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Reverend Barger

Windsor , CO
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Windsor, CO US 80550 (map)

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970-218-2692

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ABOUT US

My name is Mike. I am a Colorado native, born and raised, and I have lived in the Loveland & Windsor area since 1971. I am 46 years old - the youngest son of an Adventist Christian... Read more
My name is Mike. I am a Colorado native, born and raised, and I have lived in the Loveland & Windsor area since 1971. I am 46 years old - the youngest son of an Adventist Christian minister. I have been happily married for over 19 years and believe in the sanctity of marriage. I am also a father, and even a grandfather.

I attended a Jesuit University, and while my degree is not in theology, I did complete extensive coursework in religious studies before becoming ordained. Pursuing my ordination was not a decision I took lightly and it was not something I did to make money. I was ordained for many years before I ever performed a single wedding, and even then it was only at the request of a close family member that I did so. After doing several weddings for friends and family, I realized how much joy I could help bring to couples in love and I have been doing it ever since.

I am aware that the church is not for everyone, and I completely understand the need many people feel to be spiritual without the rigid confinement of your beliefs that an orthodox church might impose. I am open-minded and will gladly work with couples of all faiths. I welcome working with those who choose not to be formally religious. And completely non-religious ceremonies, as well as spiritual, religion neutral ceremonies, are fine with me. It's your day; let's do things your way.

Every bride has a mental image of her wedding day. And I hope to help her make that image reality. I prepare every ceremony specific to the couple getting married. I encourage your active involvement and ideas. I never use a prewritten script. I certainly can offer many traditional readings and blessings for your consideration, but I will make every ceremony unique. Tell me what you want and let's make it happen.

I thoroughly enjoy performing weddings for couples in love. I am honored to be a part of your big day. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Evangelical
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Certainly. In fact, I look forward to them. This is your big day. Enjoy it. Celebrate it. Parks, mountains, family homes, the special place you met. You pick the place and I will perform the ceremony there.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
You name it. Suit and tie. Pulpit Robes. Cowboy hat and $600 Ostrich boots. Biker leathers and custom Harley. I will wear virtually anything you ask if I can. If you have no preference, I will wear a suit and tie of neutral colors and let the attention be on you! This is your day. I go out of my way to look appropriate - not to be noticed.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Completely! Every bride has a mental picture of her wedding day and what she wants it to be. They know what special words they do and don't want to hear. They know what traditions they like and don't like. This is your day and the words are meant for your ears. Make them special. Tell me what you want me to say. Or let me help you find what you want me to say. I am glad to help and offer tons of ideas, but this is all about you!
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Absolutely. In fact, this is a terrific way to personalize a ceremony. You know what words will best express your love and devotion for your new partner, so why not use them? Some couples write their entire ceremony. Other couples ask me to help them blend their own terrific ideas with some of the traditional elements they want to include. There is no wedding script - only ideas, ideas and more ideas. Let's take your ideas and make your day special.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
NO! I have ideas and questions that will help get you thinking about what you want. But this is your day. You tell me what you want me to say, and I will help you make it special. Many couples write their entire ceremony. Some comples ask me to write their ceremony. But every ceremony I perform is unique and was written for that specific couple.
How long are your ceremonies?
As long or as short as you want them to be. I have done ceremonies that lasted less than 10 minutes, and I have done ceremonies that lasted much longer. Many factors go into how long a ceremony will last, so there is no standard. What is more important is that we do and say all the things that are meaningful to you, no matter how long that takes. And there is never an extra charge for any of that.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No. I can provide pre-marital counseling upon request. But it is not my place to judge your right to marry. If you have the marriage license, I will perform the ceremony.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Absolutely! And I strongly encourage it. I do charge $50 for the rehearsal, but since my prices are often hundreds less than other officiants, my fees are almost always the most resonable. Some officiants say they don't charge for rehearsals. In this case, they are really charging you for the rehearsal whether you choose to have one or not. I just can't see doing that, so I charge as little as possible for my time. Save the extra money for your honeymoon.
Do you supply a sound system?
No, but I do know people who can. I can also put you in touch with some of the most resonably priced vendors in the area - professional pastry chefs who do cakes at $2.50 per serving, DJs with 20 years experience. Let me know what you need help with. I am always glad to help!

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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Reverend Barger was a dream officiant for us. We have no religious affiliation, and really didn't want much traditionalism, but still wanted professionalism and eloquence. We spoke to SO MANY officiants and were disappointed by so many. From my first e-mail, to the good-bye after the ceremony Reverend Barger was a dream to work with. He was also affordable, timely, extremely friendly, he incorporated everything I asked for in a creative and beautiful way. I will never forget my ceremony and he made that happen. So happy, and would definitely recommend him to other brides and grooms!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
Reverend Mike Barger did a beautiful job with our ceremony. He wrote everything out for us and helped us pick out some beatiful vows. At the end of the ceremony every one was asking if we had written them our selves. He is very reasonably priced and doesn't charge for a rehersal unless you have one.
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Samantha
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Reverend Barger was an amazing part of our wonderful day. He took so much time to get to know us and make our ceremony exactly the way we wanted it. Our guests commented on what a great job he did! He was very professional but we felt like he was part of the family by the end of our whole experience.
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Jen
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
I couldn't have found a better officiant - period! I was looking for someone that I could feel comfortable with that was also comfortable performing a non-religious ceremony that was still spiritual and meaningful but personal, not cookie cutter. He was instrumental in helping us find all the right words - readings, blessings, etc. I've received complements from our guests that the ceremony was so different, perfect and unique.
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stephen942
Wedding:
8/12/2011
5.0/5.0
Reverend Mike was awesome. He was so nice to work with. He had a great sense of humor. But most importantly, he just gets it - he understood what we wanted and never told us what to do. No matter what question we asked, his answer was never No. He would always give us options or ideas to make it happen. We wanted to do some creative stuff, and instead of looking at us like we were silly, he got involved and wanted to be an active part of everything. He ever helped us out when we played a prank on my dad at the wedding rehearsal. We talked to half a dozen ministers before we chosen Reverend Mike, and he was the only choice. He was terrific and our wedding was perfect. Thanks!
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Marcy
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Reverend Barger was awesome. He made or memories of our wedding something we will never forget. He was wonderful. He worked with us and did what we wanted. He was very flexible but also gave us ideas.
I will let anyone know that is in the market for someone to marry them to choose him.
Thanks again Rev Barger
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MWilson
Wedding:
7/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Reverend Mike was the best. He was absolutely fantastic to work with. He had great ideas and helped us plan the perfect ceremony. It was everything we wanted and more. We got so many comments for our friends and family on the amazing ceremony. It could not have been better. He has a knack for putting everyone at ease - from the teenage ushers to our grandparents, everyone thought he was great. And I have never met anyone who could so easily put a stressed out bride at ease and help her feel comfortable planning the biggest event of her life. We can never thank him enough! Seveeral of our friends have contacted him after being at our ceremony wanting him to do theirs. We would give him the highest possible recommendation!
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cbess
Wedding:
8/7/2010
5.0/5.0
Reverend Mike is such a wonderful and helpful person. We had no idea what to do or how to do it. We expected the minister would just tell us how the ceremoony would go and that would be it. Reverend Mike wasn't like that at all. He worked with us for hours asking questions and getting to know us. He offered tons of ideas but never told us what to do at all. It was all about us. It turned out to be a lot of fun and we helped write a lot of the ceremony. And Reverend Mike wrote some wonderful things to add to it. It was beautiful. It turned out better than I ever imagined. I expected a standard wedding ceremony but it ended up being completely unique and we had a blast working with him. His fee was extremely reasonable. In fact, he spent so much time working with us and driving back and forth to meet us and for the rehearsal, we thought he undercharged us. He is doing weddings for 2 of our friends next spring. I couldn't recommend anyone else. He was perfect.
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justinandjackiearchuleta
Wedding:
7/30/2010
4.5/5.0
well to be honest rev mike is a grooms best friend... and a brides dream come true. the communication was perfect. his ideas were spot on. Rev. Mike was perfect for us because we are spiritual not religious. His understanding and ability to meet our needs were great. If you need a Officiant that a men can relate to and that can handel a bride with kid gloves this is the man for you.
Thanks Rev. Mike,
Justin & Jackie Archuleta
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Ashley
Wedding:
3/13/2010
5.0/5.0
Reverend Mike was amazing. My fiance had enlisted in the army and he was getting ready to leave for boot camp. We decided with less than a week to plan to get married before he left. We contactd Reverend Mike and he walked us through every step. He asked us tons of questions but made it easy to plan. We ended up choosing most of the ceremony elements and Reverend Mike wrote the ret. His words at the ceremony were so incredible. Somehow he had really gotten to know us during our meetings and his words were so personal and so meaningful to us. My new mother-in-law even asked how long we had known Reverend Mike. She assumed he was an old friend. Our wedding could not have been more perfect. It was incredible!
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