One of the best ways to make your wedding ceremony feel personal is by working with a wedding officiant who will go above and beyond to create the perfect ceremony! That’s what Susan with Perfect Day Ceremonies and Affordable I Do’s does for every one of her couples! Susan and her team of ordained ministers have officiated a number of different types of weddings from traditional, non-traditional, all faiths including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu, multi-cultural, blended families, same sex, and more! In addition to officiating, they also offers premarital counseling. I am so excited to introduce Susan and let you all get to know her better!
What is your favorite part of a ceremony?
Susan: Every part is my favorite! I love every minute- from the anticipation of getting everyone ready to the walk down the aisle to the look in the groom’s eyes when he sees his bride walking towards him and the look on the bride’s face as she is finally walking into her forever love’s arms! I love the laughter and tears of joy we share during the ceremony and the excitement of the moment I pronounce them joined in marriage!
Do you recall a favorite line from a bride or groom’s personal vows?
Susan: Personal vows are always so amazing and fun, but a couple of them over the years have stuck with me such as “You are my person and I’ll love you forever” and “I promise I’ll never again buy a vehicle without talking to you first.”
What’s the most unique special request you’ve had for a ceremony?
Susan: Many of my couples come to me because they want their wedding to be something out of the ordinary so I’ve created a lot of really unique ceremonies including blending cultures such as Jewish, Hindu, Native American, and others! And some just want my help to pull a joke on their partner. One of my favorites is featured on my Facebook page where I introduced the couple as Mr & Mrs, but used the bride’s last name! It was truly a priceless moment, captured beautifully on video!
Do you have a favorite unity candle alternative?
Susan: Along the same line of creating unique moments and ceremony aspects for my couples, I have created some really fun and unique unity ceremonies. I can’t say if I have a “favorite” alternative unity ceremony, but some of those I have created include a twist on the Unity Wine ceremony where we break the glasses. A Unity Flower ceremony where the couple created a mixed bouquet using different flowers that represent their individuality. A Unity Shot ceremony where they came up with different liquors to mix in a decanter and then poured each other a shot and toasted to their marriage! They used “His, Hers, and Ours” drink glass and decanter set they found on Etsy. Another favorite of mine is creating blended family unity ceremonies- I did one ceremony where they built a Lego house together and another where they built a S’more including toasting the marshmallows in the outdoor fireplace at Silverwood Park!
What is your favorite walk down the aisle song?
This is a hard one for me! In my fifteen years, I have literally done over a thousand weddings, and I love all kinds of music. But one of the most truly memorable ones was actually a groom’s entrance for a western-themed wedding. The groom came in flanked by his two grown sons, all dressed in black with black cowboy hats. The song they played was the theme song from “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”! The whole congregation erupted in laughter and it ended up being a tough act to follow for the bride!
Are you searching for the right officiant for your big day? If yes, invest in an officiant who will take the time to truly personalize your wedding ceremony and create a memorable experience for your special day. Inquire with Susan and her team at Affordable I Do’s and Perfect Day Ceremonies here.