked with CEOs and homeless veterans; I've worked with youth in refugee camps and students who have started their own nonprofits and companies. No one but you can solve your problem or difficulty or roadblock yet when you have someone on your team looking at problems, difficulties, and roadblocks from a different angle and in another slant you have infinite possibilities to make your big leap into your unique genius. Here's the mantra we work with: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ― Howard Thurman Let's find ways to wok, to collaborate, and to partner together to create ripple-effects of renewal and goodness and new hope in your living and in this world. And I'm often asked to speak at schools, businesses, civic organizations, and universities. As a public speaker & storyteller of 30 years experience I not only get people to the edge of their seats during a presentation but I help motivate them to get to the edge of their living both in their work, their relationships, and to overcome upper limiting beliefs. (TEDx Speaker Middlebury Institute of International Studies 2013. Social Innovation Summit 2019 Los Angeles main stage speaker with Microsoft, Google, and Me & the Bees Lemonade).
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Hired 5 times

Serves Carmel by the Sea, CA

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23 years in business

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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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Camden M.
Jun 2, 2022
Brian is hands down my favorite officiant in the Bay Area. I have been a planner for 7+ years and he is my go to! I highly recommend him. Not only is he amazing at his job, but he is also a great person and friend :)
Officiant and Life & Career Coach's reply
Thank you Camden. You and your teams are so easy and fun to work with. I appreciate your words here and can't wait to work with you again my friend.
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Cecelia A.
May 19, 2022
Brian was our officiant for our casual and untraditional micro wedding affair. He was fun to work with and easy to be around! We were acquaintances before our wedding, but Brian’s warm manner made him part of our extended family… He also quickly understood us as a couple and articulated it beautifully in his presentation and our vows. We are so grateful to him for helping us pull it together so quickly!
Officiant and Life & Career Coach's reply
Loved celebrating you two and your love for one another along with your family. Such a sweet time with you all and I call myself fortunate for getting to know such a wonderful family as a result. Thank you for your words here Cecelia.
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Brian Bajari

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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