A Soulful Commitment

Pittsburgh, PA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

My work stands out from others because my ceremonies are unique, and completely different from other ceremonies. I speak for the couple, defining their relationship and personalities.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love meeting new people, hearing their stories. I love bringing two people together in a sacred moment, intertwining two hearts into one unbreakable union.

Location

Pittsburgh, PA 15229

Years in business

10

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

71

Reviews

44 Reviews
  • Katie B. Sep 19, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Absolutely Perfect!
    Dina was absolutely perfect! All of our guests are commenting on how beautiful our ceremony was. We loved creating our own, we were able to make it a great mix between our two religious backgrounds with ease. Dina was so easy to work with and always available to answer any questions we had about the ceremony. I would high recommend her to anyone!
  • Jason F. Jun 7, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    18 stars! Dina helped us create such an amazing ceremony. She was amazingly professional. She met with us online ahead of time and in person when we got to town. We were in a city we'd never been, and she gave us advice on where to eat, what to visit, and what to skip. She will be a special person in our lives for years to come. :-)
  • Justin C. May 13, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    She did everything for us and so much more. Giving us the ability to customize or ceremony and having our be truly something unique that no one else will ever do is really something to cherish on your big day. I could not be happier with the outcome and I cannot recommend Dinelle's service enough. She is truly a remarkable woman for everything she does.
  • Lacey M. Oct 22, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    Dina was very helpful with any questions we had about the ceremony and license. She was very easy to work with and provided a wonderful service that had everyone tearing up.
  • Tuongvi N. Sep 22, 2015
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  • Irene B. Sep 21, 2015
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  • Heather O. Sep 19, 2015
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  • John W. Aug 29, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    We were simply looking for an officiant to perform the legal necessities for our wedding. (We've been together 20 years.) Dina took what could have simply been a legal transaction and gave it a little extra meaning and 'weight.' Something we weren't expecting and didn't know we wanted. We will always be grateful that even in such a basic arrangement, we still had something meaningful and memorable thanks to Dina.
  • Heidi G. Jul 20, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    The whole process went smoothly. Dina gave me many example vows to choose from to help me figure out what I was trying to convey without having to write my own vows. She was also on time and sweet during our meetings and ceremony. Highly recommended!
  • David Z. Jun 21, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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  • Amanda C. May 27, 2015
    It has been 7 months since my wedding and I still feel the needed to put a review up. We got married in October, Rev. Dina was over an hour late, called my husband Josh, when his name is John and forgot to mention and had to ask during my ceremony for my deceased family member’s names when we were doing the tribute to them in the ceremony. I would not recommend her at all. I will say this, pre ceremony wise, she was great called and gave us many option as to what could go into our service. And was willing to customize it to us, But unfortunately on the day she dropped the ball big time and it’s something we will all never forget. Could have over looked if it was one thing, but my video of my wedding has everyone correcting her about my husbands and she brushed it off like it was nothing. We reached out to her after expressing our feelings and she offered to send back $100, that we would have it in 30 days…. It’s been 7 months. She charged us $400 I paid almost $1000 in extra expenses due to her tardiness, our photographer had to stay longer( charging us more) and had to come back the next day and take photos of us as a new couple, and pay her more for the next day shooting to. Plus we had to pay our musicians more too for staying longer. It was in the 30’s this day too and it was an outside wedding, no one was happy about that. It also pushed back our whole reception. All in all I would stay away. She read off her iPad the whole time and apparently it didn’t update right for our ceremony. In my opinion for the money we spent, we could have had someone else who was more attentive to detail on the day. We did discuss that BEFORE THE ACTUAL DAY we were flexible on time but on the day we were not and she thought we were, her being late was just the icing on the cake. We took more issue with the problems in the ceremony and how things were handled from her. Very unprofessional.
    Dina M. May 30, 2015

    It has been 7 months since this wedding, and within the last 2 days, this past client has found it necessary to slander me on every wedding website there is. Amanda called a few weeks before her ceremony was to take place and was worried she couldn't find someone to officiate her wedding since she waited until the last minute. I already had a wedding booked on her date, but told her that if she was flexible, I could do it. I had reservations because it was so far away, and wasn't sure how it would work out. She assured me that as long as it would take place before dark we were good. It was in a shed in the middle of nowhere~ GPS couldn't track it, and she gave very poor instructions. My previous wedding took a little longer than expected, and I attempted to call and text Amanda several times to let her know. I drove 90+ mph for over an hour to try to get to her on time, and when I got to the address she gave me, I found out that I still had another 10 minutes to drive. So I showed up about 40 minutes late, and the wedding didn't start for another 20 afterwards. It is also not my fault about the temperature being 30 degrees. Mother Nature doesn't always listen to me. I did call John~ Josh and I apologized sincerely. My previous wedding's groom was named Josh, and I was so flustered, that I mis spoke. It was an honest mistake. I was incredibly embarrassed. Amanda is right, I did not have her remembrance of family in the document correctly. She gave me the names at the very last minute, and I had her previous draft of ceremony already uploaded. The new one would not open for me, and I didn't have a chance to get the names beforehand. I apologized for this as well. I do use my iPad for weddings. Because every single wedding is uniquely different, I am not able to memorize every wedding. I worked hard at putting her ceremony together. I was kind and willing to help with whatever she needed. Amanda did reach out to me afterwards, to demand that I give her a refund in entirety, and threatened to sue me if I didn't. I offered to giver $100 in a refund because I was late, and she never got back to me to accept the offer. I am very sorry you were not satisfied with my services.

  • Patricia H. May 22, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Dina was professional, made great suggestions with the flow of our ceremony, and was very caring in all her work. Would definitely recommend her to anyone!
  • Katie V. May 20, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Dina was the perfect person to marry us. She was very thorough and direct in ensuring that the ceremony met our expectations and wishes. Dina is kind and thoughtful and a joy to work with. I really appreciated her willingness to perform the ceremony we imaged - not requiring us to fit within her standard ceremony. Further, she preformed the ceremony with clarity and sincerity. It was perfection.
  • David L. May 19, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Dina was a pleasure to work with. We got married at the Airport Marriott this past Saturday and everyone made comment on how our ceremony was the best that they had ever witnessed. It was personal and intimate. It was romantic and real. Grown men admitted to us that they were so moved by everything and even teared up. Dina is such a pleasant and caring person and it showed through during our ceremony. We cannot thank her enough for making the most important day even better than we expected!!
  • Michele G. Apr 2, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    I love that we felt at ease from the moment we met. We wanted something small and that was respected. At the same time, our special day was made very memorable. Highly recommend. Nikkei and Ken
  • Christina W. Feb 26, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Working with Dina was a wonderful experience!! She took great care of us and made our day extremely special. I suggest that anyone who has a chance work with her, I promise you will have a wonderful experience.
  • Mengchu W. Feb 24, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    Dina is excellent, kind, and thoughtful. Please hire Dina!
  • Jayne W. Dec 9, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
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    Dina was amazing! I highly recommend her! We decided at the last minute to get married and she put together a perfect Ceremony. Everyone raved about how great she was!
  • Don L. Dec 8, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
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    I wish I could leave 10 stars! Dina was amazing from start to finish! She was beyond helpful. She sent us tips and guides on each aspect of the ceremony and made great suggestions on how it should flow. Her input was such a blessing and helped make our ceremony classic, yet memorable. She had such a warm and commanding presence during the ceremony. She made the ceremony such a beautiful event. Nearly all of the guests spoke to us to say what a wonderful job she did. We could not be more pleased and would recommend Dina to anyone. If you are in need of a celebrant for your wedding, please contact Dina. You will not be sorry. Thank you Dina!!
  • Debra E. Nov 17, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
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    Dina officiated our wedding with very short notice - only about 3 weeks. We met her and instantly felt so comfortable with her. She helped us to design our own ceremony and made it so personal. All of our guests commented about how great she was and how she made it one of the best weddings they'd ever witnessed.
  • Rebecca H. Sep 28, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
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    We chose Dina to officiate our non-denominational wedding. We found her on Thumbtack and we had constant contact from that point on. Dina did an amazing job in helping organize and giving us options for our ceremony. She was willing to travel and spend the night in the town our ceremony was in just to be a part of our rehearsal and big day. She was extremely flexible and even was able to change the ceremony the day of the wedding. We had so many compliments about her and several questioned where we found her because she did such a great job. I think Dina did an amazing job and would recommend her to anyone needing an officiant!
  • Lisa M. Aug 25, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
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    Dina was wonderful. Our ceremony was very special and unique to us. We got alot of compliments on how nice the service was. It was exactly what we were looking for.
  • Deborah P. Jul 19, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
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    Thank you, Dina for helping to make the wedding ceremony for Vic and I so special! We really felt that we got to know you in the short time leading up to our ceremony on 7/12/14 and you worked hard to make our event unique and wonderful. Our "hard to please" family members had many positive comments to make about how you eloquently officiated at our ceremony. Thank your for your willingness to read our relatively long "what I love about you" letters to each other because I think that it would have been challenging for Vic and I to make it through the letters without getting very emotional. You really paced the whole ceremony well and were a definite pleasure to work with! Thanks again! Wishing you and your family all the best, Deb and Vic
  • Lauren C. Jun 26, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
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    We met with Dina last night to see if she was a good fit to perform our ceremony. She was great and really connected with my fiancé. I'm so excited to have someone we both love and I know will make sure our day is as magical as we want it to be!
  • Tina C. Jun 4, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    I would definitely recommend Dina to anyone looking to create a magical wedding ceremony. She makes your ceremony your own. My husband and I wrote personal letters to each other that she read exactly as we had intended them to be read when we were writing them. Dina is a fantastic public speaker and everyone after our wedding was commenting about the ceremony and how touching and personal it was. We couldn't have ask for anything more amazing. Thank you again Dina!
  • Paula T. May 20, 2014
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  • Jeffrey K. Apr 8, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
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    Dina could not have been better, a very enjoyable experience ! The whole process from start to finish was professional and her templates made selecting our ceremony that much easier. We would recommend her to anyone.
  • Jenny M. Apr 2, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
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    I can't begin to describe how easy and joyful this process was for both Dave and I. Dina is by far the most organized and thoughtful officiant we met with, and made planning our ceremony painless and fun! Dina put us both at ease, and made sure our families were both well represented in our ceremony. She was wonderful to work with, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who is worried about designing an inclusive ceremony. Not only did Dina bring many options for each section of the ceremony, she also sent us a few sample ceremonies to review and glean ideas from. I went from being frantic about our ceremony to being frantic about everything else but the ceremony! Truly a pleasant and amazing experience for us!
  • Vicki A. Feb 1, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
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  • Brian H. Jan 28, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
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    It was our sincerest pleasure having Dina officiate our outdoor ceremony yesterday (yes, outdoor, in January, during a "polar vortex"). My wife and I were looking for something short and simple yet spoke to the love we share. She nailed it. My father-in-law commented on how perfectly she encapsulated the message in under 10 minutes and that he was impressed by her ceremony. Dina was attentive to our needs and desires, meeting with us beforehand (and introducing us to a GREAT coffeehouse), listening to our story, sharing some of hers, and guiding us through creating OUR perfect ceremony, without judgement. Granted, our ceremony was short and simple, but it was how we wanted it, and we couldn't have asked for a better officiant to join us together yesterday.
  • William B. Jan 21, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Dina was wonderful. We both had been married before and wanted a low profile intimate event. She met every aspect and then some. We can't suggest anything that could improve our experience. She was great...Thank you Dina
  • Angela G. Jan 21, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    My husband and I hired Dina to officiate our modest wedding ceremony on January 17th, 2014. Starting the process, we met with Dina at a local coffee shop and she came across as really down to earth and relatable. Once we decided she was the perfect fit (which happened to be that night), we let her know and we started the process of setting up the ceremony. Dina allows couples to customize their ceremonies to their needs by giving a ton of options on what she can say and what the bride and groom can say. The one that we picked was shorter and to the point, but there was opportunity to have it longer if we chose to do so. During the actual ceremony, Dina did her best to make us feel comfortable and spoke the words we had chosen in a way that way clear and easy to understand. After the ceremony, she went above and beyond to help take some photos for us since we had let her know that we were on a very tight budget. She was very polite the whole time and I would definitely recommend her for any of the services she offers.
  • Chelsea G. Jan 21, 2014
    Dina officiated our wedding a couple weeks ago. She was fantastic. From the very beginning she was helpful, flexible, and patient. She helped us put together a ceremony that meant the world to us. Every one of our guests told us how beautiful the ceremony was - thank you Dina!
  • Tim G. Dec 31, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
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    Making a decision of who to officiate at our wedding was not a small one but working with Dina was so effortless. We corresponded through a couple of emails and one phone call and we knew she was right for us. Our ceremony was the smallest you could have but she made us feel like it was the most important for her. She opened her house to us for a place to perform the ceremony and spent as much time with us as we needed before and after. She is personable and made our special occasion that much more special for the both of us. We would recommend her to anyone, big or small ceremony.
  • Colleen F. Dec 22, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    To say our wedding was amazing because of Dina is a true understatement. She was so amazing in helping us create the perfect ceremony. We love Dina and would reccomended her to anyone looking for a magical ceremony.
  • Kim V. Dec 22, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    We were married in North Park on Dec 14, 2013. Dina had no issues about performing an outside ceremony in Dec. However, she did not show up and I had to email her-make sure you get a phone number! She arrived 40 min late, brought her family with her and was dressed in street clothes. We asked for a very simple ceremony to include my son giving me away, a spot for us to say a few words to each other, and I wanted her to wear her Officiant Robe. Before we knew it the ceremony was over and we got none of the above. Extremely unprofessional of her. I think she forgot all about the wedding that day, showed up when she got my email asking where she was and "winged it". I didnt ask for much and got none of it. I thought the ceremony was all set and didn't give much thought to it once it was booked. Shouldn't have to babysit the rev as she was paid to handle her part. Again, very unprofessional and I felt very let down. What would we have done if she didn't show up? At the end I was just glad she showed. Sad, huh?
    Dina M. Dec 22, 2013

    I would like to respond to this review. I do agree that I was late to this wedding, and I take full responsibility. I didn't forget about the wedding at all, in fact it was on my mind the entire morning. It was an error on my part, on an incredibly snowy/slippery road kind of day. I had a delay at the airport (because of the weather) and was not able to get to the venue on time. HOWEVER I DID attempt to phone This client Kim several times to no answer. I called the client's husband and left a message~ letting them know that I would be late. I didn't know that he had left his phone at home. I did show up to the venue with my husband and 3 year old daughter. They stayed well out of the way behind the scenes, off out of sight. They didn't interrupt the ceremony. I apologize if that upset them. Due to the roads being slick, My husband wanted to drive, for safety. As for my being dressed in street clothes~ I was dressed in a skirt and dress boots which is normal wear for a wedding. Unfortunately, It was under 20 degrees that day, snowing hard, and windy. I did not wear my robe, as I normally do. I wore a warm coat. Again I apologize that I offended them. This client did ask for a simple ceremony beforehand, and when I sent her templates of different ceremonies, she responded with : "Hi Dina, I have to say this was all so overwhelming. We haven't read everything, but all we want are the basic vows and a space for John and I to say a few words to each other." I assumed that this meant that they didn't want a ceremony and only wanted a place to say vows, and to sign the marriage license. I assumed wrong. I apologize. I did a 5 minute ceremony that included a promise before vows, a place to say vows, a ring ceremony, and a final blessing. I honestly thought that they didn't even want that much. I was wrong, and had I known that I would have rectified it. I didn't wing it, but I won't put any more negative energy into this. I am so sorry this client had a poor experience. Not my intent at all. I know this client and her husband has had a really tough time, and I was honored that I was there to bring them together for a brief but sacred moment. I wish them nothing but the very best in their journey together as a married couple. There was so much love there between Kim and John, and it was lovely to see.

  • Joel R. Dec 6, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Dina was officiant at our gay wedding. She was so calm and totally help the family stay calm and was really spiritual person. Very likable and would definitely recommend her. She is the kind of person you would love to get to know and have coffee with!
  • Cristina O. Nov 17, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
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    Dina put a personal touch on the ceremony and was wonderful to work with. She was a big part of making a short-notice wedding happen. Great job!
  • Danielle G. Sep 11, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
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    Dina did such a great job making sure our day was special and meaningful, even though it was just the two of us. She gave us many different options to choose from as far as our ceremony and vows, and helped me in choosing something perfect for us. I know she had another wedding to preform later that day, but she didn't make us feel rushed at all and took as much time as we needed. I would highly recommend Dina.
  • Jillian P. May 31, 2013
    We were extremely pleased with the wedding ceremony that Rev. Dina performed for us! She was so easy to work with (long distance) to develop a ceremony that captured who we were as a couple and a family! She was very calming and compassionate on the day of the wedding. I cannot think of better words to describe the beauty she helped to create that day!
  • Amanda H. Mar 31, 2013
    Dina did an amazing job at our wedding! It was the most beautiful ceremony, and she was so nice, understanding, and a great speaker! All of our guest were saying what a unique and beautiful ceremony it was! If you have Dina officiate your wedding opt to do the love letters to one another! Your other hald will surprise you with what they have to say, and your friends and family will surely be weeping! Thanks a million Dina! We will be in touch for the baby blessing for Sophie Lois James!!
  • Pam G. Dec 13, 2012
    Dina was the officiant of our wedding on 11/24/12 in Canonsburg, PA. We live in Texas, and it was very difficult to find someone willing to work with us being so far away. From the very first phone call up until the ceremony, Dina was wonderful. She takes the time to help you design a meaningful message, ensuring that your ceremony is unique and special. She is very organized and pleasant. It was a pleasure working with her. I HIGHLY recommend her services. Thanks again, Dina!
  • Tr B. Apr 29, 2011
    My partner and I wanted to combine the unique aspects of our personality into our commitment ceremony that was both traditional in our values and modern like our tastes. Rev. McGee was outstanding! Her suggestions and selections were great starting points and she is always open to listen and provide suggestions based on her feelings and past experiences. The ceremony was beautiful and we are so blessed to have found, through a recommended friend, the cite Soulful Commitment and Dina McGee! You will not be disappointed in her services.
  • JessicaandChad B. Apr 19, 2011
    We come from mixed religious backgrounds and decided we wanted our wedding ceremony to exclude religion and just focus on us and our love for each other. After meeting with several Pittsburgh area officiants (we knew of nobody in the area prior to this) we didn't find anyone we connected with and we thought could help us create something that truly represented who were are as a couple. Dina was not only easy to talk to and understood where we were coming from, but she provided ceremony templates that we used to build a great ceremony. All in all, we really felt comfortable with her and she made it easy for us to figure out the details of the ceremony after we expressed how we envisioned it more generally. We were thrilled with the end result!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I charge flat fees for my services depending on the day of a week, as certain days are more popular. $300 for Monday-Thursday. $350 for Friday and Sunday, $400 for Saturday. Travel is .57 per mile, RT. An elopement is $200. Please note than an elopement is 2-5 people, generally during the week, and generally in the morning. I am willing to negotiate depending on your circumstance.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Ever since I was a little girl, I always knew that I have been enveloped in the Love of Spirit. The Magic of Mother Earth has always spoken to me, and the voice of Spirit has continuously been present in my ear. The seed in side of me has always been there, deep in my soul. In 2003 I was introduced to a beautiful community of Ministers and healers in the Pacific Northwest. They were so lovely. SO wise. I looked up to them, and wanted to be like them. So I attended a seminary to learn as much as I could, and I became ordained in 2007. Now, I want to use my gift of compassionate love to make a difference in the world. That little seed inside of me has planted roots, and has grounded me into what I need to be, and my vines will hopefully inspire others.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Mostly I officiate weddings, commitment ceremonies, and vow renewals, But occasionally I get asked to officiate funerals and hold sacred space. Once in a while I get asked to perform baby blessings which are such a blessing to me!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Recently I had a couple that had been trying to get married for the last 2 years to no avail, mostly due to family interference of the design/planning aspect. They finally decided to elope, and asked me to perform their service. They wanted it outside. This was done on a January morning. 16 degrees outside, with a windchill of -4. It was quick, and beautiful. The couple was lovely, and thrilled to be married. I enjoyed the morning immensely.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I urge customers to ask as many questions as possible! Make sure the officiant is legally able to perform your wedding. Do they have a back up plan? What do they wear to a ceremony? What are all their charges for all services?
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I want people to understand that I set an intention to only attract clients that see me as more than "just" a Vendor. I genuinely care about my clients. I am there for them no matter what. It's not just a wedding, not just a paycheck. I take sacred ceremonies very seriously, and take pride in what I do. I strive to be part of the wedding day, and remembered fondly. Often I come back into the fold of the couples lives when a baby comes into the family to perform a baby blessing, and once in a while I come to do a funeral for families of my couples. I love what I do. It's my passion. It's not a job. It's very important to me that we have a great relationship.