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Trillium Ceremonies (Dr. Melissa Smith)

Asheville , NC
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Asheville, NC 28803 US (map)

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828-712-6803

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Congratulations on your engagement!

Whether it has been a long time coming, or is a spur of the moment decision, your wedding ceremony is an incredibly personal and important... Read more
Congratulations on your engagement!

Whether it has been a long time coming, or is a spur of the moment decision, your wedding ceremony is an incredibly personal and important experience! Based in Asheville, North Carolina, I craft personalized marriage, vow renewal, and commitment ceremonies that honor the uniqueness of each couple. I offer non-denominational, humanist, spiritual, secular (non-religious), and interfaith ceremonies. Whether you are looking for something short and simple, or a longer more elaborate ceremony, the end product will be a symbolic representation of your relationship with your partner.

Western North Carolina is a unique destination, offering a wide variety of places to get married. From historic inns, Biltmore Estate, downtown Asheville event spaces, churches/synagogues to outdoor spots with a view (Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest, Linville Gorge, waterfalls, mountaintops, meadows, your backyard, a private Hot Air Balloon flight), your options are nearly endless!

Ceremony fees are typically $275 (see example contract). Helping couples create a personal and memorable ceremony is my priority; no two ceremonies will ever be the same. I officiate weddings because of the happiness it brings me to be included in such an important moment in a couple's life. When not celebrating weddings, I work as a college psychology professor, spending lots of time in the mountains with my partner Nathan and our two dogs, Sacha and Paco.

If you are interested in learning more about whether I am the right fit for your ceremony, please call or email me for a free consultation. There's more information on my website www.trilliumceremonies.com, including sample vows and readings. If you already have a special someone to officiate your wedding, I can assist in writing your ceremony.

I look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best!



Sincerely,

Melissa Smith, Ph.D.

Wedding Officiant

828-712-6803

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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), Jewish, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes, only our imagination will limit the location.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I typically wear a dark suit.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Definitely! Each ceremony is customized for you - I don't use "canned" ceremonies. I prefer to collaborate with couples when writing ceremonies and typically go through two drafts before we come to the final product. You'll know exactly what I'll say - no suprises!
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Absolutely! This is one of the easiest, and most meaningful ways, to personalize your wedding.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
I only provide suggestions (there are a number of examples posted on my website).
How long are your ceremonies?
As short or as long as you want. My ceremonies average 20 minutes, but some have been as short as 5 minutes and others as long as 40 minutes.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes, but it usually isn't necessary.
Do you supply a sound system?
No.

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Anonymous
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Recently Married
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Melissa did a fabulous job with our wedding ceremony. She helped us with ideas and sent us a sample ceremony to get us started. She helped us out with research when we were trying to figure out what readings, poems, and elements we wanted to use. She also sent several rough drafts for approval before presenting us with a final copy of the ceremony. Communication was made exclusively by email, and she responded right away to all my messages. We finally got to meet her the day of our wedding, and we arrived late. I felt terrible that she had to wait for us, but she was incredibly reassuring and patient. I had a fear that any officiant we chose would end up looking/sounding mechanical, but that wasn't the case with Melissa at all. In fact, she was quite the opposite. Everyone who attended was impressed with her and thought the ceremony was gorgeous. If you are looking for a great officiant for your wedding, look no further.
Melissa did a fabulous job with our wedding ceremony. She helped us with ideas and sent us a sample ceremony to get us Read more...
Melissa did a fabulous job with our wedding ceremony. She helped us with ideas and sent us a sample ceremony to get us started. She helped us out with research when we were trying to figure out what readings, poems, and elements we wanted to use. She also sent several rough drafts for approval before presenting us with a final copy of the ceremony. Communication was made exclusively by email, and she responded right away to all my messages. We finally got to meet her the day of our wedding, and we arrived late. I felt terrible that she had to wait for us, but she was incredibly reassuring and patient. I had a fear that any officiant we chose would end up looking/sounding mechanical, but that wasn't the case with Melissa at all. In fact, she was quite the opposite. Everyone who attended was impressed with her and thought the ceremony was gorgeous. If you are looking for a great officiant for your wedding, look no further. Read less
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Sabrina
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Melissa was so amazing! She helped us tailor our whole ceremony to fit our personalities perfectly! She was so easy to communicate with and always responded so quickly! We were so lucky to find her!! She truly made our ceremony unique and perfect!
Melissa was so amazing! She helped us tailor our whole ceremony to fit our personalities perfectly! She was so easy to Read more...
Melissa was so amazing! She helped us tailor our whole ceremony to fit our personalities perfectly! She was so easy to communicate with and always responded so quickly! We were so lucky to find her!! She truly made our ceremony unique and perfect! Read less
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Leah
Wedding:
8/17/2014
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We had the best experience with Melissa. She was extremely helpful in assisting us shape exactly the kind of wedding ceremony we wanted. She is prompt, responsive, kind, and just the kind of person you want to trust with this type of responsibility. It was a joy to work with her and we will always be glad that we chose her to officiate our ceremony!
We had the best experience with Melissa. She was extremely helpful in assisting us shape exactly the kind of wedding Read more...
We had the best experience with Melissa. She was extremely helpful in assisting us shape exactly the kind of wedding ceremony we wanted. She is prompt, responsive, kind, and just the kind of person you want to trust with this type of responsibility. It was a joy to work with her and we will always be glad that we chose her to officiate our ceremony! Read less
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roberta
Wedding:
8/16/2014
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We are so glad that we chose Melissa to officiate at our wedding. From our first meeting she put us at ease, asking us questions to learn who we were, offered us suggestions for our ceremony and was always available to answer all our questions.The ceremony was absolutely wonderful. Melissa was professional, charming, really personalized our ceremony and engaged with our guests after the ceremony. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone.
We are so glad that we chose Melissa to officiate at our wedding. From our first meeting she put us at ease, asking us Read more...
We are so glad that we chose Melissa to officiate at our wedding. From our first meeting she put us at ease, asking us questions to learn who we were, offered us suggestions for our ceremony and was always available to answer all our questions.The ceremony was absolutely wonderful. Melissa was professional, charming, really personalized our ceremony and engaged with our guests after the ceremony. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
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I had no idea were to start with the wedding ceremony, but Melissa was able to construct the perfect ceremony based on our phone conversation. The ceremony was beautiful and exactly what I wanted. I have no complaints and highly recommend Trillium Ceremonies!
I had no idea were to start with the wedding ceremony, but Melissa was able to construct the perfect ceremony based on our Read more...
I had no idea were to start with the wedding ceremony, but Melissa was able to construct the perfect ceremony based on our phone conversation. The ceremony was beautiful and exactly what I wanted. I have no complaints and highly recommend Trillium Ceremonies! Read less
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Arnette
Wedding:
8/2/2014
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Such a great person to work with and since I was from out of town she really helped me with a lot. A pleasure to work with, truly made our day very special.
Such a great person to work with and since I was from out of town she really helped me with a lot. A pleasure to work Read more...
Such a great person to work with and since I was from out of town she really helped me with a lot. A pleasure to work with, truly made our day very special. Read less
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Jae
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6/1/2014
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I searched for a while for an officiant for my wedding until I came across Melissa. I knew from the moment we met her that she would be the perfect person to marry us. Melissa got to know us and what kind of ceremony we wanted before putting together a unique ceremony. She gave us ideas for things we could do in the ceremony and we ended up having an anniversary box with wine and love letters to open in a year. She also listened to our ideas for readings and helped guide us in how to word a memorial section to my father. She did a perfect job at the wedding and we are so glad she was a part of it. I highly recommend Melissa to any bride and groom!
I searched for a while for an officiant for my wedding until I came across Melissa. I knew from the moment we met her that Read more...
I searched for a while for an officiant for my wedding until I came across Melissa. I knew from the moment we met her that she would be the perfect person to marry us. Melissa got to know us and what kind of ceremony we wanted before putting together a unique ceremony. She gave us ideas for things we could do in the ceremony and we ended up having an anniversary box with wine and love letters to open in a year. She also listened to our ideas for readings and helped guide us in how to word a memorial section to my father. She did a perfect job at the wedding and we are so glad she was a part of it. I highly recommend Melissa to any bride and groom! Read less
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Robin
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
We had a wonderful wedding with Melissa as our officiant. She searched out personal information about us and tailored the ceremony to fit our personalities, interests, and preferences with our input. Melissa provided us with a wedding ceremony to always remember and we were more than satisfied!
We had a wonderful wedding with Melissa as our officiant. She searched out personal information about us and tailored the Read more...
We had a wonderful wedding with Melissa as our officiant. She searched out personal information about us and tailored the ceremony to fit our personalities, interests, and preferences with our input. Melissa provided us with a wedding ceremony to always remember and we were more than satisfied! Read less
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Leah
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Melissa is very wonderful and easy to work with. We loved how professional she was and very honest. We had written something in the ceremony that we thought would be good to use and she was actually honest with us and provided feedback and other alternatives. Others would have just let you do what you wanted... We were glad she was honest and we did take one of her ideas instead.

For the rehearsal and ceremony, she showed up on time and was nothing but smiles and professional. She is so organized and helps organize what you are doing during the ceremony. Very helpful for a busy bride! I highly recommend Melissa and her services for your future wedding!!!
Melissa is very wonderful and easy to work with. We loved how professional she was and very honest. We had written Read more...
Melissa is very wonderful and easy to work with. We loved how professional she was and very honest. We had written something in the ceremony that we thought would be good to use and she was actually honest with us and provided feedback and other alternatives. Others would have just let you do what you wanted... We were glad she was honest and we did take one of her ideas instead.

For the rehearsal and ceremony, she showed up on time and was nothing but smiles and professional. She is so organized and helps organize what you are doing during the ceremony. Very helpful for a busy bride! I highly recommend Melissa and her services for your future wedding!!! Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
I read many different reviews and contacted several officiants in the Asheville area before choosing Melissa with Trillium Ceremonies. Of all of them, she was by far the most reasonably priced officiant in the area. She was very professional, yet friendly, warm and down to earth. Additionally, she was very flexible when it came to meeting and/or discussing the plans for our ceremony. She really took the time to get to know us as a couple, and went out of her way to ensure that our wedding ceremony was flawless!

All of the positive reviews about her are true! I would highly recommend her services to anyone. Best wishes, and thank you again Melissa!
I read many different reviews and contacted several officiants in the Asheville area before choosing Melissa with Trillium Read more...
I read many different reviews and contacted several officiants in the Asheville area before choosing Melissa with Trillium Ceremonies. Of all of them, she was by far the most reasonably priced officiant in the area. She was very professional, yet friendly, warm and down to earth. Additionally, she was very flexible when it came to meeting and/or discussing the plans for our ceremony. She really took the time to get to know us as a couple, and went out of her way to ensure that our wedding ceremony was flawless!

All of the positive reviews about her are true! I would highly recommend her services to anyone. Best wishes, and thank you again Melissa! Read less
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