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Custom Wedding Ceremonies

Charleston , SC

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Charleston, SC US (map)

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843-532-0559

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ABOUT US

Custom Wedding Ceremonies owner Rev. Dianne J. Shaver is the only officiant who writes a unique ceremony for you based on how you met, what drew you together, what's special about your... Read more
Custom Wedding Ceremonies owner Rev. Dianne J. Shaver is the only officiant who writes a unique ceremony for you based on how you met, what drew you together, what's special about your relationship and your hisotry together. After meeting with you and filling out her questionnaire, Dianne will write the first draft of your ceremony. Then she sends it to you for review and will make any changes you like so your ceremony is perfect for you.

Rev. Dianne stages and runs your rehearsal so on your wedding day everything runs smoothly. She arrives early on your day to make sure everyone is there and set to go and will check with you to see if you need anything.

Rev. Dianne has researched many different kinds of additions you might want to add to your ceremony such as the Hand Ceremony, the Honey Ceremony, The Kiss Ceremony, Jumping the Broom, etc. She includes lyrics from favorite songs, favorite poems or sayings, etc. Anything that makes your ceremony special to both of you.

If you are an out of state or out of the country couple, when you arrive in Charleston Rev. Dianne will sit down with you over coffee and get to know you before your wedding day. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Evangelical, Jewish
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes. I am on preferred vendor lists for most venues.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I wear a black skirt with a black taffeta jacket.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
I write whatever fits best for each couple. Often couples like to say their own words before the vows and they are also able to write their own if they prefer. My wish is to give them what they want on their special day.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes. If that's what they want. I always keep a copy just in case they forget to bring them or are too emotional to read them.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
No. I write a ceremony that is just for them. However, I do show them ceremonies that I have already written so they get an idea of the broad range of what is available.
How long are your ceremonies?
Between 12 and 18 minutes.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No. But since I have a masters in counseling I am open to offering if they request it.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
I always stage and run their rehearsal. I focus on who walks the grandmothers and mothers in, who will be seated in the front row,where everyone will stand, the processional and recessional, where the bride and her girls will enter. Where groomsmen and groom will enter, how programs will be handed out and any announcements they would like me to make after the ceremony. Plus a private moment location for the couple and where we sign the license. This is full service.
Do you supply a sound system?
I do not.

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Valerie
Wedding:
5/19/2014
4.7/5.0
Dianne Shaver was the officiant for a wedding for my niece. Although I did not personally do business with Ms. Shaver, I wish to recommend her services for couples considering hiring her from a guests viewpoint. Ms. Shaver is very warm and personable. After speaking with her for a short time and sitting and listening to her words during the service, I found myself hugging her and thanking her as though she were a member of my family because she really knew my niece well. I felt this way because of her choice in words to capture the personalities and desires of the bride and groom. You will feel very comfortable working with her to create a significant and meaningful service for yourselves.
Dianne Shaver was the officiant for a wedding for my niece. Although I did not personally do business with Ms. Shaver, I Read more...
Dianne Shaver was the officiant for a wedding for my niece. Although I did not personally do business with Ms. Shaver, I wish to recommend her services for couples considering hiring her from a guests viewpoint. Ms. Shaver is very warm and personable. After speaking with her for a short time and sitting and listening to her words during the service, I found myself hugging her and thanking her as though she were a member of my family because she really knew my niece well. I felt this way because of her choice in words to capture the personalities and desires of the bride and groom. You will feel very comfortable working with her to create a significant and meaningful service for yourselves. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
10/12/2012
4.8/5.0
Dianne was excellent to work with - she made our ceremony so special and memorable. She had us each fill out a detailed questionnaire about our relationship and she used that to make a very customized, personalized ceremony. She also met with us prior to our wedding day to get to know us and help us feel comfortable with her as the officiant. She is a very energetic and charismatic person and our ceremony was beautiful!
Dianne was excellent to work with - she made our ceremony so special and memorable. She had us each fill out a detailed Read more...
Dianne was excellent to work with - she made our ceremony so special and memorable. She had us each fill out a detailed questionnaire about our relationship and she used that to make a very customized, personalized ceremony. She also met with us prior to our wedding day to get to know us and help us feel comfortable with her as the officiant. She is a very energetic and charismatic person and our ceremony was beautiful! Read less
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Kadie
Wedding:
4/19/2009
5.0/5.0
When I lived in Charleston I was not thinking about a wedding so never looked at venues, etc. Living in Virginia and planning a Charleston wedding would have been an big challenge if I did not have Bride’s Advisor Charleston to guide me through it every step of the way. It saved my life! I can’t say enough good things about it. It should be required reading for every Charleston bride. Thanks to the authors of this great book!

Kadie Tamulonis
Ashburn, VA
When I lived in Charleston I was not thinking about a wedding so never looked at venues, etc. Living in Virginia and Read more...
When I lived in Charleston I was not thinking about a wedding so never looked at venues, etc. Living in Virginia and planning a Charleston wedding would have been an big challenge if I did not have Bride’s Advisor Charleston to guide me through it every step of the way. It saved my life! I can’t say enough good things about it. It should be required reading for every Charleston bride. Thanks to the authors of this great book!

Kadie Tamulonis
Ashburn, VA Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Unique Services

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