Weddings

Island Ceremonies

Victoria, British Columbia View map

About

Linda Nelson loves meeting couples in love; basking in the glow of their joyful energy, as she co-creates their personal wedding ceremony. She creates ceremonies from a spiritual mindset, and your ceremony can be lighthearted, warm, short and sweet or complex and filled with rituals; honoring your cultural heritages or any combination of whatever your hearts desire. She has created themed ceremonies, same sex ceremonies, elopements and vow renewals and she is open to all people, all cultures and all faiths. With her at Island Ceremonies, you have a safe place to share your stories. She will joyfully and gently guide you through the process; hopefully alleviating some of the stress of planning your big day!

Services offered

Linda is ordained by an interfaith ministry and legally qualified to perform weddings across British Columbia. She can include any aspect you desire such as hand fasting, ring warming, including your guests, unity rituals such as sand pouring, wine sharing, candle lighting, honouring special guests, jumping the broom and is open to anything you can imagine. Her catchment area is Victoria and lower Vancouver Island and she is open to travelling further afield.

Her services include but are not limited to:

  • First time weddings
  • Elopements
  • Vow renewals
  • Commitment ceremonies
  • Same-sex couples
  • Interfaith couples
  • Themed ceremonies
  • Traditional ceremonies
  • Pop up weddings

Highlights

Wedding Types

Civil union, single religion, interfaith ceremony, non-religious, vow renewal, ceremony rehearsal

Officiant Services

Licensed, allow couple' own vows

Religious Affiliations

Agnostic, buddhist, baptist, no denomination, earth-based, pagan, taoist

Wedding Services Starting Price

$375

More information

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.
30-60 mins.

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

$100

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    Tracy S. Married on 22/11/2020
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    A shining and joyful light!

    Having Linda as our Celebrant/Officiant was THE best decision my husband and I could have made. She is grounded, professional, compassionate, joyful, and playful.

    Linda was able to roll with us as we sloshed through the mud, navigated to a pretty loose and carefree schedule, took pee breaks in the woods, and paused every few steps for photos.

    Linda was not "just our officiant" - she was an integral part of our ceremony. She felt like family. A loved one. A friend. She embodied the words she spoke that were a true reflection of my husband and I.

    We are so grateful for the magic she brought to our elopement. We highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a heartfelt, loving and luminous light to guide them across the marriage threshold.

    Thank you, Linda!

    Tracy & Eugene
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    Anne-Marie Married on 29/06/2019
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    Our perfect day 💕

    Linda Nelson was the most amazing Celebrant we could ever dream of having. Our wedding ceremony was so touching, so beautiful and so incredibly perfect because of Linda. She guided us through the whole process and in the end crafted such a beautiful ceremony that was so personal and touching. Our guests loved the ceremony also! They told me it was perfect, beautiful, funny and totally reflective of my husband and I as a couple. We just love Linda and would highly recommend her to any couple!
    Anne-Marie Pitre & John Hart
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    Emily B. Married on 01/06/2019
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    Helped Create Magic

    Linda was instrumental in providing our perfect day from beginning to end. She's flexible, caring, and showed a genuine interest in our choices and needs for getting everything set up exactly the way we wanted. She also was able to incorporate every personal touch we asked for!

    We had been looking for someone who could blend elements of a traditional ceremony with the non-conventional/pagan elements we were wanting to add and Linda was wonderfully accommodating. The ceremony she wrote for us brought tears of joy to our eyes and our family was commenting for days how beautiful it was.

    We would highly recommend Island Ceremonies to anyone.
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    Mariah G. Married on 21/07/2018
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    Amazing! Very happy with ceremony!

    e were overjoyed to have Linda be our officiant for our July 2018 wedding at Hatley Castle. From the very beginning she was fantastic! She put together a beautiful ceremony that wove our love story together. She worked with the venue to schedule a proper rehearsal so that we would all have great timing, and she was speedy in all forms of communication. Linda is genuine and so kind with a heart of gold. Thank you for being a part of our day!

    Island Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you so much for choosing me for your special day. It was lovely to get to know you and your families. Your love was apparent to me from the moment we met and I know that together, there is nothing you can’t do.
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    Chelsea B. Married on 16/06/2018
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    An awesome choice!

    We decided early on that we wanted our ceremony to be super special and personal, and we're so happy we went with Linda! She provided a beautiful ceremony that we were able to make unlimited changes to (we didn't have to do too many, she had a great first draft) and so many of our guests said it was such a genuine and heartfelt ceremony. It really made an amazing start to our day.

    Island Ceremonies's reply:

    Thanks so much for your lovely words. I enjoyed working with you and loved performing your ceremony at the edge of the waterfront on Dallas Road. You are a wonderful couple and I am always inspired by love stories like yours.
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    Vanessa V. Married on 17/02/2018
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    The perfect day

    We were so lucky to have Linda marry us. She made the entire process so simple and stress free. I couldn't imagine having anyone else preform the ceremony. Linda brought some really unique ideas for the ceremony and really helped us create a really lovely occasion.
    Linda is so easy to chat with, warm and genuine and helped make our day perfect.

    Island Ceremonies's reply:

    Vanessa and Andrew, it was my pleasure to be a part of your special day, and one I won’t forget. Your kind of love is what poetry and songs are inspired by and I wish you a lifetime of success and happiness. ✨
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    Karly S. Married on 09/12/2017
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    Linda was absolutely wonderful to work with. We wanted a "less traditional" ceremony including a handfasting and a penguin pebble exchange, both of which she was more than willing to accommodate. She delivered a very touching and personal ceremony and it was everything we wanted. Thank you Linda, for being a part of our day!

    Island Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you for your kind words Karly. I loved working with you and Mike and enjoyed incorporating your penguin theme into your ceremony. I learn so much from every ceremony I write and really enjoy the diverse needs of my clients. I wish you a long and happy life together.
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    Danée A. Married on 20/08/2017
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    Linda was a perfect fit. Her compassion, genuine appreciation for our story and ability to carve out a unique ceremony to fit our special day and make it unique made for a very touching and memorable day. Not only did Linda do her due diligence to get to know our story, but she was able to calm us both, improve upon our plans and most importantly... guide us without burdening us with worry. Linda is the finesse everyone should add to their ceremony.

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    Thank you Danee and Chris. It was an honor and a pleasure to be a part of your special day. Getting to know you both a bit better was the "icing on the cake'!
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    Farah Married on 21/07/2017
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    Linda was amazing. My partner, Shawn and I eloped, and Linda made it all possible by providing us with two beautiful and amazing witnesses. The ceremony was simple and wonderful; it was everything that we had asked for. We are extremely grateful for Linda's phenomenal words and the ceremony that she arranged for us.

    Island Ceremonies's reply:

    Farah and Shawn, It was so wonderful for me to create /perform and for my 2 friends to witness your very special "Micro Ceremony". That tiny park transformed into a lovely oasis and we were all transported into your love bubble. Thank you for choosing me. :-)
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    Elena Married on 16/04/2016
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    We would absolutely recommend Island Ceremonies! We really wanted a personal ceremony, which spoke about us as a couple and our values as a future family. My fiancee at the time was out of the country due to urgent travel and Linda was MORE than accommodating, meeting with myself and my mom (standing in for my fiancee) and then meeting with us countless times over Skype to refine our the vision. Our wedding honoured our origins and highlighted who we are today. The ceremony was warm and heartfelt, and will forever be cherished in our hearts.

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