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Barbara Densmore, Certified Celebrant & Wedding Officiant

Nanaimo, British Columbia View map

About

Your wedding just might be the most planetary, real-deal, sincerely meaningful, and heart-bursting life moment you will ever share with the people you love. What if your ceremony was like that? What if the celebration began WITH the ceremony, not AFTER it?

Barbara Densmore (that's me) is a modern Metaphysical Minister, a celebrant and licenced wedding officiant who will make sure you are breathing properly/grounded before your ceremony begins (so you don't miss it), and ensure that everyone is fully there for you in your big moment (so they don't miss it.)

Barbara is the choice of couples who want to intentionally marry each other. And who want to work with a professional who aims to make that life moment planetary, real-deal, sincerely meaningful, and heart-bursting...and whatever other words will describe it best for you.

Services offered

Her services include the following:

  • Wondrous wedding ceremonies that we create together.
  • Wee weddings/group elopements -intimate and interactive ceremonies for 20 people or less
  • Elope to Vancouver Island -a different way to get married
  • Vow Renewals

Areas covered

Barbara is a modern Metaphysical Minister, Ceritifed Celebrant and Licenced BC Wedding Officiant servicing Vancouver Island as well as:

  • Victoria
  • Sooke
  • Duncan
  • Nanaimo
  • Parksville
  • Courtenay
  • Comox Valley
  • Campbell River
  • The northern Gulf Islands
  • Funny little nooks and crannies in between

Highlights

Wedding Types

Interfaith ceremony, vow renewal

Officiant Services

Licensed, allow couple' own vows

Religious Affiliations

Agnostic, baha'i faith, buddhist, anglican, baptist, episcopalian, lutheran, methodist, no denomination, presbyterian, quaker, islam, jewish, taoist, unitarian, sikhism

Wedding Services Starting Price

$600

More information

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.
30-60 mins.

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

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    Rachel M. Married on 18/02/2022
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    Ceremony to remember.

    Barbara was so helpful with the whole process. She was absolutely perfect for our ceremony. We would highly recommend her.
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    Adam K. Married on 23/08/2021
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    Perfectly personalized and intimate day

    We wanted a personal, intimate ceremony and that is exactly what we got. We live in a different city but were able to connect with Barbara by video and very quickly we were comfortable talking with her as she took our scattered ideas and gave us some great plans. She makes it easy to develop meaningful, personal vows, and really tailored the whole day to our vision. Everyone was at ease and enjoyed the ceremony with touching moments and laughter throughout. She was also great with the kids and worked them seamlessly into the day as we had hoped. Thank you for making our day so memorable Barbara!
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    Brian H. Married on 15/08/2021
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    Barbara was Amazing! Ceremony was Personalized and Inclusive!

    Barbara provided a personalized wedding ceremony for us that included our family and friends. She was easy to work with and was prompt with answering questions and providing recommendations. She was able to collaborate with both of us and use content that made the ceremony special for all. Barbara provided a printout of the reading, printed cards for the vows and provided her own sound system that was very effective to carrying the ceremony in an outdoor setting. We had fantastic reviews from our guests on the ceremony. I would highly recommend Barbara to anyone, she is also a wonderful lady.
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    Paul Married on 23/07/2021
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    Personalized speech that got to the heart of us

    Barbara married my partner and I as part of the vow cabin. She reached out early with some great questions about our relationship. We found the style very comfortable and it was easy to talk to Barbara over email. On the day of, she was very professional, but kept things light hearted. And made sure to check in about the pronunciation of everyone's names, which is greatly appreciated. We were both very impressed with how personalized she was able to make the speech based on our questions and got to the heart of why were getting married. We felt she really got us :)
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    Erann W. Married on 10/07/2021
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    Barbara Nailed It!!

    Our experience with Barbara could not have been better. Truly, it couldn't have been better. She was absolutely amazing to work with. Right from Day 1, she was supportive, honest and made us feel at ease. She made our wedding ceremony beautiful and special and perfectly crafted to us. Our ceremony was unique, meaningful, emotional, funny and goofy at times, it was everything we hoped it would be and more. Barbara has wonderful suggestions and will come up with different ideas to suit you, she puts so much into your ceremony. From planning to execution to following up with you afterward, she just thinks of every detail and makes sure everything goes smoothly. All of our guests were blown away with our ceremony and asking about Barbara. Everyone could see just how much work and care went into it.
    We just can't say enough good things about Barbara and we hope we will have an excuse to work with her again one day. Barbara, we truly could not have done this without you.. thank you so much
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    Sarah B. Married on 13/06/2021
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    Barbara Densmore officiant

    Barbara was amazing to work with. Her communication went beyond expectations. Barbara made our ceremony so special, it was personal and unique. She made us feel so comfortable. I would highly recommend her to any friend!
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    Achintya B. Married on 29/03/2021
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    Elopement Ceremony

    Barbara is beyond AMAZING! We couldn’t have dreamt of a better way to get married. She is such a gem of a person too. We wanted a custom Hindu-inspired wedding focusing on the five elements of nature. And she wrote the most beautiful script for us. I cried the first time I read it, her writing, it has that effect on you. She had so beautifully incorporated who we are into the ceremony. She has a questionnaire with a number of questions which took us back on a nice walk down the memory lane and helped us introspect more about our relationship and us. She used this to understand us as a couple and the best part is we answered our questionnaire separately and later she gave us a printed copy as a keepsake which we read after the ceremony. It made us laugh and cry and made our wedding night, even more memorable.
    As our family couldn’t be present, she found a way to beautifully incorporate them into our ceremony and kept them involved in the process. She went beyond her way to surprise us and make our day special by sneaking a video recording of our families and their messages on our wedding. We were so touched.
    Our friends and family saw the video recording of the ceremony and just can’t stop talking about how beautifully she had incorporated us, Hindu traditions, our families, the surroundings and our new homeland into our ceremony. She made it all happen like MAGIC!
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    Sarah H. Married on 05/12/2020
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    An integral part of our wedding!

    We could not have had a better experience with Barbara as our fabulous celebrant! We met Barbara in January, and in the chaos that was 2020 she helped us create and plan not one, not two, but three wedding ceremonies. Barbara's process really helped us to explore our feelings and intentions for our marriage, and she used that information to create an intimate and personalized wedding ceremony that truly reflected us as people and as a couple. Due to COVID-19, many of our family members and friends couldn't attend our ceremony. Barbara came up with engaging ways to involve everyone from a distance, and even sent some sneak peak photos out after our ceremony! This really took the pressure off of my partner and I to communicate immediately, and allowed everyone to really feel involved and valued.
    Barbara was so professional, flexible and responsive throughout our experience working with her. We can't recommend her highly enough! We look forward to additional opportunities to use her services to celebrate future milestones. Thank you so much Barbara for being such an integral part of our journey this year!
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    Alexa R. Married on 19/11/2019
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    Incredible talent and so accommodating!

    We were referred to Barbara by a friend who had been a client of hers previous. We came with a tall order: Could you create a custom ceremony for us, perform it for us in Victoria to legally marry us, give it to us to take to Mexico so that someone who has never preformed a wedding can complete it for us in front of friends and family!? Haha.

    Barbara has an incredible vision when it comes to her writing, she was able to piece together the information we provided her to create a ceremony that felt so personal and specific to us - it was like she had known us our entire relationship. Not only was it beautiful, but she went above and beyond by creating a ceremony that could be easily duplicated by someone with no experience. Barbara went out of her way to create a book with the ceremony that also included cue's and helpful tips for our family member performing it in Mexico. We couldn't have been happier with the result and will be recommending her again and again! You will be so happy with your choice to hire Barbara. Thank-you for everything!
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    Amber M. Married on 21/09/2019
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    Every guest agreed, best ceremony they have ever been to.

    If you want a custom ceremony, that speaks directly to who you are as a couple, dynamically engages your family and friends, and is set up for amazing photos, working with Barbara is exactly what you should do.

    From the first phone call, Barbara was personable and lovely and made us feel like comfortable and taken care of. She seamlessly Incorporated our ideas with her own.

    In preparing for the ceremony she sends a number of questions, which she uses in great detail to build a one of a kind, dream ceremony, unique to you as a couple. When I first read ours, I laughed, cried, and was simply overcome with how well she got us as a couple.

    In the ceremony she, thoughtfully moves around to ensure the photographer can capture the couple, without her being in it.

    All of our guests talked about how amazing she was.

    She was the best.

    Thank you for the best ceremony ever.

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Wedding Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Wedding Awards 2015 Winner
  • WeddingWire Wedding Awards 2014 Winner
  • WeddingWire Wedding Awards 2013 Winner

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