Circle of Life Ministry
Bonnie was great to work with. She is very organized and has so many options when it comes to your ceremony. Bonnie did a great job at our ceremony and I would highly recommend her!
Rev. Bonnie Kelly came highly recommended from my sister and brother-in law. She was great to work with, provided us with a great service that was uniquely our own, and worked with us to provide exactly the kind of service we wanted. A pleasure to deal with and have as our officiant.
Rev. Bonnie was the officiant for a wedding that we were doing photography and videography for. She was so kind and willing to work with us during the ceremony, and allowed us to move about in different locations so that we could capture the ceremony in a more intimate way.
We loved everything that she said to the couple who was getting married. You could tell that she really did her homework about the couple, and really took her time and put a lot of thought into what she was going to say to them. You could tell, without a doubt, that she really cared about the newlyweds and that she took her job as their officiant seriously.
We would HIGHLY recommend Rev. Bonnie to anyone, and we hope to someday work with her again in the future.
-Eran and Aubs Photography and Videography
I just want to start out by saying bonnie is wonderful. She was organized and knew what she was doing every step of the way. She took the ceremony that loved so much and filled in the parts i didn't have and made it perfect. My husband and i are different region backgrounds as well are our families. Everyone was very pleased, i just can’t say enough. I have a bit of an unusual story and bonnie was with my family and i every step of the way. The day of my wedding i was very sick and ended up having to go to the ER. I was in there for about 4 hours Bonnie stayed the whole time i was gone and comforted my family at the time they need it the most. When i came back she modified the ceremony so that i didn't have to stand the whole time (i would have passed out) and added a prayer per my family’s request. My family, husband and i couldn’t have asked for a better person to marry us. I would recommend her to anyone. Thank you again Bonnie and Ed for all that you did for my family.
I was looking for an officiant who was flexible and would make our ceremony truly special and I found it! Bonnie was wonderful, from our first meeting I knew I could trust her! She has a great packet of options and lets you choose everything you want! She even had options I never heard of. We did a Mother's Rose Ceremony and a sand ceremony and even though it was extremely hot our guests loved it! Bonnie even went out of her way to find us a German Blessing. She always kept me updated and I never worried! Best of all she provided her own PA system so our guests could actually hear the ceremony! (We got married outside in our Vineyard). Thank you Bonnie for making our Ceremony Perfect!
From the start, Kyle and I knew we wanted a non-traditional officiant. We found Bonnie through weddingwire.com and were initially struck by her willingness to accommodate ANY style wedding. She encouraged us to share our ideas and didn’t push any of her preferences on us. She went over every single detail of the ceremony with us. She is amazingly fast at answering all emails! She was very flexible the day of the wedding when we had to have the rehearsal at 8:00am and the ceremony at 5:30pm, especially considering the venue was an hour away from her home. Her price was also very affordable. We loved how passionate and clear she spoke during the ceremony. She really made us feel like our day was special and not just another wedding ceremony.
One suggestion to Bonnie: we realize there’s a lot of details to keep track of for each couple and since Bonnie is so popular, we think Bonnie could develop more efficient method of keeping track of all the details and changes.
Bri and Bryon loved Bonnie from the get go. Unfortunately, Bonnie had knee surgery and was unable to perform the wedding. She referred us to Rev. Sherai St. Claire. She was wonderful. She made the ceremony very personal and related many things to Bri and Bryon. She was modern and up beat. Everyone asked where we found her. She was professional and personable with the guests. Even with a bouquet bobble she was PERFECT for our ceremony.
Bonnie brought a great energy and presense into our wedding ceremony! She took the time to really get to know my (now) husband and I, was very open to our ideas of how we wanted our wedding day to go. She made everybody involved in our wedding feel comfortable, especially me, (the bride).
After several pre-wedding visits, we had gotten to know her husband, Ed quite well and were glad to have him jumping right in there to help where he could.
I would recommend Bonnie/Circle of Life Ministy to anyone who is looking for a positive, professional officiant!
Thank you Bonnie and Ed!
Sara-Ann and Mo Brings Plenty
Bonnie was great. You could tell that she pays close attention to each couple.
Reverend Bonnie provides a variety of wonderful choices for the wedding ceremony and is very flexible. Our guests were very impressed and moved by her. She is awesome! I would highly recommend her.
Vendor response to review
Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I do so much appreciate it. In order to always improve, how could I improve professionalism to a 5.0 do you think? It might not be possible since I am a friendly down-home person and I love my couples. That's how I conduct my ministry pretty much. But if you have any hints, they would be well accepted and very much appreciated. Perceptiion is important! Again, thank you and best wishes. Bonnie
Bonnie came into our lives when we really needed her and she was there to give her help and advice when we needed it. She went through ALL the details of the wedding with us to make sure we thought of everything. She was there to counsel us and support us. She is not judgemental in any way. She performs all kinds of ceremonies no matter what your beliefs or religion is. She understands that people come from different walks of life. I would recommend her to everyone!!!
Circle of Life Ministry has worked several times in our facility and have always done a very good job for our clients. We recommend them highly.
I ask for $250 all inclusive. I have found that every wedding, not matter what the size, entails exactly the same devotion and time from me. Therefore, I do not have different levels of service. Each couple gets the attention they need and deserve. The number of guests, number of attendants, or length of the ceremony actually make no difference at all in my preparations.
Is a deposit required?
Yes, I ask for a $50 deposit, cash or check if on a local bank, at our planning meeting. This is fully refundable until 30 days before the wedding.
Will we sign a contract?
Yes, we will sign an agreement at our first planning meeting. Feel free to contact me for a pre-meeting copy should you wish to look it over.
What are your credentials?
Please see my web site for a full list of my education, ordination, experience, and association credentials. I am an ordained minister as well as Doctor of Divinity though several years of study.
How many ministers does Circle of Life Ministry have?
This ministry is my own independent community spiritual outreach program. This work has been a dream of mine for many years. For weddings, I have a gentleman minister who fills in when needed or when a male Officiant is requested. I also maintain a list of asscoiate ministers who may step in should there be an emergency. Please contact me for further details. All the various activities and services of Circle of Life Ministry are listed on my web site.
Book as early as possible before your ceremony. My calendar fills to capacity early in the year.
When considering your Officiant, realize that performing a beaufiful meaningful ceremony involves much more than simply arriving that day and reading the words. The right minister will remove your stress over the ceremony, offer a detailed personal planning meeting, will take over the details, will send you reminders and updates, will give you many hours of preparation, and simply be there for you in all respects. I am this wedding Officant. I go the extra mile out of love for the work, and a conviction that this is the tender loving care you need and deserve on your day.
If you do not have a wedding planner, I act in that capacity for the ceremony itself. I direct the ushers, attendants, and family during the rehearsal as well as on the big day. I work with the musician or D.J., as well as the photographer. Considering the cost of the wedding planner, this is value added. Make sure your Officiant is willing to go the extra mile for you.