Ceremonies and Celebrations
Searching for an officiant was the hardest part of planning our wedding, and we were so lucky to have found Ginny! When we met Ginny at her house to discuss our ceremony, it was like we had known each other for years. We spent 2 hours with her, and you could tell she immediately had a good sense of our relationship, and she asked us some tough questions that made us really open up about our love for each other. Ginny is a real people person, and has a gift to be able to understand a couples deepest relationship with ease. She was always prompt in responding to emails, and she quickly delivered a draft of our ceremony after our meeting.
The day of the ceremony she arrived on time, and spent some time with each of us before the ceremony to calm us down and make sure we knew exactly what was going to happen. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful, and we received endless compliments about how personal the ceremony was, and how it was one of the most beautiful and meaningful ceremonies our guests had ever witnessed.
We can't thank Ginny enough for making the most important day of our lives so special!
Ginny Carson is amazing. It was flawless. She is so professional and made us feel so comfortable. She is definitely a part of our family. What is so awesome is outside of our marriage certificate from the state, she made one for us and personalized it. She is amazing. I would recommend Ginny to anyone. Thank you again for everything Ginny!!!
Ginny is a very great officiant, thoughtful person in general, from the very first time we talked to her we know that she is the one we need and she did a great job at our ceremony on 10/06/2012. Don't wait your time look around, get this woman, she is magical.
Ginny was wonderful!! She was prompt in her communications and listened to us when we described what we were looking for in our ceremony. She helped us create a beautiful ceremony, not only on paper, but in reality. She married us this past weekend and we laughed and cried, but she delivered exactly what we wanted and it was better than we envisioned!!
Ginny was absolutely wonderful as the officiant for our wedding. At the in person meeting, she took time to get to know us and was able to add a personal touch to the ceremony that made it even more special. Ginny was very responsive to the ideas we had for the ceremony and gave us useful advice and suggestions. Her gentle and caring personality even helped my 7-year-old daugther feel comfortable being part of the ceremony infront of all the guests. We are very grateful to have been able to have Ginny as the officiant for our wedding and would recommend her for any ceremony.
Ginny was AMAZING!! She was the first officiant we interviewed and we knew we did not need to look any further. In our initial meeting she assured us she would help walk us through anything we needed, I was never stressed about the ceremony working with her. I love how she has done all the leg work in regards to ceremony options and wording, we picked what we wanted and edited as we saw fit.
Ginny was a pleasure to work with! She was what we were looking for--we didn't want a religious ceremony, but my husband and I are both spiritual in our own personal way. We both come from religious families, however, and wanted to still be respectful to them in some way so Ginny fit the bill.
When we met, we felt very comfortable with her and she was able to read us pretty well. When she wrote our ceremony, she emphasized a lot of the values that brought my husband and I together. She was open to incorporating some Filipino (my mom's side) traditions, though we didn't have time to plan for them in the end.
Pricewise, she charged more than a lot of other officiants in the area. But she also wrote the entire ceremony and got a lot of input from us for it. She gave us a ton of vows to look over, which was really helpful because we knew we weren't planning to write our own. It worked out that we found perfect vows in the resources she provided.
Overall, a pretty great day....
She is a very friendly lady who offers a lot of customization in the wording and order of the ceremony, vows, etc. That was very important to us to be able to create something tailored to us. However, she was unable to come to our rehearsal because she does a lot of ceremonies and was booked the Friday before. She came in very flustered to our actual wedding which was not very reassuring. She performed her duties during the ceremony well, but I can't really add any more compliments to that.
Very thoughtful and knowledgeable.
Ginny is an absolutely wonderful person and we loved how she officiated our wedding! We will also love keeping in touch with her!
Ginny was the perfect Officiant for my husband and I. She tailored are ceremony to make it unique and unforgettable. I recommend her highly and am very thankful we found her.
Ginny was fantastic, we loved everything about her. We received many compliments on the ceremony she performed, it really was a great one! I would recommend her to everyone. She's kind and caring and it's obvious she truly enjoys what she does. Thanks Ginny!
Ginny was an excellent officiant who made us and our families feel comfortable! She has a great energy and warmth about her along with a sense of humor! Highly recommend Ginny!
Ginny was amazingly professional and so detail oriented. We are so impressed with her many options for vow verbage and ceremony ideas. She is so creative and helps you create a ceremony that's perfect for you! Two thumbs up!
Ginny was wonderfully helpful and very professional. She wrote a great service and we--and our families--were very pleased with choosing her services. I would definitely recommend Ceremonies and Celebrations.
Ginny was a fabulous officiant. Our first meeting with her went so well that we did not look any further and booked her on the spot. She is very easy to talk to and work with. My husband and I didn't want to use the traditional wedding/ring vows and she completely embraced that. She provided us with pages of different vows that we could use. We ended up meshing several vows into one, it was perfect. She was also very receptive to the changes we asked her to make to the ceremony which she let us review prior to the event. Everything went absolutely perfect the day of and we couldn't be happier. Many of our guests commented on how lovely our ceremony was and some even asked for copies of the ceremony! Ginny also provided us with a keepsake copy of our ceremony and marriage certificate that was absolutely beautiful. I definitely recommend her to all brides-to-be!
Vendor response to review
Thank you for your kind words. I enjoyed working with you as a couple. It warms my heart to know when couple's appreciate my work and also let me know about it. My very best to both of you.
10-8-11 Ginny provided a wonderful wedding ceremony for Bob and I. We didn't give her a whole lot of notice and she was very gracious and accommodating for us. Ginny was very pleasant and easy to talk to and was a steadying force for me on my wedding day. I would highly recommend her.
Ginny is so sweet and kind, she was even able to make my husband open up to her who is normally on the quiet side. During our first meeting she got to know us and used that to make our ceremony personalized. We opted not to do a rehearsal, but Ginny came early the day of the wedding to help us quick practice which really put us at ease. She provided a detailed questionnaire that she used to really make our ceremony personalized in addition to our meeting in person. She also provided lots of options for vows and ring vows. We were able to preview the ceremony wording before the wedding, but hearing the words on our wedding day it was even more beautiful than we expected. We had a moment of silence for our loved ones that passed, during which a gust of wind came in. Ginny made a quiet comment that "they're here" and I got goose bumps. Wow. I also liked that she personalized our ceremony by saying how my husband and I met, and what we loved about each other. The entire ceremony was perfect. The weather was not what we were hoping for, but Ginny was very flexible. I cannot say enough great things. We are so thankful to of had Ginny as our wedding officiant.
I cannot say enough about Ginny Carson our officiate. She was warm and welcoming the instant we met her and I felt immediately like she would do a perfect job marrying us. I was having a hard time finding someone to personalize our ceremony but that is the concept behind Ginny's business: it's about the bride and groom 100%. Not only did she personalize our ceremony, she added in a personalized copy of our ceremony so that we can keep it and possibly use it as a future vow renewal. We left for our honeymoon relaxed and without worry as Ginny also files papers such as the marriage license with the state. Ginny is efficient, personable, and reasonably priced and I would highly recommend her to any bride and groom.
Ginny officiated our wedding on September 24th, 2011 in Annapolis. When we first met her in February, we felt very comfortable talking with her. She has a warm demeanor, asks good questions, and is an excellent listener. She stood out from the crowd enough that we booked her on that day.
Although we wrote much of our own ceremony, she proofread it in enough detail to find small issues before they affected our ceremony. She drove nearly three hours in the rain past several accidents, arriving on time to lead a rehearsal for us, even as the coordinator at our selected location (who was SUPPOSED to be running the rehearsal) was unavailable. And then on the day of the ceremony, she led the ceremony beautifully, past a few unanticipated hiccups. I would highly recommend her for her professionalism and warmth.
Ginny was fantastic. She kept us calm before the ceremony, adjusted when the weather was not what we expected. She also provided us with a meaningful, personalized and lighthearted ceremony as we hoped it would be.
I would endorse Ginny to anyone looking for a great officiant!
Ginny was absolutely marvelous. I can't say enough about her. She helped my partner and I to feel very comfortable with the ceremony that all of us created together. Because of her help, we were able to quickly decide the type of wedding we wanted to have. And, during the actual ceremony, Ginny's guidance truly reduced our nervousness. She guided us through the ceremony with ease. In fact, several guests at our wedding let us know that she had done an excellent job and they told us that our ceremony was very warm, loving and special. She is an unbelievably decent person to work with and very caring, kind and patient. We just can't say enough good things about her.
Ginny was the perfect officiant! She tailored the service to meet our unique cultural traditions and special requests, and she edited every aspect of the service as requested. She also wrote our vows in a booklet, made special commerative keepsakes, submitted our marriage license right after the ceremony, did a full rehearsal with us the day before, met with us for an in person interview months prior to the wedding, answered all our phone calls and e-mails, and was extremely helpful and responsive. Our ceremony was beautiful and it even exceeded our imagination and hopes/expectations. We couldn't have asked for a better day or a better officiant! Thanks, Ginny!
Ginny is just a treat!! She's just such an incredibly charming, sweet, funny lady who made our ceremony exactly what we'd hoped for. Let it also be said that she is a true professional, highly organized and motivated but never pushy. Ginny met with us over Skype (we were planning from Vermont!) and asked us all about our history, our values as a couple, and what we wanted included in the ceremony. We ended up writing our own handfasting vows, and Ginny added in a beautiful introduction and ending to the ceremony. I had more than one guest compliment us on how unique and touching our ceremony was, some people even asked for a copy of our vows! Ginny provided us with a folder containing all of the details of our ceremony on the day-of, so we have our vows to read and treasure forever. She herded everyone through the rehearsal with patience and humor but was very clear to everyone about how the ceremony should go. She arrived on-time and ready to go on the day of the wedding. Everything went very smoothly and I would recommend her to anyone!!
Ginny was a wonderful officiant. She met with us before the wedding - asked us about our values, beliefs, hopes and dreams. She incorporated all of this into our wedding ceremony. We wrote our own vows but Ginnys words during the ceremony were so moving. We had a Harris Hawk who delivered our rings to the best man during the ceremony. Ginny knew it was coming but had no practice time with it. She walked right up to it, took the rings, and played right into the whole surprise to our guests. Everyone has told us that the ceremony was so beautiful. Ginny's presence at our wedding was wonderful.
We would recommend this officiant if you're looking for someone flexible. We are a somewhat non-traditional couple, and we wanted our ceremony to reflect OUR beliefs. She wrote us a script, but being headstrong and particular, we completely rewrote her script. Ginny was very understanding and read the script that we preferred. She's a good choice if you need someone to officiate any type of non-traditional wedding and to do it your way.
Ginny was super easy to work with - my husband and I were very clear about what wanted our ceremony to "feel" like and she truly delivered!
My husband and I keep remarking on the amount of compliments that we received regarding the sincere, sentimental, and personalized ceremony!! Ginny created an amazing ambience with her laughter, heart felt words, and personalized service. She was professional, easy to work with, and very flexible. I liked that we were able to meet with her in person and that she asked us about our relationship and values. She was able to incorporate all of these little details in the ceremony. She was also invaluable during the rehearsal- we had a large, and noisy, group with small attention spans, that she was able to control with ease.
At first I was hesitant to hire an officiant, given that my husband and I had already been married for over a year following an elopement to Vegas... But, she proved to be an unforgettable addition to our celebration. Many guests commented on our amazing vows- Ginny provided us with about 100 different versions of every possible part of the ceremony to choose from and then personalize as we saw fit.
Thanks again Ginny- you really made the ceremony sweet and personal. A day we will never forget!!
We were really surprised that our experience was much different from some of the other reviews that we read, so hopefully this was isolated scenario. Maybe our expectations were too high because we sought out Ginny based on her previous high ratings. However, she was the only vendor that we had a differerent experience than the other reviews we read.
We met with Ginny for the first time about 8 months before the wedding and she was nice, but there were a few things that we questioned. We mentioned to her that we were planning to marry before the end of 2010 for tax purposes, so our ceremony in May 2011 would be a committment ceremony for our families to attend. We mentioned that both our families were not aware, and she told us that this was actually very common and would be no problem. Since a large part of her price includes the actual cost of filing the marriage license for the marriage certificate (which in our case would already be done prior the May wedding), I was surprised to find that she was not flexible with her price to not include the filing when I asked. She was extremely responsive up to the point that we signed the contract and mailed it back to her with payments, but after that point she fell off the face of the earth for months. We were getting no responses back from her (via phone or email) and we started getting worried thinking something may have happened. She finally answered my call one day and told me that she had some personal issues that needed attended to. I asked her if she thought she would still be able to officiate our wedding, which was a few months away and she said she'd be fine. Her contract says that in an event of an emergency she has backup officiants that can attend in her place, so we trusted that she would do so if necessary.
It went back to not hearing back from her for another few months, then finally we attempted one last time to contact her before we were actually going to just book another officiant because it was getting extremely close to the wedding date. She finally responded to our last attempt and said she'd be sending us our ceremony vows to review and edit, which she did.
FINALLY when the big wedding day arrived, Ginny arrived late to the ceremony. She did try to call my cell phone before the ceremony to tell me that she was running late, but I was getting hair and makeup done - so luckily I was unaware of all this chaos at the time. She also tried to call my fiance to tell him, but he was also running around and getting ready. When she arrived, she said she overslept and was so frazzled that our event coordinator had to send her to get some water to relax. Then in front of our groomsmen and the groom's parents, she started asking my fiance for the marriage license and saying she couldn't do the ceremony without it. Apparently she forgot that she was only to do a commitment ceremony and that we're technically already "married". He was forced to remind her again that we were already married in front of his parents and groomsmen. We were not happy that they had to find out that way. Once the ceremony started, after I got to the altar Ginny told me I looked beatiful - then immediately asks me again (after my fiance already just discussed with her) if we were married already. I was so caught off guard that she would ask that while we're standing at the altar during the ceremony, while our bridal party is standing around us. In disbelief, I nodded and she said okay I just need a copy sent to me. I was a bit in shock that she would do that while we're standing at the altar. After this, thankfully the rest of the ceremony went okay and the rest of our wedding went off without a hitch.
Overall, she was our least favorite vendor. We were very shocked because we are such easy going, low maintenance people and we had such GREAT, similar experiences as the other reviewers with all of our other vendors. I sent her an email thanking her for her service but I was honest and told her that we would've preferred that she pull us aside separate from our family or contact us before the day of the ceremony about the license bc our family had to find out that way. She explained that she was having some personal issues when we previously contacted her about us getting married in advance, so she never wrote it down or had any recollection of it. Ginny seems like a nice person, but as a business person - I think she may need to start using her network of officiants to assist her with clients.
Ginny officiated my wedding ceremony this past Saturday. She did an absolutely wonderful job. She made me feel at ease with the whole process and wrote a beautiful ceremony for us. I have had many compliments on how touching the service was. I would wholeheartedly recommend her for any wedding. Thanks again Ginny!
Ginny was an excellent cornerstone to our wedding ceremony. Timely, organized, humorous, honest, and attentive. Ease and flexibility in scheduling and meetings, responsive to emails, dedicated attention. I enjoyed working with her to customize our vows and her added personal touch was unique and on - point with what we were looking for. Wonderful to work with and someone with whom I will keep in touch. Thank you Ginny!
Ginny gave me and my husband a ceremony that we will never forget. Neither of us are religious, so we wanted a short sweet ceremony that would be memorable, but without all the fluff. Even though we only met with Ginny for half an hour a few weeks before the ceremony, she nailed it. It was from the heart and the sentiment was perfect. We also had a really cute situation with our five year old ring bearer. We got him a pillow with the fake rings attached to it and when she asked for the rings, he marched right up because he had the "real" rings. She comforted him, letting him know he had the real rings but we were using fake ones for the ceremony. It was so precious how she made sure he knew he was doing a great job. She was a calming force before the ceremony and was great throughout. I could not have asked for a better experience!
Ginny was absolutely awesome! Everyone gave us great feedback on our ceremony. She worked with us and created a ceremony that was unique for us. Ginny also helped guide us with rehearsal and ceremony activities; she provided some great information that really helped us on the wedding day. I would highly recommend Ginny to any bride to be! You will not regret it.
Ginny Carson is an excellent officiant. She made our wedding very special and personal. She listened to us, guided us through the process and in the end, our wedding ceremony was representative of our lives and our personalities. It was perfect. Ginny herself is warm and kind. The words she spoke at the ceremony were absolutely beutiful. We are very thankful to Ginny for being part of out special day.
Ginny was outstanding. She took the time to get to know us so she could make the ceremony personal and meaningful for all in attendance. We enjoyed her enthusiasm during the time we worked with her, and her friendly style. We would recommend her as an excellent officiant!
Ginny is a very sweet woman who will absolutely make your day "your wedding, your way." She takes the time to meet with you and your fiance so that she can get to know you and the kind of wedding that you want to have. She takes these into consideration as she puts together a ceremony for you. She let us choose our vows (but you don't have to if you don't want to) and she allowed us to review our ceremony and make any changes before the wedding day that we saw fit. On the day-of the vows I ended up saying to my husband were slighly different from the ones he said to me, which wasn't what we wanted. Nobody really noticed, but that really was the only bit that didn't go exactly according to plan.
Ginny Carson provided us with a beautiful, completely customized ceremony for our wedding. When my husband and I met with her we felt very comfortable and knew she would be the perfect match to work with us. She gave us plenty of advice and suggestions but only as much as we wanted and were looking for. She performs her services because she is passionate about what she does, and you can see it in the planning and execution of her services. Please feel free to contact me if you would like more info, facebook.com/carolyn.mele.lensch, but once you call/e-mail/meet Ginny, you will see what Jon and I saw, and will know you made an excellent choice with Ginny.
We chose Ginny as our officiant based on the reviews here, and for the most part it was a good decision. Ginny was kind, professional and helpful. The ceremony that she wrote for us was nice and reflected the ideas and thoughts that we'd discussed in our interview and written on our extensive questionnaire. She ad libbed well when something that sounded like an air raid siren interrupted the ceremony halfway through. When there was a very embarrassing post-wedding snafu with payment, Ginny was super nice and handled it with grace and consideration.
As for cost, Ginny was about average for the officiants we queried in the area. She was neither extremely expensive nor did she undercharge. We chose a custom ceremony, but didn't add on any extras like a sand or wine ceremony.
Ginny sent us a huge list of vows, ring vows, readings and such to look through for the ceremony. While we appreciated that extensive number of readings and vows that she sent to us, I do wish they'd been organized a little more. There were many repeats in the list and lots of readings/vows that didn't apply to us. The list could have been personalized for our requests a little more, maybe just reordered so that the things that interested us most were towards the front and the things we'd explicitly said we weren't interested in (traditional, religious vows) were at the end? Something along these lines would have made it much easier for us to work our way through the material. Not a major flaw in any way, just a minor thing that could have been a bit smoother.
Our only real issues with Ginny's service mostly would have been resolved with a rehearsal. We decided to skip on the rehearsal initially both to save money and because we were doing a very simple ceremony--only one attendant each for my husband and I. When we talked to Ginny about this, even though she recommended a rehearsal, she was willing to work with us without one. She planned to arrive at the ceremony site half an hour before the ceremony and promised to meet with us then to go over the details.
At the time, that sounded great to us. But when it came down to it, half an hour before the ceremony was actually a pretty hectic time. There were a lot of things happening at the last minute for both my husband and I. Luckily, we'd worked out the order of the processional and everything beforehand with our venue coordinator. We just needed to make sure Ginny was on the same page, but overall it was challenging and added a stressful element to find the time to talk to Ginny about the ceremony when there were so many other things going on.
My only other concern is that it was difficult to hear Ginny during the ceremony, which was really a pity. The site was located in an outside area between two buildings, and maybe a rehearsal would have allowed Ginny to determine how much she needed to project her voice in order to be heard. My husband and I could hear well, and our family members sitting in the front row heard most of the ceremony, but those guests sitting further back only heard parts of it and some couldn't hear anything. That was really unfortunate and unexpected.
So overall, Ginny was professional, a good communicator and always courteous. I would recommend her, but I would strongly suggest including a rehearsal at your wedding venue if you want to use Ginny as your officiant.
I picked Ginny from WeddingWire because I liked her sunshiney look in her picture. On the phone, she was personable, so I had my fiance call her too to discuss payment details and get a feel for her. He liked her, so we set up an in-person meeting that turned out to be a lot of fun. She even dug up yellow flowers from her yard, which are now growing in our back yard!
Ginny emailed us a questionnaire asking about our relationship, how we met, wedding parties, personal values, spiritual beliefs, wishes and peeves, what kind of ceremonies we might like included, etc. We filled it out together and it was a helpful start to discussion. Then she sent us a beautiful draft ceremony that was moving and poetic. It really reflected water themes, which are central to how we met and our relationship itself. Editing the draft together, we had an emotional breakthrough that pulled us closer. Since we were writing vows ourselves, she sent us several documents of examples of wedding and ring vows. We adapted vows to "repeat after me" and also adapted a verse that we recited together.
All in all, our ceremony and vows were our favorite part of our wedding. Many guests commented afterward how moving, genuine, and unique our ceremony was, and that they actually enjoyed listening to it. We were incredibly proud to say things that really represented our relationship, values, personalities, and feelings, and these all started with Ginny!
Ginny is so kind and personable.We felt as if we had known her for years.Being that I am out of state, most communication with Ginny was via email and phone calls. She was always quick to respond. She supplied us with many ideas and vows to choose from which always helps when you know what you want to say, but not sure how to say it... Ginny is great!!! My husband Pat and I feel lucky and blessed to have had someone of Ginny's caliber play such an integrall part in one of the most important days of our lives.
Ginny was great! She really tried to get to know us in a short time, and she was very accommodating of our requests for the ceremony. She did a great job at the rehearsal, and she was kind and professional at the ceremony. She even brought her own microphone when we realized we didn't have one! She's sweet and professional--highly recommended.
Stop looking...if you are looking for an officiant that will take care of all your needs, will pay attention to detail, will treat you like family...then Ms. Carson is the one for you...she was kind, warm, and welcoming of suggestions, while providing her own special recommendations. She was attentive to our needs, made us a wonderful memory book for our ceremony, and eased any worries leading up to, and the morning of, our big day! If there was an opportunity to award more stars, we would! Highly recommended...
I can not say enough good things about working with Ginny. As our officiant, she was everything we could have asked for and more. She is personable, friendly, and makes you feel like more than a client. I highly recommend using her as your officiant. She is flexible with how you want the ceremony to go and makes sure it is exactly what you want. Our wedding was such a beautiful day and she played a major part in making it the great day it was. Thanks!!!
Christina & Peter Talty
Married on June 4, 2010
Ginny was very pleasant and inspired our confidence when we met with her in person. She did a lovely job officiating our wedding when it finally came. Fortunately for our busy schedule working out the details of the ceremony could all be done on via email which was much more convenient for us.
We liked Ginny from the very beginning when we met her to talk about our ceremony! She is a very warm person, friendly and professional. She really makes you feel special for her. I am Peruvian and my husband is Dutch. We both were a little bit lost about how weddings are performed here in USA and wanted a ceremony that could show how much we love each other and, to our friends (a very international group), that it was very important for us their presence in our wedding. So Ginny totally understood what we wanted and we just loved her. Everybody in the wedding was asking us where we found her. The truth is we were very lucky! We highly recommend her services. Thank you Ginny for make of our wedding ceremony a moment to remember forever!
Ginny did a great job! She was short and sweet and not sappy (very appreciated) and went at a pace I could actually remember what she was saying for me to repeat which considering my attention span, was fantastic. She made our ceremony exactly what we wanted and envisioned.
Thank you Ginny.
Ginny is wonderful! It was the most beautiful ceremony. Many of my family and friends commented on how beautiful the ceremony was.+
Simply put, my husband and I adored Ginny! We found her to be warm, personable, funny and just a sweetheart!!!
We are so pleased that she officiated our ceremony. The entire process was simple, and we really were able to have the ceremony that we wanted, customized to the two of us. I personally felt very comfortable just because she was there. I just remember telling her a million times "I am so happy that you are here!" She took care of our rehearsal, and really was a calming influence in the midst of the organized chaos that sometimes happens in the last 48 hours leading up to a wedding.
We recommend her services highly. Ginny was one of the treats that came out of our wedding planning, and we feel so fortunate to have had her as a part of a very memorable and special day!!
Ginny was amazing! My husband and I were planning a last minute wedding but she was able to work with us to create a beautiful ceremony. She listened to our wants and needs and understood exactly what we were looking for. She went above and beyond by providing lots of information about the ceremony, applying for a marriage license and how to change your name afterwards. We are so blessed to have met Ginny and that she was the one to perform our ceremony.
We were so pleased with our decision..We both have different religious backrounds, & Ginny was able to accomedate our needs. We expressed how we didn't want either family to be left out but, as we were creating our new life together we wanted it to be special for us. Ginny, has an extensive set of vows, ring vows, & ceremonies to choose from. This was perfect for us because we could create our cermony without the pressure of writing it ourselves. I would highly recommend Ginny to anyone & everyone.
I contacted Ginny to officiate the wedding for my Mom. Ginny responded promptly and I immediately felt a connection with her. She personalized the ceremony to reflect the relationship between my Mom and her fiance perfectly. Our guests were very touched by her words. She was wonderful.
Ceremonies and Celebrations was extremely helpful. Their prices were very reasonable. I liked how the officiant only conducts one wedding per day because this ensures that i have all her attention.
Ginny did a wonderful job with our ceremony. We received nothing but compliments on how beautiful our ceremony was. Ginny was so easy to work with, and wanted to make sure we were happy and comfortable throughout the whole process!
Ginny was a great resource from start to finish. When we first contacted her she was friendly, responsive and really made us feel at ease. Our ceremony was strictly NON religious and she was more than happy to work with us to create our perfect ceremony. Her resources were helpful aids as we wrote our own ceremony and vows. The day of she is calming and delivered a romantic ceremony that was specific to my husband and I. We highly recommend her for any ceremony you need an officiant at.
Ginny was fantastic! Because of a blizzard, we were unable to have the wedding on the day selected. We called and she was so amazingly flexible and ended up doing the ceremony on another day. She was wonderful at helping us prepare the ceremony and very open minded when it came to our ideas. She also gave us great ideas, and the ceremony was perfect.
Thank you Ginny, you saved our wedding! I would recommend you to anyone, anytime, anyplace!
Ginny did a great job. She did everything we asked of her.
Ms.Carson was very pleasant and a pleasure to have as our officiator...She took time out to not only respond to my emails but also to phone calls andi just want to thank her once again because she was really heavesent to me and my husband...I would and have recommended her to be apart of anyones ceremony/celebration....
Ginny is excellent, My husband and I know her through a family friend and even though she had not known us very long she was able to put together a ceremony that made it seem like she had known us for years. She makes the ceremony lighthearted and fun, she was a true pleasure to work with, and would highly recommend her to anyone.
Ms. Carson's heart is in the right place, so everything else just falls into line naturally and, of course, the wedding/ceremony is right when everyone's heart is in the right place!
Ginny was able to write a beautiful ceremony for us after we gave her an idea of what we wanted included. The ceremony was well written and personal to both of us. We wish she would have been more understanding of the children we had in the wedding party (6 and 2), because she seemed to expect them to act like the adults and seemed to get aggravated when they weren't paying attention. I do understand that she was trying to make sure the rehearsal went smoothly and concluded within a certain amount of time, but at the same time they are small children. Other than that everything went great and we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful ceremony for our very special day!
Ginny made getting married a breeze. She offered several ideas for our vows and was there anytime we had a question. She really did make it "our wedding, our way". Thanks again, Ginny.
Ginny custom makes the ceremonies based on a meeting with you and a questionaire that you and your fiance complete together. This is so fun to complete... you learn a lot about it other. She respects your thoughts and feelings, she wrote us a great ceremony. She was little expensive.
Ginny was very friendly and warm from the get-go and everyone said it was a beautiful ceremony. We greatly recommend!!!
Ginny is the best! You will never find anyone as warm, sweet and professional to officiate your wedding. She was entirely on top of everything. She was very prompt designing our ceremony after meeting with us and hearing our vision. Her first draft was spot on and only need very small minor adjustments, which is a huge time saver for a bride doing everything herself. The day of she is supportive, helpful and kind. We love her so much for who she is and what she does, and everyone at my wedding couldn't have agreed more. She spent some time with my family at the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner and reception, and we fell everyone fell in love with her amazing personality. She really became a part of our family rather than just someone we hired.
My husband and I aren't very religious, so we didn't have a family priest or anything like that to officiate our wedding. After lots of searching I found that a lot of the people offering an officiant service have very outlined specific ways of running your ceremony. Ginny works very closely with you to design a highly personalized perfect ceremony, and she provides any type of support you'd need along the way. She even gave us cute little decorative copies of our vows (which we wrote ourselves). She gives you a souvenir version of your ceremony afterwards to. She took care of sending in all the paperwork right away while I was on my honeymoon.
Don't go with anyone else. She is perfect, look no further!
Vendor response to review
Dear Bethany and Chris,
Thank you for your wonderfully kind words. I had so much fun meeting your families and getting to partake in the ceremony. The pleasure was all mine. I loved every aspect of it and learned so much from both of you. I hope your trip to Hawaii was more that you anticipated. I know you must have had a blast. Please stay in touch and thank you again for the great review.
Ginny did a great job at my weddding! She was a pleaseure to work with. I felt like she was a friend we had known for years. She really tries to get to know you so that she can personalize your wedding. She is really good about doing the ceremony YOUR way, giving you exactly what you want! She also gave us a really nice keepsake ceremony book. What a great personal touch! Ginny was great and I would reccomend her for anyone getting married!
Ginny was absolutely amazing!! I contacted her the day before my wedding and she was so accommodating at the last minute. I would recommend her to anyone who needs a professional, organized, friendly officiant. Thank you Ginny for making my day so special.
I would recommend Ginny to anyone who is planning a wedding in Maryland. She is wonderful!
Ginny was absolutely wonderful to work with, very easygoing, felt like we already knew her! She gave us an absolutely beautiful ceremony! Highly recommend!
Ginny was a wonderful officiant. She made our ceremony personal and one of a kind. Her kindness and caring nature come from the heart, and she made our day very special.
Ms. Carson was a blessing. We decided to marry only nine days prior to the wedding date. She made time to be available for us. She was a great advisor on not worrying about the small stuff and just have fun. Finally, she had a process that made the selection of vows easy and fun. My wife and I highly recommend Ms. Carson to anyone planning to get married.
We truly appreciated Minister Ginny Carson performing our wedding ceremony. Although we contacted Minister Carson with less than two weeks notice, she never hesitated to assist & provide guidance. (You would have thought that we had planned the ceremony a year in advance). From the moment we contacted Minister Carson, she accomodated all of our needs and she helped to make every day come with ease. She was warm and her professionalism was outstanding. I cant thank her enough for making our wedding ceremony such a special event. She perfomed an outstanding passage that my all of our family members & friends cant seem to stop talking about how she perfomed the ceremony. We felt very comfortable with her approach and she was pleasant to work with. It was wonderful getting to know you, and the ceremony could not have been more perfect. Minister Carson did a beautiful job. She spoke with sincerity and made our special day more special.
Ginny was the best. She wrote a love story for our ceremony and let us plan our wedding our way.
We were extremely pleased with the whole experience. I would highly recommend her service to everyone. In fact maybe in five years we would like to renew our vows with her.
Ginny Carson did a wonderful job - she wrote and delivered a beautiful ceremony, incorporating several different elements we requested. I received many notes from friends on the warmth and personal touch of the ceremony. I must add we planned our wedding in 3 weeks, yet she was able to deliver!
Ms. Ginny was absolutely amazing. We booked her in a matter of days for a wedding that was days away. She was very kind and supportive. She made our ceremony unique and special for us and understood a few concerns we had as far as how family was to be included, etc. If I could do it again, I would hire her again.
Thank you so much for everything. I really enjoyed everything you did for us. Including all the little information like the physics class and the song lyrics. I also really appreciated the framed marriage certificate that you made for us. I will be hanging it in the apartment we will be going into in about two months.
We had a lot of fun with everything and are still very much so enjoying each others company. Thank you so much for everything, especially on such short notice...everything was beautiful and went smoothly.
You were a dream to work with at the recent wedding at the Halcyon House in Easton, Maryland! As an international award-winning wedding photography company, we've had the fortune to work with many vendors over the years who are located all over the country and throughout all of our experiences, you were, hands down, the nicest and most sincere officiant we have met! Upon the first smile and welcoming handshake, your calming and positive energy was apparent, and it only got better the longer we were around you. Every time we looked up from the viewfinder, you were smiling and laughing with the newly married couple and their bridal party. Throughout the wedding day, you made everyone feel easy and light, which is a testament to your good nature. I'm especially impressed by your ability to create a calming atmosphere for the couple, so they could fully enjoy their experience of getting married as it happened.
We can't wait to work with you again in the future and if anyone asks, we'll be recommending you without a second thought!
- Doug D.
Working with Ginny was an absolute pleasure! She was so personable and truly customized her services to meet the needs and desire of the couple. We at Denean's Party By Design would gladly recommend her services.
I am an ordained non-denominational minister providing wedding services to couples all over Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware. I am not just an officiant who says some words at your wedding, but someone who truly wants you to have your personal values and beliefs reflected for all to see on your special day. I want you to have your wedding your way! Originally born and raised in Baltimore, for the past thirty-three years I have resided in Columbia. I am a happy self-actualized person, the mother of two grown children and six grandchildren all of whom I am very proud.
I have taken many paths throughout my lifetime all of which have given me the opportunity to work and collaborate with diverse populations. Whatever your age, gender, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disability or nationality might be I see you first as a human being with real needs and wants and desires.
As a minister I am here to provide a service that meets your needs. I received my ordination through the
Church of Spiritual Humanism, Universal Life Church and World Christianship Ministries. My beliefs are based on spirituality, nature and social consciousness. My intent is to provide services for people who are spiritual but not necessarily religious. Most of my couples choose me because my spiritual values align with theirs. They want a non-religious ceremony celebrating their own personal values. I try to schedule no more than two weddings per day so that I can devote my attention and efforts to your special day. I make sure they are spaced far enough apart so that you do not feel rushed or neglected in any way. I also have a network of other officiants that I can call upon should a last minute emergency arise. I love working with all people and honor and respect whatever belief system you may wish to incorporate into your ceremony. I want you to have your wedding your way!
communication is the glue that impacts both human behavior and personal psychological consequences, my role is to assist you in that communication process. Whether you are planning a
wedding, vow renewal, or commitment ceremony I will do whatever it takes to make sure you have the wedding you want. During this time decisions need to be made that will truly reflect your needs and
desires. Together we can create ceremonies and celebrations that will be memorable expressions of your values and beliefs. I am told that I have a calming effect on the wedding couple as well as other members of
the wedding party. In addition, I am a professional who also has a great sense of humor.
I would love to meet both of you in person so we may get to know each other and see how we can create your special day. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have or concerns you wish to speak to me about. You may also wish to check out my website at: www.ceremoniesncelebrations.com.
Ginny Carson, Officiant
Ceremonies and Celebrations
Are optional services for a wedding ceremony available? Yes, Unity Candle ceremony, Sand Ceremony, Handfasting, Water, Wine, Ring Blessing, Rose Ceremony, Parents' Ceremony, Childrens' Ceremony, etc.
What is the price range of your services?
My ceremonies range from $365 to $525. All ceremonies have a mileage charge of $1 per mile. Active military discount with ID is 15%. I take cash,checks and credit cards.
Basic Ceremony - A basic civil ceremony, performed by a minister, is one with short notice (less than 2 weeks), is pre-written, no personalization and lasts about ten minutes or less. Includes telephone and email consult, filing of marriage license to appropriate authorities. Fee: $365
Simple Ceremony - A simple, more intimate ceremony, ten minutes long and pre written. Includes a 1/2 hour meeting and planning consult. Includes filing of marriage license and keepsake wedding certificate. Fee: $410.
Classic Ceremony - Minimum 3 weeks' notice, includes ceremony outline and working script, early arrival at ceremony to coordinate with various professionals. Ceremony lasts about 15 minutes. Up to 1 hour meeting and planning time, filing of marriage license, keepsake wedding certificate and copy of ceremony. Gift with signed contract. Fee: $475. Additional Fees: rehearsal or other ceremonies ($85).
Special Moments Ceremony - Best value ceremony and most popular! Timely (6+weeks notice), truly personalized, ceremony lasts between 20-30 minutes, includes rehearsal and/or a rehearsal guide as well as up to two extra ceremonies (i.e. Unity Candle, Sand Ceremony, Wine, Water, etc.). Whenever possible I will conduct the rehearsal if it is scheduled with me first. Also includes personalized keepsake certificate, keepsake booklet of ceremony, filing of official documents, coordination with various professionals and vendors, one and a half hour meeting and planning time, unlimited emails and phone calls. Up to three ceremony drafts will be written and exchanged up to two weeks prior to ceremony. Upon signing of contract sample wedding and ring vows and many other resources I have available will be sent to couple. Gift with signed contract. Fee: $525.
Weekend Elopement Package - This package is for ceremonies held during the day on weekends (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) and within 15 miles of my location in Howard County. It is available for bookings within two weeks of the ceremony date only. This is ideal for the couple who want a quick, private wedding ceremony. It includes a pre-written script, officiating the ceremony and filing of the license. Six guests maximum may attend. Fee is due in cash prior to the ceremony. Fee: $275.
Weekday Elopement Package - This is for ceremonies held during the week day (Monday - Thursday) and withing 15 miles from my location in Howard County. This is ideal for the couple who want a quick, private ceremony. It includes a pre-written script, officiating the ceremony and filing of the license. Six guests maximum may attend. Fee is due in cash prior to the ceremony. Fee: $225.
Vow Renewal - A vow renewal is a ceremony in which an already married couple re-affirm their love for one another, sometimes on their anniversary, and their commitment to the marriage by either repeating their original wedding vows or by writing or having me write new vows to reflect their current relationship. Fee: $325.
Can we include children or blending children from previous relationships in our ceremony? Of course! I love children and think they are a vital part of any foundation and relationship. I have many ways to include children and will be happy to find one that is age appropriate, friendly and fun!
Do you offer and provide commitment ceremonies for same sex couples? Yes! All are welcome here! I believe that all couples deserve the right to be happy and have the ceremony of their dreams. Please remember at this time, because Maryland does not recognize same sex marriages at this point in time it will not be a legal marriage but rather a commitment ceremony. I am able to officiate same sex marriages in D.C. and if the referendum passes in Maryland in November, I will be able to officiate same sex marriages in Maryland as well.
Do you marry couples who have been divorced? Yes! Sometimes it takes trying something once before making the right choice. We can’t see into the future and don’t always find out things won’t work out until it is too late. It is not my place to judge your prior relationship or marriage. Not every couple ends up with a happily ever after and I see no reason why I can’t help you move forward in your new life. Think of your past relationship as a stepping stone into a better you and now you are enriched with the knowledge you didn’t have before!
We’re looking for a Christian, Religious Ceremony. Do you provide those? Yes! I have various ceremonies that will match whatever you are looking for: religious, non-denominational, civil, or spiritual ceremonies. Many couples have asked me to perform a Catholic ceremony. Only an ordained priest can perform a truly Catholic wedding, however I can officiate a "Catholic Style" wedding.
What do you wear to weddings? I wear whatever makes you most comfortable. A dress, pants suit, or clerical robe with or without a stole. I make every effort to complement your colors. I ask you what you would like me to wear.
How do we reserve our wedding date with you? First, contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (410-207-7162) to see if your date and time is available. We then set up a meeting to discuss your vision for your wedding. I send you a questionnaire to complete and bring with you. Once you sign a contract with me I require a $200 (non-refundable) retainer to hold your day and time on my calendar. If the wedding is less than 30 days away I do require the entire amount at the signing of a contract. The balance is due two weeks before the wedding.
What are your credentials? I am a member of the following professional organizations and have been conducting weddings and other services since 2007.
The National Association of Wedding Ministries (NAWM)
The National Association of Wedding Officiants (NAWO)
The American Association of Wedding Officiants (AAWO)
The American Association of Wedding Ministers (AAWM)
The League of Women Clergy (LOWC)
Marriage Planners of America (MPOA)
My ministry was obtained through the following legally recognized Churches.
The Universal Life Church
Church of Spiritual Humanism
World Christainship Ministries
How are you different from other wedding ministers? I am not just an officiant who says some words at your wedding, but someone who truly wants you to have your personal values and beliefs reflected for all to see on your special day. Officiating weddings is more than reciting words and making pronouncements. Weddings are about people. I am a happy self-actualized person, the mother of two grown children and four grandchildren all of whom I am very proud. I have taken many paths throughout my lifetime. All of these endeavors have given me the opportunity to work and collaborate with diverse populations. Whatever your age, gender, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disability or nationality might be I see you first as a human being with real needs and wants and desires. I love working with all people and honor and respect whatever belief system you may wish to incorporate into your ceremony. I bring a rare combination of professionalism and humor to all that I do. This comes in especially handy on your wedding day when you need to be de-stressed. I want you to have your wedding, your way! This makes me an ideal wedding officiant.
What other services do you provide?
Same Sex Marriages
Renewal of Vows
Coming of Age Ceremonies
Rights of Passage
House Blessing Ceremonies
Car or Boat Blessings
Various Ethnic/Religious Wedding Ceremonies
Will you travel outside of Maryland? Yes, since I am an ordained minister I am licensed to perform ceremonies in other jurisdictions including Virginia, D.C., Pennsylvania and Delaware. If I am available and you meet my travel requirements there should be no problem with me travelling to other states. D.C. has permit restrictions in most of the National Park Service places of interest. Couples will have to obtain a permit to be married at one of those locations. The permit fee is $200 and this is in addition to my services.
As your Wedding Officiant I will:
Meet with you in person to get to know you.
Provide you with suggested vows and ceremony ideas if you desire.
Help you define your hopes and commitment to your marriage and create a ceremony that will be most meaningful to you.
Be available for wedding guidance and moral support.
If desired take part in and help guide you through your wedding rehearsal.
Perform the ceremony while being sensitive to the needs of the bride and groom and their guests.
Take care of the legal paperwork after the ceremony to make sure your marriage is officially recorded.
Provide you with a signed wedding certificate suitable for framing.
Have back-up coverage should an emergency arise at the last minute and I am unable to officiate your wedding. This will be done with little or no inconvenience to you.