Specialized Wedding Services
Reverend Stan was a truly remarkable and valued part of our wedding celebration. He not only officiated the ceremony with class and professionalism, but he coached and led us through all aspects of our wedding plans.
As we were from Canada, and not familiar with the available wedding resources in the Palm Springs area, Reverend Stan was instrumental in guiding us in the right direction and finding the perfect solution for each need as it arose. He has a great reputation amongst his peers and came highly recommended to us. We were very honored to have him unite us in the start of our lives as husband and wife.
We appreciated his attention to detail and his thoroughness in tailoring our wedding ceremony. Reverend Stan included our faith, our children, and our commitment to family - we truly felt that our wedding was unique and personalized. He went above and beyond, always exceeding our expectations.
We would strongly recommend Reverend Stan and Specialized Wedding Services to anyone looking for a touching ceremony made up of memories that will last a lifetime......
John & Wendy Giles
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Reverend Stan made our 50th vow renewal so special. Not knowing exactly how to organize the ceremony Reverend Stan guided us with such caring. He made a special effort to include our whole family in the ceremony, including children and our six grandchildren. By the time our ceremony date arrived we felt like we had known Reverend Stan for years. Our family and friends are still talking about how beautiful and special he made our ceremony. Reverend Stan is truly remarkable.
Reverend Stan is extremely professional, exceptionally friendly and wonderfully creative. He worked with us to create a beautiful, custom ceremony that was perfectly suited to our tastes and ended up bringing everyone in attendance to tears (of joy!). We never felt like Reverend Stan was out of reach, he helped us coordinate services and clarify confusions with our vendors and best of all, he made us feel extremely comfortable in knowing that everything was taken care of. Our ceremony was absolutely beautiful and we have Reverend Stan to thank for it. Our friends and family were so impressed that multiple couples asked for his contact information so they could call him to renew their vows. In fact, we heard multiple times that Reverend Stan’s ceremony was the best ceremony our guests had ever been to! Thank you so much Reverend Stan, for your patience, your understanding and your incredible talent! When it comes time to renew our vows, we know who we'll be calling!!!
We found Rev Stan through the internet (we are located in NJ) and after looking at the reviews decided that we wanted him to officiate our Jewish/Christian Ceremony. After speaking with him the first time, we knew that we had made the right decision! He is very thorough, conscientious and detail oriented. He understood our every concern, and he addressed them professionally and beautifully. He really worked with us to personalize our ceremony, putting the proper accent on a special day in a special place in our lives. We have no complaints. Please give Reverend Stan a call. (And, to top it off, we didn't actually meet him until the day of our wedding. As soon as we saw him, he made a great impression, and he was every bit of that. Nothing wrong with a true man of the cloth.)
Reverend Stan was very organized and thorough. He provided us exactly what we were looking for and exceeded our expectations in preparing for the ceremony. We really appreciated his work.
Rev. Stan made things so very easy for us. We planned our wedding in 3 months and it was beautiful. He was everything he said and did a great service just the way we wanted it. My son was very surprised with his inclusion and the guests thought that part was very touching. The night before the wedding I was stressing and Rev. Stan called me and reassured me. He even offered to let me call him throughout the night if I needed more reassurance. Who does that anymore? Highly recommend him for your special day!
Reverend Stan officiated at our wedding in Palm Springs and he guided us step by step on what we needed to do to get to our wedding day. From guiding us on how to get the marrige license and paperwork covered to allowing us to be flexible with our ceremony. Our ceremony in general was short but Reverened Stan was patient and thorough in giving us the ceremony that we wanted.
He was a thorough gentleman throughout and he made sure that we got everything right on the day.
Even in the week after the wedding, Reverened Stan was following up with information for us so that we did not forget anything.
Thank you so much!
Dearest Reverend Stan,
Thank you for making our wedding the most amazing day in our lives.
This was our second marriage for both of us and we therefore truly knew how we wanted our wedding: private, intimate, joyful, happy and relaxed.
You made all this possible for us and we thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. Also thank you for having become a friend during this process.
A friendship we will treasure for ever.
Looking forward to meeting you again we remain yours truly friends.
Claudia & Russell
To future brides and bridegrooms;
We are a couple living in Sweden, Europe, who got engaged when we visited Palm Springs last year in October. We had fallen in love with Palm Springs so after selecting a wedding location from places all over the world, we decided to go back to the beautiful desert. We started to look for wedding officiants on the web and amongst all of them we found Reverend Stand and his wife's website the most professional and with the overall highest ratings. After my first contact with Reverend Stan I understood why; he is extremely helpful, professional, kind, cheerful and utmost concerned to do the best for you and to make sure the wedding will be just as perfect as you want it; be it a small one as ours (only 4 of us) or a big vendor for a hundred of guests.
Living on the other side of the world, which also involves 9 hours time difference, made it more difficult to arrange the wedding on site. However, Reverend Stan helped us with recommendations for everything we needed; from the lovely Lynne Lockwood who played her harp for us during the ceremony, flower delivers, photographer and also recommended the restaurant La Vallauris, where we enjoyed our lovely wedding dinner.
Choosing Reverend Stan (and this goes for certain for his wife as well) assures you that you are well taken care of and that your wedding will be just as perfect as it should.
I can not praise Reverend Stan enough and who knows; one day we may decide to renew our wedding vows in front of him at the same beautiful location, The O'Donnell House, in Palm Springs.
Looking forward to that day.
Thank you again Reverend Stan,
Claudia & Russell.
Reverend Stan officiating our wedding was truly a blessing from God. After our first phone conversation, I knew Reverend Stan was the Reverend for us as he was genuinely interested and caring about what we wanted and felt we needed in order to have our dream ceremony. As the wedding came closer, Reverend Stan was there every step of the way going over ceremony details with us, recommending other vendors, and checking on our well-being. Working with him did not feel like he was providing a service, but rather as though a friend or family member wanting to help. The rehearsal was coordinated perfectly and the ceremony was exactly what we dreamed. He took his time to write the perfect ceremony that suited us, provided a sound system so every guest could hear our vows, and handled the wedding license for us. All of Reverend Stan's hard work and dedication to our marriage came at a very reasonable price. I actually could not believe my ears when he first told me the cost. If you are looking for someone who is personal, caring, experienced, professional, detail-oriented, devoted, and affordable, Specialized Weddings is for YOU!!!!!
Reverend Stan Jacobson, He was great. he heard every thing we wanted put all of it in. His words were so inspiring that it even led to my Mom and her sister talking after too many years of not. There was not a dry eye in the house. He and his wife not only helped us alot but I felt tuly cared about our feeling wants and wishes. We could not have asked for any thing more nore could we have not imagined it would have turned out so good with the short notice we gave. We moved the wedding up a whole year. Reverend Stan was great.
We highly recommend Reverand Stan. His committment for perfection will not be found anywhere else. His service was everything we had dreamed of for our Wedding and much more! We booked Rev. Stan less than 2 weeks before our Wedding Date and he was available to do this for us in such sort notice. With a smile and suggestions Reverand Stan lead us into our path of a most Cherishable Day. We had invited all of our freinds and family over for an afternoon of fun with Potluck Dishes to celebrate our Engagment, Birthdays, and also our New Home. We received such a great response that we decided to have a Surprise Wedding. Reverand Stan is very flexible and so very blessed with this. He puts all of it together like magic. Everyone learned more about us during this ceremony with Stans incredible statements that we put together for him about when we met and he blended it together beautifully. Each person in the congragation learned more about Jewish and also Christian Wedding Traditions thanks to him. We could not be happier. Thanks Stan:)
Rev. Stan made our wedding vows so personilized. My guest were so delighted with him and he made everything run smoothly. He was on top of everything. He called, sent email, made sure our venue, photographer and flowers were going to be there.....I was unable to have my wedding outside like we planned and Rev. Stan assured me that everything would be perfect. He was right it was. My guest even thanked him....my best friend will recommend him for when her son gets married. Karen & Jack
Reverend Stan Jacobson was a wonderful Officiant throughout the entire wedding planning and celebration. Reverend Stan is so kind, very prompt at returning calls and/or emails and puts 110% effort into writing the ceremony. I would highly recommend Reverend Stan Jacobson to anyone who is looking for an Officiant and my Husband and I are so thankful that we were able to use his services for our wedding. Thank you Reverend Stan for all of the hard work you put into creating such a beautiful ceremony.
My mother found Reverend Stan online at SpecializedWeddings.com and I am so thrilled that she did. He was 100% incredible from beginning to end. He was so unbeleiveably thorough and efficient. He was patient and helpful and willing to make our ceremony work for us in whatever way he possibly could. Reverend Stan was professional entirely and made every effort to ensure that the ceremony ran smoothly from ours vows, the wedding party responsibilities, guest seating, he even had a timeline down to the minute. I was so impressed and his complete organization helped to make it the perfect ceremony. All of his effort made this day so special for us and we will never forget him and the ceremony he put together for us. We were so lucky to have him and I would suggest his services to ANYONE who wants an incredible, personal and magical wedding ceremony. Thank you Stan!
We are so incredibly gratefull to Reverend Stan for doing such an amazing job at our wedding!!!! Our ceremony was absolutely perfection!!! We have children and he was able to incorporate them into the ceremony so beautifully! The whole experience was more beautiful than we could have even imagined! I don't know WHAT I would have done without him because we didn't have a wedding planner so I hadn't even thought of who was going to handle the rehersal. Reverend Stan handled everything so thoroughly that there was no concern at all about how smooth the ceremony would flow. And it flowed seamlessly! He was so cooperative with our videographers and event coordinators ( www.JKIGmedia.com who were also AMAZING!!! Check them out!!)I can't say enough about how happy I am with Reverend Stan. He made our ceremony everything we could have wanted. Thank you!!!
I want to thank Rev Stan for a beautiful way to celebrate our wedding day! He was kind, professional, and met our every need. We have recomended Rev. Stan to friends and family who are going to start planning their weddings. I recently wrote a review that accidently rated Rev. Stan by an accidently pushed touchy computer, so I am rewritting my review to explain how happy we are with our ceremony in every way. We found Rev. Stan on his wonderful web site that explained in great detail how he could help us write our ceremony to fit exactly what we wanted. He was warm and inviting by emailing and calling during the duration of your wedding plans. Thank you Rev Stan from the bottom of our hearts!!
We really liked having Stan Jacobson officiate our wedding. His responses were prompt, he sent us everything quickly, we never waited for him. My only thing was that... you definitely want to start on time, because I dont think he liked our starting very late. So... other than that, he was perfect. Very nice, and he listened to what we wanted, gave his opinion, and ultimately gave us everything we asked for, without breaking our budget. Thanks so much Rev. Stan, we really appreciated your service, you did a great job, sorry everything got off to such a late start.
One word: OUTSTANDING! I cannot express enough how pleased my new husband and I were with the services provided by Specialized Wedding's and Reverend Stan. Being from out of town we had to ask for referrals for officiants. Reverend Stan was recommended by everyone, from our venue to the bakery and to the salon. We can now see why! His attention to detail, his promptness and knowledge and most importantly the eloquence in which he delivered our ceremony. We, along with our guests were very moved. He definitely made our big day a special one and we can't thank him enough!
After reading the reviews about Reverend Stan, I had to call Specialized Wedding Services to see if Reverend Stan was available on our Wedding Day. And he was! Reverend Stan assured me that he would not let me down and he was correct. He wrote us the most beautiful ceremony and had so many suggestions on what we can do during the ceremony. He kept in contact during the entire process to insure that I was happy with what he had written for us and after reading the first draft, I was in tears. My husband & I loved every word, so beautiful. During our Dinner Rehearsal, my husband was having some issues with his brother and Reverened Stan asked if he could talk to him and after they talked, his brother acted differently. We're not sure what Reverend Stan told him but what ever it was it worked and we are so thankful for that.
After the ceremony we had so many of our guests tell us how beautiful the ceremony was and that it was the best they have ever heard. Reverend Stan made a lot of our guests tear up.
You will be sorry if you do not book Reverend Stan for your Wedding. He is an amazing person and he definitely knows what he is talking about :0)
Rev. Stan was perfect. He gave us exactly the ceremony we wanted to make our special day all the more amazing. He is professional, caring, and responsive. I cannot say enough good things about my experience with Rev Stan!!!
Right from the start Reverend Stan told us he wouldn’t let us down, and indeed he came through. In an initial phone call with him he made us feel very comfortable and I could tell he really knew what he was doing. After this conversation and some emails we set up a meeting with him at his home, as we were going to be in the area for a food tasting. Reverend Stan asked us a lot of questions to help zero in on exactly what type of ceremony we wanted, and even read aloud some sample passages for us. This phase was critical as we didn’t know exactly what type of ceremony we wanted. He laid out plenty of options and even welcomed any passages of our own that we might have wanted to add, which we eventually did. He has a great voice – both powerful and gentle – and his sample readings really helped us envision what the real ceremony would be like.
Over the remaining weeks approaching our wedding we emailed drafts back and forth a few times, polishing the details until we were happy with the outcome. He was on site early for both the rehearsal and wedding and took care of all the wedding license details too.
My wife and I are happy we found the Reverend and highly recommend him. You can count on Reverend Stan!
I knew immediately upon my initial conversation with Rev Stan, he was the person to officiate my wedding and I was at no point disappointed. As a matter of fact, Rev Stan surpassed all my expectations.
Rev. Stan customized our wedding to accomodate and reflect our wishes. While maintaining his professionalism, he was very personal and sensitive in all of his interactions. He put all at ease and saw the "it is possible" in each and every situation.
Rev Stan possesses the knowledge, skill, professionalism and know how to incorporate traditional, modern and contemporary vows in his officiating, making the ceremony very unique.
Feedback from all in attendance, "touching, most beautiful ceremony and memorable". Rev Stan was a hit with the family, wedding party and guests. Without a doubt, I would recommend Rev Stan in a flash. His charisma was infectious.
Within a few days of the ceremony, Rev Stan provided us with an elegant embossed bound copy of our wedding ceremony to reflect upon for years to come.
Thank you Rev Stan
Cameo Rice Banks
What a wonderful decision we made! Reverend Virginia wrote a beautiful, intimate ceremony for my My husband and I. We wanted something simple, stress free and comfortable for our wedding day. Reverend Virgina and Stan were so warm and responsive to everything. We definitely got what we wanted!
Reverend Stan was wonderful! I could not have asked for a better officiant. He took care of me every step of the way, he was more than my officiant, he was practically my coordinator! I felt completely at ease knowing I wouldn't have to worry about a thing on my big day because Reverend Stan was there, he told me as soon as I arrived (late of course!) "Just relax, the bride is never late and we won't start until you are ready." I was amazed, not once in the planning of my big day did I think my officiant would care so much. I was wrong! All I can say is, Thank You Reverend Stan, you made the most important day in my life stress free and a day I will never forget!
Reverend Stan was fantastic to work with. We loved how involved he kept us in the writing of our vows and the entire ceremony. We were also very impressed with how seamlessly he was able to incorporate our personal stories into the ceremony. We highly recomend Reverend Stan!
After interviewing several officiants for our wedding, I came across Reverend Stan. It was very important to me that we have the right person to officiate our wedding especially because I am Jewish, and my wife's family is predominately Catholic. The very first time that I spoke with Stan, I had a warm feeling about what it was that he was trying to provide. He had such a comfortable grasp of what it was that we were trying to do with our ceremony and inter-weaving so much tradition from both sides so as not to leave anything out or offend any of the elders on either side. My wife and I chose to have a rather complicated ceremony also because we wanted to include our children in a ceremony of their own. Immediately Reverand Stan had an answer and he has so much experience dealing with all of these things that the wealth of knowledge is unsurpassed. Always calm and cool under the pressure of carrying out the most important day of most of our lives, Reverand Stan exudes proffesionalism and can deal with the most disruptive and intrusive of guests or family members. He offered at one point to speak personally with my wife's Mother because she and my wife were going through some personal issues.
Being the kind hearted individual that he is, I cant imagine what my wedding would have been like had Reverand Stan not been there. I didnt think that we could possibly pull off the type of wedding we wanted and he made it all possible. He made sure to cover all the details to ensure all of our loved ones, even those that have passed, were included in a respectful and tasteful manner. Explicit attention to detail and an uncanny knowledge of everything that is "a wedding" is what sets Reverand Stan apart from the rest of his colleagues. Thanks so much to you Sir, we couldnt have done it with out you!!!!
Reverend Stan was the most thorough officiant we could have asked for. We planned our wedding from the east coast and the majority of our ceremony planning was through email and over the phone with Reverend Stan He walked us through everything, let us review our ceremony script, offered suggestions for other vendors (photographers, etc) and even picked up a runner for our aisle for us! Our ceremony was an outdoor ceremony and Reverend Stan was up bright and early for our morning wedding over an hour from his home. He was accommodating to all our requests and performed a lovely personal ceremony. All our family and friends commented on how beautiful the wording of the ceremony was and how Reverend Stan personalized the wedding to fit the bride and groom. Thank you Reverend Stan...you were the best!
Reverend Stan was wonderful. Very Professional & listened to all of Our wants. The ceremony he wrote for us was lovely. We loved the way he personalized the ceremony to Our story as a couple. All of Our guests loved the ceremony. He was also very helpful on suggestions as well as recommending other vendors for Our needs on Our special day. I would urge any couple looking for an officiant to use Reverend Stan, you would be very very pleased. I know we are. He was absolutely wonderful.
I want to thank you again Reverend Stan for the fine ceremony you delivered for Sheila and my planned 'short-story' wedding. The ceremony was well written and very well executed and you worked very well with us in choosing our vows that were succinct and sincere, just as we wanted. As well, we thank you for handling the 'accounting' details of the marriage license with the State of CA with such expedience and aplomb; it was done before we returned to Portland, OR from our short honeymoon and that was much appreciated. We would recommend your services to anyone we know (or don't know for that matter!) who may be planning a wedding in the Palm Springs area; you were flexible and very accommodating during the entire planning phase; and execution of our ceremony couldn't have been better…we couldn't have been happier with the results! Thanks again for all your help.
Reverend Stan officiated our wedding a little over a week ago. I have heard from all of my family members and friends how beautiful the ceremony was. The personalized ceremony that Reverend Stan put together was beautiful, touching, heart felt and unique to us. I had a few family problems during the planning and the Reverend was there to give me advise and help me through it. He went above and beyond to help us out in any way he could and all the while made you feel as though you have known him forever. I cannot say enough about him. He's wonderful! If your looking for someone to officiate your wedding, look no further. You'll be happy you went with Reverend Stan.
Thanks again Reverend Stan!!!
Brad & Liz
Our wedding plans had to change suddenly due to health issues of a family member. Everything was already planned for Las Vegas and about two weeks before we were to get married, we needed to change our destination to Palm Springs. With such short notice, I wasn't confident that I would find somebody that could marry us so quickly, AND be able to come to my future in-laws home to marry us. Reverend Stan was wonderful!! We wanted a civil ceremony, very small and intimate. He worked with us on our vows to accomodate our requests and I have to say they were perfect. He came to the house and performed the ceremony there which was a blessing for everyone involved. I would recommend Reverend Stan to anyone. He is a kind, thoughtful and considerate gentleman, with a warm sense of humor.
I don't think we can adequately describe how wonderful Reverand Stan was to work with as our wedding officiant (March 27, 2010). I discovered Reverand Stan based upon reviews I had read from former brides, and upon contacting him, my fiance and I were invited to his home to meet in person and review sample videos of his previous weddings. We instantly felt comfortable with his professionalism, kindness, and sincerity. He took meticulous notes during that first meeting and asked us to provide personal stories for him to use at the ceremony.
One of the best things about Reverand Stan is how organized he is, and, as a result, how easy he makes this part of your wedding planning. Never was there a time I ever worried or even had to wonder if I was on the right timeframe with this part of the wedding, thanks to Reverand Stan. Also, very important to know...he does not plan any other events on the day of your event, so he is not rushed or distracted on your big day.
For all of the future brides reading this, please remember - you will become overwhelmed with flowers, dresses, cakes, etc. but what is the heart and soul of your wedding is what is said at the ceremony. This is the time where people learn why you are committing yourself to each other Every person, and I mean EVERY single person present, commented on how touching and personal our ceremony was. We all had times of laughter and times where tears were shed, but, most importantly, we felt that the ceremony was unique to us. Reverand Stan tailored every piece of the ceremony, including the degree of 'religiousity' we felt comfortable using in the ceremony, to make sure everyone present (including us) believed the ceremony was ours. People continue to comment to us how wonderful Reverand Stan was and upon watching our wedding video we wholeheartedly agree (even though his rates are extremely reasonable) what he did for us was priceless.
Reverend Stan is everything a caring professional wedding officiant strives to become. The entire experience, from the initial consultation through the ceremony and post wedding celebration, is a warm heartfelt feeling you will want to savor for your own Wedding Day. While there are many officiates to select from in the greater Palm Springs area Reverend Stan must be someone you consider! Thank you again Reverend Stan from the bottom of our hearts.
Sincerely, Kara & Sam
We were married October 17, 2009 in Palm Springs and our wedding was nothing short of spectacular! A large factor in making our wedding weekend perfect was Reverend Stan. From the moment we first spoke nearly a year before our wedding, Rev. Stan was attentive, understanding, and incredibly helpful.
Matthew and I had different religious influences growing up, yet neither of us were currently very religious. We knew, however, that somehow we wanted to incorporate both Jewish and Catholic aspects to our ceremony...we just didn't know how! Rev. Stan talked us through everything, gave us time to consider our feelings, and helped us create a beautiful, unique ceremony. My request to him was that our ceremony be filled with "laughter through tears" and Rev. Stan certainly delivered.
My new mother-in-law was a wedding planner for many years, so needless to say, she has seen hundreds of ceremonies. She commented afterward that it was the most special, unique ceremony she had ever heard. Family members from both religions were truly impressed by how we incorporated passages, traditions, and new ideas from both backgrounds into the incredible ceremony.
We became so close with Rev. Stan that we invited both him and his lovely wife Virginia to our rehearsal lunch and our morning-after brunch.
I would never hesitate to recommend Reverend Stan to officiate anyone's ceremony. He will make you feel so comfortable and listen to what you want your ceremony to be. Sometimes, he came up with things to include that I had wanted to, but just couldn't find the right words. His level of attention, both to the couple and to the details are absolutely incredible. He also includes a written copy of your ceremony for you, which is such a lovely keepsake.
We love Reverend Stan!! We vacation in Palm Springs several times a year and know that we have made a lifelong friend.
Reverend Stan was awesome! This was our first time in ever planning a wedding and he made it so easy for us. Planning a wedding is very time consuming and he was on top of everything. He had all the answers and even great ideas. The ceremony was perfect amount of time and included everything and more that we wanted. There wont be another ceremony like ours everything he put together for us was very personalized, which we loved!
Reverend Stan wrote a beautiful ceremony for us. Our guests have told us that it was the most unusual and memorable ceremony that they have ever witnessed. He was always available anytime that we had questions. He was very accomodating and worked with us until we got exactly the ceremony that we wanted.
Reverend Stan was fantastic. We had a middle of the week wedding that we put together fairly quickly. He worked with us to build a ceremony that truly fit us as individuals and captured heartfelt words to eachother. He was flexible in the format of the ceremony and thought of simple touches that made a world of difference to our family as well as to us.
Rev. Virginia was exceptional; she was very easy to work with (and lovable), customizing the ceremony to suit our needs/wants. Would highly recommend without question.
"That was the best ceremony I have ever been to", "The ceremony part that included your son was incredible" These are just two of the compliments we received on and after our wedding day. We are incredibly grateful to have had Reverend Stan officiate our ceremony. He was efficient, detail-oriented, compassionate, caring, and professional. Reverend Stan created a ceremony that we and our guests will never forget. It was moving, funny, and inspirational. Thank you, Reverend Stan.
Reverend Stan was great. I had several family members say that it was by far the best ceremony they had ever been to. The words were so touching. Thank you Reverend Stan for making my day so special!!!
Reverend Stan was very supportive in preparing me for the ceremony. For both of us this was a second wedding and I needed some professional advise in how to set up the ceremony. Reverend Stan was also responsive to our special request to simplify the text. At the wedding day he gave assurance and calmed my nerves. I would recommend him for your wedding.
Reverend Virgina was amazing! She wrote our ceremony especially for us, We love her!!! We are looking to renew our vows next year and Virgina is going to be the one that will are going to have perform our ceremony.
Reverend Virginia was kind and caring. She was very responsive to emails and questions. She helped us understand what was needed and how each part of the big day was going to take place. We were recommened to her services through one of the local Hotels. We would recommend her services to family and friends. She helped personalize our vows and allowed us to make adjustments when needed. We HIGHLY recommend her services.
SPECIALIZED WEDDING SERVICES WAS EXCELLENT FROM START TO FINISH AND STILL HASNT STOPPED BEING GREAT EVEN AFTER OUR CEREMONY,THEY WERE THE BEST IVE SEEN. OTHER OFFICIANTS AND CEREMONYS JUST DIDNT COMPARE. IT WAS TRUELY UNIQUE AND CATERED TO ME AND MY HUSBANDS LIFESTYLE AND NEEDS:) OUR CEREMONY WAS SOOO PERSONAL AND REALLY MADE OUR DAY TRUELY SPECIAL.
Reverend Stan wrote a beautiful ceremony for us. Our guests have told us that it was the most unusual and memorable ceremony that they have ever witnessed. He was always available anytime that we had questions. He was very accomodating and worked with us until we got exactly the ceremony that we wanted.
Reverend Stan did an excellent job officiating my wedding. I booked him late, about 5 weeks before my wedding date, and was afraid it was too late to achieve the perfect ceremony, but he was amazing and my ceremony could not have been any more perfect. He kept in touch with me almost everyday, and spent much time writing a specialized ceremony for us. He gave great input on things I should do, contacted all of my vendors to make sure they were all on the same page, and he made me feel stress free about everything. I highly recommend this company!
Reverens Stan was absolutely fantastic. He helped make our wedding a truly memorable and personal day. He also made planning the ceramony from England very easy. His thoughts and guidance throught the whole process were invaluable.
We cannot thank him enough for helping make our day perfect.
We absolutely loved our ceremony. Reverend Virginia was so thorough and made us feel so comfortable. Her specialized touch to the ceremony was very important to us. All our guests said it was one of the most beautiful ceremonies they have ever seen! There were a lot of tears. We highly recommend Reverend Virginia.
Without Reverend Stan's help it would have been much more difficult. He helped us in every direction to have a marvelous wedding experience. Our wedding was wonderful and beautiful, especially the rose ceremony. THe rose ceremony was such a perfect ending.
LOOK NO FURTHER!!!!
Rev Stan is a MASTER AT HIS CRAFT!
Dear Rev. Stan
I was hoping to hand write you a note from us, but as life is still spinning here I am e-mailing.
First I want to say, we loved our ceremony! It is our most vivid moments! I truly believe that every guest came to Daven and I as well as my dad to tell us how much they enjoyed your ceremony. Everyone thought you where superb! They appreciated all of the information, your exquisite advise and especially the ring ceremony. Our guest left more educated in two different traditions as well as a sense tolerance and renewal!!!! I just can't say enough!
I thank you for your passion as well as your diligence. From the first time I requested information from your web site, until today 3 weeks later, you have kept us on task and informed never forgetting any detail. Mostly giving us the opportunity to reflect what Daven and I wanted. Lots of phone calls and countless emails payed off....you are a master at your craft! I truly could go on forever complimenting you. You come top on our list of recommendations!!!!
We received our certificate just yesterday, thank you for the follow up. Again, your follow through is impeccable! I emailing Clay, he knows the bagpiper. That was her son that was accompanying her at times. I will forward on the info to you. This was a HUGE surprise for Daven, no one knew of this addition but for me and Clay! Can't wait to see the pictures of Daven's face!
Thank you from the bottom of everyone's heart you touched on November 10th 2007!
Stephanie & Daven BoMar
Reverend Stan was great, he followed up with us on a continuous basis, and he gave us drafts and several of great ideas for the ceremony. The ceremony was not very common most of my family members and our friends never participating in a Jewish ceremony. Reverend Stan also made us aware of all the necessary things needed for the ceremony. Thanks to him we had huppah to make the ceremony so much more special. We initial tried getting one thru various means, at last we already someone whom was going to rent it to us, unfortunately the person that was going to rent us the huppah was going through a very difficult time in their life, Reverend Stan came to the rescue and recommended we talk to someone else he knew, he was truly heaven sent, both my husband and I are professional with very limited time, we both work 8 or more hours a day then volunteer every evening for a youth group, so with that beening said the day we "were" having rehearsal Reverend Stan asked for the marriage license and sure enough we forgot to get it he went ahead and told everyone else what they needed to do and sent us off to get our marriage license. I truly don't think there would have been a wedding if it weren't for him. I'm so thankful that he was there to hold our hand thru the process and literally hug us to comfort us, we both my husband and I thought we were going to go crazy. My husband cried the day we forgot to get the marriage license and Reverend Stan hugged him and said it is alright now go get your license. He will be a part of our lives forever not just because he was the officiant that married us but because he cared so much about us and our family. Thank you Reverend Stan.
Reverend Stan's name was given to me by a friend who was so very pleased with the wedding of her grand daughter.
After one phone conversation with him I knew that he was the one I wanted. He gave us such confidence, he encouraged me to make it a memorable day for Jerry and myself. I was over worked, tired and did not think I was up to a "special" day. Well, with Rev. Stan's guideance we had a most special, sweet, loving and beautiful wedding. All our friends said it was the most loving service they had ever attended, and most of them cried, happy tears of cource.
Reverend Stan took away all the stress of trying to organize a ceremony. He was extrememy organized and very helpful in creating the perfect wedding for us.
Reverand Stan was wonderful. I could not recommend him enough. My husband and I live in London but were married in California, and the distance was always a concern for us. Reverand Stand, however, bridged the time and distance gap flawlessly. He worked hard to make sure our ceremony was everything that we had imagined, staying in constant contact with us and revising the ceremony until it was perfect. Additionally, on the actual day of the wedding, he eased nerves and provided a sense of calm and reason during stressful situations. During the ceremony, I felt that Reverand Stan was honestly giving us guidance for our marriage and really cared about us as a couple. I had many guests comment that our ceremony was one of the most beautiful they had ever heard! Again, I would highly, highly recommend Reverand Stan. His ceremony was truly memorable.
Reverend Stan Jacobson was extremely helpful in planning my wedding, thinking of so many thinks I had not thought of. He created a beautiful ceremony specifically designed for my family. I received nothing but compliments on his ceremony and how wonderful it was from our guests. I really cared that the ceremony was not too long, and not too boring, and that is exactly what we were promised, and received. I would recommend Reverend Stan to anyone! He made our wedding perfect. The entire ceremony was then put on paper afterwards and sent to us for our lovely memories. Thank you!
Reverend Stan was wonderful to work with from our very first call. He was helpful and offering suggestions for our wedding even before we hired him as our officiant! He gave recommendations for locations, flowers and photographers which was tremendously helpful as Palm Springs was a destination wedding for us. Both Trevor and I had a very busy schedule in the months leading up to the wedding and Reverend Stan kept in contact with us making sure all the details were perfect. Creating our vows was an easy process with the options Reverend Stan provided us with, yet he worked with us to create a ceremony that was very personal to us and our special wedding arrangement. He even accommodated our family and friends who were not there with us in person. We didn't have the opportunity to meet the Reverend in person prior to our ceremony so we were happy when he and his wife (who served as our witness) were there early and ready to help in any preparation that was needed to be sure the ceremony was perfect. I felt like I had known Reverend Stan my whole life and like he was the perfect person to marry us.
We would highly recommend Reverend Stan to anyone who wants a hassle free, beautifully done, memorable wedding ceremony.
We got married last year & Reverend Stan made it a fantastic day!
Not only was the ceremony exceptional ... but all the time we spent with him prior to the "big Day"was great. He truly makes an effort to go over every last detail ... which is extremely calming at such a busy time.
In addition, at the last minute-my photographer backed out of the wedding. Reverend Stan was able to recommend a fantastic photographer in the area who worked out perfectly!
I would recommend reverend Stan's services to anyone who was looking to get married
Always a joy to work them. They are Amazing!
Working with Reverend Stan & Reverend Virginia is a blessing over the past many years. They handle every type of ceremony with beauty and a special feel for each couple on their wedding day. They are true professionals in their field and a perfect addition to my wedding video productions. I highly recommend either of them for your special day! Hap Trowbridge
Reverend Stan and Reverend Virginia do wonderful ceremonies. I have had the pleasure of seeing both officiate at many of my weddings. Each brings their own style and both are very dedicated ministers who take time to get to know their couples, making their ceremonies very personal and specialized on your precious day. I have had the honor of knowing both of them for a few years and feedback from the brides has been excellent. Reverend Stan also offers an additional special ceremony by combining the couple's different religions into a memorable experience, such as Jewish and Christian. It's a lovely ceremony for those who choose a non-traditional exchange of vows without utilizing a Rabbi, minister, or priest. They arrive at your ceremony way in advance and I find their ethics and integrity to be above reproach. I highly recommend them.
The Reverend Stan and his wife the Reverend Virginia are two of the most pleasent and sincere people. They will give a personalized service created just for you. One that will be your memory forever. They will make that special day even more special.
Specialized Wedding Services, situated in the exquisite Palm Springs, California area, is a nondenominational, religious and interfaith wedding ministry. It was created over 20-years ago, so that the discriminating bride and groom might express their loving commitment to one another in a unique and truly beautiful wedding ceremony. Each ceremony reflects you as a couple — your love, your relationship, your beliefs and values.
Specialized Wedding Services has two licensed, ordained interfaith ministers to serve you. The warm pleasant manner of both Reverend Virginia and Reverend Stan coupled with their delightful presentation brings to life the wedding of your dreams. Reverend Virginia and Reverend Stan only officiate at one wedding on any given day. A sound system may be provided, so all your guests will hear the entire ceremony. Additionally, Specialized Wedding Services maintains Commercial General Liability Insurance coverage. We invite you to tell us about your wedding, when you check our availability!
One of Reverend Stan’s specialties is the blending of Jewish and Catholic or Christian and Jewish wedding ceremonies. These ceremonies are presented in such fashion so as to offend no one, while, at the same time, celebrating both traditions. Whether Jewish or Christian, the guests come away from this truly beautiful ceremony having learned more about the traditions of both religions. Additionally, Reverend Stan reads several blessings and other passages in the Hebrew language and wears a kippot and tallit for this type ceremony. You may wish to ask Reverend Stan about the unique Jewish Ring Ceremony. The wedding ring is first placed on the index finger, or heart finger, of the right hand, before it is voluntarily moved to the ring finger of the left hand. Of course, Reverend Stan is also called upon to officiate at Catholic, Christian and Jewish wedding ceremonies, as well as nondenominational and civil ceremonies.
Adding the very touching and memorable Rose Ceremony, Unity Candle, Breaking the Glass, a Children’s Ceremony or something still different — something the bride and groom alone have created, further enhances our wedding ceremonies. In the alternative, for those already married, you may wish to consider a Renewal of Vows Ceremony, a commitment to a loving lifestyle and a reawakening to future years together.
As our gift to you, you will be sent a Certified Copy of your Marriage License directly from the Recorder’s Office, and as a final remembrance, we present the bride and groom with a beautifully bound and printed copy of their wedding ceremony — a keepsake to cherish forever.
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Our wedding ministry is nondenominational (i.e., all denominational), religious, interfaith and civil. We personalize each ceremony to reflect your desires, values, relationship and spiritual journeys. We feel that no two couples are alike, no two relationships are alike, therefore, "one size fits all," doesn’t fit! The ceremony may be a traditional Christian service, Catholic service or Jewish service. Alternatively, it may be an interfaith service, an inter-denominational service, or a civil service with no religious references. We also perform a Renewal of Vows ceremony. Your vows are written in a meaningful way for you. You are very much involved in the design of your ceremony. The ceremony might include Special Acts of Celebration, special readings, poems, musical interpretations, recognition of certain special people in your lives, etc. The possibilities of having a unique, romantic wedding ceremony are limited only by your imagination and ours!
What do you do for us as our minister?
Either Reverend Virginia or Reverend Stan will work with you to develop a ceremony that is written especially for you. We feel very strongly that it is YOUR WEDDING, not ours! We are totally committed to exceeding your dreams about the perfect wedding ceremony for you. We do not just perform ceremonies, we help you create the ceremony that is unique to you, the couple, your courtship, your relationship, your union. We incorporate the significant points in your lives. We help you achieve your dreams in a natural and comfortable way. In short, we provide a ceremony and vows that are meaningful to you on your wedding day, but will remain equally meaningful to you the rest of your lives. As our gift to you, we provide a Certified Copy of your Marriage License sent to you directly from the Recorder’s Office and with a beautifully bound and printed copy of your wedding ceremony. What happens if that special guest is late, and we cannot start the ceremony on time?
This is one of the most important questions to ask your prospective minister. You need not concern yourself about this. We only officiate at one wedding on a given day, so we always arrive early to ease your mind and assist with any last minute clarifications. And, of course, if one of your special guests is stuck in traffic and you want to start a little later, that too is fine. We are not rushing off to another wedding!
Tidbits of Information
We offer below a number of helpful, disjointed tidbits that we have come to regularly say to our bridal couples. These may be answers to questions oft-times asked, or simply reminders given at a rehearsal. If you have questions, or wish to make a suggestion, please email Reverend Stan at RevStan@SpecializedWeddings.com. Time of Wedding (Sunset):
If you are planning a wedding at sunset or evening, remember to discuss this with your photographer and/or videographer. After your wedding the only things that you will take with you are your memories and pictures. Ask your photographers to work with you to select the best time to capture all the pictures you wish. If you want to know the time the sun will set on your Special Day, please visit http://tinyurl.com/d58sg3. Golf Course Weddings on Grass:
Weddings-on-the-Greens can be lovely, but we offer a few suggestions. Ladies, if you are wearing spiked heels, remember to walk "tippy-toes." Better yet is to avoid the spikes. Also, make certain that the "timers" for the lawn sprinklers will be turned off during your event. And really, it would be best to turn them off earlier in the day, such that the grass is dry at the time of your wedding. This can be discussed with the Golf Course (i.e., venue) management. Also, we suggest you use a runner, particularly if the grass is damp. Using a runner will avoid damaging / staining the hem on the bride’s train, if any. Cell Phones and Cameras:
Remember to turn off all cell phones prior to the wedding ceremony. You might wish to have a DJ (or someone else) make a general announcement to your guests regarding this, as well. Regarding cameras, you may have hired photographers and/or videographers. Try to have your guests refrain from moving into the center aisle to follow the bridal party on the bridal pathway. We have seen where the guests have blocked your professionals and additional shootings were repeated after the wedding ceremony.
Bridesmaids and Groomsmen:
I always remind the groomsmen / bridesmaids to remove their sunglasses and remove any gum they may be chewing. I suggest that the groomsmen stand with their hands folded (i.e., left over right) in front of them — no hands in pockets! If certain groomsmen are to be ushers, suggest they place the palm of their hand on their "belly button," when escorting a woman to her seat. This positioning leaves room for the lady to insert her arm at the gentleman’s elbow. And, as silly as it sounds, tell the groomsmen and bridesmaids not to take pictures while standing up front during the ceremony. Also, have the bridesmaids and groomsmen clap their hands during the kiss and at other appropriate times. Lastly, remind your groomsmen and bridesmaids to smile while on duty. They are supposed to be having fun. Their enthusiasm is transmitted to your guests.
The Importance of Saying, "I do":
The vows are the most important part of the Christian wedding ceremony. If asking vows (i.e., declaration of intent), we listen for the words, "I do" or other such words of affirmation. If repeating vows, we listen for the words accepting the other as husband/wife. The ring vows are the most important part of the Jewish wedding ceremony. Again, we listen for the "Haray at" or wait for the couple’s affirmative action of moving their own ring from the right index finger to the ring finger of the left hand. California’s Family Code Section 420 (a) states "No particular form for the ceremony of marriage is required for solemnization of the marriage, but the parties shall declare, in the physical presence of the person solemnizing the marriage and necessary witnesses, that they take each other as husband and wife." When I recently posed the "proverbial question," to a bride, she responded — "I don’t know, I’ll think about it." She thought this was funny and many of the guests did laugh. I silently waited for what seemed to me to be an eternity. I felt that I could not proceed until she answered affirmatively. Finally the bride said, "yes." I now make it a habit to advise the bride and groom at the rehearsal (or prior to the ceremony) that we can have fun at the ceremony, but this is the one place in the ceremony governed by law, and we must take it seriously. Please, don’t put your officiant in this awkward position. Please respond appropriately.
Declaring Your Intent to Marry:
In a Christian ceremony there may be as few as one vow or as many as three vows, perhaps more. Typically, these vows consist of Asking Vows, Repeating Vows, Ring Vows, etc. California’s Family Code Section 420 (a) states "No particular form for the ceremony of marriage is required for solemnization of the marriage, but the parties shall declare, in the physical presence of the person solemnizing the marriage and necessary witnesses, that they take each other as husband and wife." The operative word that I wish to discuss is, "declare" (i.e., …but the parties shall declare….). Black’s Law Dictionary defines, "Declare": (1) To make known, manifest or clear; (2) To signify, to show in any manner either by word or acts. The dictionary does give further definitions. On occasion, the bride, the groom or both will exchange Personal Vows — vows they have personally written and which vows each wishes to communicate to the other. These vows are written from the heart and without the aid of Black’s Law Dictionary or the Family Code in hand. In fact, the personal vows may not have been seen by the minister / officiant (i.e., not a good idea, but....). Had they been reviewed by the officiant, (s)he may not have wished to interject legal content. I recently officiated at a marriage where the bridal couple exchanged personally written vows. Without my mentioning legal content to the couple, I felt that both sets of Personal Vows met the intent and construct of the California Family Code. All was going along perfectly, until the groom started to say his personal vows. Through tears of joy, the groom chose to whisper his vows into the bride’s ear. Even I, as the officiant standing but 2-feet in front of the bridal couple, could not hear a single word. And, most certainly, the witnesses (i.e., the best man and maid of honor) could not hear a single word. Question: Did the presentation of the groom’s Personal Vows rise to the level required by Section 420(a) of the California Family Code? In my opinion, the presentation of the personal vows failed to meet the required standard. That is, in my opinion, the groom did not make known to the minister and necessary witnesses that he takes the bride as his wife. Although the groom knew that he was to speak his vows loudly for all to hear, it didn’t happen. In my case, we did not have a problem. I typically use both Asking and Repeating Vows. Whenever Personal Vows are introduced into one of my ceremonies, such vows generally replace the Repeating Vows section. And, although there are times when I may have only Asking or Repeating Vows, not both, I always have Asking Vows whenever Personal Vows are offered. This is the one time that having Asking Vows, in addition to the Personal Vows, paid off. As the bridal couple, I urge that you consider asking your officiant to review your Personal Vows in the context of the overall ceremony. As an officiant, you may consider preparing your ceremony to accommodate the situation discussed above.
We feel that a wedding rehearsal is good. It gives the bridal party a greater degree of comfort, and they will feel more confident about their participation. The wedding rehearsal takes a lot of pressure off the bride and groom, so they can more fully enjoy their wedding day. We determine the need for a rehearsal on the number of people in the bridal party, ushered guests, and the overall complexity of the ceremony itself. We are expert (and we trust your officiant is, as well) in conducting rehearsals, day-of-coordination, and, of course, the ceremony itself.
It is always nice to have your friends help out at your wedding, but .... Professional vendors will provide you with the assurance, support and expertise you require on this day. We have seen friends not show up or arrive with inadequate equipment. Friends may not be familiar with the wedding venue, special lighting conditions, for example the sun dropping behind a mountain or building earlier than expected, etc. We have worked wedding sites where there is no electricity and generators are required. Simply be certain that your vendors are prepared for the various contingencies that may occur. As ministers, there have been times when we need a light for our book, as the wedding has been sufficiently delayed while waiting for that special guest. We, of course, have the light. In short, we strongly urge that you retain professional local vendors in the area of the ceremony site. We have always found that this works best for all concerned.
It is always nice to have a young ring bearer walking down the aisle. They are so cute all dressed up. But, don’t let them carry the real rings. Give him a ring pillow, give him fake rings, but don’t give him the real rings. This, of course, is just our recommendation. We have seen problems occur. We always suggest that the Best Man carry both rings (if a double ring ceremony). Typically, the Maid (Matron) of Honor has no pockets and is already holding the bride’s bouquet. We generally ask that the Best Man hand the rings to the minister, not the box, not a pillow, just the rings. We also, ask the best man to check that there are no holes in his pocket, before placing the rings there! Children in The Ceremony:
We love to have children in the ceremony. They are delightful and always produce great photo-ops! This was true when one of our young ring bearers, after delivering the rings, went to the end of the line only to lie down and take a nap on the ring pillow. I say this, so you are prepared to let the children do as they will. The photo-op presented itself during the recessional, as the bridesmaids and groomsmen walked out leaving the sleeping child behind. Should you decide to have young children act as ring bearers and/or flower girls, you may want to consider that they walk down the aisle with another child or as a group. If the child gets upset, don’t you get upset. Have an adult ready to take the child to his/her seat. That means you, "anticipate!" Have a chair reserved for the child in the first or second row, just in case. I have never seen a wedding ceremony that was not perfect!
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