Pros: Accommodating, Calm, Professional, Open-Minded, Sliding-Scale Fee In February 2012, I contacted Your Personal Ceremony after finding their website online. I was looking for a non-religious officiant for my wedding who was still spiritual and familiar with ritual. Response was prompt from Joanie and soon we set up an appointment to meet with her at her home. The sliding scale fee made it possible for us to afford having the kind of wedding ceremony we wanted. When creating our ceremony she had a wealth of ideas but remained open to anything we wanted to do. She quickly responded to any email of questions or requests to make changes. She kept us organized and on track with deadlines and reminders. On the day of the wedding she came fully prepared and was a calming center for me. I was completely terrified of getting in front of people and right before the ceremony she came and held my hands and did a mini-meditation exercise with me and gave me great advice which really pulled me together and helped me keep it together during the whole ceremony. Overall, my experience with Your Personal Ceremony was positive. My only regret is that I wasn't able to get to know Joanie more- likely due to my own aloofness. We received so many compliments on the ceremony! Everyone said it was one of the best and most unique weddings they had ever been to. I will definitely use Your Personal Ceremony again for any ceremonial needs that I have in the future.
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Joanie was wonderful. She helped us identify the parts of the ceremony that we felt most strongly about, and by providing us with thoughtful suggestions to personalize those parts, she helped create a memorable ceremony that truly reflected our beliefs and traditions. We were hesitant about working with an officiant over long-distance (we don't live in Oregon), but through phone conversations, email exchanges, and one in-person meeting, Joanie made us feel comfortable and confident that the ceremony we were creating with her was personal and meaningful. I would definitely recommend Your Personal Ceremony, especially for interfaith couples who wish to include in their ceremony elements from different faiths.
Joanie married us on July 7th 2012. She helped us organize our thoughts into a very personal and intimate ceremony. It was lovely and we were very happy with how she handled our wedding. Thanks so much!