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Celebrations by Shari

Avon , OH
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1914 Pembrooke Lane, scaruso730@aol.com
Avon, OH 44011 US (map)

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440-213-7574

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ABOUT US

Are you getting married, thinking of renewing your wedding vows or looking for someone to perform a commitment ceremony? Do you want a special ceremony that is written specifically for... Read more
Are you getting married, thinking of renewing your wedding vows or looking for someone to perform a commitment ceremony? Do you want a special ceremony that is written specifically for the two of you? Would you like to have an officiant who will make sure your special day is done exactly the way you have dreamed of? Then look no further!

I am a non-denominational wedding officiant/celebrant residing in Avon, Ohio. As a mobile officiant, I come to you and your venue. Whether your ceremony is traditional or non-traditional, in a church, hotel, or garden, choose Celebrations by Shari to begin planning your new life together.

As a retired teacher of thirty years, I knew in selecting a new career it would need to be one that provided me with the same amount of joy teaching had. I suddenly realized that weddings are a perfect source of joy to brides, grooms, families, friends, and me. That is when I knew what the next chapters of my life should be spent doing -- working with couples to create a wedding ceremony that truly reflects who they are and the love they share.

I will work hard to personalize your wedding ceremony by reflecting the love and commitment shared by the two of you . I specialize in wedding, commitment, and vow renewal ceremonies. I believe your ceremony should be a reflection of the love the two of you share.

No two couples are the same. Therefore, each couple's wedding should be different, unique, and personal. I am able to write personal ceremonies, to suggest original ceremony ideas, and to assist you every step of the way with your wedding ceremony needs. I recently received the Top Officiant Award for the Cleveland Hot List.

Performing wedding ceremonies is my passion. Let my passion be your inspiration - together we will create a one-of-a-kind ceremony that you, your family and your friends will never forget. 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
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Baptist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Presbyterian, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
30-60 Mins.

REVIEWS

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Anne
Wedding:
7/28/2015
5.0/5.0
Shari performed our wedding ceremony and did an outstanding job! She showed true passion for her responsibility as officiant.
Shari performed our wedding ceremony and did an outstanding job! She showed true passion for her responsibility as Read more...
Shari performed our wedding ceremony and did an outstanding job! She showed true passion for her responsibility as officiant. Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
7/11/2015
5.0/5.0
Words cannot express how pleased we were with the ceremony created by Shari. From the beginning, Shari made sure we were comfortable and pleased with our ceremony selections. She even gave us a great idea for our unity ceremony. We felt like our ceremony was so unique and fitting for our relationship. Guests continually commented on how beautiful our ceremony was. I feel like our word choices made our day so special. Shari provides so many options, that it was very hard to choose! Shari is always there for you if you have a question. I appreciated how quick she was to respond to any of my questions. Shari also was so professional at our rehearsal and ceremony. Shari was very helpful when I needed to change my name. She walked me through the process even long after our wedding. I would highly recommend Shari to any bride and groom to be!
Words cannot express how pleased we were with the ceremony created by Shari. From the beginning, Shari made sure we were Read more...
Words cannot express how pleased we were with the ceremony created by Shari. From the beginning, Shari made sure we were comfortable and pleased with our ceremony selections. She even gave us a great idea for our unity ceremony. We felt like our ceremony was so unique and fitting for our relationship. Guests continually commented on how beautiful our ceremony was. I feel like our word choices made our day so special. Shari provides so many options, that it was very hard to choose! Shari is always there for you if you have a question. I appreciated how quick she was to respond to any of my questions. Shari also was so professional at our rehearsal and ceremony. Shari was very helpful when I needed to change my name. She walked me through the process even long after our wedding. I would highly recommend Shari to any bride and groom to be! Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
7/11/2015
5.0/5.0
I loved working with Shari. She made putting together our ceremony wording so easy and it really felt personalized to us. When she had to cancel, she quickly found a backup. Andrae was very professional and everyone commented on how much they enjoyed our ceremony. I would highly recommend Shari and her company as she makes sure that everything with you ceremony goes smoothly and as you envisioned
I loved working with Shari. She made putting together our ceremony wording so easy and it really felt personalized to us. Read more...
I loved working with Shari. She made putting together our ceremony wording so easy and it really felt personalized to us. When she had to cancel, she quickly found a backup. Andrae was very professional and everyone commented on how much they enjoyed our ceremony. I would highly recommend Shari and her company as she makes sure that everything with you ceremony goes smoothly and as you envisioned Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
When my husband and I were finally able to legally marry after 13 years together, we didn't know where to turn. There were questions of who will marry us? Who will be opposed to marrying us and might turn us away? We wanted someone who would treat us with kindness and respect. We didn't want to get married in a court house & our comfort level was top priority. I quickly did some research online and was elated to find Shari & her overwhelming support for LGBT couples. Immediately upon speaking with her I knew she was the one who would marry us. She graciously found time in her busy schedule to email and text me tons of information & she was very flexible on the time and date we chose. This was all happening so quickly & in a short amount of time, but Shari was always very quick when replying to texts, emails, or calls, all while making us feel like she was a long-time friend! We ended up having a very simple, private ceremony at home, but Shari was ready & willing to give us everything & more to make our day the best it could be. To say she is a special person would be an understatement. Shari is a true gem, a genuine, loving person who is filled with kindness, courtesy & compassion for everyone. I could write volumes of praise for her but still they wouldn't capture the true beauty of this woman! She has renewed my faith in the goodness of the human spirit, & we will always treasure the special day that she helped make come true!
When my husband and I were finally able to legally marry after 13 years together, we didn't know where to turn. There were Read more...
When my husband and I were finally able to legally marry after 13 years together, we didn't know where to turn. There were questions of who will marry us? Who will be opposed to marrying us and might turn us away? We wanted someone who would treat us with kindness and respect. We didn't want to get married in a court house & our comfort level was top priority. I quickly did some research online and was elated to find Shari & her overwhelming support for LGBT couples. Immediately upon speaking with her I knew she was the one who would marry us. She graciously found time in her busy schedule to email and text me tons of information & she was very flexible on the time and date we chose. This was all happening so quickly & in a short amount of time, but Shari was always very quick when replying to texts, emails, or calls, all while making us feel like she was a long-time friend! We ended up having a very simple, private ceremony at home, but Shari was ready & willing to give us everything & more to make our day the best it could be. To say she is a special person would be an understatement. Shari is a true gem, a genuine, loving person who is filled with kindness, courtesy & compassion for everyone. I could write volumes of praise for her but still they wouldn't capture the true beauty of this woman! She has renewed my faith in the goodness of the human spirit, & we will always treasure the special day that she helped make come true! Read less
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Celebrations by Shari responded with the following comments:

I am so very touched by your review. What an honor and delight is was for me to share such a special time with the two of you. You will forever have a spot in my heart.
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Rita
Wedding:
7/4/2015
5.0/5.0
Shari made our wedding day extra special. She's a very professional officiant, knowing exactly what she's doing with no rush or pressure. She is also the nicest person, who will make you feel comfortable in any situation. Our ceremony was pretty simple and small, so we wanted it to be very personal, and Shari agreed to all of our ideas, not trying to make it "right" and traditional. We are very grateful for her, the price is very reasonable, but really, the right person on the wedding is priceless.
Shari made our wedding day extra special. She's a very professional officiant, knowing exactly what she's doing with no Read more...
Shari made our wedding day extra special. She's a very professional officiant, knowing exactly what she's doing with no rush or pressure. She is also the nicest person, who will make you feel comfortable in any situation. Our ceremony was pretty simple and small, so we wanted it to be very personal, and Shari agreed to all of our ideas, not trying to make it "right" and traditional. We are very grateful for her, the price is very reasonable, but really, the right person on the wedding is priceless. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Brian was an excellent officiant! Everyone said our service was great and he was always prompt to respond with any questions or when I was in need!!
Brian was an excellent officiant! Everyone said our service was great and he was always prompt to respond with any Read more...
Brian was an excellent officiant! Everyone said our service was great and he was always prompt to respond with any questions or when I was in need!! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
6/20/2015
5.0/5.0
My husband and I could not be happier with the officiant services Shari provided for our wedding. We originally selected a family friend to perform the ceremony - however this fell through unexpectedly. We contacted Shari and she immediately calmed our nerves with finding a suitable replacement. She was extremely flexible throughout the entire pre-wedding process - including setting up an initial face-to-face consultation and responding to my many questions ranging from marriage license info to ceremony wording via email from myself and my husband. I should also note that she is very prompt with her responses!

Shari was absolutely AWESOME at the ceremony rehearsal. She was able to keep all of the rowdy bridal party and family members engaged enough to keep the rehearsal under 45 minutes, which included practicing the whole ceremony a few times. We were so impressed with her knowledge and confidence. The wedding day went perfectly. We received numerous compliments from our guests on how much they loved her delivery and personality during the ceremony.

When I was searching for officiants myself, I found it necessary to understand the personality of the individual - they are going to be a part of the biggest day of your life! I so appreciated Shari's willingness to meet with us before we committed to signing a contract. I would agree with all of the other reviewers that Shari is the absolute best. We have been to many other weddings in the Cleveland area - none of the officiants have lived up to the job that Shari has done for our wedding. I would recommend her to couple!
My husband and I could not be happier with the officiant services Shari provided for our wedding. We originally selected a Read more...
My husband and I could not be happier with the officiant services Shari provided for our wedding. We originally selected a family friend to perform the ceremony - however this fell through unexpectedly. We contacted Shari and she immediately calmed our nerves with finding a suitable replacement. She was extremely flexible throughout the entire pre-wedding process - including setting up an initial face-to-face consultation and responding to my many questions ranging from marriage license info to ceremony wording via email from myself and my husband. I should also note that she is very prompt with her responses!

Shari was absolutely AWESOME at the ceremony rehearsal. She was able to keep all of the rowdy bridal party and family members engaged enough to keep the rehearsal under 45 minutes, which included practicing the whole ceremony a few times. We were so impressed with her knowledge and confidence. The wedding day went perfectly. We received numerous compliments from our guests on how much they loved her delivery and personality during the ceremony.

When I was searching for officiants myself, I found it necessary to understand the personality of the individual - they are going to be a part of the biggest day of your life! I so appreciated Shari's willingness to meet with us before we committed to signing a contract. I would agree with all of the other reviewers that Shari is the absolute best. We have been to many other weddings in the Cleveland area - none of the officiants have lived up to the job that Shari has done for our wedding. I would recommend her to couple! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Shari was our officiant and was FABULOUS! She responded to all questions and emails within a few hours, was available by phone, and confirmed all details for the rehearsal and ceremony in advance. She also took charge of both the rehearsal and ceremony, directing everyone where they needed to be and when, which made it much easier for me to relax and just enjoy the moment. I was so grateful for her, and would recommend her again! We did not want a religious ceremony, and she was able to tailor her wording exactly as we requested. We also got several comments from guests after the ceremony commenting how great it was for her to focus on us as a couple.
Shari was our officiant and was FABULOUS! She responded to all questions and emails within a few hours, was available by Read more...
Shari was our officiant and was FABULOUS! She responded to all questions and emails within a few hours, was available by phone, and confirmed all details for the rehearsal and ceremony in advance. She also took charge of both the rehearsal and ceremony, directing everyone where they needed to be and when, which made it much easier for me to relax and just enjoy the moment. I was so grateful for her, and would recommend her again! We did not want a religious ceremony, and she was able to tailor her wording exactly as we requested. We also got several comments from guests after the ceremony commenting how great it was for her to focus on us as a couple. Read less
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Kati
Wedding:
5/30/2015
5.0/5.0
Shari was amazing for our wedding! She made sure we were happy at every step. Her responsiveness was incredible and she was always prompt and kind. Brian Gibbons, who worked under Shari, was our actual officiant, and he was incredible. While Shari helped us with the wording and all of our questions, Brian made sure everything flowed and we were happy at every step. Brian was so level-headed, friendly, and professional at every step, and so thorough during our rehearsal. It was obvious to me and all of the guests who were there that Brian and all of the people at Celebrations by Shari genuinely cared about us and giving us the best day possible. Many of our guests said it is the best wedding they have ever been to, and so much of that was due to Shari and Brian. If you use them, you will have no worries on your big day, and that means so much! Thanks so much Shari and Brian! You two are truly amazing people!! :)
Shari was amazing for our wedding! She made sure we were happy at every step. Her responsiveness was incredible and she Read more...
Shari was amazing for our wedding! She made sure we were happy at every step. Her responsiveness was incredible and she was always prompt and kind. Brian Gibbons, who worked under Shari, was our actual officiant, and he was incredible. While Shari helped us with the wording and all of our questions, Brian made sure everything flowed and we were happy at every step. Brian was so level-headed, friendly, and professional at every step, and so thorough during our rehearsal. It was obvious to me and all of the guests who were there that Brian and all of the people at Celebrations by Shari genuinely cared about us and giving us the best day possible. Many of our guests said it is the best wedding they have ever been to, and so much of that was due to Shari and Brian. If you use them, you will have no worries on your big day, and that means so much! Thanks so much Shari and Brian! You two are truly amazing people!! :) Read less
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Jeffrey
Wedding:
5/29/2015
5.0/5.0
We had no idea what to do for our wedding ceremony until we met Shari. We just knew we wanted our wedding outdoors and not strongly religious. Shari sent us templates with a variety of selections for wordings for all parts of our ceremony and we could tailor them to our specific needs. These options were so well written, we made very few changes to them. Since we were not going for a traditional style wedding, there were many details that Shari helped us plan both in conversations and when we were doing the run-through at our rehearsal. She seemed to always know the right moments when to step in to take charge and when to step aside and let us do what we needed to do. Our wedding went incredibly well and we are very satisfied with how Shari did. We heard nothing but wonderful comments on how beautiful the wedding was from friends and family.
We had no idea what to do for our wedding ceremony until we met Shari. We just knew we wanted our wedding outdoors and not Read more...
We had no idea what to do for our wedding ceremony until we met Shari. We just knew we wanted our wedding outdoors and not strongly religious. Shari sent us templates with a variety of selections for wordings for all parts of our ceremony and we could tailor them to our specific needs. These options were so well written, we made very few changes to them. Since we were not going for a traditional style wedding, there were many details that Shari helped us plan both in conversations and when we were doing the run-through at our rehearsal. She seemed to always know the right moments when to step in to take charge and when to step aside and let us do what we needed to do. Our wedding went incredibly well and we are very satisfied with how Shari did. We heard nothing but wonderful comments on how beautiful the wedding was from friends and family. Read less
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