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Jim Murphy - Wedding Officiant

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About

Jim Murphy is a licensed officiant based in Newmarket, Ontario, and is very passionate about his job. Jim is warm, yet professional, and certainly easy to work with while planning your wedding. His personality is perfect for reducing stress, which is important when making big decisions regarding your special day.

Experience

Jim won the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He has been an officiant since 2001. He not only serves as a wedding officiant, but also offers vow renewal ceremonies. His years of experience and caring personality will guarantee your wedding experience is a great one.

Services offered

What sets Jim apart from many officiants are the options he provides. He specializes in personalized wedding ceremonies, which includes English or French. He also specializes in civil, nondenominational, and interfaith wedding ceremonies. Again, these can be performed in English or French. Furthermore, Jim can personalize vows with you either with religious or non-religious references. The average length for ceremonies is less than 30 minutes. He is open to travelling to your location, whether that is a garden, golf club, or banquet hall. He even offers ceremonies for small groups at his own home. He officiates in Toronto, Newmarket, Barrie, Alliston, Aurora, Markham, Bradford, Holland Landing, Innisfil, Sutton, Keswick, King City, Caledon, and Tottenham. He has experience in each place listed.

Highlights

Wedding Types

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

Officiant Services

Licensed

Religious Affiliations

Agnostic, anglican, baptist, catholic, episcopalian, lutheran, methodist, no denomination, presbyterian, evangelical, unitarian

More information

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

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    Monika G. Married on 02/10/2021
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    Highly Recommend - peace of mind when it mattered most

    Jim is quite simply amazing. After researching a couple of officiant options, Jim was the first officiant we called and knew we didn’t need to call any others. Right from the beginning he was a straight shooter, gave us tips, assigned us tasks and was so easy to talk with. He was kind, asked questions to get to know us, took notes as we spoke and had the personality, we knew would be perfect for our wedding ceremony. This only continued after we hired him as leading up to our wedding day Jim had great communication and was very clear on the whole process which gave us one less thing to have to worry about. Planning a wedding is a large undertaking as is and doing it during a Global Pandemic makes it a little more challenging, but he gave us the peace of mind that made a world of difference when it mattered most.
    The day of, he showed up on time, walked the groom through the next steps, delivered a perfect ceremonial speech and was even aware and helpful when it came to photography/videography.
    His signature “move” is that he doesn’t officiate in front of the couple as you would traditionally see, but rather he stands in front of the groomsmen so that the couple faces their guests (see images for reference). He said this does two things – allows guests to see you (which they are there to do) versus staring at the backs of our heads, and it allows for better photographs of the couple. He was right – it was perfect! In addition to those reasons, it also allows the bride and groom to take in the moment and look out at all of their loved ones. Guests commented afterwards about what a lovely ceremony it all was – the meaning behind the words, the funny comments and overall great delivery. My Husband and I were absolutely overjoyed at the whole experience Jim gifted us.
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    John U. Married on 25/09/2021
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    Wedding September 25,2021

    Jim was super professional!!! We had to reschedule 3 times and he rolled with it every time. I totally recommend him.
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    Tracey G. Married on 07/08/2021
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    A Wonderful Officiant!

    Jim officiated our wedding on August 7, 2021. Right from the start, I knew we found the right person to lead our wedding ceremony. Jim arranged a FaceTime meeting and provided all the details. He kept in touch with us prior to the wedding which put me at ease. Even though the weather was not cooperative, Jim was flexible as we moved our wedding indoors. Everything went smoothly and it was an excellent day! I highly recommend Jim as an officiant! Thank you for making our day special!
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    Donghai Married on 21/05/2021
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    Very professional

    Jim is an extremley nice person and very positive. We couldn't have been more happy with his professionalism. He told us not to worry about a thing because he would take care of it all - and he definitely did do that. He was calm during the ceremony and we felt very comfortable. We would definitely recommend Jim to a friend.
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    Charlotte Married on 12/09/2020
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    Genuinely Kind

    Recommended by a friend, Jim was a pleasure to work with. Prior to the pandemic, we contacted Jim via email. He was flexible in meeting us via Skype and gave us a lot of good pointers for the actual ceremony and detailed instructions on everything we needed to prepare. Since the pandemic hit, we decided to still do a small intimate ceremony in my parent's backyard. Jim met us despite the distance and provided a wonderful speech for the ceremony. There were many thoughtful suggestions Jim provided including where he would stand in order for us to get the most optimal photos and views for our guest. We were very satisfied with the service Jim provided us! We've postponed our venue reception to 2021 and we look forward to working with Jim again!
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    Megan R. Married on 05/10/2019
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    Jim was a delight!

    From introductory emails to the final big day, Jim was such a patient and responsive officiant. He is experienced, thorough and incredibly kind! Jim played a huge part in making our wedding journey truly special!
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    Jordan K. Married on 28/09/2019
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    Absolutely Amazing

    I can not express how amazing of an officiant Jim is. He kept the ceremony fun and exactly how we wanted it. He also kept my now husband calm as I walked down, which he really appreciated!
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    Katie S. Married on 21/09/2019
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    Made our day very easy going

    Jim made the entire process so easy and relaxing. The crowd loved him, he worked in a way that made pictures wonderful for the photographer. We met with him before the wedding and he made all of our worries go away. The ceremony was a good length and he was a great speaker who kept the audience listening.
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    Jodie O. Married on 15/08/2019
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    A Wonderful Experience

    Jim's level of service was amazing. He's kind, professional, organized and delivered a thoughtful ceremony. He is truly willing to work with you to provide the experience you are looking for. We are so happy we chose Jim to be part of our special day.
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    Alicia Married on 10/08/2019
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    Perfect and experienced

    Perfect. His experience shows from the second you meet him until the moment he leaves the day of. He made our ceremony flawless and adapted to us and our needs. Truly couldn’t have picked a better officiant.

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Wedding Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Wedding Awards 2015 Winner
  • WeddingWire Wedding Awards 2014 Winner

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