Social Graces
43 Reviews

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2553 Hwy 2
Duluth - Two Harbors MN 55616
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State certified wedding officiant/nondenominational minister. At Social Graces, I create and perform meaningful, and personalized religious, nondenominational Christian and civil wedding, vow renewal and commitment ceremonies for people of all religious or spiritual backgrounds on Minnesotas' beauti




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Chris Lorenz
Wedding on 2012-06-12


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Thank you Social Graces!!!

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Our experience with Social Graces was absolutely incredible! Dana helped us to plan the perfect day and location for our wedding on the North Shore of Lake Superior. She was very gracious and open to meeting us at our desired time and location outside on the rocky terrain of Artist Point Harbor in Grand Marais, MN. We highly recommend Social Graces to everyone, she was very nice and held a wonderful ceremony for us.
Thank you Social Graces for all your great work with us, for a perfect, once-in-a-lifetime wedding! :)
-Chris and Phil Lorenz

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She helped us customize our ceremony to exactly what we desired. The time of day, length, location and wording was all up to us, but she also helped provide us with ideas and examples when we fell short on preference or ideas.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wanted it outside along the shores of Lake Superior, and were able to all hike back to an ideal location on the rocky shore of Artist Point Harbor in Grand Marais. We also added a unity rope, a matrimony vase to drink from, which Dana was able to easily work into our ceremony at the perfect time, and in a wonderful way. :)

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The wedding was a perfect reflection of our personalities: unique, romantic, and fun!


Rachelle Seuntjens
Wedding on 2012-06-10


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Awesome!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely! She was very warm and welcoming, and gave us suggestions about where to eat after our private beach wedding. We'd hired her before we actually met her, but once we met Dana, we knew we'd made the right choice.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She definitely kept in contact with us, asking how plans were going and if there was anything she could help with...and since we don't live in the area where we got married, that was so helpful! She also managed to squeeze a meeting with us into her busy schedule so we could talk with and get to know her while we spent a weekend in Duluth.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We kept it short and sweet, deciding to write our own vows. Dana offered her services if we felt we needed help putting our feelings into words.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Short and beautiful :)


Shannon Lelle-Bryan
Wedding on 2012-06-09


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We Love Dana!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes!!! Me and my husband absolutely loved Dana! I had many people in the wedding, including many of the groomsmen, tell me how much they loved our officiant. She was really good about organizing everything so that I didn't have to worry about a single thing. Another thing that is VERY RARE with wedding vendors is prompt response times with emails, Dana returned every single email that I sent her either the same day or the next. We really loved her and highly recommend her to any other brides!


Niki Koves
Wedding on 2012-05-18


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Just What We Hoped For!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She sure did! I was planning the ceremony from across the country, and my fiance was away at work. It led to a lot more stress than I was looking for, and Dana was very comforting about making sure the ceremony was how we wanted it.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

I wanted the ceremony to be a surprise, so besides the basic layout of the ceremony, it was all a surprise. It was just what I was looking for!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Instead of a unity candle, we did a unity tea ceremony. We each chose different teas and steeped them. Since the wedding was on the beach, we kept the tea separate in thermoses and for the unity ceremony we mixed the teas.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Our guests thought that the ceremony suited both of us really well. There were some unique little touches that were really special to both of us.


Courtney Hulsebusch
Wedding on 2011-12-31


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Mrs. Courtney Hulsebusch


Thomas Peterson
Wedding on 2011-10-14


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So Satisified

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana making you feel comfortable is an understatement. You will not find anyone that is more professional, personable, caring, and experienced as Dana. She made our ceremony so special and worked with us in every aspect making our special day so memorable. Any questions we had, she was so prompt in answering them and offered many suggestions to help make our ceremony unique and special. Dana was our first choice to be our officiant and we were blessed to have her marry us.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

We wanted to honor our grandparents that had passed and also honor two of them that are still with us, but couldn't be at our ceremony. Dana suggested a great idea with roses on empty chairs that offered a wonderful, yet simple touch. She also suggested an idea to include my fiance's daughter during the ceremony with me giving her a piece of jewelry.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

This was our second marriage, so we opted for a small, intimate type wedding with just close family and friends. Dana's appraoch and style, complimented our ceremony quite well.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Countless people commented how organized Dana was and how well she spoke. I think the favorite moment for our guests was when I presented a piece of jewelry to my now, stepdaughter.

Thank you Dana for making our wedding day so special and memorable!


Jennifer Arradondo
Wedding on 2011-09-23


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Everything we needed!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana is very proficient and experienced at what she does. After a few phone consults we were able to design our ceremony over email which was very convienant since we lived 3+ hours away. She was always very quick to respond to any changes we requested in our ceremony and would send back an amended draft within a day or two at the most. She is very professional and easy to work with.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Drafts of different ceremony options along with her expertise on how the order of the ceremony should run. She did a fantastic job at the Rehearsal (which I highly recommend!) You can tell she has done this for years because she was able to command the attention of my wedding party of 19 and get the rehearsal done in less than 30 minutes!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We chose our own readings which were not your typical "wedding readings." We also chose our own songs which were not typical "wedding songs." We had a "family unity candle" to blend our families together which everyone LOVED.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The 5 of us lighting the Family Unity Candle and the sermon that Dana gave along with it :)
Thanks again Dana! Fantastic JOB!!
Jen & Ken


Heidi Miller
Wedding on 2011-09-30


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Perfect!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana made both myself and my husband very comfortable. She explained how the timeline to us and what she needed from us.


Misty McCoy
Wedding on 2011-09-10


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Favorite Wedding Offciant..Dana Parvey of Social G

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

From the very moment I dialed Social Graces I was greeted with a very friendly voice by the name of Dana Parvey. From there I immediately felt comfortable and we began to talk about my wedding plans and I knew right then and there that I just had to have her perform our wedding ceremony. She has been such a delight to work with, is prompt in responding to emails, phone calls, and is always there to lend any advice along the way to saying “I Do!”. I also found it an added bonus that she has wedding planning experience too. Dana was able to give me a couple places to look into for wedding chairs and what she suggested we ended up using. Dana sent over several samples of wedding ceremonies to choose from and was very patient with us in waiting until we decided on the perfect one and then I asked if we could add in a scripture reading and she also provided several to choose from too! Then Dana compiled everything together and it was amazing to read our ceremony for the first time and on our wedding day both myself, and my now husband forgot how beautiful our wedding ceremony was and it made us love finding Dana even more. It truly was special having her there reading our wedding ceremony to us in that very special moment of ours. Before the wedding ceremony she fastened my wedding necklace and I gave her free reign to set-up the sand ceremony table and it far exceeded all of my expectations!! During the entire service you could see the joy, passion, and energy that radiates from inside her and it made my wedding day that much more special. When the time comes, I will be contacting her again to have her renew our vows too. I can’t thank Dana enough for all of her wisdom and advice along the way it may sound cliche’ but finding her was like a God send for us both.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

When we drove up to split Rock Lighthouse there was traffic stopped on one side for over 20 minutes and only one side was able to proceed forward at one time not both sides. When we finally were able to proceed we were so late for our scheduled wedding rehearsal with Dana. I began calling Dana to inform her of the situation and couldn't get a hold of her but kept calling in hopes to catch her before she left. When we arrived, I asked the state park employees, the historical site employees if they had seen Dana and they replied no. We tried to call her and there literally is no cell phone service there. We were so fortunate for her to turn around and come back when she received our voicemails so we could have our rehearsal and meet for the first time in person. We thought for sure we were out of luck. Thank you Dana for performing our walk-thru and calming us down when we saw you. Dana just has an inner light that radiates and made both Jason and myself feel at ease.

When she came to the trail center at split rock lighthouse, she fastened my wedding necklace and volunteered to set-up the sand ceremony, set-up the stand, put two table cloths over it and was a complete genius in finding a use out of the maple leaf wreath that I brought up, she also filled up the sand in each vase and made it look spectacular and when I walked down the aisle I was mesmerized by the groom of course and by the wonderful surprise that Dana did..thank you again Dana..that meant the world to me and Jason!!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We were given many options to choose from as far as our wedding ceremony was concerned. Dana sent back the initial wedding ceremony and then we wanted to add in a scripture reading and she provided several options to choose from and lastly we wanted to add in the lake superior sand ceremony. From there she compiled the entire ceremony together and we had the perfect wedding ceremony!!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone just raved about how great Dana was and could see how much passion she has for performing wedding ceremonies. We will be contacting her when the time comes to renew our wedding vows. We are so lucky to have found her.


Jennifer Hanel
Wedding on 2011-09-04


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Ceremony of Our Dreams!!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana has an incredible energy and presence that immediately makes you feel at ease and completely comfortable throughout the process, from the planning stage to the ceremony. She has a warm glow about her and a positivity and optimism that can easily defuse the wedding jitters of any couple. All our guests commented on how personable she was and how beautiful the vows of her ceremony were.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

I think what we found most unexpected in having Dana as our officiant was her flexibility and how genuinely invested she seemed in making the dreams of our Big Day a reality. Dana was completely respectful of our choice of a non-denominational ceremony and helped us brainstorm on ways to best represent our personal and spiritual beliefs. The personal attention she gave to helping create our ceremony made us feel that she was truly invested and cared about making our wedding day all we hoped it could be. And it turned out exactly how we had envisioned it - thank you, Dana!!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wanted many unique and non-traditional elements in our ceremony (i.e. a reading from a classic children's book, a music-only sand ceremony, a bagpiper!). Dana was completely open to all our ideas and gave us feedback on how best to time and weave the different elements together. When we were stuck on transitions, she helped us locate the perfect quote. And in considering vows, Dana has several unique ceremony versions she has created to choose from. They are all beautiful, but the romantic ceremony was definitely a great fit for us and really added an extra fairytale quality to our wedding.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

From scores of our guests (and also from our attendants and parents), we were told that ours was the prettiest/most beautiful ceremony they had EVER attended! People are still talking about it a week later and posting pictures, videos and comments. Pretty impressive for a couple who had a pretty small wedding budget. Dana played a major part in making everything go so smoothly and beautifully - thank you so much again from the bottom of our hearts!!!


Addy Milan
Wedding on 2011-08-27


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Lutsen wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

my husband and I were extremely comfortable with Dana from day one. She let us do things our way and gave support and advice and as we went along.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She added beautiful blessings from our native heritage. She also included our children into the ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We had our children put into the ceremony and Dana allowed us to shorten some of the vows and add different ones to fit our personalities.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone was impressed. Not a dry eye in the place. I had many guests ask where did I find Dana.


Katelyn Chhem
Wedding on 2011-08-13


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Another successful ceremony!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

From day 1 Dana made my husband and I feel completely at ease with our wedding plans! We were so pleased at how willing she was to give us advice, tips and direction for our big day. Coming from 2 hours away and not knowing the area she gave us detailed correspondence and made it much easier to take care of things from so far away. We couldn't be more happy with the time spent planning and during our wedding. We couldn't have done it without Dana!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

We couldn't believe the detail Dana put in to helping us plan. With such short notice and from the first correspondence to the day we were married all we got was comfort and advice. We are so thankful!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We eloped and only had two witnesses at our ceremony, so to let our families in on the celebration, we video taped the ceremony. Dana got halfway through the service and we realized it wasn't recording! She was nice enough to start over for us and our families are so grateful they got to be a part of our special day!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Our witnesses were pleasantly pleased with how professional and kind Dana was throughout everything. We all only had positive things to say about the entire day!


Chantele Nelson


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MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT OF OUR LIVES!!!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

With only 2 months to plan a wedding, Dana was accommodating, helpful, organized, and the list goes on. She helped us to choose and customize our vows and to add other ideas to our ceremony! Dana made us comfortable, we could leave everything up to her!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Dana was helpful in preparing everyone for our entrance and she invited the congregation to come closer as to be more apart of our ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We added one of my mom's bible reading, we used the sand ceremony, where we both pour sand into one main vase so as to show our unity and devotion and love.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The ceremony was beautiful,emotional, intimate and genuine


merissa hemgren
Wedding on 2011-07-30


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Above and beyond anything i could have wished for!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

dana and her husband where both there for my lucky day. i could not have been more pleased! they both made sure my future husband and i where prepared. dana's husband was so kind and got me a bottled water and took the video of my wedding, both things that where definetly not in there job desciptions. i instantly bonded with both of them. i was nervous before the wedding and anxious about all the ppl watching. dana's calm being relaxed me and gave me a chance to just breathe and enjoy my day!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

dana had her husband with on saturday. i was so happy he took video for us!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

dana personalized the vows just the way we wanted!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

we eloped, but we had created a large scene. dana clearly had preformed the most amazing tear creating ceremony. it was above and beyond all my hopes and dreams for my big day.


Nicole Giddings
Wedding on 2011-07-29


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Dana is amazing and we couldn't be happier

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana was extremely personable and took the time throughout the months before the wedding to really get to know Chris and I and my boys. During the rehearsal, she walked us through everything and put us at ease. The ceremony was a very special, personal ceremony that got us all quite emotional!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Dana surpassed all of our expectations. It was as if we knew her for years prior to our special day. Dana even shed a few tears at the end of our ceremony when I did!!! She takes her work very seriously and it is personal to her and it shows!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

I have two sons from a pervious marriage. She created a ceremony around the needs of my family to incorporate them into the event. The rock ceremony really helped to make the boys feel special and helped to make them a very important part of the day.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The ceremony was very original and you could tell that Dana put her heart and soul into making the boys feel special.


Malarie Thomsen
Wedding on 2011-07-09


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Over and beyond my expectations!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana is extremely personable and both Tait and I felt like we were in such great hands working with Dana. She went well over and beyond her call of duty, and made everyone in the wedding party, which was mostly made up of little children, excited and felt comfortable knowing what their job in the wedding was. Dana is one of those people that when you meet them you feel like you have known them your whole life! What a wonderful person to work with!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Dana was so organized and almost acted as a wedding planner when it came to getting the whole wedding party to get ready to walk down the isle. She got everyone in order and made sure everyone was ready and knew what they were doing! I have never seen any other officiant go through all that! Also, since it was raining and we were to have our wedding outside, assisted me with coming up with an indoor plan that would accommodate all of our guests. When speaking to her on the phone prior to the wedding she offered great advice with just not other vendors but for my future career goals which I didn't expect!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Dana sent me all the different ceremonies she had created and she let me use parts of all of them to personalize and create my dream wedding ceremony!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The guests loved the ceremony! They had never heard such beautiful vows or readings before. The wedding had a little bit of something for everyone.


Tessa Nickila


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June 2011 Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely. Dana was very friendly, personable, and professional.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Dana went above and beyond the officiant role. She gave excellent advice on wedding odds and ends at our first meeting, suggested a great vendor that we went with, and was a mouse click away when needed.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Dana provided us with many beautiful ceremonies. We were able to combine things that we liked from a few, which was great! It felt true to who we are, yet heartfelt and unique.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

One guest said, " I didn't believe in fairytales, until your wedding" :)


Stephanie Kirkham
Wedding on 2011-06-25


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Our perfect wedding day- Thanks Social Graces

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana made us feel very comfortable. Becuase my husband and I are from the Metro area, Dana was very helpful explaining in detail the process via email as well as different ceremony sites that she thought might be what we were looking for.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

We didn't experience any unexpected occurances or events. Everything went as Dana said it would.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We had a very simple and privarte ceremony, Dana worked with us through email to personalize our cermony wording.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

It was very small and private, everyone said it was beautiful. And it was, absolutely perfect!


James Varnum


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Our wedding at Fisherman's Point on the North Shor

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely...from our initial emails and phone calls to "you may now kiss..." I would absolutely recommend Rev. Parvey to anyone who is wanting to get married in her area. She is so personable, and really made things so smooth.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Although it wasn't unexpected, as we had discussed it prior to the wedding, we felt that Rev. Parvey went above and beyond by bringing her husband as one of our witnesses. He was also our photographer, and took some awesome photographs! We came from Cincinnati, OH, and as this is a second wedding for both of us, we just wanted a quiet ceremony, so we had no guests. Also, because of our timetable, we just didn't have time for the 5 day waiting period. Rev. Parvey pointed me in the right direction for initiating the process of having a judge waive the waiting period.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Rev. Parvey gave us the opportunity to incorporate our own words into the ceremony...that was very special to both of us.


Elisha Sapletal
Wedding on 2011-05-28


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Our Wedding at Grand Superior Lodge 5.28.2011

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana was VERY ORGANIZED and helped us personalize our vows. We live 3 hours away from our wedding site and Dana offered to give me wedding advice as I needed it and helped me select vendors. During the rehearsal she was very informative and gave everyone direction and answered all of our questions. She was very easy to work with and very accommodating to our needs as a couple, complete with back-up plan in the event of rain. We would recommend her to friends and family! Thanks Dana!


Laurie Zenk
Wedding on 2011-05-14


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Wedding at Larsmont Cottages

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana made me feel at ease from the first time I talked with her on the phone and throughout the whole wedding process. She has a very positive and uplifting spirit. She has a lot of great information and ideas for making your ceremony exactly as you want it.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

I was surprised by how much good information and ceremony options that Dana provided us with.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We combined different parts of different ceremonies to our liking. We also had a sand/rock ceremony that Dana added beautiful wording to.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Many guests commented on how personalized the ceremony was and what a great job Dana did.


Shelly McLean
Wedding on 2011-05-14


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Brighton Beach Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana was awesome! She made everything very easy and was able to communicate through email which helped a lot. I didn't meet Dana until right before the wedding but felt extremely comfortable with her and found that she was a perfect choice.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

I chose one of the options Dana sent for a civil ceremony and had considered changing a part and ended up keeping everything in as it was because it really needed no changes. I was extremely happy with how everything turned out and glad it went so smoothly.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

My guests asked how I found Dana and everyone was very impressed with the ceremony and the choice of ceremony that I picked.


A Walsh
Wedding on 2011-02-26


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Wonderful Experience

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana made us extremely comfortable during the whole process. Even though all of our communication prior to the wedding was via email, she was so helpful, and cared so much about ensuring our perfect ceremony, that when we met her is was like we had known her for some time.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

I did not expect to be given so many options and assistance with the customization of our ceremony. Dana provided us with numerous ceremony types, readings, blessings, poems etc and then helped us to peice together and create our perfect ceremony from the ones we chose and connected to.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

As explained above, our ceremony was very personal.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

There were tears in the eyes of many of the guests during the ceremony. Numerous times we have been told that it was the best ceremony that they ever attended. Some even preferred our ceremony to their own!


Mari Bohnhoff
Wedding on 2010-10-24


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A Stress-Free Ceremony Experience

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana was very nice and easy to work with. She was professional and very responsive to emails. We didn't meet Dana until about 5 minutes before the ceremony, but everything was incredibly easy and comfortable.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Dana stuck to what we had discussed previously, so there were no surprises in the ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Dana was incredibly helpful in personalizing our ceremony. She asked us a few questions about what kind of ceremony we wanted and then sent us examples of different ceremonies we could do. She made it very clear that we could change the ceremony to whatever we wanted it to be. What she sent us though my husband and I both really liked and didn't even have to change a thing.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

My mother was very impressed with the ceremony and thought it fit our personalities perfectly.


Christine Olson
Wedding on 2010-08-13


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana was very easy to work with. She was always available for us and was happy to give us advice when needed. She was very prompt and flexible to fit oru schedule.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Dana did not veer from our planned ceremony - she did however offer a feeling of relaxation during the ceremony. Many people commented on how she was so professional and how individualized the ceremony was.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Dana gave us many templates and examples to choose from to select our vows and ceremony. We were then able to modify things as we liked and wrote our own vows with Dana's guidance.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The unity sand ceremony.


Brandon Naze


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Rev. Dana Parvey

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

The Reverend was kind and helpful to us in a way that did not pressure us in any way.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

she added nothing.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

It was on the norther shores of lake superior at gooseberry falls state park.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

One doesn't have a favorite amongst friends and family.


Paula Nashalook
Wedding on 2010-08-07


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We could not have asked for anyone better!!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana was incredible from start to finish. Even her website was warm and friendly. We flew down from Alaska to get married on the North Shore and Dana was very accommodating with our schedule and allowed us to plan so much over email!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Dana gave us so many options for our ceremony. She offered lots of examples, but in the end our ceremony was uniquely ours and absolutely perfect.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We were able to incorporate both my husbands native American background and my Irish background with special readings in our ceremony. Dana allowed us to combine so many different ideas of readings and honoring our parents. She also did a separate, smaller ceremony so that we could share vows with my husbands son, so we could have a special start to our new family.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

That it was " so us!"


Alena Thomas


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Nobody Better for a North Shore Wedding!!!!!!!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Competely, we couldn't have asked for the process to go any smoother. Dana was super flexible, 100% on top of things and had anwsers and solutions for everything that came up.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

With the number of weddings she has performed and her knowlegde of the area she was a great resoure. Being located in a "location" wedding part of the state she had tons of great local sugestions and good ideas, including recomending a location for our reception which turned out perfect.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Dana was willing to meet our hotel to do paper work the day of the wedding, then wait for us all to get organized, then drive to a differet location, park on the side of the road and hike about a mile up a trail and perform the ceramony on a cliff. Along with numerous changes to the vows and several emails. She was great.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone commented on the vows. Lots requested copies. For a North Shore Wedding she is it. Thanks Dana!!!


Mark Spease


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Our wedding on 10/10/10 on the North Shore

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely. She was on top of everything and made it simple for us.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She was so willing to help us make the wedding ceremony exactly as we wanted, including giving us several options to chose from. We even mixed and matched to make the ceremony we wanted.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

By deciding the contents of the ceremony and picking a reading and a prayer.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone thought it was just a beautiful service at a great location! We wouldn't change a thing.


Aaron Johnson
Wedding on 2010-03-20


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Dana, you were truly a blessing! THANK YOU!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana could not have made things any more comfortable. The manner in which she commited her efforts to help my wife and I make our wedding as wonderful as possible was second to none!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Her willingness to alter any one of her many ceremonies to custom fit what we were looking for.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

My wife and I are both very flexible and hence were not looking for anything specific. However, Dana cam up with some great ideas and suggestions for us and basically created the perfect ceremony for us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

My mother stated that it was the most traditional "intimate" wedding ceremony she's ever seen. She also strongly suggested that we ask Dana if she would be willing to travel to Fargo, ND to conduct the renewal of vows ceremony that my wife and I are currently planning.


Andréa Johnson


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5 stars!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely. I highly recommend Dana from social graces. Nothing but wonderful concerning ALL aspects of wedding planning/ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She has many different GREAT vows to choose from, and couples can certainly add/change anything they want to make them unique. My husband and I didn't need to change anything simply because we found vows that we felt were written FOR US, courtesy of Social Graces/Dana. We had a very, very small intimate ceremony and it was great having Dana be apart of such a special time in our lives.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Great vows. Professional. Arrived Early. Personable.


Kristin Lehman
Wedding on 2010-08-28


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A true blessing!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana was truely amazing! We were not able to meet her prior to our wedding but the moment she walked into the dressing room it was like I had known her for years! She worked with us via email prior to the wedding and she obtained such good information to make our ceremony my dream come true.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Dana came to our wedding as if we were the only wedding she had been planning, she remembered all details of previous conversation and was truely "a part" of our ceremony and not just paid to be there. Dana wasso prepared and knew all the in's and out's of the area and the resort. And she was so bubbly and excited. She helped prepare the finishing touches just before the ceremony. Our wedding was outside down by the shore of Lake Superior and she was very helpful with assisting me locate the best resort for what we were looking for.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Because we were joining two families into one with our wedding we had a sand unity and also did vows with the children. Dana had the most beautiful vows put together for my husband and I to exchange with our children. My husband and I did the sand unity after our vows and then also the children added their sand to the vase after their vows. The most personal and meaningful part of our ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"Did you and Joe write those vows...they were so you two". Dana wrote our vows but just the wording of them and how she presented them were exactly how we feel for each other and how we have always portrayed ourselves prior to marriage. Hard to keep a dry eye during this part.


Lindsay Gerten
Wedding on 2009-10-17


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Simply the best!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana loves weddings and marriages and is certainly in the right line of work. She literally had a giant smile on her face and was so eager to plan our ceremony with plenty of passion and as much time as we needed.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She was so professional and was sure to make the day all about us. She had great suggestions for us based on the number of weddings she has done in the past and was a delight to work with.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She had ideas for us, but truly allowed us whatever wording, poems, versese, etc. we wanted. I appreciated that she had a few recommended ones so we were not starting from scratch.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

She was bubbling with excitement nearly as much as we were!


Holly Carlson
Wedding on 2010-08-14


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A Dream Come True

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana was extremely personable and made us feel like we've known her for years. She wasn't just an officiant, she doubled as a wedding planner taking out any pre-wedding jitters.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She made our ceremony special and "ours". She e-mailed us our ceremony and let us personalize it and make any changes to it along the way. She also helped us set up our props (i.e. tables, decorations) making sure that everything was perfect.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Dana helped us pick the most perfect spot outdoors with a gorgeous background for pictures. She also came up with an amazing alternative in case of weather. She also sent us many different ceremonies to chose from making it our very own.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

It was unlike any other wedding they'd been to, with her amazing hospitality and the location she'd picked for us. She is such a wonderful person! We'd definately recommend Social Graces to anyone planning on getting married!


Sarah Dahl
Wedding on 2009-10-10


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A great experience for our great day!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We did not have a chance to meet Dana before the ceremony, but I was amazed at how quickly she was able to add a personal quality to the ceremony through email and through a brief time meeting us.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

I really appreciate how Dana's personal presence is very warm and engaging. We had a very informal ceremony, and Dana's persona really drew people in to the ceremony itself.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Dana has sent several different possibilities of wording to us and we cut and pasted some of them together along with a little of our own thoughts and words. It really allowed for us to personalize it.


Carol Mayer
Wedding on 2009-10-03


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James & Carol Mayer

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Were we very comfortable with Dana. She was very helpful and spent extra time helping us with our vows.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Dana sent us several different options for our vows. Traditional, Spiritual, Catholic etc. We used a little of each and added a few things that were special to us. It was perfect!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Our outdoor Ceremony was on a Beautiful Fall Day at Gooseberry Falls, Minnesota. There were a group of hikers nearby that joined us for our Wedding. They were a fun addition to our guest list.


Stephen Roemer
Wedding on 2009-09-19


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Fantastic Fall Wedding at Larsmont Cottages

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely! Dana seemed to understand right away the kind of ceremony we had in mind. She was always a total professional from the planning stages through the ceremony without any uncomfortable formality.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Dana provided some great ideas from readings to ways to include and honor family members. She also made some logistal suggestions that made things run smoothly during the ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

With some of Dana's ideas, we created our own ceremony and wrote our own vows.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"Great weather!" Hmm, perhaps Dana can provide this for your ceremony as well.
Our guests loved the outdoor setting. The lake as the backdrop to our ceremony was wonderful.


Chuck Gordon
Wedding on 2009-06-13


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Gooseberry Falls outdoor wedding.

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana was Delightful and well prepared!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Dana helped us write our vows and was able to include our daughter in the ceremony!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

The location was very personal for us, We also wrote our vows

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

a guest was amazed at how smoothly our outdoor ceremony went. Thanks to Dana (and her husband) we had a wonderful and carefree wedding.


Lisa Comee


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Perfect Day!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely, Dana was great. The rehearsal was very quick and she kept our giant wedding party of 27 on task but also kept it fun. In our first meeting I immediately felt comfortable and like she really cared about our wedding.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She designed our ceremony, which turned out to be exactly what we wanted. I could not have asked for a better officiant for our special day!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We had photos as well as white roses at the altar for our loved ones that could not be with us. We also did a unity candle ceremony which was a candle made by my Husband's grandmother.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

That is was quick (which is exactly what we asked for) but still very personal and intimate.


Jennifer Larson
Wedding on 2010-08-27


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Small, personable wedding ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana made us all very comfortable. We were very nervous as we were eloping and it had taken alot to get my parents there without know what was going on. And of course wanting it to be perfect, which Dana made it so.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

It was such a nice ceremony, it was very personable and lovely. I wish I had been less nervous to better appreciate.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

I let Dana personalize it for me and it was just perfect. I would have thought she'd known us for years.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The look on their face when they found out what we were up to.


Jill Buffie


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Grand Superior Lodge, Two Harbors, MN Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

I felt very comfortable. I was a nervouse wreck that day and she made me comfortable. The only work I had to do was pick our vows from several examples. Otherwise, Dana did everything and made it so simple. She asked me all the questions needed, so it went smoothly. I was never married, so you never know how these things go until after.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

It went just as planned. No problems from planning to ending. Dana asked all the questions necessary for her to make a smooth, wonderful ceremony, so that was great.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

I had picked some specific songs. I recommend Social Graces to anyone. I loved that we had her and no one else.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We had a beautiful day, wonderful ceremony and the food was great. But, I as the bride, walked down the isle too fast. Did I mention I was a nervous wreck?


Laura Byrne
Wedding on 2010-10-23


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Lovely wedding on the North Shore

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dana made us feel very comfortable. She was very thorough about what we needed to do and say. She gave us several helpful hints so that the ceremony would run as smooth as possible. The whole family said that she did a great job.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Everything was rehearsed and expected. There weren't any surprises. We had a short rehearsal at the Lodge the night before so that everyone knew what was going to happen during the ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Dana helped us with our agate ceremony. We wanted to have something other than a unity candle...which was a good idea since our wedding day turned out to be too windy for candles anyway. The agate ceremony turned out to be very unique and memorable.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

A few family members said that the agate ceremony was one of the coolest things they have seen at a wedding.


jolene stern
Wedding on 2010-05-21


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Lake Superior Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Very comfortable, relaxed, no pressure.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

There was nothing unexpected. I was well informed. The event developed exactly as planned.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Our location was special. Lake Superior, at Artist Point in Grand Marais MN. A very special place for us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We had no guests. Dana provided our witnesses, as we planned. She had everything perfect. We did not want any frills, extra people. Dana respected, and provided to all our needs


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