Colleen Olafson is an independent Marriage Commissioner / Officiant based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She specializes in performing wedding ceremonies that truly reflect the love felt by the couple before her. She is thoughtful, patient, organized, and a great listener. These qualities make her an exceptional leader for your upcoming ceremony, with an openness for personalizing it. The most important thing for Colleen is that you have a ceremony that is perfect for you.
Colleen was appointed as a Province of Manitoba Marriage Commissioner in 1993, and she has officiated at more than 2000 wedding, committal and vow renewal ceremonies. She is an experienced and professional officiant.
As an independent Marriage Commissioner, if you book Colleen you get Colleen!
- Wedding ceremonies including personalization
- Legality ceremonies for couples who are having a symbolic or church ceremony at another time
- Same-sex / LGBTQ weddings
- Commitment ceremonies or a symbolic ceremony (without a marriage licence)
- Vow renewal ceremonies
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We love Colleen!
Not only did we love Colleen but our family and friends loved her too!
The best marriage commissioner ❤️
We were blessed to come across Colleen
Our Wedding - September 10th 2021
Brenda and Kim
Winnipeg's best marriage comissioner
Pandemic Wedding at the WAG
My wife and I were recently married by Colleen. Her close relationships with on site vendors and staff at the Winnipeg Art Gallery was astounding – she quickly worked with everyone to coordinate our vision and to ensure its flawless execution.
Before August 1, Colleen met with us to craft a personalized wedding ceremony that would reflect our unique journey together. She offered us sage advice as we navigated the challenges of a pandemic wedding. At every step, she was respectful of our wishes, paid attention to every detail, and so much more.
She is extremely organized and her process can help you create the right ceremony for your moment, no matter what your vision may be. After working with Colleen, we can see why she was awarded as one of Winnipeg’s Top Wedding Officiants for nearly five years and is highly recommended by the Winnipeg Wedding Show. Her experience is second to none and we strongly recommend her services to you for your next celebratory event.
She made our special day more special!
Ron & Kathy’s Wedding 💖
Ron & Kathy xxo
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I am proud to have been raised in Riverton, located in Manitoba’s Interlake region. After 18 enjoyable years in Brandon - most of those years working at the Court House — I now live in Osborne Village with my husband, Vern.
In July 1993 I was appointed to be a Province of Manitoba Marriage Commissioner. Since that time I have officiated at more than 1700 weddings. Becoming a marriage commissioner was a perfect fit for me.
In January 2014 I participated in the In-Sight Institute funeral celebrant training in the United States. Since that time I have officiated at many funeral services / celebrations of life — another perfect fit for me.
I have also officiated at baby welcoming / baby blessing ceremonies — a perfect opportunity for families who are not connected to a religious denomination to celebrate their new child.
I retired from my government career with Manitoba Health in Winnipeg in January 2015. This has given me more time to focus on my true calling — performing wedding ceremonies, officiating at funerals / celebrations of life and celebrating the birth of a baby / small children.
I am caring, friendly, open and a great listener. My friends and colleagues have praised my warm sense of humour, calm demeanour, thoughtfulness, and patience. And I really love what I do!
I hope to share with you my experience, compassion and professionalism as we work together.
I have been recognized by "Three Best Rated" for 2018 and 2019!
- 2019 Top 3 Wedding Officiants in Winnipeg
- 2018 Top 3 Wedding Officiants in Winnipeg