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Barbara Rowlandson - Secular Humanist Wedding Officiant

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Barbara Rowlandson - Secular Humanist Wedding Officiant offers officiant/celebrant services across the Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough, Trent Lakes, Haliburton and Muskoka regions. Barbara works with couples to craft perfect wedding ceremonies that match their 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.

Services Offered

Barbara Rowlandson - Secular Humanist Wedding Officiant offers wedding services to couples seeking beautiful and meaningful ceremonies without reference to religion. If you're a couple who is looking for a ceremony that is special, personal and has all of the elements you would expect in a wedding, but are not part of a faith-based organization and want a secular service, Barbara is the right choice for you!

Barbara is proud that her business is LGBTQ+ friendly and is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community herself. 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.

Dear Simcoe County Couples: As of August 2022, I will be moving from Midland to Bobcaygeon, Ontario, and my service area will change from Barrie and surrounding area 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. Thank you to all of my wonderful clients in Simcoe County who helped me get my start in officiating! I look forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to the Kawarthas.

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
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    Hunter M. Married on 17/09/2022
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    Creating Magic and Peace of Mind

    From the moment I found Barb on wedding wire and read all her incredible reviews, I knew I wanted her to be our officiant. She takes pride in her work and stands by her values. We loved being able to share our story with her, without judgement, and have her understand our experience and journey as a couple. She helped us create a ceremony that included all our guests and helped those who had not yet met us as a couple know the love we share and who we are as people through our gratitude statements. Barb understands her responsibility as a treaty person and has made a commitment to acknowledge the land she conducts her ceremonies on. My Husband is Anishinaabe and it was important for us to have parts of his culture in our ceremony - Barb collaborated and learned alongside us to create a ceremony that would honour that part of our relationship. She shared with us that this was her first blanket ceremony and we were so grateful for the research and care she put into honouring this practice. The whole ceremony felt organic, light, full of love, and also had moments of laughter and fun! There is so much that goes into the planning of a wedding, but the most important part is this moment. Barb is organized, communicates in a timely manner, and made this portion of our planning the easiest. We could just focus on the words and the feeling.

    Brides and Grooms, of course you want to have the perfect venue, photographer, food, and flowers and we know to book those vendors early, but don't put off picking the person who is marrying you. Hopefully you will be lucky enough to have Barb be apart of your day, we are so grateful she was apart of ours
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    Christina B. Married on 10/09/2022
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    WOW! So personal so fantastic

    Barb was such a beautiful choice for our wedding officiant. She was personal, intentional and perfectly aligned with our values. She took the time to get to know us and made our ceremony one to remember. I have NOTHING but great things to say about Barb. My husband and I are overjoyed with how inclusive and professional she was!

    Barbara Rowlandson - Secular Humanist Wedding Officiant's reply:

    I am so touched by this, thank you Christina and Fisher! What a beautiful couple you are. I have loved getting to know you! May your future be filled to the brim with love, joy, red wine and chicken wings. Thank you for choosing me, it was a ceremony I'll never forget! Much love to you both.
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    Bethany Married on 09/07/2022
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    Wonderful ceremony!

    Barb did an absolutely amazing job performing our ceremony. Barb added personal stories and elements to our ceremony making it our own! Thanks Barb!

    Barbara Rowlandson - Secular Humanist Wedding Officiant's reply:

    Aw, thank you so much you two! It was such a delight to get to know you both. It really was a beautiful ceremony and I couldn't be happier for you! Wishing you the brightest, happiest future in the world. - Barb
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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Seeking an officiant for your 2023 wedding? Want a wedding that is beautiful, special and a true reflection of your relationship journey? Book Barbara Rowlandson as your officiant for your 2023 wedding by October 31st, 2022 and you'll receive a $50 discount officiant fees.

Applies to customized services only, weekday/elopement services excluded.

Barbara Rowlandson is a Secular Humanist officiant who serves the Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Trent Lakes and Haliburton regions. She is based in Bobcaygeon, ON.

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