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Life Event Ministries - Rev. Layne Kulwin, Officiant

San Jose , CA
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761 Richmond Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128 US (map)

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408-995-0991

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ABOUT US

This is YOUR day - and it's all about YOU!



HELLO... and welcome to my WeddingWire page. My name is Rev. Layne Kulwin. As an ordained minister, I prepare and preside... Read more
This is YOUR day - and it's all about YOU!



HELLO... and welcome to my WeddingWire page. My name is Rev. Layne Kulwin. As an ordained minister, I prepare and preside over non-denominational ceremonies, traditional faith-based services or secular officiant services for weddings, commitment services, vow renewals, anniversaries, baptisms and other memorable occasions including funerals, memorials and commemorative events. I've also been able to jump into the middle of things when you discover at the last moment that your officiant plans have just vanished or you just plain forgot!



My services are uniquely designed to assist those individuals who are not currently associated with or have turned away from the religious practice in which they were raised. My ceremonies work very nicely with those who are non-practicing within any particular church, synagogue or structured religious group.



Let's focus on the ceremony for a moment...



The ceremony, is the singular most important aspect of your special day. People will not remember much about the beautiful meal, nor will they recall the intricate details of your wedding gown or the fanciful flowers that will assuredly be long gone within days of the event.



BUT WITH REGARD TO YOUR CEREMONY - that will be THE singular event item that people will remember for years and years to come. It should not be left to chance. Good or bad, people will remember how they felt, how they were drawn into the moment because it touches their heart, too.



Your ceremony and the selection of the person who is responsible to craft and deliver it is crucial. It should never be left to chance. I pay rapt attention to the timing and the flow of the ceremony.



I give my total attention to you, my client. In my humble opinion, you deserve nothing less. Please believe me when I say that you really do need the services that only a professionally trained officiant can provide for you.



I am seminary schooled and trained. My services and ceremonies are beautifully and skillfully crafted with YOU in mind. Remember, my number one focus is YOU: IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU.





My singular goal is to ensure that you have the best experience possible for your special day... and I will work diligently to make that happen.



I promise.







I conduct ceremonies throughout the San Francisco Bay - Northern California area: from Santa Rosa, to Santa Barbara; Inclusive of the California costal areas and to the mountains in Lake Tahoe. I am also available to conduct services in other areas of the United States.



Please visit my website for more information and see the possibilities I offer for your special day. (www.ReverendLayne.com).



I invite you to contact me at your earliest convenience to discuss your particular needs and inquire how I might help you celebrate this most memorable moment in your life. All clients can receive a FREE face-to-face consultation in my local area of San Jose or if getting together is too difficult, then we can meet through a video conference using Apple's FaceTime (preferred), Google Hangout, or Skype.



Call me and let's talk!

(408) 256-0761

or

eMail me: Reverend@ReverendLayne.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, 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., 30-60 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
CA

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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
5.0/5.0
Reverend Layne Kulwin, summed up in one word is “awesome”!

He is professional, reliable, knowledgeable, confident, friendly, and funny.

We found Reverend Layne to be a truly loving, caring individual who genuinely wants the best for his clients – his new friends. He is a man of great character and strength and this will become clear to you as you interact with him.

When he stands in front of a room, he takes command – in a really nice way. He will have your wedding guests awaiting his next words with anticipation! Sometimes, wedding ceremonies can be really long and boring (we’ve all been there!) however, he made our ceremony really interesting and fun. Our guests commented on how great they thought he was and complemented us on finding him.

He met with us to determine exactly what our needs were and worked with us to create a uniquely customized ceremony which reflected us as the bride and groom. He listened to us and offered advice… and even came up with ideas to make our ceremony even more special. The result was awesome!

We are extremely pleased that we found him. He made our special day even better… AND we now have a new friend in Reverend Layne!
Reverend Layne Kulwin, summed up in one word is “awesome”!

He is professional, reliable, knowledgeable, Read more...
Reverend Layne Kulwin, summed up in one word is “awesome”!

He is professional, reliable, knowledgeable, confident, friendly, and funny.

We found Reverend Layne to be a truly loving, caring individual who genuinely wants the best for his clients – his new friends. He is a man of great character and strength and this will become clear to you as you interact with him.

When he stands in front of a room, he takes command – in a really nice way. He will have your wedding guests awaiting his next words with anticipation! Sometimes, wedding ceremonies can be really long and boring (we’ve all been there!) however, he made our ceremony really interesting and fun. Our guests commented on how great they thought he was and complemented us on finding him.

He met with us to determine exactly what our needs were and worked with us to create a uniquely customized ceremony which reflected us as the bride and groom. He listened to us and offered advice… and even came up with ideas to make our ceremony even more special. The result was awesome!

We are extremely pleased that we found him. He made our special day even better… AND we now have a new friend in Reverend Layne! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
When planning for our wedding, we had considered having a friend be the Officiant. Although that would have had it’s own charm, we are very glad we chose to hire Rev. Layne Kulwin.

We reached out to Rev. Layne about 5 months in advance. At our first meeting, he went over several options and made some excellent suggestions (parental offerings/honoring, ceremonies, audio amplification, etc.). He was open to our needs, and he was unphased by our mixed religious backgrounds (Pagan and S.Baptist) and mixed parenting backgrounds (all-women and mother/father). In the end, we went with a civil ceremony plus a sand ceremony. We kept it fairly simple, but made sure there was more to it than just a civil ceremony. He was adaptable, as details from our end got better defined in the last few weeks. In all this, we had one extra in-person meeting, and good email communications, and a couple of phone calls.

On the day of the wedding, he arrived early and made sure key people knew their roles. During the civil ceremony, when we missed a queue, he reemphasized in a tone that both got our attention and made the congregation and us laugh. He was sincere with just enough humor to keep things serious yet lighthearted. He really gauged the congregation well from the people he met during setup, and dialed in his presentation nuances from that insight. He gave enough ceremony and presentation to make it a very special event without going on at length.

We were very happy with him, overall. I would recommend him for any type of mixed-spirituality or mixed-religion ceremony; and definitely recommend him for civil ceremonies enhanced with a ritual or two. He was pleasant, reasonably priced, prompt, flexible, funny, and professional. Our event was a “straight” marriage, but we’d recommend him for any same-sex couples as well.
When planning for our wedding, we had considered having a friend be the Officiant. Although that would have had it’s own Read more...
When planning for our wedding, we had considered having a friend be the Officiant. Although that would have had it’s own charm, we are very glad we chose to hire Rev. Layne Kulwin.

We reached out to Rev. Layne about 5 months in advance. At our first meeting, he went over several options and made some excellent suggestions (parental offerings/honoring, ceremonies, audio amplification, etc.). He was open to our needs, and he was unphased by our mixed religious backgrounds (Pagan and S.Baptist) and mixed parenting backgrounds (all-women and mother/father). In the end, we went with a civil ceremony plus a sand ceremony. We kept it fairly simple, but made sure there was more to it than just a civil ceremony. He was adaptable, as details from our end got better defined in the last few weeks. In all this, we had one extra in-person meeting, and good email communications, and a couple of phone calls.

On the day of the wedding, he arrived early and made sure key people knew their roles. During the civil ceremony, when we missed a queue, he reemphasized in a tone that both got our attention and made the congregation and us laugh. He was sincere with just enough humor to keep things serious yet lighthearted. He really gauged the congregation well from the people he met during setup, and dialed in his presentation nuances from that insight. He gave enough ceremony and presentation to make it a very special event without going on at length.

We were very happy with him, overall. I would recommend him for any type of mixed-spirituality or mixed-religion ceremony; and definitely recommend him for civil ceremonies enhanced with a ritual or two. He was pleasant, reasonably priced, prompt, flexible, funny, and professional. Our event was a “straight” marriage, but we’d recommend him for any same-sex couples as well. Read less
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Wedding:
8/6/2016
5.0/5.0
Rev. Layne Kulwin is the best. He officiated my interfaith wedding on August 6, 2016. He is incredibly chill, flexible, accommodating, and has an incredible sense of humor. Countless numbers of our guests remarked on his very entertaining and also strong performance of our wedding. Even though he was a huge hit himself, he went through great effort to make sure the event and day was focused on us as the bride and groom. If you're looking for a flexible officiant for the modern age, I strongly recommend Rev. Layne Kulwin.
Rev. Layne Kulwin is the best. He officiated my interfaith wedding on August 6, 2016. He is incredibly chill, flexible, Read more...
Rev. Layne Kulwin is the best. He officiated my interfaith wedding on August 6, 2016. He is incredibly chill, flexible, accommodating, and has an incredible sense of humor. Countless numbers of our guests remarked on his very entertaining and also strong performance of our wedding. Even though he was a huge hit himself, he went through great effort to make sure the event and day was focused on us as the bride and groom. If you're looking for a flexible officiant for the modern age, I strongly recommend Rev. Layne Kulwin. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Great guy! He was amazing, all our guests were raving about him. He is a wonderful officiant and I would recommend him to amy one getting married.
Great guy! He was amazing, all our guests were raving about him. He is a wonderful officiant and I would recommend him to Read more...
Great guy! He was amazing, all our guests were raving about him. He is a wonderful officiant and I would recommend him to amy one getting married. Read less
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Gabriela
Wedding:
1/16/2016
5.0/5.0
He was the best! We've had many newly engaged couples asking for his information after attending our ceremony. I highly recommend him!
He was the best! We've had many newly engaged couples asking for his information after attending our ceremony. I highly Read more...
He was the best! We've had many newly engaged couples asking for his information after attending our ceremony. I highly recommend him! Read less
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Rodney
Wedding:
9/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Layne was the perfect officiant for our wedding ceremony! He's professional, kind, organized, funny and his experience was invaluable with putting together our ceremony. He met with as made us feel very comfortable. During the ceremony there were a few unexpected events and Rev Layne was able to think quickly on his feet for plan B. He made our guests laugh and everyone enjoyed the ceremony. After the wedding I had several guests ask where I had found him and that they thought he was great.
Rev. Layne was the perfect officiant for our wedding ceremony! He's professional, kind, organized, funny and his Read more...
Rev. Layne was the perfect officiant for our wedding ceremony! He's professional, kind, organized, funny and his experience was invaluable with putting together our ceremony. He met with as made us feel very comfortable. During the ceremony there were a few unexpected events and Rev Layne was able to think quickly on his feet for plan B. He made our guests laugh and everyone enjoyed the ceremony. After the wedding I had several guests ask where I had found him and that they thought he was great. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Rev. Layne is truly great! Not only was he able to accommodate us on such short notice but he did a wonderful job with our ceremony. It was very thorough and brought a smile to everyone at our wedding.
Rev. Layne is truly great! Not only was he able to accommodate us on such short notice but he did a wonderful job with our Read more...
Rev. Layne is truly great! Not only was he able to accommodate us on such short notice but he did a wonderful job with our ceremony. It was very thorough and brought a smile to everyone at our wedding. Read less
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Evan
Wedding:
4/19/2014
5.0/5.0
There are so many great things to be said about Reverend Layne...I'm sure I'll miss something.

1) He's extremely thorough (check out his website!) He answered all of our questions completely and with authority. He even answered the questions we didn't know to ask.

2) He's very helpful - he gave us great feedback on our "words of endearment" and other aspects of our wedding planning, without being pushy or overbearing in the least.

3) He writes (and delivers) an AWESOME wedding service - everyone at the wedding complimented it.

4) He's proactive - He called the morning of our wedding to remind us of a couple key points. When he discovered a mistake on our marriage license, he went out of his way to get it corrected quickly.

5) This isn't romantic at all, but last but not least, he's got to have the best rate in town. While we were still searching out officiants, his rate was the lowest among the several "promising" candidates we found/were suggested to us. I'll admit that there were some moments that we thought we would "get what we paid for"...but his professionalism and care throughout the process before our wedding always put us at ease. After the ceremony, we thought - WOW - this guy should be charging more!

100% recommended with no reservations whatsoever.
There are so many great things to be said about Reverend Layne...I'm sure I'll miss something.

1) He's extremely Read more...
There are so many great things to be said about Reverend Layne...I'm sure I'll miss something.

1) He's extremely thorough (check out his website!) He answered all of our questions completely and with authority. He even answered the questions we didn't know to ask.

2) He's very helpful - he gave us great feedback on our "words of endearment" and other aspects of our wedding planning, without being pushy or overbearing in the least.

3) He writes (and delivers) an AWESOME wedding service - everyone at the wedding complimented it.

4) He's proactive - He called the morning of our wedding to remind us of a couple key points. When he discovered a mistake on our marriage license, he went out of his way to get it corrected quickly.

5) This isn't romantic at all, but last but not least, he's got to have the best rate in town. While we were still searching out officiants, his rate was the lowest among the several "promising" candidates we found/were suggested to us. I'll admit that there were some moments that we thought we would "get what we paid for"...but his professionalism and care throughout the process before our wedding always put us at ease. After the ceremony, we thought - WOW - this guy should be charging more!

100% recommended with no reservations whatsoever. Read less
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Agnes and Bob
Wedding:
2/15/2014
5.0/5.0
The ceremony was spectacular. Reverend Kulwin was amazing. Many of our friends and family commented on how much they enjoyed his wedding ceremony for us. It made them laugh and it made them cry. It was fun and full of special moments that added to the ceremony.
Very flexible. His outfit looked great...just what we wanted. We are very happy recommending Reverend Kulwin to anyone getting married.
The ceremony was spectacular. Reverend Kulwin was amazing. Many of our friends and family commented on how much they Read more...
The ceremony was spectacular. Reverend Kulwin was amazing. Many of our friends and family commented on how much they enjoyed his wedding ceremony for us. It made them laugh and it made them cry. It was fun and full of special moments that added to the ceremony.
Very flexible. His outfit looked great...just what we wanted. We are very happy recommending Reverend Kulwin to anyone getting married. Read less
Services Used: Officiant, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We just watched our wedding video last night and I was really able to listen to the words of the ceremony (without being nervous). It was beautiful! Rev. Layne was able to engage our guests with words that were at times funny and at times touching. Without even knowing us he was able to provide a ceremony that fit our situation. It was a perfect ceremony for a perfect day! And to top it off he was reasonably priced. We could not have asked for anything more!
We just watched our wedding video last night and I was really able to listen to the words of the ceremony (without being Read more...
We just watched our wedding video last night and I was really able to listen to the words of the ceremony (without being nervous). It was beautiful! Rev. Layne was able to engage our guests with words that were at times funny and at times touching. Without even knowing us he was able to provide a ceremony that fit our situation. It was a perfect ceremony for a perfect day! And to top it off he was reasonably priced. We could not have asked for anything more! Read less
Services Used: Officiant

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