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A Joyful Celebration! Weddings and Marriage Support

Birmingham , MI
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725 S. Adams Rd. Ste. L-100
Birmingham, MI 48009 US (map)

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248-430-4224

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Rev. Sherry Mullins, Head Minister of A Joyful Celebration! Weddings, writes and performs weddings and other ritual just for you...No matter who you are...What you believe, or...How you... Read more
Rev. Sherry Mullins, Head Minister of A Joyful Celebration! Weddings, writes and performs weddings and other ritual just for you...No matter who you are...What you believe, or...How you live your life. As a Certified Wedding Minister, and Licensed Professional Counselor; Rev. Sherry will help you plan for the wedding of your dreams, and a marriage to last a lifetime. Read less
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What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Presbyterian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes. Most of our weddings are held at non-religious sites, and we are happy to make creative recommendations for your own ceremony location.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
You choose. We can dress casually, professionally, or in formal clergy attire. Most often, we are comfortable in professional dress.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
That is what we do best. If you find an element you like, just send it to us in an email. You do not even have to know how to use it. That is what you have me for. 
 
 Not a writer? Let us do all the creative work for you.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes, but there are other ways that a couple can personalize their ceremony that may be much easier than trying to write a wedding vow. There are literally thousand of pre-written vows. One will work! Let us help you find just the right level of personalization for you that is enjoyable to create, and beautiful to say on wedding day.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
I have about 500 pages of readings... But don't worry. All that means is that I am educated and have done a lot of homework! I will make personal suggestions just for you, or you can recommend your own.
How long are your ceremonies?
Anywhere from 5 minutes to 40 minutes depending on your budget and desires for your wedding day. But most ceremonies fall in the 18-22 minute range. 
 
 At A Joyful Celebration! we are NOT preachers, and we do NOT preach! When you take the religious address out, ceremonies get much shorter!
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
As a Professional Counselor, and as a Wife, I recommend every couple participate in some level of pre-marital education. Not the kind that leads you "closer to God" necessarily (unless this is a personal desire) but the kind that leads you "closer to each other." I want to help you increase your odds over the standard 50/50 chance of divorce.
 
 But, of course, this is marriage preparation optional; not required. I guess I don't see why couples are willing to spend more money on a wedding cake that will be gone before the night is over than on the marriage they are wanting to "last a life time..."
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Not every couple needs a formal rehearsal. Please understand that any wedding officiant who tells you that you MUST have one, or "things will go horribly wrong"...is really saying something more about themselves than about you necessarily. 
 
 So we offer many levels of planning support that do or do not include our participation at a formal wedding rehearsal. Fees are charged according to your needs and our time involved.
Do you supply a sound system?
No. I used to. But I'm more of a "creative artist" and less of a "tech head." So my preference is to leave the sound systems to the pros. We are happy to make recommendations on who can provide this for you. Often your site or your musicians or DJ's can do this for little or no additional cost.

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Gerta
Wedding:
8/16/2014
4.8/5.0
We absolutely loved A Joyful Celebration and Janice Bahura! She did a fabulous job on the wedding day and also throughout the process. She was very flexible on writing the ceremony to include as much personal information as we wanted, and also provided us with great suggestions! I couldnt have asked for a better wedding ceremony. Thank you Janice!
We absolutely loved A Joyful Celebration and Janice Bahura! She did a fabulous job on the wedding day and also throughout Read more...
We absolutely loved A Joyful Celebration and Janice Bahura! She did a fabulous job on the wedding day and also throughout the process. She was very flexible on writing the ceremony to include as much personal information as we wanted, and also provided us with great suggestions! I couldnt have asked for a better wedding ceremony. Thank you Janice! Read less
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Darby
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
I am so grateful I found Rev. Sherry! I do not know how she does it, but she certainly has found her calling. She is so perceptive it was like she was reading our minds. We weren't sure at first exactly what we wanted, we just knew we wanted personal that spoke of our love for each other and our love for the family and friends we were able to share our special day with. Rev. Sherry did just that. She reminded us that the day was about us and what we wanted. She took the time to share countless options for wording, quotes and readings until it was just right for us. The ceremony script she wrote was just beautiful and I have had several family members ask for copies of it because they loved the quotes/readings so much. Several people asked how long we knew Rev. Sherry and were surprised to hear we only met with her in person a few times. She made our day very special! I couldn't have been happier with the ceremony and I am thankful I had the opportunity to meet and get to know such a special lady!
I am so grateful I found Rev. Sherry! I do not know how she does it, but she certainly has found her calling. She is so Read more...
I am so grateful I found Rev. Sherry! I do not know how she does it, but she certainly has found her calling. She is so perceptive it was like she was reading our minds. We weren't sure at first exactly what we wanted, we just knew we wanted personal that spoke of our love for each other and our love for the family and friends we were able to share our special day with. Rev. Sherry did just that. She reminded us that the day was about us and what we wanted. She took the time to share countless options for wording, quotes and readings until it was just right for us. The ceremony script she wrote was just beautiful and I have had several family members ask for copies of it because they loved the quotes/readings so much. Several people asked how long we knew Rev. Sherry and were surprised to hear we only met with her in person a few times. She made our day very special! I couldn't have been happier with the ceremony and I am thankful I had the opportunity to meet and get to know such a special lady! Read less
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Andrew
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
In 2013, you would think it would be easier to find a secular wedding officiant besides a justice of the peace, but it ended up being a big challenge for us. After receiving a professional recommendation we contacted Sherry and we knew right away we finally found what we were looking for.

Our first face-to-face meeting made it clear we were not going to get some cookie-cutter ceremony. Rev. Sherry was not available to officiate our ceremony herself, but Rev. Reavis Graham (or Rev. Rev as we called him) was available and did a fantastic job performing the ceremony Sherry had written for us. Sherry made a great effort to make sure every part of our ceremony fit our personalities and we were comfortable with everything being said.

We got a lot of compliments from our guests that our ceremony was unlike anything they had seen before and "everything said was important." If you're looking for a non-religious or just non-traditional ceremony that is still professional and touching, you can't go wrong with Rev. Sherry and Reavis.
In 2013, you would think it would be easier to find a secular wedding officiant besides a justice of the peace, but it Read more...
In 2013, you would think it would be easier to find a secular wedding officiant besides a justice of the peace, but it ended up being a big challenge for us. After receiving a professional recommendation we contacted Sherry and we knew right away we finally found what we were looking for.

Our first face-to-face meeting made it clear we were not going to get some cookie-cutter ceremony. Rev. Sherry was not available to officiate our ceremony herself, but Rev. Reavis Graham (or Rev. Rev as we called him) was available and did a fantastic job performing the ceremony Sherry had written for us. Sherry made a great effort to make sure every part of our ceremony fit our personalities and we were comfortable with everything being said.

We got a lot of compliments from our guests that our ceremony was unlike anything they had seen before and "everything said was important." If you're looking for a non-religious or just non-traditional ceremony that is still professional and touching, you can't go wrong with Rev. Sherry and Reavis. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
5/4/2013
5.0/5.0
James & I were married by Rev. Sherry just this past Saturday, and we're still overwhelmed and humbled by the touching ceremony she wrote for us. From our first email exchange just over a year ago, I knew that she "got me", as hard as that can be at times! She wrote back to all of my inquiries with such thoughtful and complete replies, taking the time to write several paragraphs even. After meeting her in person, James said he loved her, as did I, and we were sold. During the year of planning and getting to know each other, we became Facebook friends and I sent her email after email - questions, thoughts, quotes, readings, worries. She responded to each email within a matter of hours, and always with kind, loving, calming and reassuring words. She took the time to get to know each of us, and that meant so much to us.

Sherry wrote us such a beautiful, thoughtful and genuine ceremony. She completely personalized it to us, and worked with us both together and individually to get every single word just right. I am so, so glad that we chose her. She was worth every penny, and I can't imagine anyone else marrying us. After our ceremony and at the reception, we had dozens of people tell us how beautiful & moving the ceremony was, ask how we'd found her or if we'd known her for years already. An older couple commented that they've been married for over 30 years now, and all the words she wrote, along with all the quotes and readings, made them feel renewed in their marriage. That they were reminded just why it is they chose each other, and are continuing to love each other now, over 30 years later. Everyone cried, and it was mostly men who told us that! I can't express my thanks enough. We love Sherry!

Sarah & James
James & I were married by Rev. Sherry just this past Saturday, and we're still overwhelmed and humbled by the touching Read more...
James & I were married by Rev. Sherry just this past Saturday, and we're still overwhelmed and humbled by the touching ceremony she wrote for us. From our first email exchange just over a year ago, I knew that she "got me", as hard as that can be at times! She wrote back to all of my inquiries with such thoughtful and complete replies, taking the time to write several paragraphs even. After meeting her in person, James said he loved her, as did I, and we were sold. During the year of planning and getting to know each other, we became Facebook friends and I sent her email after email - questions, thoughts, quotes, readings, worries. She responded to each email within a matter of hours, and always with kind, loving, calming and reassuring words. She took the time to get to know each of us, and that meant so much to us.

Sherry wrote us such a beautiful, thoughtful and genuine ceremony. She completely personalized it to us, and worked with us both together and individually to get every single word just right. I am so, so glad that we chose her. She was worth every penny, and I can't imagine anyone else marrying us. After our ceremony and at the reception, we had dozens of people tell us how beautiful & moving the ceremony was, ask how we'd found her or if we'd known her for years already. An older couple commented that they've been married for over 30 years now, and all the words she wrote, along with all the quotes and readings, made them feel renewed in their marriage. That they were reminded just why it is they chose each other, and are continuing to love each other now, over 30 years later. Everyone cried, and it was mostly men who told us that! I can't express my thanks enough. We love Sherry!

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Amber Z
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
We had Janice as our Rev. and we are so happy that we chose A Joyful Celebration to officiate at our wedding. We met and spoke to Janice (and Sherry) quite a bit before our wedding. She really made us feel comfortable that the ceremony would turn out great, and it did! It wasn't boring or generic, it was things that we picked out and more about the two of us. I highly reccomend them!
We had Janice as our Rev. and we are so happy that we chose A Joyful Celebration to officiate at our wedding. We met and Read more...
We had Janice as our Rev. and we are so happy that we chose A Joyful Celebration to officiate at our wedding. We met and spoke to Janice (and Sherry) quite a bit before our wedding. She really made us feel comfortable that the ceremony would turn out great, and it did! It wasn't boring or generic, it was things that we picked out and more about the two of us. I highly reccomend them! Read less
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Jamie
Wedding:
7/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Couldnt imagine our wedding without Sherry Mullins. She helped us out so much and was always there for us. She wrote the most beautifully perfect wedding script for us. So personal and nailed every aspect; it was a script meant for us. I had so many people tell me how amazing she did.. And, how did I find her? I think we were meant to find her. She has become a friend to us. And I can honestly say I love her :)))
Couldnt imagine our wedding without Sherry Mullins. She helped us out so much and was always there for us. She wrote the Read more...
Couldnt imagine our wedding without Sherry Mullins. She helped us out so much and was always there for us. She wrote the most beautifully perfect wedding script for us. So personal and nailed every aspect; it was a script meant for us. I had so many people tell me how amazing she did.. And, how did I find her? I think we were meant to find her. She has become a friend to us. And I can honestly say I love her :))) Read less
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Jen
Wedding:
12/31/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. Sherry did such a great job writing our ceremony! She was so helpful and really knew what to add to the ceremony so that both of our presonalities showed.
Rev. Sherry did such a great job writing our ceremony! She was so helpful and really knew what to add to the ceremony so Read more...
Rev. Sherry did such a great job writing our ceremony! She was so helpful and really knew what to add to the ceremony so that both of our presonalities showed. Read less
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sunshinepaige
Wedding:
12/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. Sherry was brilliant. I got more complements on our ceremony that I ever expected. Rev. Sherry put together a story that was meant for my husband and I. She created something our guests continue to talk about; it was one of their favorite memories of our special day. Everything was done by email or phone. We meet only once, and Rev. Sherry told our story beautifully. My husband and I chose a custom ceremony, which is worth the slight added expense.
Rev. Sherry was brilliant. I got more complements on our ceremony that I ever expected. Rev. Sherry put together a story Read more...
Rev. Sherry was brilliant. I got more complements on our ceremony that I ever expected. Rev. Sherry put together a story that was meant for my husband and I. She created something our guests continue to talk about; it was one of their favorite memories of our special day. Everything was done by email or phone. We meet only once, and Rev. Sherry told our story beautifully. My husband and I chose a custom ceremony, which is worth the slight added expense. Read less
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Anne
Wedding:
8/19/2011
5.0/5.0
From the very beginning Reverend Sherry exceeded all of our expectations. We're living out of state, so we were unable to meet her in person before hiring her, but she talked to me on the phone for over an hour, explaining her background, philosophy, and the process by which she goes about creating ceremonies, as well as asking questions about us and what we're looking for in a ceremony. She made every effort to get to know us as a couple, and continuously sought input and feedback as to which themes and language suited us best. She was very responsive by email throughout the planning process. The week before our wedding she took the time to meet with us and go over some final ceremony planning. She was able to create a perfect ceremony that reflects our personalities, our relationship, and our views on marriage. We would definitely recommend Reverend Sherry to any couple wanting a truly unique, personal ceremony. It was a pleasure having her standing up there with us on wedding day!
From the very beginning Reverend Sherry exceeded all of our expectations. We're living out of state, so we were unable to Read more...
From the very beginning Reverend Sherry exceeded all of our expectations. We're living out of state, so we were unable to meet her in person before hiring her, but she talked to me on the phone for over an hour, explaining her background, philosophy, and the process by which she goes about creating ceremonies, as well as asking questions about us and what we're looking for in a ceremony. She made every effort to get to know us as a couple, and continuously sought input and feedback as to which themes and language suited us best. She was very responsive by email throughout the planning process. The week before our wedding she took the time to meet with us and go over some final ceremony planning. She was able to create a perfect ceremony that reflects our personalities, our relationship, and our views on marriage. We would definitely recommend Reverend Sherry to any couple wanting a truly unique, personal ceremony. It was a pleasure having her standing up there with us on wedding day! Read less
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Shelly
Wedding:
7/31/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. Sherry wrote a perfect ceremony for us! We were very happy with her.
Rev. Sherry wrote a perfect ceremony for us! We were very happy with her.
Rev. Sherry wrote a perfect ceremony for us! We were very happy with her. Read less
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