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BeLoved Ceremony

Asheville , NC
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Asheville, NC 28801 US (map)

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ABOUT US

I'm Susan Marlan, an Interfaith Officiant. I officiate beautifully composed ceremonies that will express your dreams of your Very Special Day. Your ceremony will be as creative or... Read more
I'm Susan Marlan, an Interfaith Officiant. I officiate beautifully composed ceremonies that will express your dreams of your Very Special Day. Your ceremony will be as creative or traditional as you wish, steeped in romance, warmth and sincerity; created with you and complimented by over 27 years of my professional and personal attention to every detail. Your love and relationship will shine through while reflecting your beliefs and traditions.

The finest compliments I receive are referrals from my couples and their families. Within one family, I officiated ceremonies for three sisters, their cousins, then returned in a few years for their baby blessing ceremonies and anniversaries.

"I absolutely love what I do and I know that love shines through in each ceremony I perform."

Couples referred to me are in the hands of a poised, experienced professional who truly cares about their happiness and satisfaction. With fresh insight, imagination and competence we will create a ceremony that is unique only to you.

"Each ceremony is written from the heart, delivered with eloquence and sincerity"

I officiate and co-officiate Weddings, Anniversaries, Re-Marriages, Renewal of Vows and Baby Naming Ceremonies.

Your ceremony may be civil with no mention of God. It may be for two people of the same religion, or it may be non-religion specific, yet spiritual. It may blend different religions, or be constructed about a common belief. All will have deep elements of love and romance, filled with personal touches that relate to your lives as a couple.

If you choose to celebrate your familial backgrounds by incorporating rituals, prayers and readings that are reflective of your heritage, these can be adapted in a universal context for interfaith, intercultural and interracial marriages. I have extensive experience working with cultures from all around the world and will guide you through this process. These traditions may be celebrated with or without religious context. 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, Premarital Counseling
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.

REVIEWS

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Damaris
Wedding:
8/7/2016
5.0/5.0
We were very thankful to have Susan officiate our special day!
We were very thankful to have Susan officiate our special day!
We were very thankful to have Susan officiate our special day! Read less
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BeLoved Ceremony responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your generous words. It was my pleasure to work with you.
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Johnan
Wedding:
7/1/2016
5.0/5.0
Susan was such a blessing for us during our wedding. She was very helpful with making our ceremony highlight the unity of our family by including our daughter. I couldn't have asked for a better officiant.
Susan was such a blessing for us during our wedding. She was very helpful with making our ceremony highlight the unity of Read more...
Susan was such a blessing for us during our wedding. She was very helpful with making our ceremony highlight the unity of our family by including our daughter. I couldn't have asked for a better officiant. Read less
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BeLoved Ceremony responded with the following comments:

Thank you for for your kind words. I was delighted and honored to officiate your ceremony
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Brittany
Wedding:
6/25/2016
5.0/5.0
The box asks us to leave advice; here's mine: BOOK SUSAN MARLAN.
She is designed for the wedding industry. After meeting with her for the first time, we were positive we NEEDED her to officiate our ceremony. What we loved most was that we got to include personal touches so that our guests got a chance to hear our love story. Her attention to detail led us to include additions that reflected our lifestyle and our beliefs. She agreed to meet with us on multiple occasions to make certain her outline matched our vision. She recited the ceremony—line for line—and flawlessly executed it on our wedding day. Her compassion and beautiful spirit are tangible; we are certain they’ll resonate with us for a lifetime!
The box asks us to leave advice; here's mine: BOOK SUSAN MARLAN.
She is designed for the wedding industry. After Read more...
The box asks us to leave advice; here's mine: BOOK SUSAN MARLAN.
She is designed for the wedding industry. After meeting with her for the first time, we were positive we NEEDED her to officiate our ceremony. What we loved most was that we got to include personal touches so that our guests got a chance to hear our love story. Her attention to detail led us to include additions that reflected our lifestyle and our beliefs. She agreed to meet with us on multiple occasions to make certain her outline matched our vision. She recited the ceremony—line for line—and flawlessly executed it on our wedding day. Her compassion and beautiful spirit are tangible; we are certain they’ll resonate with us for a lifetime! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
BeLoved Ceremony responded with the following comments:

I absolutely Loved working with you to create your marriage ceremony. I so wanted every detail to be perfect for you. Thank you for your generous review
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Serena
Wedding:
3/29/2016
5.0/5.0
Ms. Marlin was very responsive and in tune with our needs and wants of our ceremony. We asked for something a little different even though we didn't really know how we were going to include it in the ceremony. She not only found a way to include it but also helped us develop the words needed to describe what and why we included it. She is a wonderful speaker, and in talking with her you can feel the devotion she has towards making your day special. So much more than I expected!
Ms. Marlin was very responsive and in tune with our needs and wants of our ceremony. We asked for something a little Read more...
Ms. Marlin was very responsive and in tune with our needs and wants of our ceremony. We asked for something a little different even though we didn't really know how we were going to include it in the ceremony. She not only found a way to include it but also helped us develop the words needed to describe what and why we included it. She is a wonderful speaker, and in talking with her you can feel the devotion she has towards making your day special. So much more than I expected! Read less
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BeLoved Ceremony responded with the following comments:

Dear Serena & Phil,
Thank you for your kind and generous review; it means so much to me. I'm so glad that your ceremony was all that you hoped for. I wish you much happiness.
Susan
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I couldn't have asked for a better ceremony. Susan was very professional and friendly and she spoke with us early on before the ceremony to make sure all our wishes were granted and what we wanted to say and what we didn't want to say. We are not a religious couple, and she was completely open and understanding to that. I was so nervous that we would be judged for it, but Susan made us comfortable and she truly shows how much our ceremony meant to her. My husband and I do not like to be the center of attention, but the words that were spoken put us at ease and we couldn't have been happier with how our ceremony went. I highly recommend Susan for any ceremony you need regardless of your beliefs. She has a big open heart and she truly makes you feel special.
I couldn't have asked for a better ceremony. Susan was very professional and friendly and she spoke with us early on Read more...
I couldn't have asked for a better ceremony. Susan was very professional and friendly and she spoke with us early on before the ceremony to make sure all our wishes were granted and what we wanted to say and what we didn't want to say. We are not a religious couple, and she was completely open and understanding to that. I was so nervous that we would be judged for it, but Susan made us comfortable and she truly shows how much our ceremony meant to her. My husband and I do not like to be the center of attention, but the words that were spoken put us at ease and we couldn't have been happier with how our ceremony went. I highly recommend Susan for any ceremony you need regardless of your beliefs. She has a big open heart and she truly makes you feel special. Read less
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BeLoved Ceremony responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your kind and generous words. It truly was my pleasure and my honor to officiate your marriage ceremony and to share in your joy.
Susan
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Rachel
Wedding:
10/15/2015
5.0/5.0
It was such a pleasure to have Susan Marlan officiate our wedding. My wife Hope and I were very inspired by the dedication she put into our ceremony. We both appreciated the time she took to speak with us over the phone on several different occasions, as we were unable to meet with her personally before the wedding date. She encouraged us to make ceremony our very own and to incorporate so many things that were special to us. A big thank you Susan for making our day the very best!
It was such a pleasure to have Susan Marlan officiate our wedding. My wife Hope and I were very inspired by the dedication Read more...
It was such a pleasure to have Susan Marlan officiate our wedding. My wife Hope and I were very inspired by the dedication she put into our ceremony. We both appreciated the time she took to speak with us over the phone on several different occasions, as we were unable to meet with her personally before the wedding date. She encouraged us to make ceremony our very own and to incorporate so many things that were special to us. A big thank you Susan for making our day the very best! Read less
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BeLoved Ceremony responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Rachel and Hope for your kind and generous words. I so appreciate your review. It was truly my honor and my delight to share this chapter in your joyous journey.
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Jill
Wedding:
10/10/2015
5.0/5.0
Absolutely loved the way Susan did our ceremony. We met months before and chose exactly how we wanted the ceremony to go and got to make changes all the way up until I was about to walk down the isle. Susan made sure to stay in contact with us over the months before the wedding and that made us feel very comfortable with her. I definitely recommend her.
Absolutely loved the way Susan did our ceremony. We met months before and chose exactly how we wanted the ceremony to go Read more...
Absolutely loved the way Susan did our ceremony. We met months before and chose exactly how we wanted the ceremony to go and got to make changes all the way up until I was about to walk down the isle. Susan made sure to stay in contact with us over the months before the wedding and that made us feel very comfortable with her. I definitely recommend her. Read less
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BeLoved Ceremony responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Jill for your kind and generous review. My goal was that you absolutely loved your ceremony - I'm so pleased that you did.
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Anne
Wedding:
10/9/2015
5.0/5.0
When Kim and I decided to have our wedding out of town, we were concerned about finding the right person to handle the ceremony. As soon as I found Susan's website, our concerns faded. Susan was so lovely to work with, she knew how to guide us even when we were not sure what questions to ask. Susan involved us in every step of building a ceremony that perfectly captured all that we wanted to experience on our special day. It could not have been more perfect!!
When Kim and I decided to have our wedding out of town, we were concerned about finding the right person to handle the Read more...
When Kim and I decided to have our wedding out of town, we were concerned about finding the right person to handle the ceremony. As soon as I found Susan's website, our concerns faded. Susan was so lovely to work with, she knew how to guide us even when we were not sure what questions to ask. Susan involved us in every step of building a ceremony that perfectly captured all that we wanted to experience on our special day. It could not have been more perfect!! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
BeLoved Ceremony responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your kind and generous words. I was truly honored and delighted to work with you and to be part of your most special day.
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Berit
Wedding:
10/4/2015
5.0/5.0
When my significant other and I were searching for an officiant, we were looking for someone who would be open-minded and experienced. Susan is exactly that, and more. After our initial contact we set up a Skype-meeting (because we live in a different state) in which we explained what we were looking for, to which she added ideas of her own. By the end of our meeting, she briefly read a draft of the words she would say during our ceremony, and we were on the verge of tears, it was so perfect.
Aside from knowing exactly what to say and how, Susan is also very flexible: she told us a number of times that it would be no problem to change the wording of something, or leave something out, just before the ceremony. Since there is already a lot going on on the wedding day itself, it's great to know that should something change in the ceremony, it won't be a big deal.
Finally, Susan is just a very easy person to work with: welcoming, friendly, and open-minded. Several family members commented afterwards how nice she was and what a great fit she was for our wedding. Can't recommend her enough!
When my significant other and I were searching for an officiant, we were looking for someone who would be open-minded and Read more...
When my significant other and I were searching for an officiant, we were looking for someone who would be open-minded and experienced. Susan is exactly that, and more. After our initial contact we set up a Skype-meeting (because we live in a different state) in which we explained what we were looking for, to which she added ideas of her own. By the end of our meeting, she briefly read a draft of the words she would say during our ceremony, and we were on the verge of tears, it was so perfect.
Aside from knowing exactly what to say and how, Susan is also very flexible: she told us a number of times that it would be no problem to change the wording of something, or leave something out, just before the ceremony. Since there is already a lot going on on the wedding day itself, it's great to know that should something change in the ceremony, it won't be a big deal.
Finally, Susan is just a very easy person to work with: welcoming, friendly, and open-minded. Several family members commented afterwards how nice she was and what a great fit she was for our wedding. Can't recommend her enough! Read less
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BeLoved Ceremony responded with the following comments:

I was honored and delighted to officiate your marriage ceremony. You were a pleasure to work with and I'm so glad I was able to manifest your vision.
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Christian
Wedding:
9/6/2015
5.0/5.0
We would, without hesitation, recommend Susan to anyone looking for a personalized wedding ceremony experience. She is undoubtedly gifted at her work! After spending ample time searching for the "one", we contacted Susan. She responded quickly to discuss our ceremony line by line, word by word. In the beginning, we really did not know where to start and I was impressed by Susan's recommendations for our ceremony based on our life and our beliefs, but which was also respectful of the guests that would be attending. I especially appreciated the recommendations she made regarding the flow of our ceremony. We ended up incorporating a sand exchange which I originally thought was too trendy and a passing fad. However, being that we met in Florida, we were able to collect sand from the beach in the city where we met and used it in the ceremony. It was simply perfect and totally "us". I had numerous family members and friends approach me and say how impressed they were with the ceremony and that they could tell it was carefully planned. Susan was absolutely critical to the success of our wedding and we cannot thank her enough!
We would, without hesitation, recommend Susan to anyone looking for a personalized wedding ceremony experience. She is Read more...
We would, without hesitation, recommend Susan to anyone looking for a personalized wedding ceremony experience. She is undoubtedly gifted at her work! After spending ample time searching for the "one", we contacted Susan. She responded quickly to discuss our ceremony line by line, word by word. In the beginning, we really did not know where to start and I was impressed by Susan's recommendations for our ceremony based on our life and our beliefs, but which was also respectful of the guests that would be attending. I especially appreciated the recommendations she made regarding the flow of our ceremony. We ended up incorporating a sand exchange which I originally thought was too trendy and a passing fad. However, being that we met in Florida, we were able to collect sand from the beach in the city where we met and used it in the ceremony. It was simply perfect and totally "us". I had numerous family members and friends approach me and say how impressed they were with the ceremony and that they could tell it was carefully planned. Susan was absolutely critical to the success of our wedding and we cannot thank her enough! Read less
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BeLoved Ceremony responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for your generous review. Your kind words mean the world to me.

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