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Weddings by Rev. Dr. Illana Berger

Oakland , CA
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1832 Gouldin Road
Oakland, CA 94611 US (map)

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510-759-8758

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ABOUT US

Weddings by Rev. Dr. Illana Berger

Custom designed, Non-denominational Ceremonies

designed and performed with

Generosity, Grace, and Joy!

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Weddings by Rev. Dr. Illana Berger

Custom designed, Non-denominational Ceremonies

designed and performed with

Generosity, Grace, and Joy!



My services include

Creating and Officiating Ceremonies

Consulting and

Marriage Counseling

Your wedding is a very special time. In every wedding I perform, your ideas, dreams and personal traditions are honored and woven into the ceremony we design together. I endeavor to design a ceremony that is meaningful, personal and inclusive of the elements that will make your wedding ceremony memorable to you, your family and friends.

I perform every ceremony as if it were the first, last and only ceremony I will ever perform. Every couple I serve deserves to have an extraordinary and memorable wedding that holds the space for the promises of love and commitment that you are making to one another.

It is an honor to be chosen by you to share in such an intimate moment. It is important for me to create a feeling of warmth, intimacy and enchantment! I will bring knowledge, inspiration and diverse ideas to the creation of your ceremony so it is a sincere expression of your unique relationship and the words spoken will reflect your style and what is in your hearts. I begin by offering a complimentary, in person or via phone (if you are out of the area) consultation to meet, connect and to begin to design your ideal wedding ceremony.
In this meeting I have 3 goals:

My first goal is for us to get to know each other and see if we connect: Your ceremony is one of the most significant moments in your life and it is important to have an officiant with whom you feel there is a connection, that you feel comfortable and safe with, and someone that cares about you.

My second goal is that we discuss your ceremony ideas: You may have many ideas, or none at all. You may have traditions or something you have seen someone else do; whatever it is I will take time to explore your personal feelings about the ceremony and together we will choose a direction and tone for your ceremony.

My third goal is to bring ceremony ideas for you to consider. Together we will find examples of material that will be appropriate for you which is a starting point in creating your ceremony and helping you to see what is possible. Often we discover together new ideas or directions that you may not have previously considered. At the end of this meeting you will have a very clear idea of what is possible and a feel for your wedding ceremony. Read less
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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, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Premarital Counseling
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Buddhist, Earth-Based, Jewish, No Denomination
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
30-60 Mins.

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Anima Sarah
Wedding:
1/1/2015
5.0/5.0
There is no way that our experience could have been better! The opportunity to have Illana officiate our wedding and coach us through vows beforehand was a big part of our choice to get married when we did.

Illana had been working with us as a coach and counselor for a couple months before we asked her to officiate our marriage. We wanted something special and very intimate -- really, we wanted a ceremony that was deeply about us committing to one another and our lives together, rather than pomp and circumstance...or frankly a lot of people and planning. Illana was so positive and deeply excited for us, which was great because it wasn't impersonal -- by that time, she already knew our challenges and gifts as a couple, and so she was the perfect person to ask (and only one we would have asked).

When the time came, we asked to be married on New Years Day -- the week BEFORE. (Yes, I'm serious). Although she planned to be out of town, Illana offered that we join her up on the coast where she was staying, where she recommended the most INCREDIBLE location. She also happened to know a fantastic female photographer who also said 'yes' to our last-minute when-inspiration-strikes wedding...!

We trusted Illana to create the ceremony as she envisioned it, and anyone who knows her would trust her with the same (although my sense is she is also would have been very open to collaboration). The biggest gift was how Illana coached us in our own vows -- she had us see them in a spiritual sense, as a practice we are committing to rather than a promise that can be broken or kept. This has lent so much richness not just to the ceremony but to our lives in the weeks since.

I'm HAPPY to share Illana with the world, and I've already recommended her -- and her way of looking at marriage -- to several friends. Truly a GIFT!!
There is no way that our experience could have been better! The opportunity to have Illana officiate our wedding and coach Read more...
There is no way that our experience could have been better! The opportunity to have Illana officiate our wedding and coach us through vows beforehand was a big part of our choice to get married when we did.

Illana had been working with us as a coach and counselor for a couple months before we asked her to officiate our marriage. We wanted something special and very intimate -- really, we wanted a ceremony that was deeply about us committing to one another and our lives together, rather than pomp and circumstance...or frankly a lot of people and planning. Illana was so positive and deeply excited for us, which was great because it wasn't impersonal -- by that time, she already knew our challenges and gifts as a couple, and so she was the perfect person to ask (and only one we would have asked).

When the time came, we asked to be married on New Years Day -- the week BEFORE. (Yes, I'm serious). Although she planned to be out of town, Illana offered that we join her up on the coast where she was staying, where she recommended the most INCREDIBLE location. She also happened to know a fantastic female photographer who also said 'yes' to our last-minute when-inspiration-strikes wedding...!

We trusted Illana to create the ceremony as she envisioned it, and anyone who knows her would trust her with the same (although my sense is she is also would have been very open to collaboration). The biggest gift was how Illana coached us in our own vows -- she had us see them in a spiritual sense, as a practice we are committing to rather than a promise that can be broken or kept. This has lent so much richness not just to the ceremony but to our lives in the weeks since.

I'm HAPPY to share Illana with the world, and I've already recommended her -- and her way of looking at marriage -- to several friends. Truly a GIFT!! Read less
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Larrika
Wedding:
8/18/2014
5.0/5.0
We had an idea for a non-traditional ceremony. Dr. Berger listened deeply to us and immediate "got it". We are in our mid-40s, and have never been married. We had arranged for our mothers (who live far away) to meet for the first time. After they met, we were to walk to brunch, and our walk would take us through a lovely Oakland garden park. We decided to strike while the iron was hot, so to speak, and conspired to "bump into" our officiant and wedding party in the park, on the way to brunch, and surprise our mothers with a "pop-up" wedding. Illana was a willing and enthusiastic participant in our caper. More than that, she brought soul and understanding to our ceremony, and we could not be happier with our choice of officiant. The ceremony was deeply spiritual, and everyone present, including us (non-religious as we are) felt it was a magical, transcendent, profound experience.
We had an idea for a non-traditional ceremony. Dr. Berger listened deeply to us and immediate "got it". We are in our Read more...
We had an idea for a non-traditional ceremony. Dr. Berger listened deeply to us and immediate "got it". We are in our mid-40s, and have never been married. We had arranged for our mothers (who live far away) to meet for the first time. After they met, we were to walk to brunch, and our walk would take us through a lovely Oakland garden park. We decided to strike while the iron was hot, so to speak, and conspired to "bump into" our officiant and wedding party in the park, on the way to brunch, and surprise our mothers with a "pop-up" wedding. Illana was a willing and enthusiastic participant in our caper. More than that, she brought soul and understanding to our ceremony, and we could not be happier with our choice of officiant. The ceremony was deeply spiritual, and everyone present, including us (non-religious as we are) felt it was a magical, transcendent, profound experience. Read less
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Monique
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Illana is a true blessing.

My wife and I in were fortunate enough to have Illana join us in marriage in Lake Tahoe, CA. We had several meetings with Illana prior to the date, and each time she delved into the root of what marriage and togetherness meant to us. She incorporated our values, beliefs, and spirituality into the service, in a way we feel no one else could have.

Illana was consistent, punctual, and professional in her planning and coordinating. She took the extra time to help us with the layout at the venue and did a wonderful job delegating at the rehearsal (which is not always an easy task, especially with young children).

Illana has a constant smile, and is able communicate with people in a special way. We had so many people at our wedding that specifically complimented the ceremony. We feel this was greatly due to Illana's creativity and vision.

Thank you Illana.
Illana is a true blessing.

My wife and I in were fortunate enough to have Illana join us in marriage in Lake Read more...
Illana is a true blessing.

My wife and I in were fortunate enough to have Illana join us in marriage in Lake Tahoe, CA. We had several meetings with Illana prior to the date, and each time she delved into the root of what marriage and togetherness meant to us. She incorporated our values, beliefs, and spirituality into the service, in a way we feel no one else could have.

Illana was consistent, punctual, and professional in her planning and coordinating. She took the extra time to help us with the layout at the venue and did a wonderful job delegating at the rehearsal (which is not always an easy task, especially with young children).

Illana has a constant smile, and is able communicate with people in a special way. We had so many people at our wedding that specifically complimented the ceremony. We feel this was greatly due to Illana's creativity and vision.

Thank you Illana. Read less
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Hester
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
Illana made our ceremony a day to remember! It was beautifully customized, incorporating our beliefs, traditions, and family and friends. We highly recommend Illana for your wedding!
Illana made our ceremony a day to remember! It was beautifully customized, incorporating our beliefs, traditions, and Read more...
Illana made our ceremony a day to remember! It was beautifully customized, incorporating our beliefs, traditions, and family and friends. We highly recommend Illana for your wedding! Read less
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Jaymie
Wedding:
3/15/2009
5.0/5.0
Even though we booked Rev. Berger on short notice, she was so willing and accommodating! Our first consolation with her was very relaxed, helpful and reassuring. She was very open to our unique ceremony wishes, and she was knowledgeable about the Native American blanket ceremony which we wanted to preform. The ceremony that she wrote for us was personalized and touching, and she preformed it beautifully. Anyone would be blessed and grateful to have Rev. Berger as their wedding officiant!
Even though we booked Rev. Berger on short notice, she was so willing and accommodating! Our first consolation with her Read more...
Even though we booked Rev. Berger on short notice, she was so willing and accommodating! Our first consolation with her was very relaxed, helpful and reassuring. She was very open to our unique ceremony wishes, and she was knowledgeable about the Native American blanket ceremony which we wanted to preform. The ceremony that she wrote for us was personalized and touching, and she preformed it beautifully. Anyone would be blessed and grateful to have Rev. Berger as their wedding officiant! Read less
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Jen J.
Wedding:
11/29/2008
5.0/5.0
Dr. Illana Berger was great at working with us for a very tailor-made ceremony that reflected our unique situation. She is incredibly open, has a wonderful disposition and is very professional. We highly recommend her!
Dr. Illana Berger was great at working with us for a very tailor-made ceremony that reflected our unique situation. She is Read more...
Dr. Illana Berger was great at working with us for a very tailor-made ceremony that reflected our unique situation. She is incredibly open, has a wonderful disposition and is very professional. We highly recommend her! Read less
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