Your Personal Ceremony
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I absolutely LOVED working with Joanie. First she met up with us back in March at her home to talk to us and have us fill out a questionnaire about ourselves. Then she went through the questionnaire and multiple different weddings and options to pick out for our vows. Once we had a good idea as to what we wanted, she wrote lots of notes and waited for our call-back to make sure we were for sure interested. Once we called her back and got the ball rolling, over the extent of the next several months (April to September) we emailed and talked back and forth with how we wanted the ceremony to go and FINALLY finalized everything and waited for the big day to come!! Once the day prior to the wedding came (during the rehearsal) she met up with us at the site and walked us through everything and verified everyone was doing what they needed to be doing. Then we all enjoyed a delicious dinner and carried!! Then came the big day, she was there in time and had met up with the DJ prior to make sure everything went nice and smooth and they were both on point. After the whole wedding ceremony we all met up signed papers, took pictures and finally all enjoyed some dinner and beverages. All in all Joanie was awesome and did a wonderful job, with no problems at all!! We are so thankful and grateful for the beautiful ceremony she provided for us!! I HIGHLY recommend "Your Personal Ceremony" to anyone that is in need of a officiate at their wedding. Thank you so much Joanie!!!Oct 24, 2015
Joanie was a pleasure to work with. She helped craft our Ceremony, took the lead when needed and even used her native drumming skills. She was prompt, friendly and professional. Highly recommended!Jul 22, 2015Verified
Joanie from Your Personal Ceremony was the best! We were able to customize our wedding to really make it special for us. Everything went beautifully, and we would highly recommend Joanie to anyone looking to create the perfect ceremony! ~Jake and SkylerSep 30, 2014VerifiedYehudah W.'s reply
Thanks, Jake and Skyler!
Joan worked with the budget that we had, when we met with her she had such great ideas on poems for the ceremony and what order things should go in. I was nervous on the wedding day about things falling into place, she helped calm me down and focus on what the day was about, which was me and my husband. The day turned out to be the most amazing day ever, if we re-new our vows we'll be giving her a call again. Thank-you again JoanMay 29, 2013VerifiedYehudah W.'s reply
Thanks, Robert, for your Thumbtack review in May! Hope all is well! Joanie
We wanted a simple elopement and Joan officiated beautifully. We felt so welcome in her home even with our toddler running around like mad. It was a lovely ceremony that exceeded our expectations. We are so happy that we chose Joan and Your Personal Ceremony. It was perfect, they even took photos for us.Dec 31, 2012Verified
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- What types of customers have you worked with?Our niche is personalized wedding ceremonies, especially interfaith weddings. We also do elopements in our living room or backyard. Ana Villarqui is our Spanish, Bi-lingual Wedding Officiant available for Hispanic wedding ceremonies. We have married couples in prison, jail and even one death-bed wedding. Mostly we create non-denominational personalized wedding ceremonies and help each couple create a very special wedding ceremony unique to them. We provide rehearsal guidance, file the legal papers, and send each couple a final copy of their ceremony on parchment paper. Our couples become our very dear friends through the process of creating their wedding ceremony, one that they and their guests will remember for years to come.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Really think about the kind of ceremony you want rather than the cost of the officiant. We are among the best in Portland - and so you might need to pay a bit more for a quality wedding ceremony.
- What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?There are many people who put out that they do wedding ceremonies, but not many that truly do a good job. We have heard nightmare stories from people whose relative hired someone cheap who was just that - cheap. Its important to be discerning about who you hire.