Moments In Time Officiant Services is a wedding officiant based in Barrie, Ontario, also serving the Greater Toronto Area and central Ontario. Owner Marianne de Bretan is a certified officiant and a member of the Ontario Association of Professional Wedding Officiants. Marianne believes in creating memorable and meaningful ceremonies that celebrate the individuality of the couple getting married.
Moments In Time Officiant Services specializes in crafting bespoke nuptials tailored to soon-to-be newlyweds’ values, traditions, and style. Marianne is happy to work with couples celebrating religious or non-religious, interfaith or non-denominational weddings. She is also available to officiate at any venue in the area for weddings both large and intimate. She works with each couple to get to know them and incorporate their unique personalities into the ceremony. Before the big day, the soon-to-be spouses can also avail of a ceremony rehearsal with Marianne to alleviate any pre-wedding stress.
From formal to casual, SCAdian (I still consider myself an Ealdormerian!) to costume, I will dress the part so your photos look great!
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Amanda C. · Getting married on 22/07/2022
Best choice i ever made
I am so happy I came across Marianne - We had decided last minute that we were going to do a civil ceremony and we needed someone urgently. I had e-mailed a lot of officiants, but NO ONE compared to Marianne, even just speaking to her on the phone. She makes everything so personal and writes out HER OWN SCRIPT based on what she gets to know about you as a couple, she asks questions and wants to understand you, the ceremony was beyond beautiful thanks to her. We had compliments wondering if she was a friend of the family, although I had only met her 2 weeks prior to the wedding. I would recommend her to you if you are having a wedding, I can guarantee you she will make everything come together.Sent on 17/02/2021
Moments In Time Officiant Services's reply:It was such a lovely day, Amanda! I so enjoyed hearing everyone's speeches. I don't get to do that too often. What loving families you have that are now forever linked! I can't wait to meet everyone at your vow renewal next summer. By then, all this COVID stuff will seem like a bad nightmare ( I hope) and you will be able to kick up your feet and dance your hearts out!
Claudia M. · Married on 17/09/2021
I would recommend her to EVERYONE!!!
Marianne is absolutely amazing at what she does I was blown away at the level of attention to detail and commitment in which she performed.
From our first consultation, I could tell she was a perfect fit. She didn't judge us for being so last minute and I could tell she was genuine and caring. We told her our story and all the things we wanted to include and she went out of her way to make sure our ceremony truly represented us and it was PERFECT!
Marianne took the time to practice some phrases in Spanish which made our ceremony even more special (who does that?!!!) and she also made everyone feel included and a part of our ceremony.
I know she would do this for your ceremony as well so if you're looking for an officiant that would go above and beyond to make sure your ceremony is just the way you want it, definitely hire Marianne de Bretan!Sent on 26/09/2021
Moments In Time Officiant Services's reply:Thank you so much, Claudia, for your kind words! It was a real pleasure to work with you and Roberto.
Caterina M. · Married on 14/08/2021
Blessed to have found Marianne!
To say that we were blessed to find Marianne is seriously an understatement. Marianne made our ceremony absolutely perfect. She truly takes the time to get to know the couple and puts together a ceremony that has been made specifically for them, keeping you involved every step of the way. We were never afraid to reach out to Marianne with any questions that arose. She was always so prompt in her reply’s and so helpful in her answers. She has the warmest personality and truly loves what she does. We knew from the first zoom meeting with Marianne that we wanted her to marry us. She made us so comfortable during the whole process.
Our first face to face meeting with Marianne was at our rehearsal a few days prior to our wedding. She made the rehearsal fun and stress free, while making sure everyone was kept in line and knew where they were to be and what they needed to be doing on the big day. Trust me when I say, our bridal party was not an easy one to keep in line, but Marianne nailed it!
When it came to our big day there were some technical difficulties (due to NO fault of Marianne) that postponed our ceremony by a few minutes. Rather than have an awkward 15 minutes of silence, Marianne started to interact with the crowd. She made it so that no one (other than one anxious bride) even knew that there was any sort of error happening. She then performed the most beautiful, personal ceremony. One that our friends and family are still talking about.
Marianne we cannot thank you enough for making our day so special. Although I have tried, I will never be able to perfectly articulate what a perfect match you were for our wedding day. We are so thankful that we found you and that you were the one to marry us. We are forever grateful to you and will never be able to thank you enough.Sent on 03/10/2021
Moments In Time Officiant Services's reply:Caterina and Jamie, thank you so much for your very kind words. You and your wedding party were such a wonderful group to work with. I had so much fun with all of you that I was genuinely sorry to see it end!
Kaleigh S. · Married on 29/05/2021
Marianne was simply amazing from day one of talking with her, and to keeping us in the loop of what she has written etc. She also included my daughter to be part of the vows and made our day so extra special.Sent on 12/06/2021
We had to change locations kind of last minute, but Marianne was so great at telling us that no matter what everything was going to be perfect. She was simply amazing!!
Moments In Time Officiant Services's reply:Thanks so much \, Kaleigh. I really enjoyed being a part of your big day..or should I say one of your big days! You sure like to push the envelope...wedding, moving the next day, baby in 2 months and 2 kids to keep entertained and online schooling! Phew! I'm tired just thinking of everything you have on your plate!
Sasha S. · Married on 10/10/2020
Mariann was such a fantastic officiant and an amazingly kind person. We met her over the phone less than a week before the wedding, when she stepped in to save the day after our original officiant fell ill. Not only did she take it on a weeks notice, but she also drove from Barrie to Kingston for us. From our first conversation with her on the phone we liked Mariann. She was very friendly, easy to talk to and more importantly she was interested in hearing our story and getting to know us. She tailored the ceremony to match our vision and personalized things with what she knew about us from our few conversations with her. She was available to answer all our question and prepared a walk-through over the phone, since Covid did not allow a rehearsal. We can’t say enough good things about her and would highly recommend her to anyone considering using her services. She handled everything with professionalism and grace. If you could picture anything going wrong for a wedding, it happened for us, she eased our nerves and adjusted! (Our outdoor wedding, turned tent wedding, until the tent blew away and turned into a garage wedding.. she adjusted and added a couple light hearted comments to the ceremony and kept on going!) Thanks again for saving the day and making our wedding so special Mariann!Sent on 08/12/2020
Moments In Time Officiant Services's reply:Sasha and Paul, I can't tell you what an honour it was to officiate your wedding ceremony! With all the challenges you faced, you maintained your cool and were the epitome of grace under pressure. Having your ceremony in your beautifully decorated garage was so poignant and it was the perfect place to celebrate your wedding. I tell everyone about you!
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Fall and winter weddings are beautiful! Book and have your ceremony before the end of the year for 2021 fees. Plus, you always get a discount on my other services!
If your 2021 wedding plans have to change due to COVID restrictions, I will officiate an intimate wedding on your original date booked for no more than the allowed number of people AND I will do a vow renewal for your larger celebration when restrictions are loosened, AT NO EXTRA COST TO YOU! (COVID restrictions allowing)
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Marianne de Bretan
My 33 years as a Registered Nurse has prepared me for my next career. I was a sought after speaker for conventions and educational events so speaking in front of crowds has become second nature to me. I am also a hopeless - or should I say- hopeful, romantic and I love weddings! I get energized by meeting new people, especially those that are in love!
1. To create and deliver an intimate and personal ceremony
Today, more than at any other time in wedding planning history, there are many choices and options for your ceremony. In keeping with this reality, my web site offers countless ceremony choices. It is important that you, the couple, make these choices. This allows you the greatest level of control in the actual content spoken at your ceremony, and therefore the greatest level of comfort. This allows for each ceremony to be personal and intimate.
2. To create and deliver a ceremony with great passion:
Great ceremonies are great because of passion. Passion is reflected in communication skills, in a desire for excellence, and in a belief in the importance and value of great relationships. I love giving the best of myself to couples who are passionate about my role in their ceremony, and who are also committed to having a great connection.
3. To create and deliver a ceremony with the utmost professionalism:
I believe in professionalism at every level. From dress (you get to choose what I wear) and deportment to communication, to presentation, to resources offered, to collaboration with other wedding service providers.
I believe this is one of the most important days of your life and so it is paramount to me that everything, especially the ceremony and the vows you will make, be a reflection of the couple you are.
If you have family members, i.e. children, that you want to be a part of your ceremony, we can work them in for a special part.
And if yours is a love that has lasted the test of time, I am available to help you renew your vows.
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