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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 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 40 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, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Buddhist, Earth-Based, No Denomination, Taoist
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
<30 Mins.

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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:
Recently Married
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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:
Recently Married
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)
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Sean
Wedding:
2/21/2015
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We hired Melissa to preside over our wedding after hearing great things. She really came through! We wanted a lot of input in how the ceremony was going to be conducted and the content within. She was very receptive to all our ideas and incredibly helpful filling in the blanks, giving it a natural flow and order. She was very pleasant to work with and surpassed all of our expectations. The big day went perfectly, and the preparation and professionalism of Melissa was evident through out. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for something personal, special, and memorable. Couldn't ask for a better experience. 5 star service.
We hired Melissa to preside over our wedding after hearing great things. She really came through! We wanted a lot of input Read more...
We hired Melissa to preside over our wedding after hearing great things. She really came through! We wanted a lot of input in how the ceremony was going to be conducted and the content within. She was very receptive to all our ideas and incredibly helpful filling in the blanks, giving it a natural flow and order. She was very pleasant to work with and surpassed all of our expectations. The big day went perfectly, and the preparation and professionalism of Melissa was evident through out. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for something personal, special, and memorable. Couldn't ask for a better experience. 5 star service. Read less
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Catherine
Wedding:
12/29/2014
5.0/5.0
Dr. Melissa Smith was wonderful to work with, she helped my husband and I develop a cohesive secular ceremony that was beautiful and meaningful to us. She took elements that we requested (readings, a handfasting ceremony) and suggested other elements that were in line with our style and beliefs. Her execution of the ceremony was flawless, she had a professional yet caring tone and was completely prepared. I cannot imagine a better officiant for our wedding and feel so grateful that Melissa was able to be a part of our wedding ceremony.
Dr. Melissa Smith was wonderful to work with, she helped my husband and I develop a cohesive secular ceremony that was Read more...
Dr. Melissa Smith was wonderful to work with, she helped my husband and I develop a cohesive secular ceremony that was beautiful and meaningful to us. She took elements that we requested (readings, a handfasting ceremony) and suggested other elements that were in line with our style and beliefs. Her execution of the ceremony was flawless, she had a professional yet caring tone and was completely prepared. I cannot imagine a better officiant for our wedding and feel so grateful that Melissa was able to be a part of our wedding ceremony. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
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
5.0/5.0
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
5.0/5.0
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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