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Rev. Layne Kulwin, Officiant

San Jose , CA
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Serving the Bay area since 2008
San Jose, CA 95128 US (map)

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408-256-0761

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ABOUT US

This is YOUR day - and it's all about YOU!
HELLO... My name is Layne Kulwin and I prepare and preside over non-denominational ceremonies, traditional faith-based services or secular... Read more
This is YOUR day - and it's all about YOU!
HELLO... My name is Layne Kulwin and I prepare and preside over non-denominational ceremonies, traditional faith-based services or secular officiant services for weddings, commitment services, vow renewals, anniversaries, and other life occasions including funerals, memorials and commemorative events. I have an undergraduate degree in religious studies or San Diego State University and have earned a master's degree in pastoral studies from Washington Theological Union in Washington, DC. I have also taken courses at Spertus College in Chicago, IL. I was ordained in 2002 and have been actively engaged as an officiant since 2008. My services are uniquely designed to assist those individuals who are not associated with any specific church or synagogue. My ceremonies work very nicely with those who are non-practicing within any particular religious organization. Let's focus on the ceremony for a moment... The ceremony, is the singular most important aspect of your special day. People will not remember much about the beautiful meal, nor will they recall the intricate details of your wedding gown or the fanciful flowers that will assuredly be long gone within days of the event. BUT WITH REGARD TO YOUR CEREMONY - that will be the singular featured event item that people will remember for years and years to come, and it should not be left to chance. Good or bad, people will remember how they felt, how they were drawn into the moment because it touches their heart, too. Your ceremony and the selection of the person who is responsible to craft and deliver it is crucial. It should never be left to chance. I pay rapt attention to the timing and the flow of the ceremony. Please believe me when I say that you really do need the services that only a professionally trained officiant can provide for you. My services and ceremonies are beautifully and skillfully crafted with YOU in mind. Remember, my number one axiom: it's all about you! My singular goal is to ensure that you have the best experience possible for your special day... and I will work diligently to make that happen. I will (and do) conduct ceremonies throughout the San Francisco Bay/Northern California area. North from Santa Rosa to the South, Santa Barbara; West inclusive of the Costal areas and East to Lake Tahoe. Please visit my website for more information and see the plethora of possibilities for your special day. ( Click here www.ReverendLayne.com). I also invite you to contact me at your earliest convenience to discuss your particular needs and inquire how I might help you celebrate this most memorable moment in your life. Call me: (408) 256-0761 eMail me: Reverend@ReverendLayne.com Thank you for your consideration of my services. Sincerely, Reverend Layne Kulwin 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 - 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?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Most definitely... I've done weddings in parks, at the beach, in a garden or on the street. Hotels and clubs, restaurants and homes. Tell me what you want and to your chosen venue I will roam!
What is your attire for the ceremony?
It varies according to your wedding style. For religious ceremonies usually I will wear a "Roman collar" ministerial shirt with robe and stole, or a cassock with a stole; for civil/secular and sometimes for spiritual ceremonies I will wear a business suit with a judicial robe (stole optional). I can accommodate theme wedding with appropriate attire, too. But - PLEASE - don't ask me to go "al naturelle" (..and yes, I have been asked - long story - TMI).
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
I feel it is important to let the couple pick and choose the style and language of the ceremony that best reflects on them. While I do maintain "editorial control" to ensure that what is going to be said is appropriate and that certain aspects of the vows meet the requirement of the county or State, I have no preconceived or expected wording.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes - of course. I can even help you with that, if need be.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
MUST choose - no. But, yes... I do have a list of material that can be used in the ceremony including biblical readings, passages and poems. I even have some wonderful readings from Winnie the Pooh and Dr.Seuss!
How long are your ceremonies?
I have a goal to keep most ceremonies within 15 -20 minutes. If it's too short people wonder what happened - did they miss something? If it's too long then they get restless - when's the food coming, I want a drink, hey - this is cutting into the party-time! That can be disastrous, too. As much as I hate to say this... the bride will be absolutely beautiful and the groom stunningly handsome - but the guests are not going to remember the food, or the cake or sometimes even the music. But, they will remember the ceremony - and it better be good (and mine are and I am).
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
I have a degree in pastoral counseling and could provide this service if requested. However, it is not a prerequisite of mine that you go through premarital counseling. It can be quite beneficial and given careful consideration should be given to this subject by the wedding couple. But, it is certainly not a requirement for my weddings.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes - I can accommodate rehearsals and often do.
Do you supply a sound system?
At this time I do not. As a professional speaker... I can project my voice quite nicely. I have not had a problem in the past and in those situation where the venue necessitated a sound system, the local facility or the DJ often supplied the equipment.

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Rodney
Wedding:
9/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Layne was the perfect officiant for our wedding ceremony! He's professional, kind, organized, funny and his experience was invaluable with putting together our ceremony. He met with as made us feel very comfortable. During the ceremony there were a few unexpected events and Rev Layne was able to think quickly on his feet for plan B. He made our guests laugh and everyone enjoyed the ceremony. After the wedding I had several guests ask where I had found him and that they thought he was great.
Rev. Layne was the perfect officiant for our wedding ceremony! He's professional, kind, organized, funny and his Read more...
Rev. Layne was the perfect officiant for our wedding ceremony! He's professional, kind, organized, funny and his experience was invaluable with putting together our ceremony. He met with as made us feel very comfortable. During the ceremony there were a few unexpected events and Rev Layne was able to think quickly on his feet for plan B. He made our guests laugh and everyone enjoyed the ceremony. After the wedding I had several guests ask where I had found him and that they thought he was great. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rev. Layne is truly great! Not only was he able to accommodate us on such short notice but he did a wonderful job with our ceremony. It was very thorough and brought a smile to everyone at our wedding.
Rev. Layne is truly great! Not only was he able to accommodate us on such short notice but he did a wonderful job with our Read more...
Rev. Layne is truly great! Not only was he able to accommodate us on such short notice but he did a wonderful job with our ceremony. It was very thorough and brought a smile to everyone at our wedding. Read less
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Evan
Wedding:
4/19/2014
5.0/5.0
There are so many great things to be said about Reverend Layne...I'm sure I'll miss something.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

100% recommended with no reservations whatsoever. Read less
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Agnes and Bob
Wedding:
2/15/2014
5.0/5.0
The ceremony was spectacular. Reverend Kulwin was amazing. Many of our friends and family commented on how much they enjoyed his wedding ceremony for us. It made them laugh and it made them cry. It was fun and full of special moments that added to the ceremony.
Very flexible. His outfit looked great...just what we wanted. We are very happy recommending Reverend Kulwin to anyone getting married.
The ceremony was spectacular. Reverend Kulwin was amazing. Many of our friends and family commented on how much they Read more...
The ceremony was spectacular. Reverend Kulwin was amazing. Many of our friends and family commented on how much they enjoyed his wedding ceremony for us. It made them laugh and it made them cry. It was fun and full of special moments that added to the ceremony.
Very flexible. His outfit looked great...just what we wanted. We are very happy recommending Reverend Kulwin to anyone getting married. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We just watched our wedding video last night and I was really able to listen to the words of the ceremony (without being nervous). It was beautiful! Rev. Layne was able to engage our guests with words that were at times funny and at times touching. Without even knowing us he was able to provide a ceremony that fit our situation. It was a perfect ceremony for a perfect day! And to top it off he was reasonably priced. We could not have asked for anything more!
We just watched our wedding video last night and I was really able to listen to the words of the ceremony (without being Read more...
We just watched our wedding video last night and I was really able to listen to the words of the ceremony (without being nervous). It was beautiful! Rev. Layne was able to engage our guests with words that were at times funny and at times touching. Without even knowing us he was able to provide a ceremony that fit our situation. It was a perfect ceremony for a perfect day! And to top it off he was reasonably priced. We could not have asked for anything more! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rev. Kulwin was a pleasure to work with. We enjoyed having him lead our ceremony.
Rev. Kulwin was a pleasure to work with. We enjoyed having him lead our ceremony.
Rev. Kulwin was a pleasure to work with. We enjoyed having him lead our ceremony. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rev. Layne was a superb choice for our officiant. Not your ordinary "minister," he infused a wonderful spirit to our wedding. Many of our guests were very impressed with his ability to bring humor and passion to the ceremony. His ability to incorporate spirituality, common sense values and meaning to our marriage and interplay with the emotions of the moment just brought our ceremony and our guests to a wondrous, joyful and beautiful moment that we could all share and embrace. Rev. Layne is a skilled maestro and perfectionist in his field. Reasonably priced, he is worth every penny of his fee. We jut love him! Thank you, Reverend, for making our wedding day just the best ever!
Rev. Layne was a superb choice for our officiant. Not your ordinary "minister," he infused a wonderful spirit to our Read more...
Rev. Layne was a superb choice for our officiant. Not your ordinary "minister," he infused a wonderful spirit to our wedding. Many of our guests were very impressed with his ability to bring humor and passion to the ceremony. His ability to incorporate spirituality, common sense values and meaning to our marriage and interplay with the emotions of the moment just brought our ceremony and our guests to a wondrous, joyful and beautiful moment that we could all share and embrace. Rev. Layne is a skilled maestro and perfectionist in his field. Reasonably priced, he is worth every penny of his fee. We jut love him! Thank you, Reverend, for making our wedding day just the best ever! Read less
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thomas
Wedding:
9/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Reverand Layne did a wonderful job at our wedding. He did everything he could to make us feel comfortable on our special day. He often gives great advice when given the opportunity and not only did we enjoy his services but so did the guests.

Thanks rev. Layne
Thomas and Crystal Nguyen
Reverand Layne did a wonderful job at our wedding. He did everything he could to make us feel comfortable on our special Read more...
Reverand Layne did a wonderful job at our wedding. He did everything he could to make us feel comfortable on our special day. He often gives great advice when given the opportunity and not only did we enjoy his services but so did the guests.

Thanks rev. Layne
Thomas and Crystal Nguyen Read less
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crystal
Wedding:
9/8/2013
5.0/5.0
He was awesome and also funny. Did everything just like we wanted, it was perfect.
He was awesome and also funny. Did everything just like we wanted, it was perfect.
He was awesome and also funny. Did everything just like we wanted, it was perfect. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.5/5.0
Thankk you Rev. Layne Kulwin for making our ceremony so memorable from the beginning until the end.
Thankk you Rev. Layne Kulwin for making our ceremony so memorable from the beginning until the end.
Thankk you Rev. Layne Kulwin for making our ceremony so memorable from the beginning until the end. Read less
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