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MarriageChaplain.com

Cincinnati , OH
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LOCATION

4251 Hamilton Ave
Cincinnati, OH US 45223 (map)

PHONE

513-853-6180

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ABOUT US

"Pick of the Knot" 2011, "Best of Cincinnati" 2011 & 2012. Now you can quickly and easily discover your perfect officiant thanks to the help of MarriageChaplain.com staff. With 29 caring... Read more
"Pick of the Knot" 2011, "Best of Cincinnati" 2011 & 2012. Now you can quickly and easily discover your perfect officiant thanks to the help of MarriageChaplain.com staff. With 29 caring ministers, priests and rabbis available, it is easy for us to match you with 3, 4, 5 or more officiants who are a great fit for your personality. You interview the officiants until you find the person who is perfect for you. Then your chosen officiant helps you create a ceremony to make your heart sing whether you are atheist, agnostic, conservative Christian, Jewish, of the Earth-Based religions . . . or feel no connection with any kind of religious dogma.

OR, if you seek a simple low-cost Justice of the Peace standard ceremony, voila! You've got it arranged with a minimum of fuss when you work with MarriageChaplain.com.

Blended family ceremonies, multiple-faith ceremonies, multiple-culture celebrations are specialties. Bi-lingual and translated ceremonies available.

MarriageChaplain.com is a service of Revelation Spiritual Church, which believes that every couple deserves to have a wonderful start to their married life by having a great ceremony which honors who they are and what they have found together. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Jan
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Ravenscraft was just wonderful. He did an outstanding job at the wedding and the meeting to get to know him a week earlier. I would recommend him and the people in charge of getting this all together to any won who needs a non denomination ceremony. Thank you so much for adding to my son's wedding.
Rev. Ravenscraft was just wonderful. He did an outstanding job at the wedding and the meeting to get to know him a week Read more...
Rev. Ravenscraft was just wonderful. He did an outstanding job at the wedding and the meeting to get to know him a week earlier. I would recommend him and the people in charge of getting this all together to any won who needs a non denomination ceremony. Thank you so much for adding to my son's wedding. Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Mother Laura Grimes was a delight to work with. She even allowed a last minute change to the ceremony when we asked for it.
Mother Laura Grimes was a delight to work with. She even allowed a last minute change to the ceremony when we asked for Read more...
Mother Laura Grimes was a delight to work with. She even allowed a last minute change to the ceremony when we asked for it. Read less
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jennifer
Wedding:
10/11/2013
5.0/5.0
I used the " perfect wedding guide " to get a lot of information for my wedding which was in October 2013. I called "29 wedding officiants" and they were great. They responded to my message right away with an email that I filled out answering just a few questions about myself so they could recommend an officiant that fit me. They provide you with a list they recommended for what I was looking for and I had a chance to review them and even pick out what ceremony I wanted to have. I used Paul Ravenscraft and he was just great. He was such a nice man and did exactly what I wanted to for our ceremony. With the fee, it also included that he attend our rehersal also. I met him the first time at our rehersal, which was my choice, and was so happy with him!! He was very professional but yet made you feel as if you were friends for a long time. I would recommend him to anyone I know needing services that he provides. Overall...just a nice and sweet professional man that helped to make our day special. Thank you Mr. Ravenscraft!!
I used the " perfect wedding guide " to get a lot of information for my wedding which was in October 2013. I called "29 Read more...
I used the " perfect wedding guide " to get a lot of information for my wedding which was in October 2013. I called "29 wedding officiants" and they were great. They responded to my message right away with an email that I filled out answering just a few questions about myself so they could recommend an officiant that fit me. They provide you with a list they recommended for what I was looking for and I had a chance to review them and even pick out what ceremony I wanted to have. I used Paul Ravenscraft and he was just great. He was such a nice man and did exactly what I wanted to for our ceremony. With the fee, it also included that he attend our rehersal also. I met him the first time at our rehersal, which was my choice, and was so happy with him!! He was very professional but yet made you feel as if you were friends for a long time. I would recommend him to anyone I know needing services that he provides. Overall...just a nice and sweet professional man that helped to make our day special. Thank you Mr. Ravenscraft!! Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
10/6/2013
5.0/5.0
I was really concerned during wedding planning about how we'd manage our ceremony and who would officiate since my husband and I are both non-religious, but we ended up choosing Rev. Paul Ravenscraft and he was absolutely wonderful! He was very flexible and gave us as much or as little input as we wanted in forming our secular ceremony, and the benevolent presence, warmth, and humor he brought to our day really made the ceremony sing for us and our guests.
I was really concerned during wedding planning about how we'd manage our ceremony and who would officiate since my husband Read more...
I was really concerned during wedding planning about how we'd manage our ceremony and who would officiate since my husband and I are both non-religious, but we ended up choosing Rev. Paul Ravenscraft and he was absolutely wonderful! He was very flexible and gave us as much or as little input as we wanted in forming our secular ceremony, and the benevolent presence, warmth, and humor he brought to our day really made the ceremony sing for us and our guests. Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Reverend Ria Roth was amazing. She was professional, friendly and a pleasure to work with. I feel that overall my experience with Ria and Marriage Chaplain was flawless. I will always refer business to Marriage Chaplain.

Thank you.
Reverend Ria Roth was amazing. She was professional, friendly and a pleasure to work with. I feel that overall my Read more...
Reverend Ria Roth was amazing. She was professional, friendly and a pleasure to work with. I feel that overall my experience with Ria and Marriage Chaplain was flawless. I will always refer business to Marriage Chaplain.

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Ashley
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Pastor Eastman did a wonderful job. We are still getting comments from guests on how amazing the ceremony was. Thank you so much!
Pastor Eastman did a wonderful job. We are still getting comments from guests on how amazing the ceremony was. Thank you Read more...
Pastor Eastman did a wonderful job. We are still getting comments from guests on how amazing the ceremony was. Thank you so much! Read less
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Jenna
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
I was looking for an officiant only 3 months before the wedding on a budget and marriage chaplain was able to help me out. I was terrified I would be stuck with an officiant I would dread but they came to my rescue! I went with rev. Frieda Heughs. She was extremely professional and met with me and my husband to personalize the wedding ceremony. She attended the rehearsal which was included in the price. She made our day special and flow smoothly. She even came in to visit me when I was getting ready to give me a hug and tell me how beautiful I was and how my husband and I were meant for each other even only knowing us the short 3 months. I not only met my reverend but a life long friend!
I was looking for an officiant only 3 months before the wedding on a budget and marriage chaplain was able to help me out. Read more...
I was looking for an officiant only 3 months before the wedding on a budget and marriage chaplain was able to help me out. I was terrified I would be stuck with an officiant I would dread but they came to my rescue! I went with rev. Frieda Heughs. She was extremely professional and met with me and my husband to personalize the wedding ceremony. She attended the rehearsal which was included in the price. She made our day special and flow smoothly. She even came in to visit me when I was getting ready to give me a hug and tell me how beautiful I was and how my husband and I were meant for each other even only knowing us the short 3 months. I not only met my reverend but a life long friend! Read less
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Heather
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Pastor Holmes was great, We really appreciate all he did to make our wedding day and ceremony special.
Pastor Holmes was great, We really appreciate all he did to make our wedding day and ceremony special.
Pastor Holmes was great, We really appreciate all he did to make our wedding day and ceremony special. Read less
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Jennifer and Christopher
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Pastor McEntire was AMAZING!!! He was charismatic, fun, laid back, tentative to our needs and wishes, and made us both feel very comfortable and relaxed leading up to and on our special day! He is a thoughtful caring man and we highly recommend him! When all was said and done he felt like part of our family!
Pastor McEntire was AMAZING!!! He was charismatic, fun, laid back, tentative to our needs and wishes, and made us both Read more...
Pastor McEntire was AMAZING!!! He was charismatic, fun, laid back, tentative to our needs and wishes, and made us both feel very comfortable and relaxed leading up to and on our special day! He is a thoughtful caring man and we highly recommend him! When all was said and done he felt like part of our family! Read less
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Brandy
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
We chose Reverend Walker for our wedding officiant. He was absolutely amazing and there for us 100%, even when some drama went down between us and another couple that was supposed to get married at the church a few hours later (the church messed up and double booked, long story) Rev Walker stepped in and stood up for us.
We chose Reverend Walker for our wedding officiant. He was absolutely amazing and there for us 100%, even when some drama Read more...
We chose Reverend Walker for our wedding officiant. He was absolutely amazing and there for us 100%, even when some drama went down between us and another couple that was supposed to get married at the church a few hours later (the church messed up and double booked, long story) Rev Walker stepped in and stood up for us. Read less
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Shayna
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
I choose Marriage Chaplin for my wedding and I am very pleased with their services. They matched us with the right person to marry us. We have a 2 year old son... not only was our Reverend patient and kind. She really included our son into our wedding. It was a really easy process.
I choose Marriage Chaplin for my wedding and I am very pleased with their services. They matched us with the right person Read more...
I choose Marriage Chaplin for my wedding and I am very pleased with their services. They matched us with the right person to marry us. We have a 2 year old son... not only was our Reverend patient and kind. She really included our son into our wedding. It was a really easy process. Read less
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James
Wedding:
9/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Pastor made us feel special, important, and unique on a very special, important, and unique day. Thank you Pastor.
Pastor made us feel special, important, and unique on a very special, important, and unique day. Thank you Pastor.
Pastor made us feel special, important, and unique on a very special, important, and unique day. Thank you Pastor. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
9/15/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Frieda Hughes did a wonderful job at our wedding. She was friendly, kind and professional. She showed up on time and performed the ceremony just like we wanted it. She mailed out all of our paperwork the very next day and emailed us to let us know everything was taken care of. We didn't have to worry about anything. I would recommend her to anyone.
Rev. Frieda Hughes did a wonderful job at our wedding. She was friendly, kind and professional. She showed up on time and Read more...
Rev. Frieda Hughes did a wonderful job at our wedding. She was friendly, kind and professional. She showed up on time and performed the ceremony just like we wanted it. She mailed out all of our paperwork the very next day and emailed us to let us know everything was taken care of. We didn't have to worry about anything. I would recommend her to anyone. Read less
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Jill
Wedding:
8/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Reverend Todd and Marriage Chaplain were amazing! Marriage Chaplain was helpful in putting me in contact with officiants in our price range. We decided on Rev. Hawley Todd and he exceeded my expectations. We made the ceremony very personal and he allowed us to do so and gave suggestions. We received a lot of compliments about him.
Reverend Todd and Marriage Chaplain were amazing! Marriage Chaplain was helpful in putting me in contact with officiants Read more...
Reverend Todd and Marriage Chaplain were amazing! Marriage Chaplain was helpful in putting me in contact with officiants in our price range. We decided on Rev. Hawley Todd and he exceeded my expectations. We made the ceremony very personal and he allowed us to do so and gave suggestions. We received a lot of compliments about him. Read less
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Janet
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Pastor Eastman was professional, engaging, prompt, informative, and easy to work with. We enjoyed our ceremony very much and had many positive comments from the guests. He made everyone comfortable and relaxed.
Pastor Eastman was professional, engaging, prompt, informative, and easy to work with. We enjoyed our ceremony very much Read more...
Pastor Eastman was professional, engaging, prompt, informative, and easy to work with. We enjoyed our ceremony very much and had many positive comments from the guests. He made everyone comfortable and relaxed. Read less
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Laurie
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Reverend Rowdy Walker was professional and a great officiant. He was very personable and we felt like he was a part of our family instantly. I would recommend him to everyone.
Reverend Rowdy Walker was professional and a great officiant. He was very personable and we felt like he was a part of our Read more...
Reverend Rowdy Walker was professional and a great officiant. He was very personable and we felt like he was a part of our family instantly. I would recommend him to everyone. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Pastor McEntire was very personable and professional. He was a wonderful officiant.
Pastor McEntire was very personable and professional. He was a wonderful officiant.
Pastor McEntire was very personable and professional. He was a wonderful officiant. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Pastor Holmes met with us a couple times to set up what we were looking for in our ceremony. He was very flexible and let us build our own ceremony. He was the perfect match for us!
Pastor Holmes met with us a couple times to set up what we were looking for in our ceremony. He was very flexible and let Read more...
Pastor Holmes met with us a couple times to set up what we were looking for in our ceremony. He was very flexible and let us build our own ceremony. He was the perfect match for us! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Pastor Eastman performed our wedding - and it was just amazing! It was short and to the point, but very sweet and everything we could have asked for in a wedding! Thank you Pastor Eastman. It was a perfect day we will never forget and It all went so well we barely noticed how nervous we were!
Pastor Eastman performed our wedding - and it was just amazing! It was short and to the point, but very sweet and Read more...
Pastor Eastman performed our wedding - and it was just amazing! It was short and to the point, but very sweet and everything we could have asked for in a wedding! Thank you Pastor Eastman. It was a perfect day we will never forget and It all went so well we barely noticed how nervous we were! Read less
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Keyonna
Wedding:
7/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Pastor McEntire was great. He was very professional and very supportive toward our union. He suggested that we included our three children in the sand ceremony priceless touch.
Pastor McEntire was great. He was very professional and very supportive toward our union. He suggested that we included Read more...
Pastor McEntire was great. He was very professional and very supportive toward our union. He suggested that we included our three children in the sand ceremony priceless touch. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Pastor Brian was WONDERFUL!!!!
Pastor Brian was WONDERFUL!!!!
Pastor Brian was WONDERFUL!!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Dress up the room with flowers etc.
Dress up the room with flowers etc.
Dress up the room with flowers etc. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Please decorate the wedding room.
Please decorate the wedding room.
Please decorate the wedding room. Read less
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MarriageChaplain.com responded with the following comments:

Our wedding room is our economy offering for couples who will marry with 2-6 friends in attendance and have little money to spend. They come to our church and marry in our sanctuary. It is plain, because the church believes in simplicity.
If they want something fancier, we have arrangements with the more traditional church across the street. But that costs a bit more, and many of our JP couples don't want to, or can't pay more.
Most of our couples choose to marry at locations throughout the 3 cities we serve, and thus can choose or create the ambiance they want.
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Janice
Wedding:
7/2/2013
5.0/5.0
I can not say enough about the service that MarriageChaplain.com provides. My husband and I are of different faiths. Our faith is very important to both of us and I had no idea how this would work when we got married. I am more easy going and just wanted a person of GOD to perform the ceremony. My husband on the other hand felt more comfortable with a Catholic priest. Him being previously married and us not belonging to a Catholic church made it next to impossible to get a priest let alone afford one. When I found the website I wasn't sure if they would be able to help. I was so surprised on how they met all of our needs and wants with our very first chaplain. When we met with Bishop Charles Smith he was warm, funny, and just glowed with the presence of GOD and he was Catholic! The day of our wedding was so stressful but he made the ceremony relaxing and the most beautiful part of the whole day. I had so many people come to me and comment on how much they liked him and enjoyed the ceremony. You would have thought he had known the two of us for years. There was not a dry eye in the house.
I can not say enough about the service that MarriageChaplain.com provides. My husband and I are of different faiths. Our Read more...
I can not say enough about the service that MarriageChaplain.com provides. My husband and I are of different faiths. Our faith is very important to both of us and I had no idea how this would work when we got married. I am more easy going and just wanted a person of GOD to perform the ceremony. My husband on the other hand felt more comfortable with a Catholic priest. Him being previously married and us not belonging to a Catholic church made it next to impossible to get a priest let alone afford one. When I found the website I wasn't sure if they would be able to help. I was so surprised on how they met all of our needs and wants with our very first chaplain. When we met with Bishop Charles Smith he was warm, funny, and just glowed with the presence of GOD and he was Catholic! The day of our wedding was so stressful but he made the ceremony relaxing and the most beautiful part of the whole day. I had so many people come to me and comment on how much they liked him and enjoyed the ceremony. You would have thought he had known the two of us for years. There was not a dry eye in the house. Read less
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Jodi
Wedding:
6/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Reha was amazing and I would recommend her to everyone I know!!!
Reha was amazing and I would recommend her to everyone I know!!!
Reha was amazing and I would recommend her to everyone I know!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Pastor Alex McEntire did an amazing wedding. With the little of time he had to get to know us he did great. Thank you.
Pastor Alex McEntire did an amazing wedding. With the little of time he had to get to know us he did great. Thank you.
Pastor Alex McEntire did an amazing wedding. With the little of time he had to get to know us he did great. Thank you. Read less
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Meagan
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Brother David Warda was my officiant from MarriageChaplain.com. We met with Brother David and talked about the ceremony we invisioned and he scripted a beautiful ceremony! We emailed back and forth several time with small revisions. He was very quick to respond with the updated version of the ceremony script for our approval. We had so many people tell us that our ceremony was so unique and beautiful! Couldn't be happier with it!
Brother David Warda was my officiant from MarriageChaplain.com. We met with Brother David and talked about the ceremony we Read more...
Brother David Warda was my officiant from MarriageChaplain.com. We met with Brother David and talked about the ceremony we invisioned and he scripted a beautiful ceremony! We emailed back and forth several time with small revisions. He was very quick to respond with the updated version of the ceremony script for our approval. We had so many people tell us that our ceremony was so unique and beautiful! Couldn't be happier with it! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Secular, gorgeous, personalized ceremony. If you want that - then track down Frieda Hughes through Marriage Chaplain. They are awesome people to work with - they accomodate all kinds of religious backgrounds and they're super flexible!
Secular, gorgeous, personalized ceremony. If you want that - then track down Frieda Hughes through Marriage Chaplain. They Read more...
Secular, gorgeous, personalized ceremony. If you want that - then track down Frieda Hughes through Marriage Chaplain. They are awesome people to work with - they accomodate all kinds of religious backgrounds and they're super flexible! Read less
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Susan
Wedding:
12/14/2011
5.0/5.0
How often can you find a personable, caring and outgoing officiant who is willing to Skype with you in Germany with a six hour time difference? We were fortunate to have been directed to marriagechaplain.com since we live in Germany, but were getting married at a country club in Ohio with no church affiliation. If you look at the website, you'll find quite a number of well-qualified ministers who can perform one of their services (samples online) or one you customize yourself. After an initial conversation, we matched up with Pastor Eastman whose joyful style of service and presentation skills matched up well with ours. This man was incredibly patient as "micromanager perfectionist me" wrote my own ceremony and went through several iterations with his help and my fiance's commentary. You would have thought I was scripting a Hollywood blockbuster, but he remained calm, patient and gave lots of helpful suggestions throughout. I hesitate to think how often and how long he was on Skype with us! On our wedding day, he came through with flying colors for us and we are very glad we sought him out.
How often can you find a personable, caring and outgoing officiant who is willing to Skype with you in Germany with a six Read more...
How often can you find a personable, caring and outgoing officiant who is willing to Skype with you in Germany with a six hour time difference? We were fortunate to have been directed to marriagechaplain.com since we live in Germany, but were getting married at a country club in Ohio with no church affiliation. If you look at the website, you'll find quite a number of well-qualified ministers who can perform one of their services (samples online) or one you customize yourself. After an initial conversation, we matched up with Pastor Eastman whose joyful style of service and presentation skills matched up well with ours. This man was incredibly patient as "micromanager perfectionist me" wrote my own ceremony and went through several iterations with his help and my fiance's commentary. You would have thought I was scripting a Hollywood blockbuster, but he remained calm, patient and gave lots of helpful suggestions throughout. I hesitate to think how often and how long he was on Skype with us! On our wedding day, he came through with flying colors for us and we are very glad we sought him out. Read less
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Yochim819
Wedding:
9/4/2011
5.0/5.0
My now husband and I had a hard time finding an officiant that was 1.) Reasonably priced and 2.) Willing to perform a non-religious ceremony. We learned of MarriageChaplain.com through another officiant we interviewed (who was wonderful but charged much more than we were willing to pay). I completed a form on the website and received a very quick response from Pastor Brian Eastman. We had a phone meeting later that week so that he could get a feel for our personalities and what we were looking for in an officiant. He matched us with Rev. Karen Heaster and we met with her in person during one of our planning trips to the area (we planned our wedding from another state).

Rev. Heaster is great. She's incredibly laid back and was very receptive to our ideas about the ceremony. We wanted to keep it short and sweet (30 minutes) and she did just that. The end result was a very touching, personalized ceremony that our guests seemed to enjoy. Overall, I would definitely recommend going through MarriageChaplain.com if you need help finding an officiant. They are VERY reasonably priced and have officiants from all different backgrounds/belief systems.
My now husband and I had a hard time finding an officiant that was 1.) Reasonably priced and 2.) Willing to perform a Read more...
My now husband and I had a hard time finding an officiant that was 1.) Reasonably priced and 2.) Willing to perform a non-religious ceremony. We learned of MarriageChaplain.com through another officiant we interviewed (who was wonderful but charged much more than we were willing to pay). I completed a form on the website and received a very quick response from Pastor Brian Eastman. We had a phone meeting later that week so that he could get a feel for our personalities and what we were looking for in an officiant. He matched us with Rev. Karen Heaster and we met with her in person during one of our planning trips to the area (we planned our wedding from another state).

Rev. Heaster is great. She's incredibly laid back and was very receptive to our ideas about the ceremony. We wanted to keep it short and sweet (30 minutes) and she did just that. The end result was a very touching, personalized ceremony that our guests seemed to enjoy. Overall, I would definitely recommend going through MarriageChaplain.com if you need help finding an officiant. They are VERY reasonably priced and have officiants from all different backgrounds/belief systems. Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
9/21/2013
4.9/5.0
Rev. Rowdy Walker had been our wedding officiant and we were so pleased. He was a wonderful personality fit and very reliable. I will definitely recommend him for future venues.
Rev. Rowdy Walker had been our wedding officiant and we were so pleased. He was a wonderful personality fit and very Read more...
Rev. Rowdy Walker had been our wedding officiant and we were so pleased. He was a wonderful personality fit and very reliable. I will definitely recommend him for future venues. Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
7/12/2013
4.9/5.0
Pastor Holmes did a wonderful job at our ceremony. He made us feel more at ease rather than nervous since everyone was watching. He was very flexible and offered suggestions, but let us mold the ceremony to our preferences
Pastor Holmes did a wonderful job at our ceremony. He made us feel more at ease rather than nervous since everyone was Read more...
Pastor Holmes did a wonderful job at our ceremony. He made us feel more at ease rather than nervous since everyone was watching. He was very flexible and offered suggestions, but let us mold the ceremony to our preferences Read less
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Becci
Wedding:
4/13/2013
4.9/5.0
When I first contacted Pastor Eastman, he took the time to get to know my fiance & me then recommended three chaplains he felt would be a good fit for us. We chose Rev. Ria Roth, as she came highly recommended by the owner of our wedding venue. Rev. Ria was a perfect fit for us & was a joy to work with. She met with us before the wedding & took the time to learn about us, our courtship, our families, our religious preferences, etc. She helped us plan the perfect ceremony - short, secular, upbeat and celebratory. My husband's family are practicing Catholics, so Rev. Ria agreed to wear a clerical collar to make them feel more comfortable. At the rehearsal, she kept everyone focused and made great suggestions on organizing the ceremony. She was a big hit with all the wedding guests and had them laughing several times during the ceremony. We truly feel as though we have made a new friend in Rev. Ria! The officiant fee was higher than I expected($250), but is probably comparable to other officiants' fees and well worth the personalized service.
When I first contacted Pastor Eastman, he took the time to get to know my fiance & me then recommended three chaplains he Read more...
When I first contacted Pastor Eastman, he took the time to get to know my fiance & me then recommended three chaplains he felt would be a good fit for us. We chose Rev. Ria Roth, as she came highly recommended by the owner of our wedding venue. Rev. Ria was a perfect fit for us & was a joy to work with. She met with us before the wedding & took the time to learn about us, our courtship, our families, our religious preferences, etc. She helped us plan the perfect ceremony - short, secular, upbeat and celebratory. My husband's family are practicing Catholics, so Rev. Ria agreed to wear a clerical collar to make them feel more comfortable. At the rehearsal, she kept everyone focused and made great suggestions on organizing the ceremony. She was a big hit with all the wedding guests and had them laughing several times during the ceremony. We truly feel as though we have made a new friend in Rev. Ria! The officiant fee was higher than I expected($250), but is probably comparable to other officiants' fees and well worth the personalized service. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
Bishop Charles Smith Did An Awesome Job. All
of our Friends And Family Loved Bishop Smith They Also Thought He Did A Wonderful Job. He Made Sure EveryThing Flowed Well. I Can't Thank Him Enough For Make My Wedding Ceremony Special And Perfect!
Bishop Charles Smith Did An Awesome Job. All
of our Friends And Family Loved Bishop Smith They Also Thought He Did A Read more...
Bishop Charles Smith Did An Awesome Job. All
of our Friends And Family Loved Bishop Smith They Also Thought He Did A Wonderful Job. He Made Sure EveryThing Flowed Well. I Can't Thank Him Enough For Make My Wedding Ceremony Special And Perfect! Read less
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Mara
Wedding:
9/28/2013
4.8/5.0
Pastor Eastman made our wedding a memorable and special event. He brought compassion, humor and heart to our ceremony to make it unlike any other wedding we've ever attended. He made the ceremony unique and personal to us. He had people laughing and crying at the same time. Friends said it was the best wedding they'd ever attended (other than their own, of course)...and we owe it all to Pastor Eastman! He is a true professional and a wonderful pastor. I would recommend him to any couple who is looking for a pastor with personality who can help make their wedding everything they want it to be!
Pastor Eastman made our wedding a memorable and special event. He brought compassion, humor and heart to our ceremony to Read more...
Pastor Eastman made our wedding a memorable and special event. He brought compassion, humor and heart to our ceremony to make it unlike any other wedding we've ever attended. He made the ceremony unique and personal to us. He had people laughing and crying at the same time. Friends said it was the best wedding they'd ever attended (other than their own, of course)...and we owe it all to Pastor Eastman! He is a true professional and a wonderful pastor. I would recommend him to any couple who is looking for a pastor with personality who can help make their wedding everything they want it to be! Read less
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Anna
Wedding:
9/13/2013
4.8/5.0
The website was extremely helpful in finding a wedding officiant that fit our needs. The staff was responsive in answering questions and ensuring dates, locations, and times all matched. I would highly recommend this service! Thanks!
The website was extremely helpful in finding a wedding officiant that fit our needs. The staff was responsive in answering Read more...
The website was extremely helpful in finding a wedding officiant that fit our needs. The staff was responsive in answering questions and ensuring dates, locations, and times all matched. I would highly recommend this service! Thanks! Read less
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Dena
Wedding:
6/23/2013
4.8/5.0
Our overall experience with Marriagechaplains.com was excellent. When our original minister was sidelined with a medical emergency, they were able to provide another pastor that equally fulfilled our expectations. Pastor Eastman was both professional and accommodating to our wishes for the ceremony. He was able to incorporate the sand ceremony as well as a blended family ceremony with our three adult daughters. We were quite pleasantly surprised at his enthusiasm during the ceremony. Instead of just reading a ceremony, his presentation was very animated and included our guests, most of whom were equally thrilled with his performance. Our ceremony turned out better than we could have imagined and Pastor Eastman greatly exceeded our expectations.
Our overall experience with Marriagechaplains.com was excellent. When our original minister was sidelined with a medical Read more...
Our overall experience with Marriagechaplains.com was excellent. When our original minister was sidelined with a medical emergency, they were able to provide another pastor that equally fulfilled our expectations. Pastor Eastman was both professional and accommodating to our wishes for the ceremony. He was able to incorporate the sand ceremony as well as a blended family ceremony with our three adult daughters. We were quite pleasantly surprised at his enthusiasm during the ceremony. Instead of just reading a ceremony, his presentation was very animated and included our guests, most of whom were equally thrilled with his performance. Our ceremony turned out better than we could have imagined and Pastor Eastman greatly exceeded our expectations. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
We worked with Rev Rowdy and he was absolutely fantastic. He took great pride in making sure our ceremony was perfect for us. He was an important part of our day, and I'd recommend him to anyone
We worked with Rev Rowdy and he was absolutely fantastic. He took great pride in making sure our ceremony was perfect for Read more...
We worked with Rev Rowdy and he was absolutely fantastic. He took great pride in making sure our ceremony was perfect for us. He was an important part of our day, and I'd recommend him to anyone Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
9/28/2013
4.4/5.0
We really loved Father Chuck Smith. His attire and willingness made him supburb.
We really loved Father Chuck Smith. His attire and willingness made him supburb.
We really loved Father Chuck Smith. His attire and willingness made him supburb. Read less
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darrell
Wedding:
9/21/2013
4.4/5.0
The agency did a good job matching us with paster McIntyre. Thank you.
The agency did a good job matching us with paster McIntyre. Thank you.
The agency did a good job matching us with paster McIntyre. Thank you. Read less
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Kim
Wedding:
6/22/2013
4.2/5.0
Marriage Chaplain was helpful in getting us in touch with our officiant, Ria Roth. The review above is for Ria. She was very friendly, and really wanted to get to know us as a couple. She was helpful and focused on what we wanted for our day. Ria is so personable, and we highly recommend her for couples who are looking for someone to make their ceremony fun, lighthearted and loving.

Ria was one of the more expensive officiants, but Marriage Chaplain has a variety of officiants that vary in price. They are a great vendor for couples who are not getting married in a church and aren't sure how to go about finding someone to marry them!
Marriage Chaplain was helpful in getting us in touch with our officiant, Ria Roth. The review above is for Ria. She was Read more...
Marriage Chaplain was helpful in getting us in touch with our officiant, Ria Roth. The review above is for Ria. She was very friendly, and really wanted to get to know us as a couple. She was helpful and focused on what we wanted for our day. Ria is so personable, and we highly recommend her for couples who are looking for someone to make their ceremony fun, lighthearted and loving.

Ria was one of the more expensive officiants, but Marriage Chaplain has a variety of officiants that vary in price. They are a great vendor for couples who are not getting married in a church and aren't sure how to go about finding someone to marry them! Read less
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Shannon
Wedding:
8/10/2013
3.4/5.0
After I had received info from one minister that they assigned to me (Rev. Ria) that is who I assumed would be doing my wedding. I was told that she would call me shortly to discuss what I was looking for. I didn't hear anything from her until she called me to CANCEL, citing that they had double booked her for my wedding and that the 1st wedding was booked first, so she had to do that one. This was 1 month before my wedding so I already had Rev Ria on my wedding license. When someone from MarriageChaplain.com contacted me to assign someone else, I pointed that out to her and she said "it shouldn't be a problem" but she failed to understand why I was upset. There was a DIFFERENT minister on my license, not the one performing it. They assigned Rev. Gary to me and he was amazing. Super nice, very prompt, and thoughtful in the vows he provided us. I would, without a doubt, recommend Rev. Gary, but not MarriageChaplain.com for the unprofessional level that my concerns were handled, or should I say, NOT handled (yes, I have my marriage license in hand with Rev. Ria on it.)
After I had received info from one minister that they assigned to me (Rev. Ria) that is who I assumed would be doing my Read more...
After I had received info from one minister that they assigned to me (Rev. Ria) that is who I assumed would be doing my wedding. I was told that she would call me shortly to discuss what I was looking for. I didn't hear anything from her until she called me to CANCEL, citing that they had double booked her for my wedding and that the 1st wedding was booked first, so she had to do that one. This was 1 month before my wedding so I already had Rev Ria on my wedding license. When someone from MarriageChaplain.com contacted me to assign someone else, I pointed that out to her and she said "it shouldn't be a problem" but she failed to understand why I was upset. There was a DIFFERENT minister on my license, not the one performing it. They assigned Rev. Gary to me and he was amazing. Super nice, very prompt, and thoughtful in the vows he provided us. I would, without a doubt, recommend Rev. Gary, but not MarriageChaplain.com for the unprofessional level that my concerns were handled, or should I say, NOT handled (yes, I have my marriage license in hand with Rev. Ria on it.) Read less
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MarriageChaplain.com responded with the following comments:

The service we provided to her is a "Justice of the Peace" wedding. While our contract for a Personalized Wedding Officiant enables the bride to interview and select a specific minister, priest or rabbi, The MarriageChaplain.com Justice of the Peace Contract assigns ministers just based on availability. It guarantees that any one of our licensed ministers will officiate the wedding with a short and sweet ceremony. That is why it has a lower fee. Since Rev. Ria had an unexpected schedule conflict, we provided the bride with Rev. Gary instead. The bride liked him, as we expected.

We are puzzled by the bride's claim that the wrong minister is listed on license. The bride had expressed concern about the County Clerk office not accepting the wedding license, and requested that we pay her $40 “to pay to change the license”. We contacted her County Clerk's office, and they told us that they NEVER enter an officiant's name until they receive the paperwork after the ceremony. Since Marriage Licenses issued by the County Clerk do not print out the minister's names, our staff still remains baffled as to what the problem actually was.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.3/5.0
When we chose Pastor Eastman for our ceremony we were very excited, because he fit exactly what we were looking for on our wedding day. He is very open to your views and has a great energy. We wanted someone who would take it seriously, but not be so serious that we couldn't laugh if we had something go wrong or flubbed our words. He listened to what we were looking for in our ceremony and helped us put together something that we were both happy with. One thing that was a bit of a pain was doing things through email, because it took a while to hear back. As a bride with a million things your keeping track of, that can be a bit of a hassle to keep calling to get things done. The only other issue I had was at the start of our ceremony he kind of shouted to get everyones attention, and this is something is wasn't entirely prepaired for. I would have rather that be done a different way, because it took away from the seriousness of the occasion. Also, we wanted to remind everyone to silence their phones, and he made that annoucement while the bridesmaids were walking down. I just wish that would have taken place before the ceremony had started. I put my heart and soul into the ceremony and those things bugged me a little bit. Other than that he did a great job with the ceremony, and we were fairly happy with him as the pastor.
When we chose Pastor Eastman for our ceremony we were very excited, because he fit exactly what we were looking for on our Read more...
When we chose Pastor Eastman for our ceremony we were very excited, because he fit exactly what we were looking for on our wedding day. He is very open to your views and has a great energy. We wanted someone who would take it seriously, but not be so serious that we couldn't laugh if we had something go wrong or flubbed our words. He listened to what we were looking for in our ceremony and helped us put together something that we were both happy with. One thing that was a bit of a pain was doing things through email, because it took a while to hear back. As a bride with a million things your keeping track of, that can be a bit of a hassle to keep calling to get things done. The only other issue I had was at the start of our ceremony he kind of shouted to get everyones attention, and this is something is wasn't entirely prepaired for. I would have rather that be done a different way, because it took away from the seriousness of the occasion. Also, we wanted to remind everyone to silence their phones, and he made that annoucement while the bridesmaids were walking down. I just wish that would have taken place before the ceremony had started. I put my heart and soul into the ceremony and those things bugged me a little bit. Other than that he did a great job with the ceremony, and we were fairly happy with him as the pastor. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.1/5.0
I wish I had great things to say about our Reverand, Rev. Liz. Leading up to the wedding Liz sent me several copies of ceremonies to choose from. We decided on a particular ceremony, but wanted to change the vows to better reflect ourselves. An edited copy was sent to Liz and she confirmed she would use it (her words "these are great").

Fast forward to our wedding, The wrong vows were read. They were the one's we did not want! It really ruined a special moment for us, especially since we spent the time creating something that was unique to us.

I did contact Rev Liz after the wedding and she offered to make it right by preforming again, but at that point the damage is done. Funny thing is she sent us home with an envelope that contained a card and the CORRECT ceremony.

Based on our experience, I would offer this warning. Make sure you check everything. Make sure someone looks over the ceremony day-of.
I wish I had great things to say about our Reverand, Rev. Liz. Leading up to the wedding Liz sent me several copies of Read more...
I wish I had great things to say about our Reverand, Rev. Liz. Leading up to the wedding Liz sent me several copies of ceremonies to choose from. We decided on a particular ceremony, but wanted to change the vows to better reflect ourselves. An edited copy was sent to Liz and she confirmed she would use it (her words "these are great").

Fast forward to our wedding, The wrong vows were read. They were the one's we did not want! It really ruined a special moment for us, especially since we spent the time creating something that was unique to us.

I did contact Rev Liz after the wedding and she offered to make it right by preforming again, but at that point the damage is done. Funny thing is she sent us home with an envelope that contained a card and the CORRECT ceremony.

Based on our experience, I would offer this warning. Make sure you check everything. Make sure someone looks over the ceremony day-of. Read less
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Nancy
Wedding:
10/5/2013
0.8/5.0
The officiant, while pleasant enough (which is why she got a 2 for quality), was NEARLY AND HOUR LATE for the ceremony. We were frantic - kids were getting tired and restless, catered food sitting around, etc. Several calls were made to the MarriageChaplain.com, and they just kept stalling - saying things like... "Well, the officiant doesn't have a cell phone, if she doesn't show up in another half hour, we'll try to find someone else." A family friend actually went online and got ordained and was prepared to do the ceremony herself, which would have been disastrous because we found out the next day, you need to actually register with the State of Ohio before you can perform a marriage.

And, immediately after the ceremony, when we were trying to get things moving along (since we were almost an hour behind), the officiant had the audacity to track down my daughter during photo shoots and want cash on the spot. She got paid, but the company refuses even a partial refund for the horrible service we received.

It's been over 3 weeks and the Marriage Certificate still hasn't been filed. My daughter's insurance expires Thursday and if she can't get a copy of the certificate to her husband's insurance company by then, she'll have to wait another month to get coverage.

Like my daughter says, "I should have known it would be a disaster by the generic name of the website."

Steer clear from here if you want your special day to be flawless!!!!
The officiant, while pleasant enough (which is why she got a 2 for quality), was NEARLY AND HOUR LATE for the ceremony. We Read more...
The officiant, while pleasant enough (which is why she got a 2 for quality), was NEARLY AND HOUR LATE for the ceremony. We were frantic - kids were getting tired and restless, catered food sitting around, etc. Several calls were made to the MarriageChaplain.com, and they just kept stalling - saying things like... "Well, the officiant doesn't have a cell phone, if she doesn't show up in another half hour, we'll try to find someone else." A family friend actually went online and got ordained and was prepared to do the ceremony herself, which would have been disastrous because we found out the next day, you need to actually register with the State of Ohio before you can perform a marriage.

And, immediately after the ceremony, when we were trying to get things moving along (since we were almost an hour behind), the officiant had the audacity to track down my daughter during photo shoots and want cash on the spot. She got paid, but the company refuses even a partial refund for the horrible service we received.

It's been over 3 weeks and the Marriage Certificate still hasn't been filed. My daughter's insurance expires Thursday and if she can't get a copy of the certificate to her husband's insurance company by then, she'll have to wait another month to get coverage.

Like my daughter says, "I should have known it would be a disaster by the generic name of the website."

Steer clear from here if you want your special day to be flawless!!!! Read less
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MarriageChaplain.com responded with the following comments:

The minister arrived exactly at 14:00, which was the scheduled time on the contract. Normally ministers arrive 30 minutes early, but VERY occasionally something will happen. The minister in this case was lost. In case of emergencies we always have at least 1 minister standing by.
We received only ONE call close to the ceremony starting time, to inform us the minister was late. I told them we would call them back within 10 minutes with a backup minister. Within 5 minutes, We had a minister ready to go, who could have driven there in 10 minutes. I attempted to call the couple back, but they didn't answer, so I left a voicemail.
Immediately, our backup minister called the Event Manager of their Wedding Venue to get an update on their wedding. The Event Manager said the original minister had just arrived. We never heard back from the couple, so we assumed the wedding was taking place.
As written in their contract, the payment should have been made to the minister PRIOR to the ceremony. Before the ceremony the minister asked for the wedding license, and the couple said they forgot to bring it. After the ceremony she went back to the couple to discuss the payment, and graciously offered to have the couple bring the payment with the license on another day. Our minister had to go out of her way to sign the paperwork and pick up the balance two days later. Our boss has received several complaint-calls from the couple. He was courteous and sought to allay their worries, but we have not received any requests for a refund.
Our ministers normally send the paperwork to the county clerks office within 1-2 days after the wedding date. However, ministers legally have 30 days to file the paperwork. We have confirmed with the minister that she sent in their paperwork well within the legal time parameter, but was unaware the bride had a personal deadline to meet. If the couple has any concern about the process, they need to contact their local county clerks office.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
0.7/5.0
Our officiant was not professionally dressed but instead wearing sandals with dark socks. The "chapel" was a disgusting mess. When you entered the office before stepping into the chapel there were boxes of junk everywhere, holes in the walls and even birds flying around. Of course there was bird poop throughout as well. They had not turned on the air conditioning in the chapel so it was blazing hot and we were roasting during the ceremony. Also the chapel and office smelled horrible. Everything was dirty/dingy. The service provided by the officiant was nice but everything else made the whole event miserable and down right embarrassing to tell people about. When people ask me about our wedding I simply say it was short and sweet and leave it at that...not giving them the entire story. I do not recommend having your wedding in the office chapel but instead chose your own location.
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Our officiant was not professionally dressed but instead wearing sandals with dark socks. The "chapel" was a disgusting mess. When you entered the office before stepping into the chapel there were boxes of junk everywhere, holes in the walls and even birds flying around. Of course there was bird poop throughout as well. They had not turned on the air conditioning in the chapel so it was blazing hot and we were roasting during the ceremony. Also the chapel and office smelled horrible. Everything was dirty/dingy. The service provided by the officiant was nice but everything else made the whole event miserable and down right embarrassing to tell people about. When people ask me about our wedding I simply say it was short and sweet and leave it at that...not giving them the entire story. I do not recommend having your wedding in the office chapel but instead chose your own location. Read less
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MarriageChaplain.com responded with the following comments:

It seems that their marriage occurred in early- and mid-Summer when we were remodeling our sanctuary and had removed a wall to expand the room - hence the "holes" in wall.

We had a note on our door "Please Excuse Our Remodeling Mess" and did try to tell every scheduling bride of the situation so they could opt to access a nearby church instead.

The pastor wears regular shoes for ceremonies, unless the couple is an unscheduled walk-in, or unless they are dressed down, like wearing jeans and T-shirts.

We offer in-chapel low-cost weddings because many can not afford more or do not want to spend more. Now that our remodeling is done, we have a simple chapel which reflects the simplicity of our church.

We give a good caring service. We would gladly have scheduled the bride at any one of many nice places, had she requested it. But it would have cost her more.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
0.1/5.0
Selecting Pastor Brian Eastman, associated with MarriageChaplain.com, is the BIGGEST MISTAKE you can make.

During our in-person meeting I asked that Pastor Eastman go through the ceremony during our rehearsal. He told me, that, ‘no he did not do that, would not do that,’ and that I ‘needed to stop trying to control everything.’ Sure enough, the evening of our rehearsal he spent two minutes telling the bridal party how to line up, REFUSED to even do a QUICK run through of our ceremony and left after being there a total of five minutes.
Pastor Eastman began our ceremony as if it were a CIRCUS, and he was the ring master. He even wore a rainbow scarf to complete his ensemble. Immediately after my dad kissed my cheek, Pastor Eastman smirked loudly and said ‘Don’t trip over her dress now,’ which I found extremely distasteful. Then he made sure to let ALL of our guests know that he ‘was not our Pastor, and agreed to marry us after we contracted him.’
During our ceremony, Pastor Eastman did not stand at the head of my husband and I, but gravitated towards the side, at least 10 feet away from us. This not only made it impossible for my husband to see him without having to turn his whole body away from me.

Following our wedding day, almost two weeks later, my husband and I called the court to ensure our paperwork had been filed so we were legally married. Turns out, Pastor Eastman, who knew I’d been upset about our ceremony, had been holding our paperwork and REFUSED to send it in. It was only after he realized the legal repercussions of not filing our paperwork that he actually did so.
During this entire process Pastor Eastman did not once take into account our feelings, wishes or even try to work with us on creating the perfect ceremony for US. I HIGHLY advise you against selecting Pastor Eastman.
Selecting Pastor Brian Eastman, associated with MarriageChaplain.com, is the BIGGEST MISTAKE you can make.

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Selecting Pastor Brian Eastman, associated with MarriageChaplain.com, is the BIGGEST MISTAKE you can make.

During our in-person meeting I asked that Pastor Eastman go through the ceremony during our rehearsal. He told me, that, ‘no he did not do that, would not do that,’ and that I ‘needed to stop trying to control everything.’ Sure enough, the evening of our rehearsal he spent two minutes telling the bridal party how to line up, REFUSED to even do a QUICK run through of our ceremony and left after being there a total of five minutes.
Pastor Eastman began our ceremony as if it were a CIRCUS, and he was the ring master. He even wore a rainbow scarf to complete his ensemble. Immediately after my dad kissed my cheek, Pastor Eastman smirked loudly and said ‘Don’t trip over her dress now,’ which I found extremely distasteful. Then he made sure to let ALL of our guests know that he ‘was not our Pastor, and agreed to marry us after we contracted him.’
During our ceremony, Pastor Eastman did not stand at the head of my husband and I, but gravitated towards the side, at least 10 feet away from us. This not only made it impossible for my husband to see him without having to turn his whole body away from me.

Following our wedding day, almost two weeks later, my husband and I called the court to ensure our paperwork had been filed so we were legally married. Turns out, Pastor Eastman, who knew I’d been upset about our ceremony, had been holding our paperwork and REFUSED to send it in. It was only after he realized the legal repercussions of not filing our paperwork that he actually did so.
During this entire process Pastor Eastman did not once take into account our feelings, wishes or even try to work with us on creating the perfect ceremony for US. I HIGHLY advise you against selecting Pastor Eastman. Read less
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MarriageChaplain.com responded with the following comments:

Pastor Eastman says: "During the interview we discussed at length what she wanted in the ceremony. I explained the upbeat celebrative style I use, and demonstrated to them the different positioning of the minister which I use. The bride chose to use my services knowing the type ceremony I conduct, and the style in which I lead ceremonies. She could have chosen someone else if she had wanted something more traditional and somber. She complains that she didn't like the ceremony. Yet this is what she approved."

Taking into account the brides feelings (since the couple did not like the ceremony), MarriageChaplain has decided NOT to take the couple to small claims court for the heinous violation of their contract.

The officiant legally has 30 days to send in your paperwork. It is also standard policy for the officiant to hold your marriage license for the maximum allotted time if the couple has breached their contract and is refusing to pay the balance. This couple did not pay the balance of $164.00. Pastor Eastman called to correct an alleged mistake in the payment on 06/30/14, and was informed they had no intention of paying. Pastor Eastman sent in the marriage license on 07/08/14 after deciding NOT to pursue the couple for the balance. We informed the couple on 07/09/14, and the clerk of courts filed the paperwork on 07/10/14. We received official notice that on 07/10/14 Merchant Services issued a charge-back of the original, NON-REFUNDABLE payment of $165.00- on the grounds that Pastor Eastman did not file their paperwork by 06/30/14. (We never specified a date to file their license. Their wedding was on 06/28/14). (We ask that all couples wait a minimum of 10 days before calling the clerk of courts) - We won the case with Merchant services and received a partial refunded payment of their original retainer, but the couple has once again, taken their dispute higher up, and we are currently disputing a second charge-back with their bank.

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