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On WeddingWire since 2019

Last update: October 2023

Ceremony Alternatives is a wedding officiating company based out of Barrie, Ontario. Owner Karen is a licensed humanist officiant who provides non-religious ceremony services for couples in Simcoe County and the Georgian Bay area. She enjoys working with to-be-weds to craft a wedding ceremony that accurately reflects their personalities and one-of-a-kind love.

Services Offered

This wedding officiant knows that getting married is a momentous occasion, and she’s dedicated to offering an experience that’s as free of worry as possible. In addition to wedding ceremonies, Karen can provide ceremony rehearsals, vow renewals, baby-naming or adoption ceremonies, celebrations of life, and more. Couples working with Ceremony Alternatives for their wedding may write their own vows, ensuring a personalized event that they’ll treasure for many years to come.

Frequently asked questions

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

Ceremony rehearsal

What services do you provide?

Allow couple' own vows

What religious affiliations do you serve?


On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

What is the starting price for your wedding services?


Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?


What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

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Reviews for Ceremony Alternatives

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Jacqueline M. Sent on 30/08/2023
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Just what we needed

Karen helped us facilitate a brief legal marriage prior in order for my very best friend to lead our public ceremony. She was very easy to communicate with in booking her services, and was incredibly friendly and professional on the day of. With her help we were able to make an already intimate ceremony even more special and memorable!
Brooke B. Sent on 19/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best officiant!

Karen was so helpful, welcoming, supportive and helpful through the process.
She made all my stress regarding the official stuff go away. She took the time to get to know us and helped us make our ceremony exactly how we wanted it!

Thank you so much Karen.
Christina Sent on 16/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Highly Recommended Officiant

Karen was extremely kind and responsive. You can tell that she really loves what she does and goes above and beyond to accommodate special requests. We were thinking about attempting to fast track our marriage certificate for passport/travel purposes and Karen was offering solutions and support the whole way. We got so many compliments on our ceremony and Karen made it simple for us to make it ours!
Amanda H. Sent on 13/06/2022
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Wedding officiant

Karen was awesome! She was so kind listened to what we wanted and make our script perfect. We hired her for our wedding next year and can’t wait :)
Brae M. Sent on 29/05/2022
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The best choice for us!

Karen was wonderful! We loved her from the very beginning to the very end! She was helpful and insightful. The amount of choices we were given to customize our ceremony was incredible and she allowed us to tailor it to our needs perfectly. We both highly recommended her
Candice L. Sent on 01/05/2022
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Wonderful day

Karen was great. We had to cancel a few times due to Covid but she was able to help us each step of the way (we ended up getting married in our back yard). She is very professional and always there to help out. Replies back to emails and phone calls very quickly. She helped us write out exactly what we wanted said during the ceremony and helped us put our son into the ceremony as well. We have nothing but great things to say about Karen and you choosing her, will be the easiest choice you will make during your wedding planning. Thank you again for making our day so lovely! Owen and Candice
Kersten Sent on 24/02/2022
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Highly Recommend Karen, she is AMAZING!

Karen made our wedding day absolutely incredible. She was extremely flexible and informative through the entire process. She explained every little detail to help us along the way. Everything from start to finish was so easy; easy to get in touch with her, easy to integrate the special touches we wanted, and even the license part was easy. She made us feel so comfortable in the steps leading up to the wedding. At the ceremony you could truly tell she LOVES what she does. Karen was passionate, very calm, light hearted and funny but serious, and gave the wedding a romantic and happy vibe. ONE OF A KIND-HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Melissa V. Sent on 02/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Super flexible and professional

Due to Covid-19 we had to totally change our wedding plans. From a big wedding to a very intimate back yard wedding (with pregnant bride).. Karen was super flexible and helped us to turn this beautiful day in to a special day that we will never forget. Thank you Karen for being a (very important) part of our wedding.
Alaina Sent on 02/08/2021
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Wonderful Officiating by Karen!

My husband and I had our wedding this past July. We did things a little differently given the circumstances and originally got married in May. Even though we didn’t necessarily need an officiant for our wedding (since we had done the legal part already) we still sought one out to make everything feel authentic. That’s when we found Karen!

Karen was absolutely a pleasure to work with. We loved the way she put together our ceremony speech. She allowed us to create the speech using different inserts she provided. In the end, we had a speech that was directly unique to us and we were so happy with it.

Karen was well prepared and made our ceremony very stress free and comfortable. She was well-spoken and just overall a lovely person.

Thank you so much Karen! 🥰
Kara H. Sent on 09/02/2024
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Great Officiant

Karen was the best officiant! She made our day so special and was diligent in ensuring we got the ceremony we wanted that best represented us. She was so responses and even with a venue disaster the week before our wedding Karen worked with us to help find a new venue and ensure we got to have our special moment. Thank you so much for being a part of our special day Karen and for being the absolutely best officiant we could have asked for! We appreciate everything you did for us!
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