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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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ABOUT US

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 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.

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. Over the past 3.5 years, I have happily officiated over 50 weddings. I am currently endorsed as a Humanist Celebrant by the Humanist Society (a non-profit body of the American Humanist Association) through a process equivalent to that or ordination in a traditional religious body. 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.

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!

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 / Humanist Celebrant

828-712-6803

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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Non-religious
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Buddhist, Earth-Based, No Denomination
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

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Amy
Wedding:
9/17/2016
5.0/5.0
We are so glad we found Melissa. She was so professional, friendly, and made the whole process go smoothly. The ceremony was short and sweet exactly how we wanted it! Planning a destination wedding is stressful, but having vendors like Melissa really takes the stress off. I would highly recommend Melissa for anyone in the area who is looking for officiant. You will not be disappointed!
We are so glad we found Melissa. She was so professional, friendly, and made the whole process go smoothly. The ceremony Read more...
We are so glad we found Melissa. She was so professional, friendly, and made the whole process go smoothly. The ceremony was short and sweet exactly how we wanted it! Planning a destination wedding is stressful, but having vendors like Melissa really takes the stress off. I would highly recommend Melissa for anyone in the area who is looking for officiant. You will not be disappointed! Read less
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Kathleen
Wedding:
4/30/2016
5.0/5.0
Melissa was absolutely wonderful! The best part is that we had planned the ceremony with Melissa a few months ahead and we knew exactly what the flow and wording would be like, there were no surprises, which was exactly what we wanted. She guided us gently into what she thought would work best but also took feedback from us and made the perfect ceremony for us.

After the ceremony we received so many comments and compliments about our ceremony and how sweet it was. We also got a lot of feedback that people liked that it wasnt the same old canned ceremony that they had been to many times over but still remained fairly traditional.

We couldn't have asked for more from Melissa and would recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant in Asheville!

Thank you for a wonderful ceremony!
Melissa was absolutely wonderful! The best part is that we had planned the ceremony with Melissa a few months ahead and we Read more...
Melissa was absolutely wonderful! The best part is that we had planned the ceremony with Melissa a few months ahead and we knew exactly what the flow and wording would be like, there were no surprises, which was exactly what we wanted. She guided us gently into what she thought would work best but also took feedback from us and made the perfect ceremony for us.

After the ceremony we received so many comments and compliments about our ceremony and how sweet it was. We also got a lot of feedback that people liked that it wasnt the same old canned ceremony that they had been to many times over but still remained fairly traditional.

We couldn't have asked for more from Melissa and would recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant in Asheville!

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Kathy
Wedding:
10/31/2015
5.0/5.0
Melisssa - Jon and I wanted to thank you for officiating our ceremony. Everything went smoothly and meaningful. We thank you for your help and hard work to make a beautiful and very personal ceremony for us. We especially thank you for your patience and for waiting around after the ceremony! -- Kathy & Jon
Melisssa - Jon and I wanted to thank you for officiating our ceremony. Everything went smoothly and meaningful. We thank Read more...
Melisssa - Jon and I wanted to thank you for officiating our ceremony. Everything went smoothly and meaningful. We thank you for your help and hard work to make a beautiful and very personal ceremony for us. We especially thank you for your patience and for waiting around after the ceremony! -- Kathy & Jon Read less
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Angie
Wedding:
9/26/2015
5.0/5.0
Words can not describe how wonderful Melissa made our ceremony. It was everything we could have wanted. She took the time to really listen to our needs and create something truely unique and special for us. We would absolutely recommend her!
Words can not describe how wonderful Melissa made our ceremony. It was everything we could have wanted. She took the time Read more...
Words can not describe how wonderful Melissa made our ceremony. It was everything we could have wanted. She took the time to really listen to our needs and create something truely unique and special for us. We would absolutely recommend her! Read less
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Meghan
Wedding:
8/15/2015
5.0/5.0
Melissa was fantastic. From the very beginning she was thoughtful, personable, professional, and highly organized. She has thought through and prepared for all the details of the ceremony, including the small things that one wouldn't normally consider. Her ceremony is lovely, and we were able to personalize it easily with Melissa's help. She offered considerate suggestions and made sure that we knew how everything would go. There are a lot of things up in the air during wedding planning, but once Melissa had agreed to perform our ceremony, I knew that was one thing I wouldn't have to worry about.
Melissa was fantastic. From the very beginning she was thoughtful, personable, professional, and highly organized. She has Read more...
Melissa was fantastic. From the very beginning she was thoughtful, personable, professional, and highly organized. She has thought through and prepared for all the details of the ceremony, including the small things that one wouldn't normally consider. Her ceremony is lovely, and we were able to personalize it easily with Melissa's help. She offered considerate suggestions and made sure that we knew how everything would go. There are a lot of things up in the air during wedding planning, but once Melissa had agreed to perform our ceremony, I knew that was one thing I wouldn't have to worry about. Read less
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Michela
Wedding:
7/17/2015
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Melissa was so awesome. She always got back to me right away. She was very patient waiting for my responses and she made our ceremony very special. She even provided a witness for us since we wanted a private wedding.
Melissa was so awesome. She always got back to me right away. She was very patient waiting for my responses and she made Read more...
Melissa was so awesome. She always got back to me right away. She was very patient waiting for my responses and she made our ceremony very special. She even provided a witness for us since we wanted a private wedding. Read less
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Robert
Wedding:
6/20/2015
5.0/5.0
I'm so glad I picked Dr. Smith to be our wedding officiant. She was very flexible and responsive when drafting our ceremony, giving us great advice for elements we weren't sure about during the planning stages. She was easily heard by all the guests even without a microphone despite the outdoor venue, and articulated every word brilliantly and clearly. She was very professional while maintaining a cheerful demeanor, celebrating with us during the recessional, and she flawlessly accommodated a rather tricky time sequence for the recessional and the soundtrack associated with it. Overall, a fantastic choice for an officiant.
I'm so glad I picked Dr. Smith to be our wedding officiant. She was very flexible and responsive when drafting our Read more...
I'm so glad I picked Dr. Smith to be our wedding officiant. She was very flexible and responsive when drafting our ceremony, giving us great advice for elements we weren't sure about during the planning stages. She was easily heard by all the guests even without a microphone despite the outdoor venue, and articulated every word brilliantly and clearly. She was very professional while maintaining a cheerful demeanor, celebrating with us during the recessional, and she flawlessly accommodated a rather tricky time sequence for the recessional and the soundtrack associated with it. Overall, a fantastic choice for an officiant. Read less
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Jesi
Wedding:
5/30/2015
5.0/5.0
Melissa was such a pleasure to work with. She gave us so many options so and was so accommodating in helping us find the ceremony best suited for our personal beliefs. I couldn't have asked for more, she was very quick with getting back to us whenever we had questions, as we are from Florida and didn't know too much about the city and county requirements. I would absolutely recommend her to friends and family and am so grateful I found the perfect officiant for my big day.
Melissa was such a pleasure to work with. She gave us so many options so and was so accommodating in helping us find the Read more...
Melissa was such a pleasure to work with. She gave us so many options so and was so accommodating in helping us find the ceremony best suited for our personal beliefs. I couldn't have asked for more, she was very quick with getting back to us whenever we had questions, as we are from Florida and didn't know too much about the city and county requirements. I would absolutely recommend her to friends and family and am so grateful I found the perfect officiant for my big day. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
Working with Melissa was a great experience. She was totally on board with the type of wedding we wanted right from the start, never tried to pressure us into doing something different from what we wanted. She easily handled all of our questions and my multiple revisions to the ceremony until everything was perfect. I thought it might be weird to meet our officiant for the first time on the day of the wedding, but Melissa was very professional and it was like meeting a friend when we finally did meet her. She was super friendly to all my family which scores major bonus points in my book. I hope to never have occasion to use Melissa's services again, but if I did, I definitely wouldn't hesitate to call on her again!
Working with Melissa was a great experience. She was totally on board with the type of wedding we wanted right from the Read more...
Working with Melissa was a great experience. She was totally on board with the type of wedding we wanted right from the start, never tried to pressure us into doing something different from what we wanted. She easily handled all of our questions and my multiple revisions to the ceremony until everything was perfect. I thought it might be weird to meet our officiant for the first time on the day of the wedding, but Melissa was very professional and it was like meeting a friend when we finally did meet her. She was super friendly to all my family which scores major bonus points in my book. I hope to never have occasion to use Melissa's services again, but if I did, I definitely wouldn't hesitate to call on her again! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We consider ourselves so lucky to have found Melissa! We were looking for an officiant who would help us create a wedding ceremony unique to us and Melissa more than delivered. She was available and responded promptly in all our communications (we live out of town from where we married in Asheville, NC). She listened to all our rambling thoughts and offered organized, open-minded and nonjudgemental options for us to consider. It was clear, her only agenda was to help us make our ceremony exactly what we wanted. In just a few weeks, we had created a ceremony script that we loved. She was professional but personal with her delivery of the ceremony. She made the logistics easy (license, payment) and showed patient flexibility as our ceremony started late, plus she even wrangled our 2 dogs during pictures after the ceremony :o)
Our highest recommendation!
We consider ourselves so lucky to have found Melissa! We were looking for an officiant who would help us create a wedding Read more...
We consider ourselves so lucky to have found Melissa! We were looking for an officiant who would help us create a wedding ceremony unique to us and Melissa more than delivered. She was available and responded promptly in all our communications (we live out of town from where we married in Asheville, NC). She listened to all our rambling thoughts and offered organized, open-minded and nonjudgemental options for us to consider. It was clear, her only agenda was to help us make our ceremony exactly what we wanted. In just a few weeks, we had created a ceremony script that we loved. She was professional but personal with her delivery of the ceremony. She made the logistics easy (license, payment) and showed patient flexibility as our ceremony started late, plus she even wrangled our 2 dogs during pictures after the ceremony :o)
Our highest recommendation! Read less
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