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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!

Services Offered

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

Civil union
Interfaith ceremony
Vow renewal
Ceremony rehearsal

What services do you provide?

Allow couple' own vows

What religious affiliations do you serve?

No denomination

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

What is the starting price for your wedding services?


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100% Recommended by couples

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Chelsea O. Married on 29/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

We love Colleen!

We had the best experience with Colleen as our wedding commissioner and officiant. She was extremely clear, organized and helpful. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience. She responds quick to emails and gives you plenty of customizations to how you envision your perfect ceremony.
Not only did we love Colleen but our family and friends loved her too!
Parin S. Married on 22/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The best marriage commissioner ❤️

She was the best one. ❤️ Came before time, helped us out in sorting and managing the marriage.
Jon M. Married on 19/09/2021
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We were blessed to come across Colleen

Colleen, we were so happy to have you included in our day. When you included the story of our engagement, we both started to cry. You are a consummate professional and you are very clearly emotionally invested in who you work with. We all felt that.
Brenda C. Married on 10/09/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Our Wedding - September 10th 2021

Colleen Olafson officiated our Wedding ceremony on September 10th, 2021. The whole day was beautiful and the ceremony was seamless, comfortable and very tastefully done. Colleen put together the ceremony making sure our wishes and the details were looked after taking into account our personal journey. We would recommend Colleen to anyone who wishes their Wedding ceremony to be done with perfection and clarity; and leaves you worry free. Thank you Colleen.
Brenda and Kim
Claire R. Married on 29/08/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Highly Recommend!

We are so glad that we decided to have Colleen officiate our wedding ceremony! She was so warm and encouraging throughout the planning process, and completely eased our nerves about the big day. Colleen thinks of every detail, and makes it all so easy. Our ceremony was beautiful and customized to exactly how we wanted it. We highly recommend Colleen to all engaged couples!
Tanya P. Married on 21/08/2021
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Winnipeg's best marriage comissioner

Colleen was professional, kind and so helpful when working with us to plan our wedding ceremony. She gave plenty of tips and ideas on how we could personalize our wedding to make it our own, lending us a big book of ideas to map it all out with her advice and assistance. For the rehearsal, she made everyone feel comfortable and ensured we all understood how the process would work on the big day. We are so happy we chose Colleen to marry us!
Shawn S. Married on 31/07/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Pandemic Wedding at the WAG

Colleen Olafson is easily Winnipeg’s best Family Life Celebrant. She is more than someone shares in a special moment – she is a close family member who cares about you and making each moment together memorable.

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.
Kaylee Y. Married on 12/05/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely perfect!

Colleen helped to make our special day even more special. We were looking to have a little elopement style ceremony and Colleen helped to make our dream wedding come true. She is kind, friendly, organized and extremely knowledgeable. She was always quick to respond when we had questions and always open to making changes to ensure everything was perfect. We have nothing but positive things to say about Colleen, she made planning our day effortless and we would recommend her to everyone we know!
Hannah V. Married on 25/04/2021
5 out of 5 rating

She made our special day more special!

My cousin and a good friend recommended Colleen and she did not disappoint. She is amazing! She made us feel comfortable from the very beginning. Colleen really took the time go get to know us and write a ceremony that was truly us. She was easy to get in contact with and was prompt with any questions we had. She is very charming and we absolutely could have not picked a more perfect marriage commissioner! Definitely recommended!
Ronald E. Married on 11/04/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Ron & Kathy’s Wedding 💖

Colleen, we are so happy you were able to be a part of our ceremony. We felt lucky to have discovered you and that you are just around the corner! You have helped us so much with this part of our journey. Thanks so much and we look forward to seeing you in the neighbourhood.
Ron & Kathy xxo
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Colleen Olafson
Colleen Olafson
Celebrant for Life's Moments

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


605 River Ave R3L 0E7 Winnipeg (Manitoba)

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