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Ceremonies With Choice

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About

Ceremonies With Choice is a Toronto-based company that specializes in personalized wedding ceremonies for all couples in the GTA. Are you looking for a memorable ceremony, one where you can tailor the wording and the flow to your taste and personality? If that's the case, then Martin Frith is the officiant for your upcoming wedding ceremony with family and friends.

Experience

Martin is the head officiant behind Ceremonies with Choice. He is a couples therapist that offers marriage preparation and coaching programs as well. Martin has been licensed to officiate wedding ceremonies since 2002.

Services offered

Every wedding is different and the story of your love is unique to you. In addition to the legal features all ceremonies must have (declaration of intentions, exchange of vows, register and license signing, and pronouncement), the services he offers also include:

  • Opening words, introduction
  • Recognition of the gathered company
  • Words to the couple, readings
  • Betrothal, exchange of rings
  • Closing words

Highlights

Wedding Types

Civil union, non-religious, vow renewal, ceremony rehearsal

Officiant Services

Licensed, allow couple' own vows, premarital counseling

Religious Affiliations

Agnostic, unitarian

Wedding Services Starting Price

$450

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?

$175

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

$130

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    Kevin Z. Married on 19/09/2020
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    Poor communication. Abandoned.

    We had high hopes for Martin but after paying our deposit, unfortunately our emails were (and continue to be) ignored. Our wedding was postponed to the following year due to Covid. We acknowledge that he did demonstrate some flexibility in rescheduling, but when we chose a new date for our venue that he was not available for, he became completely unreachable and unresponsive. After 2 months of being ignored, we received an email saying he could be "potentially available" for our new date. We had total loss of confidence in his professional communication at that point. He does seem like a pleasant officiant if things go according to plan but be forewarned that unforeseen or extenuating circumstances (like Covid) may result in you being abandoned.
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    Lily T. Married on 01/09/2019
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    Very friendly - Perfect choice for us!

    Martin was an amazing officiant! Right off the bat, he offered to meet with us as many times as we wanted, which we really appreciated. He helped personalize our ceremony by getting to know us and our relationship. He made sure that the ceremony was adapted to something that was comfortable for us and reflected our families. He is so easy going and easy to talk to which helped calm our nerves on the day of. I would definitely recommend him!
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    Meghan T. Married on 13/04/2019
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    Personal, heartfelt and funny!

    We did the marriage preparation classes with Martin (recommend the classes!) and that led to us feeling very connected with him. Several of our guests asked how we knew him because they were convinced we were friends since he made the ceremony so personal and heartfelt. Our ceremony was tailored to us, our relationship and the values we wanted expressed during the ceremony. Martin made us laugh and cry and it was perfect.

    Ceremonies With Choice's reply:

    Meghan and Alex, thank you for your kind words and I'm delighted you felt your ceremony was so perfect. It has been such a pleasure getting to know you and I wish you a lifetime of happiness! Lots of love, Martin
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    Robby T. Married on 29/09/2018
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    We couldn't have asked for a better officiant

    Martin was amazing. What I enjoyed most about Martin was he took the time to learn about our story and connect with us on a personal level. During the day of the wedding when all our nervousness was at their highest, Martin was very supportive and kept us calm during the whole thing. We really needed that. We enjoyed that he retold our story to give people the context of how we met and it made the ceremony really personal and warm. During the planning phase, he shared with us several templates for the ceremony structure and examples of past ceremonies. That helped us iron out the details lot quicker than looking up guides on our own. Thank you so much Martin. We'll never forget it.

    Ceremonies With Choice's reply:

    Robby & Cynthia, thank you for your kinds words. It's truly a privilege to have shared in your wedding day and I've enjoyed getting to know you through your ceremony preparation. I'm always happy when you as a couple are happy and that's always my goal! Looking forward to seeing your photos when you receive them and wishing you much happiness as newlyweds!
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    Jennifer Married on 08/09/2018
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    People thought he was a family friend

    We had Martin for our wedding and we are so happy he officiated our ceremony. He came by recommendation of our photographer. We planned our wedding out of province and Martin was very accommodating in meeting on facetime beforehand and also in person the times we were in town. He was very helpful in giving us a guide on how the flow of the ceremony and examples that we could pick and choose from if we liked, which took a lot of stress off. we knew were were in good hands with him. He got to know us during our visits and spoke such kind words during the ceremony. He talked with ease and created a relaxed yet intimate feel for the ceremony. Our parents told us that people were coming up to them after the ceremony asking if he was a family friend because of how genuine he was and how it seemed he had known us for a long time! We were truly lucky to have Martin for our ceremony.

    Ceremonies With Choice's reply:

    Jennifer, thank you for your kind words and congratulations to you and Brian on your one month anniversary as newlyweds. I'm so glad to hear your ceremony ended up being more than you could've imagined. I truly enjoyed the experience of getting to know the two of you which made for such a natural ceremony. Your pictures are stunning and capture the magical day you had and I wish you the very best as you start this new chapter in your lives. Martin
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    Michaela M. Married on 24/06/2018
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    Martin was fabulous

    Martin was quite honestly amazing. He was accommodating with meeting times and venues, was willing to listen with an open heart and was kind enough to offer his own experiences as a means to learn. Martin worked with my husband and I to create a ceremony that celebrated our love, our way- and we could not have been happier. Thank you so very much Martin!

    Ceremonies With Choice's reply:

    Michaela, thank you for your kind words. I loved working with you and Mark on your ceremony and celebrating your love at the Briars Resort. Wishing you a lifetime of love. Warm regards, Martin
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    April Married on 03/02/2018
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    An intimate affair in Niagara on the lake

    Our experience with Martin right from day one was amazing, he was available for consultation outside of our initial meetings and took the time out to get to know us for our personalized ceremony and rehearsal. He really helped us navigate the planning process and was an integral step over some hurdles. We also took Martin’s wedding preparation class, from the personality test to the important discussions it covers it was not a cookie cutter class but customized to what our specific needs were at the time. It really helped us stay close to each other and prepare us for married life without getting lost in all of the planning. Our ceremony was intimate, personal and exactly what we were looking for. We are so happy to have met Martin and would certainly recommend him for anyone’s special day he is a one of those rare genuine people you come across not so often. From the bottom of our hearts Thank you!

    Ceremonies With Choice's reply:

    April and Jen,

    Thank you for your kind words and I too loved my time with you preparing for your beautiful wedding day at the Pillar and Post. I'm glad you found the preparation time useful and meaningful, especially as you embrace this new chapter in your lives. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness. Warmest wishes, Martin
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    Lisa M. Married on 12/11/2017
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    My fiance and I hired Martin to be our wedding officiant as well as pre-marital counsellor on the advice of a colleague of mine who had worked with him in the past. We both agree that this was the best referral that we had ever received because Martin is AWESOME at what he does.

    First of all, Martin meets you where you're at and doesn't impose his ideas on what a relationship should be on you. This is super important because every relationship is unique and has its own strengths and weaknesses. I love that Martin made us feel normal and respected our opinions and beliefs. Martin practices from a humanist perspective which values human relationships outside of the typical constructs of religion. This was great for us as I identify as Atheist and my partner as Agnostic. My husband and I were eager to be married to each other, not eager to have a wedding, and Martin made the experience exactly what we wanted... a celebration of us!

    Martin is an engaging and thoughtful person who makes a concerted effort to make your wedding ceremony reflect who you are not only as a couple, but as individuals with unique character traits, interests and strengths. He allows you total freedom to help draft the ceremony and is helpful in providing suggestions that really reflect your values, beliefs and motivations.

    We heard from many guests that our small, intimate ceremony, conducted by Martin was one of the most beautiful and thoughtful ceremonies they had ever witnessed. I'll have to take them at face value because it was a hard crowd to please haha

    Martin's Marriage Prep sessions are of SO much value! We really felt like the sessions were completely worth the time and our relationship is so much stronger for it. If you think your relationship is perfect, it's still worth going to see Martin before getting married so you can unpack whatever can't be seen, or strengthen what is already there.

    I would HIGHLY recommend Martin!

    Ceremonies With Choice's reply:

    Lisa & Jordan, you're the best. It's been such a wonderful journey sharing in your marriage preparation and officiating your wedding. You both approach life and marriage with such integrity that you've been an inspiration to witness. Wishing you a lifetime of love! Martin
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    Bethany Married on 06/08/2017
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    We were so lucky to have Martin officiate our 85-person wedding on the terrace at Auberge du Pommier in Toronto. Wedding planning can be stressful at times, and Martin helped put us at ease when he met with us six months in advance to go over our vision for the wedding. We felt as though we were meeting with an old friend and immediately felt a connection. He really is a gem of a person!

    A few months before the wedding Martin sent through a multi-page template to help us design our ceremony. We were able to find sections that resonated with us, and as a result, we ended up with a beautiful ceremony document and vows that flowed and represented our relationship. He really puts the 'choice' in 'Ceremonies with Choice'! :)

    Two days before the wedding Martin traveled to my parents’ house to meet with the whole family and go over the plans for the ceremony. This was so helpful and really put everyone at ease leading up to the big day. He also recommended that we use a microphone, as he knew our venue’s space and wanted to ensure that everyone could hear our vows. We ended up doing this, and are so glad that we did.

    On the day of the wedding Martin was on time, calm and collected. During the ceremony Martin provided the perfect balance of calmness, seriousness, humour, love and peace. He threw in a few off-the-cuff jokes which were well received, and he also helped us to be in the moment and enjoy every second of our ceremony. I truly enjoyed saying the vows that Martin had helped us put together, and afterwards so many of our guests asked us who was our fabulous officiant, and where did we find him? I can’t imagine our wedding without Martin and I am so grateful that our ceremony was as peaceful and special as it was. I would highly recommend Martin’s officiant services for any couple looking for a more modern, secular ceremony.

    Thank you so much Martin!
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    Janine D. Married on 24/07/2016
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    My husband and I absolutely loved working with Martin. My fiance is atheist and I was raised Catholic, and we knew that we wanted a non-religious ceremony that was personal to us and our 8+ year relationship. Martin helped us to create the perfect ceremony that was so touching, our guests are still talking about it. Some of our guests who were 'anti-wedding' said that they loved our ceremony so much it made them want to get married. Martin was such a calm presence amidst all of the craziness, it helped to ease our nerves especially during our vows which we wrote ourselves. When we first got engaged, I thought we wanted to just get the wedding ceremony over with, but once we started working on it with Martin, it was what I was most excited for leading up to the wedding. Martin helped us capture the true essence of our relationship and the commitment we were making to each other in front of our loved ones, and it's something we'll never forget. I highly recommend Martin for creating the perfect ceremony for you!

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