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Melissa Coe Ceremonies

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Oregon & Washington, Portland
OR 97034 US (map)

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503-803-2385

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ABOUT US

Congratulations on Your Engagement!


You've said, "I will!" But how will you say, "I do"? Hopefully, with all the personality, style and humor that makes you,... Read more
Congratulations on Your Engagement!


You've said, "I will!" But how will you say, "I do"? Hopefully, with all the personality, style and humor that makes you, well...YOU!

I am a professionally educated and certified Wedding Officiant, Celebrant and inclusive Minister in Portland, Oregon, whose only goal is to give you the most divinely individual, personal and beautifully expressed ceremony that you have ever envisioned and one which you and your guests will remember long after the day is over.

In fact, doing so is truly my "labor of love" (pardon the pun)!

As a ceremony specialist, I LOVE creating custom, couture, made-only-for-you wedding ceremonies which are totally harmonious with each couple. Your ceremony is the heart and soul of your wedding day and consequently, should be as unique and wonderful as you and your love story. So feel free to throw out the traditionally-mandated wedding ceremonies that were the norm fifty years ago and break the rules!

You really can have the ceremony of your dreams without compromising your beliefs or style. In fact, your ceremony might very well be the first wedding your guests have ever listened to or enjoyed from start to finish!

Let's get started! Together, we will create memories which you and your guests will cherish and talk about for years to come!

"Celebrating love, one couple at a time." 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
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, 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.
In which states are you licensed?
OR, WA

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Sherri and Victoria
Wedding:
11/12/2016
5.0/5.0
Melissa is the ultimate in warmth and professionalism! She is so open and supportive of gay marriage, and there was no hesitation with her in sharing our story. She has a fun sense of humor that fit with ours so it was nice to know that we could be playful at the same time as building a sense of connection with our friends and family through the ceremony. Several friends at our wedding commented that they loved our Celebrant, asked where we found her, and stated that our wedding was the best wedding they have ever attended. We are definitely not overstating, and would recommend Melissa to anyone who is looking for a Celebrant/Officiant for their ceremony.
Melissa is the ultimate in warmth and professionalism! She is so open and supportive of gay marriage, and there was no Read more...
Melissa is the ultimate in warmth and professionalism! She is so open and supportive of gay marriage, and there was no hesitation with her in sharing our story. She has a fun sense of humor that fit with ours so it was nice to know that we could be playful at the same time as building a sense of connection with our friends and family through the ceremony. Several friends at our wedding commented that they loved our Celebrant, asked where we found her, and stated that our wedding was the best wedding they have ever attended. We are definitely not overstating, and would recommend Melissa to anyone who is looking for a Celebrant/Officiant for their ceremony. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
11/6/2016
5.0/5.0
Melissa was AMAZING. We found her on this service and she was highly rated. We met with her a year early because we wanted to make sure that we found the right person.

Melissa met us for coffee and asked us questions and gave us time to ask questions. We wanted a truly untraditional ceremony that would not upset our families but stay true to us.

Melissa was amazing about staying in contact, providing a questionnaire to get more information, sending suggestions for readings and vows. She made the process as painless as possible.

Flash forward to the wedding day, she showed up early to greet our guests (who absolutely loved her), she delivered our ceremony and everything. Guests cried, I couldn't stop crying. It was so amazing.

I would absolutely recommend Melissa. She made our day more amazing than words can say.
Melissa was AMAZING. We found her on this service and she was highly rated. We met with her a year early because we wanted Read more...
Melissa was AMAZING. We found her on this service and she was highly rated. We met with her a year early because we wanted to make sure that we found the right person.

Melissa met us for coffee and asked us questions and gave us time to ask questions. We wanted a truly untraditional ceremony that would not upset our families but stay true to us.

Melissa was amazing about staying in contact, providing a questionnaire to get more information, sending suggestions for readings and vows. She made the process as painless as possible.

Flash forward to the wedding day, she showed up early to greet our guests (who absolutely loved her), she delivered our ceremony and everything. Guests cried, I couldn't stop crying. It was so amazing.

I would absolutely recommend Melissa. She made our day more amazing than words can say. Read less
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

What a JOY it was to work with Laney and Jon and to tell their love story! From their first date of watching Star Dust and Star Trek together while eating his homemade chicken fried rice, to Jon waiting to propose while she completed her degrees (plural!), theirs was always a perfect match. Their wedding day was a gorgeous, joyous, exhilarating love fest of family and friends at Cannon Beach with her fabulous grandmother as their Flower Woman and Laney laughed and cried and Jon never ever stopped grinning...
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Ruban
Wedding:
9/30/2016
5.0/5.0
Melissa was AMAZING! Professional, fun, thoughtful, and very organized. Planning a wedding is a lot of work and stressful - but Melissa really helped make the day special and her input helped us in our planning, too. Our guests kept asking us, "Who was that lady you hired to officiate your ceremony? She did a phenomenal job!" Thank you for helping to make our wedding so memorable!
Melissa was AMAZING! Professional, fun, thoughtful, and very organized. Planning a wedding is a lot of work and stressful Read more...
Melissa was AMAZING! Professional, fun, thoughtful, and very organized. Planning a wedding is a lot of work and stressful - but Melissa really helped make the day special and her input helped us in our planning, too. Our guests kept asking us, "Who was that lady you hired to officiate your ceremony? She did a phenomenal job!" Thank you for helping to make our wedding so memorable! Read less
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Ruban and Jacob's wedding was one of the most fun and unique ceremonies that I've ever had the pleasure of officiating. Surrounded by their families and friends, there were a lot of tears, laughter and wild applause as their story was told and they finished their vows with, "As long as I'm living, my husband you'll be." It was a beautiful day for this Canadian Main Man and his Cajun Man to be wed as they stood under the trees in the Holt Arboretum with a bit of Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler thrown in - Let the good times roll!
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Jamie
Wedding:
9/20/2016
5.0/5.0
Open your heart to Melissa because she will surely open hers to you! I can't begin to tell you how much I was able to relax once she took the reins. Our ceremony was intensely personal and she sprinkled a few lighter thoughts into the mix... our small crowd was able to recognize us throughout the reading and our simple vows, ending with Live Long and Prosper and a flawless Spockian hand!
Hire her now before she gets booked up!!
Open your heart to Melissa because she will surely open hers to you! I can't begin to tell you how much I was able to Read more...
Open your heart to Melissa because she will surely open hers to you! I can't begin to tell you how much I was able to relax once she took the reins. Our ceremony was intensely personal and she sprinkled a few lighter thoughts into the mix... our small crowd was able to recognize us throughout the reading and our simple vows, ending with Live Long and Prosper and a flawless Spockian hand!
Hire her now before she gets booked up!! Read less
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Jamie and Ron wanted an intimate and personal ceremony which was fun, personal, profound, meaningful and a little bit ridiculous and quirky - just like them! I loved giving them exactly what they asked for. I was especially honored and thrilled to celebrate their long relationship and love story because Jamie is a FABULOUS professional wedding photographer who has been to a LOT of weddings! To be asked by another wedding professional is the highest of compliments - thanks Jamie and Ron!!!
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Mark
Wedding:
8/27/2016
5.0/5.0
Melissa is truly amazing at what she does. She helped us create our vision for our ceremony - with her help, we were able to construct a ceremony truly authentic to who we are and our values. Melissa is very helpful all along the way - from resources for vows, readings and rituals, she's more than happy to help facilitate any traditions or beliefs intertwined into one ceremony. She even crafts a detailed script for everything that will happen in the ceremony, which was incredible for us and gave us peace of mind.

Early on, she also has a spectacular questionnaire where each individual gets to tell their story about who they are as well as about your loved one - really a wonderful way for her to craft the 'love story' in the ceremony.

Melissa was fabulously responsive, professional, gracious and empathic. She accommodated everything we wanted, including week of the wedding requests, and had a copy of our vows for us, which she handed to us at the correct time.

I cannot think of anything I would change about our ceremony, and that is in large part to the wonderful work of Melissa.
Melissa is truly amazing at what she does. She helped us create our vision for our ceremony - with her help, we were able Read more...
Melissa is truly amazing at what she does. She helped us create our vision for our ceremony - with her help, we were able to construct a ceremony truly authentic to who we are and our values. Melissa is very helpful all along the way - from resources for vows, readings and rituals, she's more than happy to help facilitate any traditions or beliefs intertwined into one ceremony. She even crafts a detailed script for everything that will happen in the ceremony, which was incredible for us and gave us peace of mind.

Early on, she also has a spectacular questionnaire where each individual gets to tell their story about who they are as well as about your loved one - really a wonderful way for her to craft the 'love story' in the ceremony.

Melissa was fabulously responsive, professional, gracious and empathic. She accommodated everything we wanted, including week of the wedding requests, and had a copy of our vows for us, which she handed to us at the correct time.

I cannot think of anything I would change about our ceremony, and that is in large part to the wonderful work of Melissa. Read less
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Katie and Mark are so much in love with each other, and had such a great story! I loved how they met, that they both bought engagement rings without the other one knowing, both proposed at practically the same time and that Mark's writing "could put Hallmark to shame" (and it really could!). I LOVED working with Katie and Mark and was thrilled to have celebrated them!
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Keely
Wedding:
8/6/2016
5.0/5.0
Melissa Coe is so amazing! Everyone is still talking about our ceremony (now 5 months later) and how unique, fitting, and special it was! This was the favorite part of our day. We love Melissa and would recommend her 100 times over!!
Melissa Coe is so amazing! Everyone is still talking about our ceremony (now 5 months later) and how unique, fitting, and Read more...
Melissa Coe is so amazing! Everyone is still talking about our ceremony (now 5 months later) and how unique, fitting, and special it was! This was the favorite part of our day. We love Melissa and would recommend her 100 times over!! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
6/12/2016
5.0/5.0
Melissa blew us and our guests away with how intimate, customized, and unique the ceremony was!
We had done some research on officiants who performed same-sex marriages and Melissa’s page stood out to us. We could tell that she is a writer and a good story teller. My wife and I didn’t know what to expect from an officiant when we first met with Melissa, but she wowed us from the very beginning! She told us about her ceremonies and how she creates a custom ceremony for every couple, unlike other officiants who typically use a script or two and just insert your names. (Melissa prefers the term celebrant over officiant.) We decided to book her on the spot!
A few days later, she sent us “homework” to tell her about ourselves, our story, what we love about each other, etc. so she could include our love story and the details of our love for each other in the ceremony.
On the day of the wedding, she arrived at the venue early and fully prepared. The ceremony flowed very well. It wasn’t too stuffy or formal. Melissa made us laugh and cry. She entertained without taking the focus off of us. Afterwords, even the other vendors were raving about how awesome she and the whole ceremony was! When people who have seen numerous weddings make a point to tell you that your ceremony was the best they’ve ever seen, it speaks volumes to the quality of Melissa’s work!
I would HIGHLY recommend Melissa Coe to anyone in the Portland area!
Melissa blew us and our guests away with how intimate, customized, and unique the ceremony was!
We had done some Read more...
Melissa blew us and our guests away with how intimate, customized, and unique the ceremony was!
We had done some research on officiants who performed same-sex marriages and Melissa’s page stood out to us. We could tell that she is a writer and a good story teller. My wife and I didn’t know what to expect from an officiant when we first met with Melissa, but she wowed us from the very beginning! She told us about her ceremonies and how she creates a custom ceremony for every couple, unlike other officiants who typically use a script or two and just insert your names. (Melissa prefers the term celebrant over officiant.) We decided to book her on the spot!
A few days later, she sent us “homework” to tell her about ourselves, our story, what we love about each other, etc. so she could include our love story and the details of our love for each other in the ceremony.
On the day of the wedding, she arrived at the venue early and fully prepared. The ceremony flowed very well. It wasn’t too stuffy or formal. Melissa made us laugh and cry. She entertained without taking the focus off of us. Afterwords, even the other vendors were raving about how awesome she and the whole ceremony was! When people who have seen numerous weddings make a point to tell you that your ceremony was the best they’ve ever seen, it speaks volumes to the quality of Melissa’s work!
I would HIGHLY recommend Melissa Coe to anyone in the Portland area! Read less
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

What a LOVELY and fabulous couple who had known each other since high school and stayed together through college and graduate school. Their story is an inspiration to everyone - lovers old and new as well as to those who have not yet found the love of their life. And as Alex's grandmother Ginny would often say, "Aren't we wonderful?" Yes. They really are quite wonderful and a joy to marry!!!
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Kay
Wedding:
5/11/2016
5.0/5.0
Choosing Melissa as the celebrant to facilitate our ceremony was the easiest decision we made in the whole wedding! She is an absolute pleasure to work with and she will easily incorporate any requests you may have into your ceremony. She truly takes the time to understand each of her couples and is able to reflect their personalities in her process.
All of our friends and family were incredibly impressed with the heartfelt ceremony and also thought she had a beautiful speaking voice, creating a calm and happy moment for everyone. The ceremony was very important to us and we wanted someone who was kind hearted, thoughtful and easygoing to marry us on such a happy day. Melissa is all these things and more, she is truly an outstanding person and I highly recommend her for your wedding! 6 months later and people are still raving about it!!! We will always use her for any upcoming events. She leaves such a great long lasting impression with everyone who meets her.
Thank you Melissa for creating such a beautiful moment for both my husband and I! I am so happy we have such a wonderful memory to carry with us for the rest of our lives. I would highly recommend her to any and all couples, heterosexual or same-sex, religious or secular. She can do it all!
Choosing Melissa as the celebrant to facilitate our ceremony was the easiest decision we made in the whole wedding! She is Read more...
Choosing Melissa as the celebrant to facilitate our ceremony was the easiest decision we made in the whole wedding! She is an absolute pleasure to work with and she will easily incorporate any requests you may have into your ceremony. She truly takes the time to understand each of her couples and is able to reflect their personalities in her process.
All of our friends and family were incredibly impressed with the heartfelt ceremony and also thought she had a beautiful speaking voice, creating a calm and happy moment for everyone. The ceremony was very important to us and we wanted someone who was kind hearted, thoughtful and easygoing to marry us on such a happy day. Melissa is all these things and more, she is truly an outstanding person and I highly recommend her for your wedding! 6 months later and people are still raving about it!!! We will always use her for any upcoming events. She leaves such a great long lasting impression with everyone who meets her.
Thank you Melissa for creating such a beautiful moment for both my husband and I! I am so happy we have such a wonderful memory to carry with us for the rest of our lives. I would highly recommend her to any and all couples, heterosexual or same-sex, religious or secular. She can do it all! Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
4/18/2016
5.0/5.0
It is impossible to say enough good things about Melissa! Every single guest has commented on the touching, funny, warm and personal ceremony. "That was the best ceremony I have ever seen!" say our guests from 16-86, Midwest to West coast and agnostic to devout. The planning is very interactive with Melissa sending questionnaires and ideas for readings and rituals. Both of you will really have to think and define what you want in the most important moment of your lives. Melissa took both our likes and must haves and blended together a perfect, custom ceremony. Even if everything else would have fallen apart (it didn't!), it would have been perfect! We cannot recommend Melissa Coe strongly enough!
It is impossible to say enough good things about Melissa! Every single guest has commented on the touching, funny, warm Read more...
It is impossible to say enough good things about Melissa! Every single guest has commented on the touching, funny, warm and personal ceremony. "That was the best ceremony I have ever seen!" say our guests from 16-86, Midwest to West coast and agnostic to devout. The planning is very interactive with Melissa sending questionnaires and ideas for readings and rituals. Both of you will really have to think and define what you want in the most important moment of your lives. Melissa took both our likes and must haves and blended together a perfect, custom ceremony. Even if everything else would have fallen apart (it didn't!), it would have been perfect! We cannot recommend Melissa Coe strongly enough! Read less
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

This couple has a love that is deep enough to cross oceans and mountains with a mutual admiration and respect that was awesome and wondrous to behold. It was a beautiful, sunny day at Timberline Lodge and Lisa's father was able to be there with tears in his eyes - so proud and loving! I wish the world for Capt Lisa and her handsome blue-eyed love and am grateful that I had the honor and delight of marrying them!
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Carole
Wedding:
11/14/2015
5.0/5.0
I can't express enough my thanks for doing such a completely wonderful, warm, funny, expressive and entirely charming ceremony. I had so many guests come up to me afterwards and tell me how incredible the service was and how delightful it was to learn about the couple's meeting, dating and marriage process. They felt they truly knew the background of Melissa and Steve and it added such a depth to the ceremony - I heard numerous times, "it was the best ceremony I've ever been to!" You captured the two of them to a tee.
- Carole Perkel, Mother of the Bride
I can't express enough my thanks for doing such a completely wonderful, warm, funny, expressive and entirely charming Read more...
I can't express enough my thanks for doing such a completely wonderful, warm, funny, expressive and entirely charming ceremony. I had so many guests come up to me afterwards and tell me how incredible the service was and how delightful it was to learn about the couple's meeting, dating and marriage process. They felt they truly knew the background of Melissa and Steve and it added such a depth to the ceremony - I heard numerous times, "it was the best ceremony I've ever been to!" You captured the two of them to a tee.
- Carole Perkel, Mother of the Bride Read less
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

It's great to get reviews from my couples but to get one from the mother of the bride speaks volumes! Thanks, Carole for introducing me to your daughter and for trusting me with their ceremony, And what a wonderfully unique and funny couple - with their Ring Bearer Best Dog (who behaved perfectly), their closest friends as their attendants, everyone relaxed and enjoying themselves even though it was in a fairly formal setting. A perfect blend of them - casual & serious, funny & profound. A great day, thank you!

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