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Modern Celebrant, Vancouver & Whistler Custom Wedding Ceremonies

Vancouver & Whistler , BC
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There are moments in our lives that we hold above all others.

These moments are marked not by cakes, flowers, or stationary – but by our hearts, in ceremony. At a wedding our... Read more
There are moments in our lives that we hold above all others.

These moments are marked not by cakes, flowers, or stationary – but by our hearts, in ceremony. At a wedding our hearts sing out for connection. Modern Celebrant custom crafted wedding ceremonies are award-winning for a good reason: We celebrate the promise of your two lives AND bring your family and friends into the experience -- It will be real, inspiring, and is guaranteed to become a treasured part of your couple and famiy narrative.

Completely unique and reflective of YOUR personalities, backgrounds, and life experiences!

When your wedding ceremony is alive with your personalities and what is meaningful to you, it will be a collectively felt experience in a way that one-size-fits-all ceremonies (that are unfortunately the norm) can never do. That is why we use your own words throughout the ceremony because it is what love and marriage mean to you that counts, not the words of others. Both of you will feel seen and heard. In fact that is something that people say is distinctive about the ceremonies we create – men feel welcomed and included. (We love Wedding Wire because you can read unedited reviews from other couples. It's important for you to know what they have to say.)

Not only is your ceremony the beginning of your marriage journey, it sets the tone for your entire wedding day.

It’s your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show family and friends why your love is so important. Not to mention that the ceremony is often the first time many guests will have met. What a precious opportunity to bring them together in a powerful shared experience! Yet many engaged couples get so caught up in planning, that the rich inner world on the way to becoming a married couple is often forgotten. We help you give voice to your thoughts and feelings so these may be shared with your family and friends through your wedding ceremony. Our transformational ceremonies are custom written with reverence. And like our remarkable clients, no two ceremonies are ever the same!

WATCH a VIDEO TO GET A SENSE OF OUR CEREMONIES

Enter a world of extraordinary ceremonial possibities

We are an award-winning ceremonial team dedicated to exclusive client experience. Our wedding ceremony collection has a ceremony for every personality, background, and budget. Read more about these here: From our Making Memories Wedding Journey ($1,900) to our sweet little JewelBox Ceremonies ($375). Have fun dreaming of what you now know is possible!

Click here to request your Complimentary Consultation.

I'm Michele Davidson, Principal of Modern Celebrant. I'd love to hear from you! 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, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Quaker, Hindu, Islam, Jewish, Shinto, Sikhism
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes absolutely! Most of my wedding ceremonies are in non-traditional locations.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
My outfit varies depending on the tone and setting of the wedding... everything from 'formal Black Tie & Ballgown evenings' to 'On the top of a Mountain in Winter' ceremonies! Whatever the situation, I arrive appropriately attired and in good taste!
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
My ceremonies are reflective of the couples they are written for. I weave their own words into the ceremony and they have final say over the ceremonial script. Nothing is said without their approval. Because these are custom ceremonies, flexibility is built right in.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes, and I love to support them to do this!
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
I have a library of readings that I have made into a digital document. These are primarily literary readings, but I also offer readings based on faith (whatever it is) if a couple wishes. The couple is welcome to choose one of these readings, or be inspired to find one of their own. Or not at all. Their wishes are what matter.
How long are your ceremonies?
We do a variety of ceremonies to suit different time, budget, and personality needs. A short keep-it-simple ceremony is about 15 minutes, while a complex faith based ceremony may be 45 minutes. It all depends on the couple and what they want. These are custom ceremonies, not standardized one-size-fits-all.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No. But for those who wish it, our much imitated Signature Reflective Process gets couples talking about what was, what is, and what will be in their relationship. Totally accessible for men and women, fun, inspiring, and a whole new kind of pre-wedding reflection.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Of course!
Do you supply a sound system?
Yes though I do vocal training and have good projection so I rarely need it. However, my fantastic little system is great in circumstances where there may be background noise that is distracting, eg airplanes, wind, ocean waves.

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Ashley
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Michele was so wonderful, and made the ceremony the most meaningful and special part of the wedding for us. Several of our guests commented on how warm and lovely the ceremony was, and how impressed they were with Michele. I had more than one person tell me that ours was the best wedding ceremony they have ever been a part of. I look forward to having Michele be a part of big moments in our life to come, and I recommend her without reservation to any couple who wants to have a truly heartfelt wedding ceremony that really feels like THEM.
Michele was so wonderful, and made the ceremony the most meaningful and special part of the wedding for us. Several of our Read more...
Michele was so wonderful, and made the ceremony the most meaningful and special part of the wedding for us. Several of our guests commented on how warm and lovely the ceremony was, and how impressed they were with Michele. I had more than one person tell me that ours was the best wedding ceremony they have ever been a part of. I look forward to having Michele be a part of big moments in our life to come, and I recommend her without reservation to any couple who wants to have a truly heartfelt wedding ceremony that really feels like THEM. Read less
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Paul
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
We had compliment after compliment about our ceremony, particularly about Janis, our celebrant, and our personal tributes to one another.

Janis struck the perfect chord. Many people said that it was the most meaningful and touching wedding they had attended -- easy on pageantry and big on heart.

The day was a blur but it was very special and we wouldn't change a thing -- we both thought it was perfect.
We had compliment after compliment about our ceremony, particularly about Janis, our celebrant, and our personal tributes Read more...
We had compliment after compliment about our ceremony, particularly about Janis, our celebrant, and our personal tributes to one another.

Janis struck the perfect chord. Many people said that it was the most meaningful and touching wedding they had attended -- easy on pageantry and big on heart.

The day was a blur but it was very special and we wouldn't change a thing -- we both thought it was perfect. Read less
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Satendra
Wedding:
9/14/2014
5.0/5.0
We had a fabulous experience with Lisa! She helped us to craft a ceremony that was unique, meaningful, moving and fun. It was exactly the experience we were looking for but didn't know how to create ourselves. We are very pleased that our guests enjoyed the event and we have some wonderful memories. I would highly recommend Lisa and the Modern Celebrants to anyone who is looking to create a heartfelt ceremony.
We had a fabulous experience with Lisa! She helped us to craft a ceremony that was unique, meaningful, moving and fun. It Read more...
We had a fabulous experience with Lisa! She helped us to craft a ceremony that was unique, meaningful, moving and fun. It was exactly the experience we were looking for but didn't know how to create ourselves. We are very pleased that our guests enjoyed the event and we have some wonderful memories. I would highly recommend Lisa and the Modern Celebrants to anyone who is looking to create a heartfelt ceremony. Read less
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For my husband and I, finding an officiant that we felt comfortable with and connected to were the most important things to us. We also wanted to find an officiant that understood us as a couple. Michelle happened to meet with us on a day that we were going through a tough time and even seeing us in our weakest of moments, not only was she completely non-judgemental, she also welcomed us with open arms and offered us kind advice that we really needed in that moment.

Michelle formulated our ceremony based on information we gave her about us as a couple and the whole ceremony really felt like it was personalized to us. Compared to all other ceremonies I've been to, I really felt like ours was anything but boring!

We approached Michelle only a month or less before our wedding and she still provided excellent service and produced our ceremony very quickly for us.

I would highly recommend Michelle to anyone, especially for couples that really want their ceremony to be very personalized to them.
For my husband and I, finding an officiant that we felt comfortable with and connected to were the most important things Read more...
For my husband and I, finding an officiant that we felt comfortable with and connected to were the most important things to us. We also wanted to find an officiant that understood us as a couple. Michelle happened to meet with us on a day that we were going through a tough time and even seeing us in our weakest of moments, not only was she completely non-judgemental, she also welcomed us with open arms and offered us kind advice that we really needed in that moment.

Michelle formulated our ceremony based on information we gave her about us as a couple and the whole ceremony really felt like it was personalized to us. Compared to all other ceremonies I've been to, I really felt like ours was anything but boring!

We approached Michelle only a month or less before our wedding and she still provided excellent service and produced our ceremony very quickly for us.

I would highly recommend Michelle to anyone, especially for couples that really want their ceremony to be very personalized to them. Read less
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Tina
Wedding:
8/8/2014
5.0/5.0
We wanted our ceremony to be a personal, meaningful and memorable part of our wedding, and we got just that with much help from Janis at Modern Celebrant.

Janis guided us through a wonderful experience that resulted in an intimate ceremony and a legitimate marriage license!

Janis drafts your ceremony based on a questionnaire (and other interactions if you have the chance to meet in person), which helps surface some deeper details on your backgrounds, your lives together so far, and what you see for yourselves in the future. This questionnaire was a great exercise that Kyle and I really enjoyed moving through together (over a bottle of wine)! Janis was very open to our ideas, kept us on schedule, and provided plenty of time for reflection and feedback.

We are grateful for the opportunity we had to be able to craft our ceremony with Janis. If it's an option for you, I encourage you to take it (or at least explore it). We couldn't have dreamt of a better person to lead our ceremony. Janis was most helpful and accommodating every step of the way. I really cannot recommend Janis and her services enough!
We wanted our ceremony to be a personal, meaningful and memorable part of our wedding, and we got just that with much help Read more...
We wanted our ceremony to be a personal, meaningful and memorable part of our wedding, and we got just that with much help from Janis at Modern Celebrant.

Janis guided us through a wonderful experience that resulted in an intimate ceremony and a legitimate marriage license!

Janis drafts your ceremony based on a questionnaire (and other interactions if you have the chance to meet in person), which helps surface some deeper details on your backgrounds, your lives together so far, and what you see for yourselves in the future. This questionnaire was a great exercise that Kyle and I really enjoyed moving through together (over a bottle of wine)! Janis was very open to our ideas, kept us on schedule, and provided plenty of time for reflection and feedback.

We are grateful for the opportunity we had to be able to craft our ceremony with Janis. If it's an option for you, I encourage you to take it (or at least explore it). We couldn't have dreamt of a better person to lead our ceremony. Janis was most helpful and accommodating every step of the way. I really cannot recommend Janis and her services enough! Read less
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Amelia
Wedding:
8/3/2014
5.0/5.0
I would highly recommend Modern Celebrant to anyone looking for a personalized, meaningful, and moving wedding ceremony. Our celebrant was Janis who was an absolute pleasure to work with! She came to our first meeting prepared with tons of great ideas for our Jewish-inspired nondenominational wedding ceremony, and worked with us to create a ceremony that our guests are still raving about (3 months later)! We felt completely present during the ceremony and were overjoyed to see how moved our guests were. Janis helped us to tell our story in a way that engaged everyone present, and amongst the overwhelming positive feedback from our guests was that the ceremony enabled our guests to get to know us better as individuals and as a couple. We are so happy that we chose Modern Celebrant for our wedding because our minds were at easing knowing our ceremony was in good hands. It was one thing we didn't have to stress about leading up to the big day, which was so important! We are so grateful to have met Janis and we truly could not have asked for a more beautiful ceremony or a more incredible memory for us and our guests.
I would highly recommend Modern Celebrant to anyone looking for a personalized, meaningful, and moving wedding ceremony. Read more...
I would highly recommend Modern Celebrant to anyone looking for a personalized, meaningful, and moving wedding ceremony. Our celebrant was Janis who was an absolute pleasure to work with! She came to our first meeting prepared with tons of great ideas for our Jewish-inspired nondenominational wedding ceremony, and worked with us to create a ceremony that our guests are still raving about (3 months later)! We felt completely present during the ceremony and were overjoyed to see how moved our guests were. Janis helped us to tell our story in a way that engaged everyone present, and amongst the overwhelming positive feedback from our guests was that the ceremony enabled our guests to get to know us better as individuals and as a couple. We are so happy that we chose Modern Celebrant for our wedding because our minds were at easing knowing our ceremony was in good hands. It was one thing we didn't have to stress about leading up to the big day, which was so important! We are so grateful to have met Janis and we truly could not have asked for a more beautiful ceremony or a more incredible memory for us and our guests. Read less
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Christina
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
When it comes to wedding planning, my (new!) husband and I both feel that oftentimes the ceremony is overlooked in the exciting and overwhelming world of decor, dresses, venue, etc. And while all of those things are so important, we felt, and still feel, that our vows to each other and the ceremony itself make up the centrepiece of the entire wedding. After all, "making it official" is the whole reason behind all the fuss, isn't it?

Our wedding spanned an entire weekend -- it was the best weekend of our lives! Out of all of this, my favourite memory as a bride is having my closest friends and family sitting around my best friend and myself, taking part in the poignant and beautiful ceremony that Michele crafted by hand. We met many times over the year leading up to the wedding: Michele visited our home and got to know us as a couple and as individuals. The ceremony she created was unique, personalized, fun and touching. She had the entire place in tears at one point. She helped us create our own vows and "surprises" for each other, which we shared during the ceremony. And most of all, she paid the utmost respect to our parents, whom my husband and I admire and love dearly. She was able to say what we couldn't quite put into words.

The messages that we shared with each other and with our loved ones will last a lifetime. The entire experience was priceless. Thanks, Michele!
When it comes to wedding planning, my (new!) husband and I both feel that oftentimes the ceremony is overlooked in the Read more...
When it comes to wedding planning, my (new!) husband and I both feel that oftentimes the ceremony is overlooked in the exciting and overwhelming world of decor, dresses, venue, etc. And while all of those things are so important, we felt, and still feel, that our vows to each other and the ceremony itself make up the centrepiece of the entire wedding. After all, "making it official" is the whole reason behind all the fuss, isn't it?

Our wedding spanned an entire weekend -- it was the best weekend of our lives! Out of all of this, my favourite memory as a bride is having my closest friends and family sitting around my best friend and myself, taking part in the poignant and beautiful ceremony that Michele crafted by hand. We met many times over the year leading up to the wedding: Michele visited our home and got to know us as a couple and as individuals. The ceremony she created was unique, personalized, fun and touching. She had the entire place in tears at one point. She helped us create our own vows and "surprises" for each other, which we shared during the ceremony. And most of all, she paid the utmost respect to our parents, whom my husband and I admire and love dearly. She was able to say what we couldn't quite put into words.

The messages that we shared with each other and with our loved ones will last a lifetime. The entire experience was priceless. Thanks, Michele! Read less
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Lynda
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
We hired Janis Horne as a celebrant for our wedding this year. She was amazing to work with offering many wonderful ideas for our ceremony. She made our wedding so special and personal. We would highly recommend her and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience!
We hired Janis Horne as a celebrant for our wedding this year. She was amazing to work with offering many wonderful ideas Read more...
We hired Janis Horne as a celebrant for our wedding this year. She was amazing to work with offering many wonderful ideas for our ceremony. She made our wedding so special and personal. We would highly recommend her and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Katie
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Our experience with Modern Celebrant was extremely positive. Lisa Hartley was our officiant and she went out of her way to make our ceremony incredibly personal, meaningful and just perfect for us. She thoughtfully intertwined mine and Craig's own words to create a ceremony that told the story of us and what we mean to one another. She also guided us on how we could include our respective children and make them feel very part of ceremony as it was as not only about Craig and I coming together but the blending of two families as well. Leading up to the wedding, Lisa's sense of humour, her calm and confident manner and warmth made the whole process very enjoyable and stress-free. She also did a very thorough job at the rehearsal making the actual ceremony go off without a hitch. Every single person that we talked to at the reception talked about how beautiful and truly meaningful the ceremony was and that they had never experienced anything like it before. There was not a single guest who didn't make a comment along those lines. We would not hesitate to recommend Lisa to anyone!! She puts her heart into her work and it shows.
Our experience with Modern Celebrant was extremely positive. Lisa Hartley was our officiant and she went out of her way to Read more...
Our experience with Modern Celebrant was extremely positive. Lisa Hartley was our officiant and she went out of her way to make our ceremony incredibly personal, meaningful and just perfect for us. She thoughtfully intertwined mine and Craig's own words to create a ceremony that told the story of us and what we mean to one another. She also guided us on how we could include our respective children and make them feel very part of ceremony as it was as not only about Craig and I coming together but the blending of two families as well. Leading up to the wedding, Lisa's sense of humour, her calm and confident manner and warmth made the whole process very enjoyable and stress-free. She also did a very thorough job at the rehearsal making the actual ceremony go off without a hitch. Every single person that we talked to at the reception talked about how beautiful and truly meaningful the ceremony was and that they had never experienced anything like it before. There was not a single guest who didn't make a comment along those lines. We would not hesitate to recommend Lisa to anyone!! She puts her heart into her work and it shows. Read less
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Mason
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
We were very fortunate to have Michele officiate our wedding. We live out of town, and only had one opportunity to meet her in person before the wedding weekend. In that brief meeting she got to know us and our story, and we were reassured by her caring spirit as she crafted a personal, heartwarming and entertaining ceremony.

She was happy to accommodate our desire to include some Jewish wedding traditions despite having a secular ceremony,. Michele was knowledgable about the customs we wanted included and she explained the significance of each to our guests in an accessible way.

She helped us select and tailor our vows, and encouraged us to finish the written ceremony well ahead of the wedding date. She also advised us to include a reading from a friend in the ceremony, to calm our nerves and shift our guests' attention off of us for a few minutes.

Not only does she write a beautiful ceremony, but on wedding day she happily kept things on track and played a welcoming host of the ceremony for our guests.

We heard repeatedly from our guests how much they enjoyed the ceremony, and so did we! We would highly recommend Michele for a personal and fun ceremony.
We were very fortunate to have Michele officiate our wedding. We live out of town, and only had one opportunity to meet Read more...
We were very fortunate to have Michele officiate our wedding. We live out of town, and only had one opportunity to meet her in person before the wedding weekend. In that brief meeting she got to know us and our story, and we were reassured by her caring spirit as she crafted a personal, heartwarming and entertaining ceremony.

She was happy to accommodate our desire to include some Jewish wedding traditions despite having a secular ceremony,. Michele was knowledgable about the customs we wanted included and she explained the significance of each to our guests in an accessible way.

She helped us select and tailor our vows, and encouraged us to finish the written ceremony well ahead of the wedding date. She also advised us to include a reading from a friend in the ceremony, to calm our nerves and shift our guests' attention off of us for a few minutes.

Not only does she write a beautiful ceremony, but on wedding day she happily kept things on track and played a welcoming host of the ceremony for our guests.

We heard repeatedly from our guests how much they enjoyed the ceremony, and so did we! We would highly recommend Michele for a personal and fun ceremony. Read less
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