Ceremonies by Bethel
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How do you want your wedding to feel? Let’s work together to design a ceremony that will mean the most to you – one that reflects your feelings for each other, includes your desired traditions, and provides your family and friends a sense of your unique relationship. Ordained officiant open to all.




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scrappytimes
Wedding on 2014-10-18


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Bethel is the definition of "Professional"

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

What makes me most comfortable is a vendor who you don't have to worry whether or not they will perform. I had no worries with Bethel. The definition of "professional" must include the word Bethel somewhere in it. By far, she is one of the most professional, down to earth, easy to work with vendors that I've ever had the pleasure to do business with personally and professionally. My husband and I were both extremely pleased to have her be a part of our wedding. If you want people to remember your wedding, it starts with Bethel. She set the mood for the entire evening and it didn't stop. She's top notch.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

The details. She's full of them. She helps you every step of the way. We wrote our own vows. She helped us craft our non-religious wedding however, you can definitely add religious pieces to it. She gave you more ideas than you knew what to do with but really you could go with anything she suggested. She was really involved and kept you on track to narrowing down how you really wanted your ceremony to go down that day. You definitely know what you are getting when you work with Bethel and it's comforting and worry-free.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Wrote our own vows with Bethel's help. We also crafted our ceremony together. We did a handfasting ceremony because it was cool and tied in with our ribbon theme. It was truly personal and something our friends and family would know it was all "us".

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"The best officiant we've ever seen" and "Most unique ceremony I've ever been to"


Chelsea Kemmerrer
Wedding on 2015-03-29


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BEST OFFICIANT EVER!


piamadeleine
Wedding on 2014-11-02


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A personal wedding ceremony!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Bethel is a caring person with a big heart. She listens and give good advices.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Homework what made me and my husband to feel even more close while working with the different parts. Made us realize the Ceremony is the most important part of the wedding. Some personal parts of the wedding was surprises (in a loving wonderful way) during the wedding ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

With Bethel's help, suggestions and guidance we chose a wedding ceremony that reflect our relationship.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The most meaningful Wedding Ceremony I ever attended. It was so nice to know you better and your relationship and why you choosed each other. Bethel was like your best friend who guided us through the Ceremony with a gentle voice and so much love.


ckrabbitt
Wedding on 2014-09-13


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Bethel was amazing!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Bethel really took the time to get to know us which made all the difference!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Everything was personal and unique from the vows to the ring warming. Bethel gave us lots of ideas and then pulled it all together.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We were married on our 17th anniversary and we wanted the wedding to be a celebration of our journey and how each of them were/are a part of it, even those not with us. Bethel nailed it. It was perfect! Everyone said afterwards how it was just so “us”. It was serious and funny, spiritual – it was unique and full of love.


cgreen
Wedding on 2014-08-26


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Elopement on the Beach with Bethel

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Bethel is a wonderful woman, completely dedicated to her work and her clients. She made us feel so comfortable from the first day we met her, even skyping from 2,000 miles away. Throughout the entire process over several months, her correspondence was impeccable and professional and what we loved the most was her sincere commitment in getting to know the both of us and how we came together as a couple. On our special day, the way she spoke and her delivery of the ceremony was so warm and sweet and touching...and that is something that we will always be grateful for. In ten years from now, we'd like to renew our vows in the same spot on the beach and would be honored to have Bethel as our officiant again and our friend, as she has truly become.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We eloped on the beach, but the photographer loved it!!!


PRamirez
Wedding on 2014-07-26


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Wedding Ceremony by Bethel

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Extremely comfortable

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She helped us create the perfect ceremony

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

They were touched by her words.


nbloom
Wedding on 2014-06-14


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Bethel is Amazing!

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I don't even know where to begin with how amazing Bethel is. She is friendly and caring and took the time to get to know me and my husband in order to create a ceremony that was a true reflection of us. She made us feel comfortable within minutes of meeting her and it was an easy decision to have her as our officiant. From the initial meeting to the many conversations we had after that, I could tell she genuinely wanted to make our ceremony a wonderful and meaningful experience for us and for our friends and family and that she wasn't just going through the motions with another client. She walked us through the entire process of planning the ceremony and gave us wonderful suggestions, tons of options and all different ways to make our ceremony unique and beautiful. She really helped us make it everything we wanted it to be - it wasn't too short wasn't too long and was a great mix of sweet, funny, unique and traditional. Bethel far exceeded our expectations in every way. Not only is she a great person who has truly found her calling, she is super organized, prompt and extremely professional. Even though she always has multiple couples that she is working with at the same time, she always responded to my emails promptly and always made me feel like I was a priority. Every single detail was thought out, planned and executed perfectly. Bethel is truly amazing and I 100% recommend her to everyone.


u164876
Wedding on 2014-05-31


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Bethel made our ceremony!

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I don’t even know where to start with saying a million AMAZING things about Bethel. She was one of the people who made our wedding and I am soo so happy that we chose her (and GRATEFUL that she chose us)!! I literally CANNOT imagine our ceremony without her.
I was first referred to Bethel by our wedding planner. I spoke with Bethel via email and then met her shortly after at Bridal Bazaar. Before meeting her in person, we were leaning towards having a family member be our officiant which my Mom was pretty adamant about. However, as soon as my Mom and I met Bethel in person at Bridal Bazaar, my Mom said that we had to go with her. The family member was out the door! My husband, fiancé at the time, was also originally hesitant about having someone we didn’t know be our officiant. But! Right after he met her and spoke with her, he said that we had to have her. I remember that when I took my husband to meet her for the first time after I met her at Bridal Bazaar I but was nervous because I really wanted her, but wasn’t sure what his reaction was going to be since we were already over budget. Afterwards, as we were walking to the car, I asked him, “What did you think?” His immediate reaction was, “Call her. We have to have her.” We didn’t even make it to the car before I contacted her. Best decision ever.
Not only was Bethel amazing with getting to know me and my husband as individuals, but also getting to know us as a couple. She showed real sincerity and care towards us and our future as a married couple. She made us laugh and feel comfortable around her within minutes of meeting her and she was genuine. Another thing that I loved about her was her organization and prompt replies! It can be stressful planning a wedding, but every time I would contact her she would get back to me ASAP and make us feel so much better. She never left us hanging and was always there for us. Her ideas and suggestions were soo good and things that I had never thought about before, either. I loved it!
Since the wedding, which was about a month ago now, we still have people talking to us about the ceremony and asking where we found Bethel. They have said things along the lines that it was the most “emotional” and “personal” ceremony they had ever been too. They have said that they really felt like they too were a part of the ceremony because it wasn’t your typical cookie-cutter ceremony. Bethel made the ceremony to be a reflection of us and not a reflection of what is traditionally done during a wedding ceremony. This is what made it memorable and really meaningful. She also put me and my husband at ease in front of 200 people since we were both terrified. Once we were up there with her, we didn’t really notice that there were 200 sets of eyes on us. She made it all about our relationship and our future to come.
Asking Bethel to be our officiant was one of the best, if not the best, decision we made during the whole “wedding process.” I know that we will remain in touch with her which is very exciting and means a lot. Bethel is in high demand and if she is to be your officiant, you are soo lucky. Call her soon though! She is in high demand!!


sarieriksen
Wedding on 2014-06-07


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BEST EVER!!!!!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

If we could stick Bethel in our pocket and take her everywhere with us we would!!! Even the most planned out, elaborate ceremonies that you could possibly dream of would not compare to the one she will design for you and work with you on personally! We fell in love with Bethel just from her picture and reviews and once we met her in person we knew for sure that she was the officiant for us!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She leaves a section out of the draft ceremony and surprises you and your spouse to be during the real ceremony! She takes answers from your "homework" and uses them in a way that is respectful and fun and gives your guests a closer look into your relationship and it in no way shape or form is embarrassing.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

It's give and take with Bethel! She gives suggestions and you take them or leave them and she invites you to come up with your own style as well. Whatever you don't like she will take out and replace with what you want or will give you suggestions on what it could be replaced with. It's a totally personal process that you will never regret!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

That is the best ceremony I've ever been to!!!


mchleva
Wedding on 2014-03-20


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AMAZING!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

When we first met Bethel, we knew she was going to be amazing. We met first over a Skype session since we live in a different state than her and when we finished the call we just sat there in awe over how much “she got us” after one short conversation. She was able to incorporate some of the best stories about our relationship into our ceremony. She had us laughing and smiling the entire time. She was a joy to work with and her positive energy and outlook on life radiates from her every word and action. She has to be one of the most sincere people we have ever met. She welcomed us with open arms and we never once felt like we were “different” than her other couples. She is a true believer in equal rights and is an ally of the LGBT community. She prides herself on being an open officiant that is respectful to all types of relationships. We never once felt judged, uncomfortable or like we were an inconvenience to her. She was always prompt and respectful with her emails (as that was our main form of communication). She was also full of knowledge and different ideas on how to make our ceremony unique. She was comforting when we needed it and it really helped us feel at ease with our wedding ceremony. She has been a joy to work with and if we could do it all over again, we would still stick with Bethel! Her ceremonies are truly from the heart and you can tell she has a passion for her job because it shows in all aspects of her work, and work ethic. She was one of the best things about our wedding ceremony!
~Melody and Natasha Dockery-Chleva

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She compiled stories from my wife and I and shared them in our ceremony! It was beyond our expectations!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She gave us lots of options on how we could really make our ceremony unique.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

So many people commented on how joyous she was and how she radiated happiness!


Tammy Landes
Wedding on 2014-02-05


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The most beautiful wedding ever!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

I believe in referrals and when it came time to find the perfect person to marry us I reached out to my best friends Kristen and Craig Weiss. They both said, “You have to talk to Bethel”. They were her first couple that she married. Both said that she is “incredible”! We made the phone call and set up the first meeting.
At our first meeting, as she sat down and asked us to tell her our story, she went over her process and what to expect. She even had one of us in tears of joy 15 minutes into the meeting (note: not the bride). We both agreed that Bethel would preside over our ceremony. We went home and emailed her to say that we would love for her to marry us. Deposit made that day!
As far as the “homework” that Bethel sent us, to start writing our vows, far from it. It was a walk down 37 years of memory lane. It brought back beautiful fun memories of school and a friendship that has lasted a life time. It even helped us better understand the depth and strength of the love we had for one another.
Bethel was quick to respond to every email, private message on Facebook and phone call. She was encouraging, inspirational and most of all, reminding us every step of the way that at the end of the day, we were going to be married to each other. She was even there when my wedding dress arrived and it was too small.
Bethel knew that we did not want the “canned” wedding vows and she guided us every step of the way to make our vows ours! She interwove the story of our lives and our journey to this point. She used sincerity, joy and humor as she describe our very special moment. There is not another couple in this world that can say the vows that we did at our wedding. They are ours and ours alone!
As Bethel started our ceremony, I can honestly say that all I heard was her voice, not the pounding of my heart, the crashing of the waves or the guests at our wedding. Her words filled our hearts and our guest’s hearts as many friends posted excerpts of our wedding on line. Friends in attendance remarked that they had been to many weddings, but never one as personal and enjoyable as ours. It is a true testament to Bethel’s professionalism, passion for life, caring nature and love of people.
We had the ring blessing as a part of our ceremony and we were honored that when the rings came back to Bethel, after our guests had given their love and blessings to them, she took a moment to give hers as well.
We can honestly say that Bethel is a part of our family!
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Greg and Tammy Landes

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Bethel encouraged us to make it our own from beginning to end. She even have a blessing to our wedding rings!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Bethel gave us our own personalize vows and ideas that made our wedding ours and one in a million.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The best wedding I ever attended with laughs, tears and love all wrapped up in the couples love!


mosestram
Wedding on 2014-02-04


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MUCH BETTER THAN EXPECTED

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Bethel was absolutely amazing in helping us plan our perfect day!! From the initial consultation, to the homework to get to know us and helping us to get to know each other, the coordination and contact back-and-forth to customize the ceremony, and delivery on the big day.....every bit of it was way more than we expected!! Bethel truly made this the best day of our lives to date!!! She was completely receptive to assisting us in finding a great location on the beach, lodging in San Diego, and resources for finding a photographer to match our needs and budget. There are no words to express how much Bethel's help and support in this process means to us!!! There is NO ONE else who would have made our elopement more meaningful that Bethel. 100% recommend her to anyone sincere in their convictions to marry and looking for an easy going coordinator to work with on planning the ceremony.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Personalized service in customizing the ceremony to match our personalities

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Incorporated personal vows, poetry, and activities that were meaningful to us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Your ceremony was AMAZING!!


wendylu
Wedding on 2014-01-25


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Bethel

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

One of the best decisions we made for our wedding, was choosing Bethel to be our officiant. She was there every step of the way from the time we made the decision to engage her services. She was invaluable in facilitating the writing of our vows, helping us choose special, unique touches we wanted to include , and keeping us on schedule to complete the process so we felt calm and ready on the BIG day! I don't know how we would have done this without her help. She is a fun, intelligent, caring, spiritual, loving person, and the BEST officiant I have seen at any wedding ever. I LOVE her!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Lots of suggestions for special touches. Her sparkling eyes, wonderful presence and obvious love for marrying people.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Hand fasting ceremony, wrote our own vows....all with Bethel's help

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Brother: "That was one of the most pleasant experiences I've ever had!"


davidwhittaker
Wedding on 2014-01-01


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Bethel is a top-notch officiant who cares

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We were looking for someone who could not only officiate our elopement, but help us plan the ceremony, and most importantly be as genuine and present as a lifelong friend. Bethel was exactly that. From our first phone call with her, we knew she was the right person. When we told her what we were looking for, we felt she asked the right questions and she immediately started putting things in motion towards making our ceremony perfect.

Bethel offered sample readings, traditions, and vows based on our distinctive relationship and discussions of what we wanted. She genuinely listened to our stories about how we met, what we find special about each other, and why each of us think we're the luckiest guy on the planet. She took that information, along with our wording selections, and crafted the perfect ceremony tailored just for us, infused with elements of our unique love.

During the ceremony, she put her heart and soul into the reading, truly feeding on our bond for each other. Bethel took the time to get to know us, and that came out in her delivery. To all who were there, it seemed like she had been a friend of ours since the beginning of our relationship.

After the ceremony, she took care of all the paperwork and we were free to take pictures and be with our friends and family. The whole event was perfection and in big part because of Bethel. We cannot recommend her enough to any couple who wants a caring, knowledgeable officiant who will be completely devoted to your unique ceremony both before and during the event.


ldl
Wedding on 2014-12-31


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This woman touched our hearts!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We could not have made a better choice in selecting Bethel to perform our Coronado Dunes wedding ceremony on New Years Eve! In planning a small three-guest elopement wedding from our home in Indiana with only web searches to assist us, our biggest fear was we would end up with a cookie cutter ceremony performed by an uninterested officiant reading from a canned script. Bethel's simple and direct "open to all" message on her website really spoke to us, and, once we met her via FaceTime, we knew we needn't worry about anything other than adequately explaining what we wanted because she would make every effort to assure our ceremony was exactly right for us.
Bethel was there for us every step of the way during the planning process, responding promptly to all of our nervous questions, explaining the all-important logistics of a California beach wedding, helping us find fantastic photographers (La Vida Creations), and offering all the guidance we needed to craft a personal and intimate ceremony. Even via a long-distance connection, she has a remarkable personable talent for drawing others out to learn who they really are and what they need to make their wedding as memorable, unique, and celebratory as it should be. But most of all, Bethel was so generous in sharing her abundant energy, passion, and joy in what she does on our wedding day that she became an integral part of our ceremony - not just its officiant - and made the occasion even more heart-stirring and memorable than we had anticipated.


cowhorse45
Wedding on 2013-09-10


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Choose Bethel

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Bethel is amazing!
Our ceremony was a perfect reflection of our love and commitment to each other . The best thing about Bethel was that she let us have the complete freedom of putting together a ceremony that was truly ours. She gave of endless guidelines and ideas and we were then able to choose the things that were most important to us. Her 'homework' was so fun to do and it really showed us that she was determined to get to know our relationship. She took our information and prepared a ceremony that was amazing and beautiful.
The time and loving effort that she puts into her work shows that this is truly her passion and not just a job.
We highly recommend her!!!


Kimberly Perkins
Wedding on 2013-09-08


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HIRE HER!!!

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What to say about Ceremonies by Bethel? There is not enough time nor words to completely express how we felt about her being our officiant. Bethel was absolutely AMAZING and worth every penny that we paid for her. Bethel was so caring, personable, and involved in US which made our ceremony the best it could be because she really learned about us and our relationship. We cannot say enough about what she did for us. We had 200 guests at the wedding and a majority of the people could not stop talking about her and the ceremony. Their comments ranged from “That was the best ceremony that we have ever been to”, “we did not want the ceremony to end”, (which is never the case), and “where did you find her? She made your ceremony AMAZING”. If you want a ceremony that is written just for you and captures every little thing about your relationship, Bethel is the officiant that you want. She is the most caring and loving person that we have met and my husband and I are so HONORED to have had her create and perform the ceremony of our dreams. The other thing that puts her over the bar is the fact that when we got home 5 days after the wedding and our short honeymoon we had an envelope at home waiting for us. In this envelope was our ceremony typed on beautiful paper, a certificate of our marriage that she made, a card from her, and a copy of our marriage license that she went and personally submitted and filed for us. There is so much more I can say but just know that if you want a ceremony that is personal, filled with love and really captures your relationship please chose Bethel!!


NatalieBrawner
Wedding on 2013-06-15


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Love, laughter and happily ever after with Bethel!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Personal stories

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Our own vows, selected readings, and our own ring ceremony

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Most touching and personal ceremony they had ever been to!


tikibird13
Wedding on 2013-03-30


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HIRE THIS WOMAN

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very Personable and down to earth. Attentive and engaging with her couples.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She added herself. Bethel is someone you feel like you have known forever. She radiates good, loving energy!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She uses homework questions to get to know her couples as well as uses the answers in her ceremony. She keeps the Bride and Groom engaged in the ceremony building process through choices of unity rituals as well as readings.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

" She makes me want to renew my vows."
"I wish I knew about her for MY ceremony"


Patrick Justman
Wedding on 2012-08-26


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We LOVED Bethel!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We met Bethel at the Bridal Bazaar in San Diego.  For anyone who has been, you know that there are thousands of people walking around, hundreds of vendors, and it is a very intense event.  It’s hard to get any individualized attention from vendors, many of who are there just to get clients and make money.  However, we came across Bethel and she just clicked with us from the first time we met her.  She talked directly with us and spent quality time getting to know us and gave us individual, personalized attention.  She was very warm, and even though there were thousands of people around us, she made us feel like we were the only people there and she really created a genuine connection.  Clearly, she is not there just to collect clients and make money, she does this to connect with people, share their love, and make their special day unforgettable.  We are so glad that we meet Bethel that day and that we could make her part of our big day. 
Neither of us are particularly religious people, and we were concerned with finding an officiant who was not judgmental about this and could still give us a meaningful ceremony without tying in too much traditional, religious views.  We really appreciated her unique approach, her understanding of our views and beliefs, and her tireless work to make our ceremony perfect. 
Bethel worked with us for many months to create a very personal, unique, and moving ceremony.  She provided various “homework” assignments (i.e., written questions) to get to better know us as individuals and as a couple.  She was always very patient and understanding with us when we would turn them in late. By learning so much about us, Bethel was able to create a very personal ceremony that captured us as a couple, was respectful of our views, and kept the audience’s attention from beginning to end.  Our guests raved about the ceremony and how special it was.  The ceremony was at times funny, genuine and moving, and at all times infused with love.  Bethel’s passion for her work shines through and infuses the entire ceremony with heartfelt emotions.


Lauren B


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100% Recommended

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Bethel definitely made us feel comfortable. She listened to all of our conerns about the ceremony, and was very responsive to questions we had.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Bethel brings many things to the ceremony: suggestions for readings and rituals, a format that includes stories from each partner in the marriage, and a wealth of experience as an officiant

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We personalized our ceremony with stories about each other.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The vote was unanimous from guests that they loved Bethel, and thought she was the perfect choice for our wedding.


Julia Lee


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Julia & Gordon Dankberg

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We found Bethel on-line and contacted her on short notice. She was really great and happy to work with us on our fast timeline. She was very flexible and very organized as well as lighthearted and humorous, exactly what we wanted. All of our guests complimented us on our choice. They loved her, as did we. Highly recommend.


ally frausre
Wedding on 2012-08-04


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A Great Day!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Bethel was so professional. She really listened to us and what we wanted. We were so glad we chose her. She made our ceremony.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She was so funny, yet well spoken. Everyone who attended shared with us later how they enjoyed the ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She helped us write our own vows. She has a great deal of information and helped up create a fantastic and thoughful ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

She did an all around great job. You can tell she is very passionate about what she does.


Man Lin
Wedding on 2012-06-24


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Bethel is an amazing officiant!


Iris Meyers
Wedding on 2011-08-21


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Best Officiant There Is!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

I didn’t realize how important a wedding officiant is to the getting married process until we started working with Bethel. From the minute we met her, I completely fell in love. Her energy is so positive, she’s so much fun, and she clearly really knows what she’s doing. After our initial meeting with her, I asked my fiancé, “Can we have her? Can we? Please??” Bethel is so great to work with…she communicates clearly and is very reliable and easy to get in touch with. I never once felt like she had forgotten about us in the five months we worked with her leading up to our wedding.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Bethel is extremely well organized, and has her pre-wedding process down to a science. The “homework” that she gave us was really thought-provoking and interesting to do, and it gave her great material to use in our ceremony. She also has so many ideas for things to include in a ceremony, both religious and not. We included an honoring-of-our-parents piece that she suggested, which both sets of parents absolutely loved. She shared so many resources with us, for our vows, for the exchanging of the rings…things that were absolutely invaluable to us and made it so much easier to come up with the perfect words!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Bethel is the perfect combination of professionalism and fun. She so clearly loves what she does, and it comes through in the end result. We had so many people come up to us after our ceremony and tell us that it was by far the best ceremony they had ever been to. It was so personalized, and so very US. Almost a year later, I still can’t stop gushing about Bethel and how she MADE our wedding. She’s still a part of our lives to this day, and we both just love her so much. She’s an amazing person and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better wedding officiant.


Emily Booth


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AWESOME!!!!

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What a picture-perfect day!
Weather – Sunny and Warm on this perfect So. Cal. day!
Location – Sand between our toes…what more could you ask for!
MOB & MOG – Calm…WHAT! Yes, calm…both are enjoying the day!
Bride & Groom – Relaxed! Thanks to Bethel for making this journey so easy. From the first discussion all the way through to the ceremony…she was wonderful. She is so organized, we didn’t have to do any research, she sent everything we needed to either write our own vows or use her suggestions. We had homework assignments that were fun and made us really think about what we wanted. She made the ceremony unique and special….Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!


Laura Machaj
Wedding on 2011-12-31


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AMAZING!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

I would just like to say that Bethel is AMAZING! Never did I think that an officiator could really capture the essence of our relationship in a ceremony the way that Bethel did. She took the time to get to know us and our relationship, and I really do feel like that made all the difference in the world. By the time we got to the actual ceremony, it felt like we had a life-long friend standing before us, walking us through our commitment to each other. It was so wonderful and so beautiful, and I really do feel like that can all be attributed to Bethel and the way she works. Our day was beyond special, and we are both so grateful to have someone who could make it personal, make it reflective of our lives and our love for each other, and give us the most beautiful memories to have forever. I cannot speak enough to how wonderful it was to work with Bethel. In all honesty, it wasn’t work it all. It was fun! Bethel is so genuine and caring, and I am so grateful we were able to share it all with her. We recommend Bethel to the highest degree and can both truthfully say that our wedding was that much better because she was a part of it!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She gave us the ability to personalize our ceremony and write our own vows. There were tons of ideas to draw from, so it wasn't in the slightest bit overwhelming. It was actually really fun.


Aiko Yamakawa


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So glad we picked Bethel!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Bethel was an outstanding officiant for our wedding. She is friendly, outgoing and thoughtful, and we knew she would do a great job. Her suggestions made the ceremony planning much easier than we anticipated. She incorporated wonderful personal touches as well, from saying a greeting in Japanese for our guests from Japan (her Japanese is excellent) to incorporating our personal stories and reflections. We loved the ceremony, as did our guests - we heard from so many of them about how much they loved Bethel’s ceremony. We couldn’t have been happier. We highly recommend Bethel!


Holly Newman


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Holly & Dave Kleiman~ One Happy Couple

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Looking back on the wedding day and wedding preparation there is not one thing that I would change. For us it was truly a magical day. It was such a pleasure getting to know you. Your energy is very calming and warm. You are spectacular at details and following through with exactly what you say you are going to do. As well as go above and beyond to make sure it was unique and special just for us.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

wedding "homework" was awesome!!! helped us to get things done because time flies by too quickly as the day gets closer.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

As I stood up there I have never felt more proud. You were able to guide the ceremony flawlessly while emphasizing our love and making the guests feel like they were a part of our moment as well. A few of our friends even commented that they felt that they could relate to the readings/ poems. Overall great general rules to live by: “Treat the ones you love the very Best!” I think everyone headed to the reception holding their partners hand a little tighter 
Dave’s cousin, Paxton (who played the guitar at the beginning) even proposed to his girlfriend after our ceremony. (He didn’t share that info till the next day). So Love was in there air.


Jaime Zeff
Wedding on 2011-09-04


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Thank you Bethel!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Bethel is what every wedding officiant should be and more! She is 100% awesome and professional. She took time to get to know us on a deeper level, thus being able to help us clearly communicate our love and feelings that we have for each other. She is very knowledgeable, patient and understanding and made herself available to answer any questions we might have had. Her organizational skills are also quite impressive; we did not have to worry about setting deadlines for anything because she did that for us! Our ceremony was that much more special because Bethel was there and made us feel completely comfortable. We highly recommend Bethel and when we renew our vows, we know who we will be calling!

Thank you Bethel for everything!


Anni Dayan
Wedding on 2011-08-20


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Best Part of the Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Ceremoniesbybethel.com
Bethel just married us on 8-20-2011
She is incredible, organized, funny, professional and made our wedding day so special. After choosing her, she sent us 20 pages of ideas and examples and made it easy and fun putting together the ceremony. Everyone loved the ceremony and how she translated and organized it. We had the best day ever and I don't think it would have been the same without her. She truly made our day spectacular!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

She enthralled us with the story and made the wedding funny, personable and unique.


Susannah Giezentaner
Wedding on 2011-06-26


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Very personal and very "us"

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, Bethel made us very comfortable by offering many suggestions at our initial meeting that helped us create a very personal ceremony.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She is thorough with an extensive list of readings, sample vows, and blessings.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Bethel gives "homework" in order to get to know each of us better. She adds stories from these responses into the ceremony. This gives our families and friends anecdontes to get to know us as a couple.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We have heard time and again since the wedding how personal the ceremony was, and how it really suited us.


Amanda Gabriel
Wedding on 2011-06-18


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The Best of the Best

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She set us at ease right away. She actually cares about your relationship and making your ceremony unique. She replies to emails quickly and takes the time to meet and talk with you.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

All the information she gave me to make my ceremony unique and special. She really personalizes the ceremony

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We did the handfasting ceremony and Bethel spoke about the questionaire Jeff and I filled out individually about our relationship.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"She was amazing!" "I loved how she personalized the ceremony." "I loved that it was personal, but not overally long." "I was so excited that my name was brought up during the ceremony as one of the people who helped you meet!"


Linda Appiah-Dimanche


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The PERFECT Beginning to My HAPPiLY EVER AFTER!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She absolutely did! She always wanted our input in everything she did, constantly made sure we were comfortable with all of the preperations, and never made it seem overwhelming.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She was very organized and COMPASSIONATE. In my heart, I just knew that cared about our experience and making it special for us.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Everything for start to finish was more than I could image. With her help, me and my NOW Husband made it our Own.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"Your ceremony was absolutely Beautiful".. That was ALL I needed to know.


sally mcdonal
Wedding on 2011-03-26


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Bethel is AWESOME!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

I enthusiastically recommend Bethel for your wedding officiant. She was wonderful from start to finish. She worked with us to make the day exactly what we wanted it to be, provided us with lots of options, and was caring and supportive throughout. You will NOT be disappointed.


Sara mackenzie
Wedding on 2011-02-07


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Amazing

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Bethel assisted my husband and I eloping this February. She made our ceremony so special and sweet that we both were in tears. Our wedding ceremony was all about us and who we are as a couple which is what a wedding should be. She even sent us a sweet card and care package with a follow up email after the wedding with everything we needed. I don't think our wedding could have gone any better thanks to her. :)

Wayne & Sara Mackenzie
2-7-11


lindsay meek
Wedding on 2010-08-28


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thank you bethel!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, Bethel was very friendly and fun to work with. She is very good at communicating, fast at responding and very smart. We were intimidated by the whole process but she made it painless.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She made a nice certificate for our marriage because the marriage license isn't all that attractive. She turned the marriage license in for us (helpful since we are from out of town). She sent us a nice copy of our ceremony for us to keep in a scrapbook.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She asked my husband and I questions individually that we submitted to her without knowing what eachother had written. These were included in the ceremony and were a surprise to us as well as fun for the guests.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

How personal and unique the ceremony was. How they loved hearing how we met and things we thought about each other.


Traci catalano


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Dream Destination Wedding Ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Bethel was right on my web inquiry right from the start. We had a lot of time to go through the planning process with her. Every step of the way she knew exactly what to do or offer next and had solutions for our distance issues at every turn. She made it so easy for us!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Bethel made it a breeze! Bethel was on top of every detail. Distance gave us a few stumbling blocks like holidays, traveling, site restrictions, judge availability... but Bethel had a solution for everthing. Not only did Bethel assist with those hard to plan-around issues, she went out of her way to help us with our transportation, our paperwork and our overall experience.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Bethel had all the tools we needed to capture how we felt about one another. Her timing was always perfect. Her suggestions were right on the mark. She took the time to get to know us (even from so far away) and added those special elements into her ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We had only the two of us present and her gracious husband who offered to take photos for us. It was truly very special.


Elizabeth Noll
Wedding on 2010-07-21


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Bethel is the Best!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes - very comfortable. She took the time to get to know us and was very patient with us.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

The stone blessing at our ceremony was her idea and I am really glad we added it!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We did an handfasting during our ceremony and Bethel shared our story during her readings.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Where did you find your officiant?! She was great! The ceremony was totally you guys.


Maria Harman
Wedding on 2010-07-15


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Thank you Bethel

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Bethel made us very comfortable. She is so sincere and I could tell that she wanted us to have the best ceremony ever.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Bethel took the time to get to know us as a couple, by asking us questions and having us fill out a worksheet about those special moments we've shared throughout our relationship. She then incorporated all the information into our ceremony, making our ceremony unique and very special.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We did a wine ceremony, blending two wines that represented our different cultures. We also had our guests partake in a rock blessing and then each rock was placed collectively in a jar for us to keep.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

They loved how Bethel shared with them the special moments we've shared throughout our relationship.


Siham Miller


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AMAZING

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Bethel was so wonderful for our wedding ceremony. She went out of her way to come to our neighborhood in La Mesa to meet with us. We even had to reschedule our appointment at the last minute, and she was incredibly accommodating (rescheduled for the next week). Bethel is super genuine, super nice, super laid back and super efficient. My husband also loved her. The way she presided over our ceremony was so genuine and heartfelt, both my husband and I were brought to tears. Thank you, Bethel, for being the perfect fit for our wedding. We were blessed to have you, and believe anyone who chooses you will feel the same way.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

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How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

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Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

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Bristol Scott
Wedding on 2010-03-21


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Wonderful!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Bethel is AMAZING! Highly recommended! My husband and I originally chose Bethel to be our wedding officiant because of her openness to officiate for everyone, respect toward all religious (or not) affiliations, and because of her more than reasonable prices. Bethel was SO great throughout everything!!! She was so flexible and accommodating as I changed my mind a hundred times, patient and understanding, a calm voice as I would call her panicking about miscellaneous details, and went way above and beyond her officiant duties. I couldn’t have been happier with everything she did for us! The ceremony was so amazing that EVERYBODY was remarking on how special, unique, and truly interesting it was! And some of the best reviews came from two of our guests who are officiants themselves! She made the ceremony so personal and tailored to who we are as individuals and as a couple that even our closest friends and family kept saying, “Wow, we never knew that about you before!”
Thank You Bethel! --- Mr. & Mrs. G Scott


Aivi Kuznetsova
Wedding on 2010-02-28


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Perfect wedding with Bethel

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We had only 10 days to plan the whole thing and Bethel made shure to get to know us, listen for our wishes and make the whole ceremony very personal and about us.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

I loved her little homeworks. We had to write about our relationship, describe each other and so on, but we didn't get to show what we wrote to each other. That added something real special and touching to the ceremony as she used what we wrote in her reading. It gave the whole thing an undescribeble feeling!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wrote our own vowes.


Heidi Wei


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Review of Ceremonies by Bethel

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She was so kind and easy to work with, she helped answer all of the questions we had and always made us feel special. She pays extra attention to your wants/needs for your special day and makes sure you are happy with everything!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Bethel wrote the entire ceremony around us and our personalities, and made sure it resonated well and represented us. She took so much time to get to know us and truly made it an amazing experience!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wrote our own vows and other portions of the ceremonies, and our unique and unconventional approach to the event was unlike any wedding I've ever heard of.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Our wedding was a surprise to our family (we had been together 6 years so it wasn't like it wasn't expected at all...), sort of like "eloping with your parents" and my husband's mom said "you're full of crap" when he told her we were getting married right at that moment!


Michelle Rose


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Bethel was awesome!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

I felt like we hit it off with Bethel right from our first email exchange. Meeting her in person to discuss our ceremony only cemented this feeling further. She was absolutely wonderful to work with.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Unexpected in a good way... ;) She asked us a bit about our personal history with each other and then incorporated various relationship stories about us into our ceremony. We knew that she'd be doing this, but she kept the details a surprise for us until the actual ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We added a "blessing of the stones ceremony", and had Bethel incorporate the aforementioned personal stories. In general, Bethel's ceremony was very personal and very much tailored to us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We were told by many people that ours was one of the most beautiful ceremonies that they had seen performed and that it was very "us"!


Happy Bride


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Thank You Bethel!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Right from the early planning stages, we knew we were in good hands with Bethel. With her warm and caring manner, and her confidence and professionalism, we knew our ceremony would turn out just the way we imagined it.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She listened carefully, she asked the right questions, and she put together a ceremony that was tailored exactly for us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

What a wonderful, personable ceremony! Let's eat!


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