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Barbara Rowlandson - Secular Humanist Wedding Officiant

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Barbara Rowlandson - Secular Humanist Wedding Officiant offers a wedding service across the Barrie, Midland, Orillia, and Muskoka areas. Barbara works with couples to craft perfect wedding ceremonies that match personalities and needs. She is a secular humanist wedding officiant with the Ontario Humanist Society, and she is also a registered officiant with the Province of Ontario.

UPDATE (April 23, 2022): I am now fully booked for the 2022 season. Thank you to all of my 2022 clients - I look forward to working with you!

As of August 2022, I will be moving to Bobcaygeon, Ontario, and my service area will change to the Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton and Muskoka regions. I am currently accepting inquiries for 2023 ceremonies in my new service areas. Please be advised I will no longer be taking on bookings for ceremonies in Simcoe County.

Services Offered

Barbara Rowlandson - Secular Humanist Wedding Officiant offers wedding services to couples seeking beautiful and meaningful ceremonies. Barbara is proud that her business is LGBTQ+ friendly. Her favourite part of working with couples is collaboratively creating a ceremony that reflects their personal journey, ensuring the experience is as unique as they are. Barbara can help guide couples through the process at every step of the way. She can create simple no-fuss ceremonies or services that tell the stories of clients as couples through readings, rituals, and custom vows. Contact her today to discover how you can create the ideal ceremony for your perfect day, together.

Highlights

Wedding Types

Non-religious, ceremony rehearsal

Officiant Services

Licensed, allow couple' own vows

Religious Affiliations

No denomination

Wedding Services Starting Price

$400

More information

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

$150

If you offer pre-marital counseling, what is the starting price for (per session)?

$15

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    Alanna M. Married on 15/10/2021
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    We just love her to bits

    We had some very non-traditional requests that were met with excitement and dedication. She took the time to get to know us and on wedding day, it was like our best friend was marrying us. She is truly incredible!

    Barbara Rowlandson - Secular Humanist Wedding Officiant's reply:

    I am so moved by your comment, thank you Alanna! There was so much I loved about your ceremony, but even more so about you two as a couple. You are truly equals and that was reflected in your ceremony choices, and I really respect that. It was wonderful getting to know you both; your ceremony will stand out in my memory for a long, long time. All the best to you both for the happiest future imaginable!
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    Jordan B. Married on 02/10/2021
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    Our ceremony was PERFECT!

    Barb was positively excellent - she was super accommodating and collaborative in writing our personalized ceremony, and she was so comfortable and engaging the day-of. We had so many compliments for the service afterwards, I would absolutely recommend!!!

    Barbara Rowlandson - Secular Humanist Wedding Officiant's reply:

    Hi Jordan and Jameson! I am thrilled to hear that you and your guests loved your ceremony! I am also thrilled that the world's longest train moved out of the way to allow me to get there on time lol! But seriously, it was a fantastic wedding for a fantastic couple I couldn't be happier for you. All the best to you both for a happy future together!
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    Joseph B. Married on 07/08/2021
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    Barbara truly got to know us and it showed in her words

    We would 100% recommend Barbara to anyone who wants an officiant who will get to know the couple and will write up an amazing ceremony for patrons to learn more about your story of love. It felt like we have known Barbara for years and we can truly see that she is in this business for the right reasons. Do not hesitate to use her. :)

    Barbara Rowlandson - Secular Humanist Wedding Officiant's reply:

    Joe, I just adore both you and Vienna. You were both a joy to work with. I am so honoured you chose me to officiate. Your heartfelt vows and radiant love for each other brought a tear to my eye. Thank you so much. I wish you both a long, joyful life together!
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    Trudy D. Married on 10/10/2020
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    Fabulous wedding officiant

    Barb was a pleasure to work with. She has an ease of humour and honesty that blended so well with us. She listened to our story, interviewed us to understand our beautiful story together and turned it into a flawless ceremony that brought tears to us both and summed us up perfectly.

    Barbara Rowlandson - Secular Humanist Wedding Officiant's reply:

    It was my absolute pleasure to unite people who are so very compatible and deserving of happiness. Wishing you both an eternity of love.
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    Anna L. Married on 16/08/2020
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    Delightfully special

    Having decided and planned our wedding with 3 weeks notice, we didn’t have high expectations, particularly for the ceremony portion. Not only did Barbara address all of our questions, she took the time to thoroughly get to know us and craft a unique story-based ceremony that represented our relationship so beautifully. We were honoured to have Barbara by our side on our special day. She even reminded my hubby to breath during the ceremony when he teared up (he keeps mentioning how helpful that was!).
    If you’re looking for something a little different, Barbara is your perfect person!

    Barbara Rowlandson - Secular Humanist Wedding Officiant's reply:

    You two are just the sweetest! Thank you for letting me be a part of your special day, it was truly a delight to serve you. I know in my heart you two will have a long, happy life together. I wish you the happiest future imaginable.
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    Sarah L. Married on 26/01/2019
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    Fantastic Officiant!

    Barbara was a fantastic choice for our wedding! She was always professional, she took the time to meet with us and review our ceremony in advance of the big day and she exceeded our expectations on the big day! Our guests commented on how fun, bright and warm she was - she definitely made us feel at ease while standing in front of everyone. She took the time to really get to know us and developed a very personalized ceremony for us, which was very appreciated. For anyone looking for a secular officiant, we would recommend Barbara 100%!

    Barbara Rowlandson - Secular Humanist Wedding Officiant's reply:

    Oh gosh, that is so sweet of you, thank you Sarah! Officiating your wedding was very special. I loved getting to know you and Derek; you're a very sweet couple who truly compliment each other. I'm honoured to have been a part of your big day. Wishing you both a long, happy life together!
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    Stephen M. Married on 02/10/2021
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    Amazing personalized ceremony

    Barb wrote a beautiful ceremony for us that we feel describe the journey of our relationship and commitment to each other. We are so happy we chose Barb.

    Barbara Rowlandson - Secular Humanist Wedding Officiant's reply:

    I'm so happy you chose me too! Thank you, Stephen and Victoria. It was lovely getting to know you both and I wish you all the very best as you move forward together in married life.
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    Kaitlyn W. Married on 03/10/2020
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    Kind and professional

    Barb was exceptional to work with. She was very easy to communicate with and very helpful and knowledgeable about the steps to acquire the marriage license.

    She was very personable and asked all the right questions for her to be able to come up with a very beautiful and personal ceremony.

    We received nothing but kind feedback from all of our guests about the ceremony she performed and how well she was able to get along with our group.

    10/10 would not regret having Barb perform your ceremony!

    Barbara Rowlandson - Secular Humanist Wedding Officiant's reply:

    Hi Kaitlyn and Jesse, thank you so much for your kind words. It was such a pleasure, you are a beautiful couple with a beautiful family! I am so honoured I could be a part of your special day - thank you! Wishing you both a lifetime of joy ahead.
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    C S Married on 25/09/2020
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    Professional, friendly officiant who kept the process about us

    The process of finding the right officiant can be strange, and we feel very fortunate to have found Barb -- she's straightforward and down-to-earth, and we felt comfortable with her from our first video interview. She mentioned to us that, as an officiant with the Ontario Humanist Society, the ceremonies she conducts are secular and not to include any religious elements. We felt this approach aligned with our values, and indeed Barb consistently kept her focus on us as a couple.

    She used her polished interviewing, writing and speaking skills to craft a ceremony that was personal and meaningful to us, without being saccharine. (She also shares the draft ceremony in a Google Doc. At first, we worried about this spoiling the surprise for us...But it's actually much more important to have that opportunity to fact-check and make minor tweaks before they get read out loud to everyone!)

    On the day of our ceremony, she arrived promptly, got along easily with our guests, and delivered the ceremony with just the right amount of feeling. Thanks again, Barb -- we're so happy you were there for our big day!

    Barbara Rowlandson - Secular Humanist Wedding Officiant's reply:

    Hi Carmen and Dylan, thank you so very much for allowing me to be a part of your special day. Yours was a truly unique and fun ceremony to officiate and it was such a pleasure getting to know you both. I wish you all the happiness in the world as you navigate life's adventures together!
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    Eric D. Married on 06/06/2020
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    She made us comfortable

    Barbara was our chosen officiant before covid hijacked our wedding. She easily changed from a large catered event to a small backyard ceremony without a hiccup for us. She took time to get to know us, even when meeting in person wasnt possible. Communication was easy, we were able to adjust the ceremony to include what was important to us. Best of all, on the day of our ceremony it felt relaxed. So glad we picked Barbara, thanks for making our day possible.

    Barbara Rowlandson - Secular Humanist Wedding Officiant's reply:

    So kind, thank you Eric! It's always a pleasure to perform ceremonies for couples who clearly belong together. You and Erin are such a lovely couple. Looking forward to "finishing the job" next year!

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