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Asheville Celebrant

Asheville , NC
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124 Choctaw Street
Asheville, NC 28801 US (map)

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828-230-3845

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Rev. Michelle Kimberly Smith here. My intention is always for you to have a ceremony that creates lasting connections in your family and community, a ceremony that your guests remember... Read more
Rev. Michelle Kimberly Smith here. My intention is always for you to have a ceremony that creates lasting connections in your family and community, a ceremony that your guests remember for years to come. I am very talented at officiating ceremony and I take pride in delivering each ceremony from my heart with sincerity and enthusiasm for all to hear and appreciate. For more testimonials please visit my website, ashevillecelebrant.com.

I am an ordained Inter-faith Minister. I honor all philosophies, beliefs and traditions--religious, secular, spiritual, inter-faith and multi-cultural. As a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant I am a ceremony specialist with a solid background in the history, theory and practice of ritual and ceremony;as well as familiarity with symbols, rituals and readings from a wide range of cultures.

I assist couples in choosing rituals, readings, symbols and music to fulfill their ideals. I bring a seasoned understanding of structure, setting and pace that makes for meaningful ceremonies. I will listen to you and make suggestions. I will throw in a healthy dose of compassion, humor and encouragement and in the end, we will make the perfect ceremony - one that is beautiful, unique and tells your story.

My fees fall within a range depending on a number of elements including travel and whether a rehearsal is required.Generally speaking I offer two packages: the Complete Celebrant Ceremony and the Sweet, Simple Ceremony.

In the Complete Celebrant Ceremony process you will actively and meaningfully contribute to the content of your wedding ceremony. We will have a relaxed meeting to discuss your vision for your wedding. I'll be listening to learn about your spiritual beliefs, values and personalities.

I will send each of you a Questionnaire that I will ask you to complete separately. (You're welcome to show it to each other after you've completed them.) I hear from couples that this is a really enjoyable and special experience for them. They find it very meaningful to take the time and space to articulate their journey to this point, the things they appreciate and love about each other and their intentions for their marriage.

Then, with all of these elements in mind I will write and design your ceremony. I'll suggest and/or write prayers/invocations, readings, poems, rituals, vows and blessings that express your story, beliefs and intentions. Certainly you may bring in favorite elements of your own. If you'd like to write your own vows I can make suggestions to support you in that process as well. You will have complete choice of your ceremony including word for word approval of the ceremony script. I am available by phone or email for unlimited consultations regarding your ceremony.

For Sweet, Simple Ceremony we will have a shorter meeting, usually by phone, where I'll also listen for your beliefs, values and personalities. I provide you with a customized Ceremony Template including several selections of my favorite prayers, invocations, reading and poems chosen based on our conversation. You can say traditional vows, modify one of the samples I can provide or write your own. You can suggest favorite readings you would like to include. This choice is generally for couples who want to keep their ceremony very simple and intimate. However, some couples have chosen this option for larger weddings.

No matter which package you choose I am very talented at officiating ceremony and I take pride in delivering each ceremony from my heart with sincerity and enthusiasm for all to hear and appreciate. You'll also receive a beautiful keepsake copy of your ceremony that you can enjoy for years to come.

The Complete Celebrant Ceremony Package ranges from $425 to $700 depending on travel, whether or not a rehearsal is necessary, the number of elements included, etc.

The Sweet, Simple Ceremony ranges from $225 - $400 also depending on travel, whether or not a rehearsal is necessary, the number of elements included, and so on.

I will be happy to help you Explore the Possibilities in a relaxed, no-obligation phone call scheduled at a time that is convenient for you. Please contact me at 828-230-3845 or ashevillecelebrant@gmail.com. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed, Premarital Counseling
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Pagan, Presbyterian, Taoist, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
<30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
GA, NC, SC, TN

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What service(s) do you provide?
Dove Release

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We absolutely loved having Michelle as our officiant. She had a variety of packages we could choose from to fit our budget. She worked with us every step of the way to create the perfect personal ceremony for us. We were a little worried since we came from vastly different faith traditions, but she wrote the ceremony in a way that everyone loved and felt respected by. We had many people come up to us after and tell us that was the one of the best wedding ceremonies they had witnessed. During the rehearsal, she was also an expert at wrangling our families and wedding party for a quick, efficient run-through that led to a perfectly smooth ceremony the day of.
We absolutely loved having Michelle as our officiant. She had a variety of packages we could choose from to fit our Read more...
We absolutely loved having Michelle as our officiant. She had a variety of packages we could choose from to fit our budget. She worked with us every step of the way to create the perfect personal ceremony for us. We were a little worried since we came from vastly different faith traditions, but she wrote the ceremony in a way that everyone loved and felt respected by. We had many people come up to us after and tell us that was the one of the best wedding ceremonies they had witnessed. During the rehearsal, she was also an expert at wrangling our families and wedding party for a quick, efficient run-through that led to a perfectly smooth ceremony the day of. Read less
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Caitlin
Wedding:
3/27/2015
5.0/5.0
Michelle did an incredible job as our officiant. She is warm and comforting whenever you speak with her, and she gets right to the crux of your beliefs and pulls a beautiful ceremony out of any ambiguous feelings and special requests. My husband and I had a vague sense of what we wanted for our ceremony - elements of spirituality, family, togetherness, and gratitude. Michelle gave us a loving connection with our guests and family members. Probably every person in attendance told us it was the most beautiful, personal ceremony they'd ever witnessed, and we were so grateful for her knowing, loving touch, making our wedding exactly what we wanted it to be. She ran our 20+ person rehearsal with finesse, spunk, and knowledge, and rolled with our audience during our vows. She even sat with my bridesmaids and I to have a quick moment of centering before the ceremony, as we were about to lose our collective minds after being photographed and prodded all day ( Just me? Ah well). Love, love, love. Thank you, Michelle!!!
Michelle did an incredible job as our officiant. She is warm and comforting whenever you speak with her, and she gets Read more...
Michelle did an incredible job as our officiant. She is warm and comforting whenever you speak with her, and she gets right to the crux of your beliefs and pulls a beautiful ceremony out of any ambiguous feelings and special requests. My husband and I had a vague sense of what we wanted for our ceremony - elements of spirituality, family, togetherness, and gratitude. Michelle gave us a loving connection with our guests and family members. Probably every person in attendance told us it was the most beautiful, personal ceremony they'd ever witnessed, and we were so grateful for her knowing, loving touch, making our wedding exactly what we wanted it to be. She ran our 20+ person rehearsal with finesse, spunk, and knowledge, and rolled with our audience during our vows. She even sat with my bridesmaids and I to have a quick moment of centering before the ceremony, as we were about to lose our collective minds after being photographed and prodded all day ( Just me? Ah well). Love, love, love. Thank you, Michelle!!! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
12/13/2014
5.0/5.0
This officiant is simply lovely. She was warm, kind, professional, and thorough. With just a brief phone interview (we traveled for our wedding), she managed to create an amazing wedding outline for us. She offered so many options for readings, each beautiful in different ways. We ran a little behind schedule for our start, and instead of griping or complaining, she dove in and helped us set up a few last minute details. We could not have asked for anything more, yet she still gave it. Michelle Smith would be a blessing to have in any wedding!
This officiant is simply lovely. She was warm, kind, professional, and thorough. With just a brief phone interview (we Read more...
This officiant is simply lovely. She was warm, kind, professional, and thorough. With just a brief phone interview (we traveled for our wedding), she managed to create an amazing wedding outline for us. She offered so many options for readings, each beautiful in different ways. We ran a little behind schedule for our start, and instead of griping or complaining, she dove in and helped us set up a few last minute details. We could not have asked for anything more, yet she still gave it. Michelle Smith would be a blessing to have in any wedding! Read less
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Asheville Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Lauren. It was a delight to work with you.
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Laura
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Michelle was so helpful in providing us questionnaires/in-person interviews to explore our values, our visions, and our hopes for the ceremony and then she offered so many amazing suggestions! I was so overwhelmed at the idea of creating a ceremony that reflected our values and commitments on my own so it was so wonderful to have someone do it in a way that really resonated for us. Michelle created a beautiful ceremony. It is clear that she really cares and she has a gift for creating a meaningful celebration and holding a sacred space!
Michelle was so helpful in providing us questionnaires/in-person interviews to explore our values, our visions, and our Read more...
Michelle was so helpful in providing us questionnaires/in-person interviews to explore our values, our visions, and our hopes for the ceremony and then she offered so many amazing suggestions! I was so overwhelmed at the idea of creating a ceremony that reflected our values and commitments on my own so it was so wonderful to have someone do it in a way that really resonated for us. Michelle created a beautiful ceremony. It is clear that she really cares and she has a gift for creating a meaningful celebration and holding a sacred space! Read less
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Daniel
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
My wife and I met Michelle under a very tight schedule (less than a month) and were a bit nervous on how our wedding was going come together. Michelle was very accommodating and immediately put us at ease by helping us envision our special day. We were wanting a small, non-traditional wedding with just close family, but still wanted it to be a memorable occasion. Michelle expertly orchestrated the entire ceremony and assisted us in making it fit our quirky personalities. She was also a good sport in adding some humor to the ceremony, which helped both my wife and I relax and be ourselves. I would strongly recommend Michelle's services to anyone, as she was exactly what we needed!
My wife and I met Michelle under a very tight schedule (less than a month) and were a bit nervous on how our wedding was Read more...
My wife and I met Michelle under a very tight schedule (less than a month) and were a bit nervous on how our wedding was going come together. Michelle was very accommodating and immediately put us at ease by helping us envision our special day. We were wanting a small, non-traditional wedding with just close family, but still wanted it to be a memorable occasion. Michelle expertly orchestrated the entire ceremony and assisted us in making it fit our quirky personalities. She was also a good sport in adding some humor to the ceremony, which helped both my wife and I relax and be ourselves. I would strongly recommend Michelle's services to anyone, as she was exactly what we needed! Read less
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Asheville Celebrant responded with the following comments:

I so appreciate couples who really want make the ceremony their own -- no matter how intimate the gathering. Your quirky personalities made working with you such a pleasure. Best wishes!
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Lindsay
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are secularists and so we wanted to find someone who would really listen to what we wanted to do. Michelle really worked with us and we were always emailing back and forth to make the ceremony perfect for my husband and I. The language was really important, because I wanted the ceremony to be about Brad and I and our beliefs. People left the wedding telling us that the ceremony was one of the most beautiful ceremonies they have ever been to and that they learned the most about us as a couple. Then after the wedding, we received a special copy of it as a keepsake. Our ceremony was exactly what we wanted and as a secularist I was really worried how we would find someone who would be willing to work with us and listen to us. Michelle was wonderful.
My husband and I are secularists and so we wanted to find someone who would really listen to what we wanted to do. Read more...
My husband and I are secularists and so we wanted to find someone who would really listen to what we wanted to do. Michelle really worked with us and we were always emailing back and forth to make the ceremony perfect for my husband and I. The language was really important, because I wanted the ceremony to be about Brad and I and our beliefs. People left the wedding telling us that the ceremony was one of the most beautiful ceremonies they have ever been to and that they learned the most about us as a couple. Then after the wedding, we received a special copy of it as a keepsake. Our ceremony was exactly what we wanted and as a secularist I was really worried how we would find someone who would be willing to work with us and listen to us. Michelle was wonderful. Read less
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Casey
Wedding:
9/16/2012
5.0/5.0
Michelle made our wedding ceremony so special for US and what we are about and wanted! I couldn't of asked for anything more. She brought good tears to our eyes (and our guests) and smiles on faces. Her suggestions and style are one of kind, her words are moving. One of her many qualities that I appreciated is how she made me feel comfortable. We thank her for her wonderful service and highly recommend Michelle.
Michelle made our wedding ceremony so special for US and what we are about and wanted! I couldn't of asked for anything Read more...
Michelle made our wedding ceremony so special for US and what we are about and wanted! I couldn't of asked for anything more. She brought good tears to our eyes (and our guests) and smiles on faces. Her suggestions and style are one of kind, her words are moving. One of her many qualities that I appreciated is how she made me feel comfortable. We thank her for her wonderful service and highly recommend Michelle. Read less
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Kimberly
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Michelle was absolutely wonderful in helping me to coordinate our destination "micro-wedding". My husband and I live in Raleigh and had decided to escape to Asheville for a few days and get married in the company of only our four teenaged children. I envisioned something sweet and simple, but still tremendously meaningful and momentous.

She was an invaluable resource for finding a photographer and videographer and suggested our ceremony location (the UNCA Botanical Gardens), a spot I knew nothing about, but that turned out to be perfect for our needs. She was a terrific partner in coming up with ideas and language for a ceremony "script" and was ready to roll even when my husband and I were emailing her our personally drafted vows at the last hour.

Michelle is a lovely woman inside and out. She has a warmth and positive attitude that comes through in her written and phone communications, but these attributes were especially evident in our ceremony. Although we wanted a "secular" ceremony, with Michelle's guidance and delivery, we still had a marriage ceremony that was not at all religious, but that was infused with spirituality and heart, and spoke to all of us.

I am so grateful that I found Michelle and will forever remember her wonderful contributions to our special day!
Michelle was absolutely wonderful in helping me to coordinate our destination "micro-wedding". My husband and I live in Read more...
Michelle was absolutely wonderful in helping me to coordinate our destination "micro-wedding". My husband and I live in Raleigh and had decided to escape to Asheville for a few days and get married in the company of only our four teenaged children. I envisioned something sweet and simple, but still tremendously meaningful and momentous.

She was an invaluable resource for finding a photographer and videographer and suggested our ceremony location (the UNCA Botanical Gardens), a spot I knew nothing about, but that turned out to be perfect for our needs. She was a terrific partner in coming up with ideas and language for a ceremony "script" and was ready to roll even when my husband and I were emailing her our personally drafted vows at the last hour.

Michelle is a lovely woman inside and out. She has a warmth and positive attitude that comes through in her written and phone communications, but these attributes were especially evident in our ceremony. Although we wanted a "secular" ceremony, with Michelle's guidance and delivery, we still had a marriage ceremony that was not at all religious, but that was infused with spirituality and heart, and spoke to all of us.

I am so grateful that I found Michelle and will forever remember her wonderful contributions to our special day! Read less
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Asheville Celebrant responded with the following comments:

I was so touched by your desire to keep your wedding ceremony meaningful and yet memorable for you, Henry and your children. The UNCA Botanical Gardens were a great choice!
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Cristina Escober-Weaver
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Brian and I are truly blessed to have found Michelle. Michelle married us at Mountain Magnolia Inn at Hot Springs, NC this May 2012. We had been searching for the right person as our officiant for about a month and had gone through interviews with a few. She really stood out because we didn't feel like we were being pushed against our beliefs and there was a representation of our individual spirituality/values in the context of the ceremony. I couldn't be any happier with how everything flowed... we had a short and sweet version of the ceremony with unity candles as well as dove release. The wedding was beautiful to say the least, and more importantly, very meaningful to Brian and I.

Thank you so much Michelle!
Brian and I are truly blessed to have found Michelle. Michelle married us at Mountain Magnolia Inn at Hot Springs, NC this Read more...
Brian and I are truly blessed to have found Michelle. Michelle married us at Mountain Magnolia Inn at Hot Springs, NC this May 2012. We had been searching for the right person as our officiant for about a month and had gone through interviews with a few. She really stood out because we didn't feel like we were being pushed against our beliefs and there was a representation of our individual spirituality/values in the context of the ceremony. I couldn't be any happier with how everything flowed... we had a short and sweet version of the ceremony with unity candles as well as dove release. The wedding was beautiful to say the least, and more importantly, very meaningful to Brian and I.

Thank you so much Michelle! Read less
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Asheville Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Christina and Brian. You were both so lovely to work with. It was a special pleasure to meet your family, Christina, who had traveled so far were obviously so happy for you both!
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Andrea
Wedding:
3/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Michelle was absolutely amazing to work with!! She crafted the most wonderful ceremony that exceeded all of our expectations. Within the ceremony; she integrated our personal story, included family members for readings, and helped us to select aspects for the ceremony that truly hold meaning for us as a couple. Her responsiveness was wonderful and she was open to any and all suggestions we had for revising the ceremony. Michelle really spent time getting to know us which made the whole process that much more special. I would recommend her to any and everyone. She has played such and integral part in making our wedding special and I will forever be grateful for her gifts and talents.
Michelle was absolutely amazing to work with!! She crafted the most wonderful ceremony that exceeded all of our Read more...
Michelle was absolutely amazing to work with!! She crafted the most wonderful ceremony that exceeded all of our expectations. Within the ceremony; she integrated our personal story, included family members for readings, and helped us to select aspects for the ceremony that truly hold meaning for us as a couple. Her responsiveness was wonderful and she was open to any and all suggestions we had for revising the ceremony. Michelle really spent time getting to know us which made the whole process that much more special. I would recommend her to any and everyone. She has played such and integral part in making our wedding special and I will forever be grateful for her gifts and talents. Read less
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Asheville Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Andrea and Jason. I especially loved including the Stefana ritual from your Greek heritage, Andrea. It was definitely a treasured moment to share piece with your grandmother.

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