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Delightfully Different Ceremonies

Chapel Hill , NC

LOCATION

Chapel Hill, NC US 27516 (map)

PHONE

949-637-0882

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ABOUT US

When love is the only requirement, I will write and perform your non-denominational ceremony in the setting of your choice. I have conducted weddings in boats, on beaches, in hotels, in... Read more
When love is the only requirement, I will write and perform your non-denominational ceremony in the setting of your choice. I have conducted weddings in boats, on beaches, in hotels, in back and front yards, even in museums. I give each wedding the same thought and detail as all the others and I can help you write your own vows or you may chose from my previously written collection. Your ceremony may be themed, traditional, or as unusual as you desire and I will happily help your wedding day be as delightful - or as different! - as you wish. Please visit www.marryusnow.com or give me a call at 949-637-0882. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Christian (no denomination), Jewish
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Absolutely! The majority of my wedding ceremonies are held at non-religious sites.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I wear a white robe with a black shirt and black pants.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
You may say anything you wish in your ceremony. It's your day.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Writing your own vows is encouraged altho I have many you can chose from.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
I have various readings and poems which other couples have used in the past. They are available to you to choose from.
How long are your ceremonies?
Generally, the ceremony itself lasts about 20 minutes.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
I require no premarital counseling.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
I am available to go to the rehearsal altho I do not perform the ceremony then.
Do you supply a sound system?
No

REVIEWS

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Fran
Wedding:
10/31/2013
5.0/5.0
We were delighted to find Sande. We had called several people to assist us in our short notice service. She was available and willing to meet us and perform the ceremony in a location of our choosing....even though it was highly unconventional. She was pleasant and wonderful to work with.
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Caroline
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
I could not imagine being married by anyone besides Sande! Weeks later my family is still talking about her and the ceremony she wrote for us. She made it so easy to have the wedding we always dreamed of having.
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Private User
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Sande was everything we wanted in an officiant: it was all about what we wanted, when/where we wanted it. It was clear from the outset that she would make the ceremony exactly as we hoped, so we never had concerns over how things would turn out. Her remarks were just the right length, and we had a chance to review/edit them beforehand (but they didn't really need editing). Sande customized her remarks to incorporate our daughter/step-daughter, which she really appreciated.

Finally, from a practical standpoint, she was on time, friendly, and enthusiastic. Very glad we found her.
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Libby
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
We searched for weeks (if not months) to find the *right* wedding officiant for our ceremony. When we met with Sande for the first time, we knew our search was over. Sande strived to understand us as a couple. She wrote a ceremony that matched our relationship and personalities. It was romantic yet true to life. It fit perfectly with the readings we had chosen and the type of ceremony we envisioned. We received countless compliments on how personal our ceremony felt. We really owe this praise to Sande. We’d recommend her to anyone looking for a unique, thoughtful wedding officiant.
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Sasha
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Sande was WONDERFUL! She made our special day unique just to us. We had a blast and enjoyed every minute we spent with her. She EVEN WALKED IT OUT down the isle after the ceremony! I highly recommend her, she will do whatever you want and say what you want. We loved her. ROCK ON SANDE.
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emma
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Sande was great! She was very responsive and did a great job customizing the ceremony to what we wanted. I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting a personalized and meaningful ceremony.
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Caitlin
Wedding:
5/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Sande was exactly what we were looking for in an officiant! She was kind and very professional. Creating the ceremony was really easy thanks to her expert help. Everything went smoothly and on schedule which helped lead to a fun and stress-free wedding day, exactly as it should be!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Sande was very helpful and set us at ease from the start. She was great! We definitely recommend her.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
When my fiancé and I decided we wanted to get married in North Carolina (even though we're not residents of the state), we searched through various officiant's websites. When we got to Sande's site we knew she was the one! Due to my job, my fiancé and I had to get married quickly so we could get him on my orders before going on a government assignment in a few months. We contacted Sande only a few days before the day we decided to get married - 12/21/12. Although we wanted to get married right before Christmas, Sande was very responsive and accommodating. She not only worked us into her already busy schedule, but she offered her husband, Jim, as one of our witnesses and photographer. Since as I mentioned above my now husband and I are not from NC, Sande offered a variety of suggestions in terms of locations. We chose the beautiful Sarah P. Duke Gardens - we highly recommend having your wedding there!

In terms of Sande's ceremony, it was spectacular! Because my husband and I aren't religious, we instead wanted something about the love we have for each other and about the lifelong commitment we were about to make to each other. With little guidance from us on what verbiage to use in the ceremony, what Sande said turned out to be spot on! I can wholeheartedly say that she definitely does 'delightfully different ceremonies'. If you want an officiant that will give you what you want, the way you want it and when you want it, Sande is your lady!
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Daniel
Wedding:
11/10/2012
5.0/5.0
Sande was very helpful with everything that we needed for our ceremony. She was very flexible and attentive to our needs and desires. Sande was instrumental in making our wedding ceremony absolutely perfect! Thank you so much Sande! We love you!!
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Todd and Elizabeth
Wedding:
10/4/2012
5.0/5.0
Sande is awesome at what she does. She was well-prepared and our ceremony went great.
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Susan
Wedding:
9/30/2012
5.0/5.0
Sandy provided us a perfect ceremony with vows that fit our family. I was very pleased and our guests were delighted!
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J.
Wedding:
9/25/2012
5.0/5.0
Sande was the perfect officiant for our private ceremony. Gracious, knowledgeable and flexible. She was the right person for our delightfully different ceremony. Jenkins, party of two!
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Sheema
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
We are so grateful to have come across Sande Southworth and Delightfully Different Ceremonies. Sande was recommended to us by a friend, and we could not have asked for a more perfect officiant for our wedding. She met with us months in advance to get to know us and kept in touch through the months leading up to the wedding, just to touch base or make sure we knew she was available for questions. It was important for us to have an open minded officiant who could recognize love and would take a interest in our story and our vision for our "Big Day." Our wedding included some not so traditional (American) aspects and Sande was more then happy to go along with what we wanted to make "Our Day" all we had imagined. Sande was DELIGHTFUL to work with and I would recommend her to anyone I know getting married!
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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Sande was great! She met with us several times prior to the wedding and helped us customize a lovely ceremony she already had. She helped keep us both calm and was remarkably subtle helping me to remember the vows I had written. She also even noticed that my new mom-in-law, who was supposed to be escorted from the ceremony by someone else, needed an escort and joined her during the recessional. She even agreed to come to the venue, more than an hour away, to calm our nerves.
Sande will help you have as unusual or traditional service as you want and make it very personal to represent you as a couple. I cannot say enough good things about her.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Sande was awesome! She helped develop a ceremony that fit our needs and personalized it just for us!
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Leslie
Wedding:
4/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Sandy was a joy to work with. Friendly, helpful and professional. She helped us create the perfect cermony that reflected our love and our lives as a couple. It was a lovely experience and I would recommend Delightfully Different Ceremonies to anyone!
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Tara Lynne
Wedding:
10/10/2011
5.0/5.0
I was so lost when it came to starting to plan a wedding and Sande Southworth was so much more to us than just the Officiant. Sande made our ceremony very special, allowing us to personalize it to our liking. She was always available for questions and helpful with recommending other vendors she had good experiences with in the past, that we used and loved. When we arrived home from the wedding we had pictures from the ceremony in our email from a friend she had brought with her, who stayed off to the side yet got some really nice shots. Sande even went and completed the marrige license paperwork and it was waiting for us in our mail when we arrive back from our honeymoon! We couldn't have asked for anymore Sande was AMAZING!!! Thanks again! From Tara & Mike Jaworski
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kjjakjja
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
Sande was one of the professional individuals that exceeded my expectations and made my wedding ceremony beautiful on Oct 8, 2011 and who I can't thank enough. I had a sand ceremony added, even though I had only a vague plan how to do it. She listened to my ideas and offered step by step suggestions to make it work and make it into a flawless presentation. We used her self-written vows to mix with our own and the result was many compliments on our touching and personalized our ceremony was. We would recommend her to our friends and family.

- Jackie
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Rachael
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Sande is very friendly and flexible. As an officiant, she is very professional and delightful to have at our wedding. We also feel she is our friend, listening to our needs, and helping us with many great ideas to make the wedding a sweet and special one for us.
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martianddex
Wedding:
8/14/2010
5.0/5.0
Sande made our wedding inviting and personal by including our families and our children in her ceremony. Our original officiant cancelled and we were fortunate enough to find Delightfully Different Ceremonies on Wedding Wire. Sande came to our rescue, made our day perfect and I would highly recommend her to anyone. Thanks Sande! Marti Spinner
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Lisa Pizza
Wedding:
1/19/2010
5.0/5.0
Sandi was very helpful and understanding with us and our cermony. We would very highly reccomend her!
Lisa and Mark Sliwa
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Marvin
Wedding:
8/6/1950
5.0/5.0
We are newlyweds. Happily married for 60 years! After deciding to renew our vows , we started checking around for someone to conduct the ceremony. We were inviting our close friends and relatives and we didn’t want someone who would just tell us to just say “ I do and now I pronounce you man and wife”
To make a long story short, Sande Southworth was recommended and we engaged her.
To say she was satisfactory would be an under statement. She was warm and professional.
She combined our past history - how we met; married and had children and grand children, etc - with our current lives. It was a meaningful and sensitive performance.
We were more than pleased . Our guests congratulated us both on our re-marriage and the way the ceremony was conducted.
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Erinn
Wedding:
4/19/2014
4.9/5.0
Sande was absolutely great to work with. She was more than willing to customize our ceremony to fit our needs and make it exactly what we had imagined. Her positive and open minded attitude helped make our wedding day perfect. Sande was always on time to our meetings and always responded to emails.
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katlalli
Wedding:
10/1/2011
4.9/5.0
Sande was incredibly professional and flexible. She offered advice for vows and the ceremony and was willing to come the night before for a practice. She was always responsive to emails and was willing to meet us in person. Sande is incredibly nice and wonderful to work with.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
Our Wedding was a very special and perfect day. Sandee did a great job making our Wedding special and adjusting our vows for us. She was great and we could not of asked for anyone better to marry my husband and I. Our family and friends are still talking about how great our Wedding was and this would not of been possible with out Sandee. We really appreciated it.
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Wendy
Wedding:
6/4/2011
4.8/5.0
Sande was just the perfect fit for us! We knew what we liked and didn't like in terms of text, philosophy, blessings, etc, and we didn't have the time to write the entire ceremony ourselves. Sande offered us many different texts to choose from, and we were able to craft a wedding that suited us perfectly. By the time we actually had our ceremony, we felt that Sande was a perfect part of our wedding family!
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Deb
Wedding:
5/18/2013
4.6/5.0
Sandra was Great !
We had a stressful time , being that our caterer bailed on us .
She was thoughtful and asked what she could do to help.
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Laura
Wedding:
4/27/2013
4.6/5.0
We were very pleased with our officiant, Sande Southworth. She was quick in getting back with us, very nice, and incredibly accomodating. We did a quick, small private wedding and had planned on doing it at our favorite lake. However, we didn't realize that being a state park, we needed a special activities permit. Sande and her husband gladly followed us to a new site and accomodated every way possible with pleasure and graciousness. I would recommend her to anyone!!
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Michele
Wedding:
5/5/2012
4.4/5.0
We found Sande to be professional and knowledgeable. If I were to work with her again (this was my first marriage), I would ask for more ideas and input from her.
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