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Moments In Time Officiant Services

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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.

Services Offered

Moments In Time Officiant Services specializes in crafting wedding ceremonies 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.

Highlights

Wedding Types

Single religion, interfaith ceremony, non-religious, vow renewal, ceremony rehearsal

Officiant Services

Licensed, allow couple' own vows

Religious Affiliations

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

Wedding Services Starting Price

$375

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On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

Yes

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    Amanda C. Getting married on 22/07/2022
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    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.

    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!

    I wish you and Corey many years of happiness,
    Marianne
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    Candice C. Married on 18/06/2022
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    Made our ceremony perfect

    We had a perfect ceremony it was fun and everyone enjoyed it. I will definitely recommend her to my engaged friends.

    Moments In Time Officiant Services's reply:

    Hi Candice and Devon!
    Thank you so much for your kind review. What an incredible day! I was so worried it would rain but it was perfect in every way. You have an amazing group of friends and family and they were so much fun. I wish you both a long and happy marriage.
    Best of luck to you both,
    Marianne
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    Ellie H. Married on 27/05/2022
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    Delightful

    We are so happy we found Marianne de Bretan to be our officiant. She provided us with a ceremony that we were thrilled with. She is an absolute professional in all ways. Many of our guests have commented on what a beautiful ceremony it was. Hopefully we will not require here marital officiant service again lol but we would definitely recommend her. She is a lovely lady.
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    Sofia I. Married on 22/05/2022
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    She's a hero for helping us accomplish a wedding like no other!

    Marianne is the best Officiant we could have ever asked for!

    We got tired of waiting for all the lockdown restrictions to ease up and opted in for a low-key non-traditional civil ceremony at a park. Just as we had that spontaneous idea, we made a post on WeddingWire and she got back to us in literally an hour on a Sunday evening! And somehow this brave woman went along with our plans to make this event happen within a week!

    With such short notice and given the challenging circumstances, we did not expect much from this occasion, but Marianne insisted that we must make this day fun and special. Thanks to her involved guidance and joyful optimism we came up with a solid plan, and now we have so many exciting memories to look back on! We had it all - a flower girl, a ring bearer, a beautiful cake, floral decorations, personal speeches, lunch, and outdoor activities! Our families loved it - and no one ever expected it to be this good!

    Most importantly, Marianne makes sure to get to know her couples personally. She asked us some questions about our story and our lives, and in a week it felt as if she has known us for years. Her ceremony was very personal and accurate, and that was precious to our families.

    We were so blessed to have Marianne take part in our special day - she truly made us have the best day of our lives and she was such a great support throughout the whole time.

    Moments In Time Officiant Services's reply:

    Thank you so much, Sofia and Alex, for your kind words. It was truly an honour to marry you and I really enjoyed getting to know both of you! You share such a beautiful love story that it was my pleasure to officiate your wedding. Perfect setting, perfect day and definitely a perfect couple meant for each other! I will miss speaking with you. Your family made me feel so welcome and a part of the whole proceedings. May you be blessed with many years of happiness! Marianne
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    Cassidy C. Married on 23/04/2022
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    Personable, warm, flexible, went the extra mile

    Can’t recommend Marianne strongly enough. We approached her seeking a non-traditional ceremony including a handfasting. She was so communicative with us about choosing the perfect passages for each part of our ceremony. She allowed us to be as specific about the minutiae as we liked and had no reservations about making changes to the script. She had never done hand fasting before so we were pleased to see she did so much research and practice to make it perfect. She met with us in a series of zoom calls leading up to the big day to plan details and get to know us. Marianne is very responsive to messages.

    All the work we did together paid off. The rehearsal made us feel so confident in what we were doing. She worked with us to incorporate every guest of our small ceremony into the event (such as my stepmother holding the rings and my stepbrother holding the handfasting cord).

    The ceremony was so emotional and special. We live-streamed due to Covid and almost everybody with the link said the ceremony made them cry! Many people have said it was the most beautiful ceremony they have ever seen. Marianne was dressed beautifully for the ceremony and was mindful of things like stepping aside for photographs of the first kiss.

    What Marianne brings to the table is a very personal touch. We felt she was very invested in our love story.

    Following the wedding Marianne handled paperwork for us and made clear what our next steps were - one less thing for us to worry about.

    Investing in including Marianne in our wedding team was one of the best decisions we made in our planning! Cannot imagine having worked with anybody else. I’m a very type-a, anxious bride, and she always made me feel important and never like a burden.

    Moments In Time Officiant Services's reply:

    Cassidy and Adam, thank you so very much for your kind words. It was an amazing ceremony and the room was overflowing with the love you share, and the love of your family. Thank you, truly, for the honour of being a part of your love story. Wishing you many, many years of happiness,
    Marianne
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    Shelby K. Married on 12/02/2022
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    Absolutely Incredible Experience

    Brides, please look NO further! Marianne was an incredible addition to our wedding team. From the first meeting, planning, rehearsal and day-of, Marianne exudes kindness and professionalism. She walked us through the process of creating her script and our vows and guiding us along the way with revisions and personal touches that were important to my (now) husband and I. Marianne understood our wishes and created a ceremony that best reflected us inside and out. With each meeting via phone, zoom and in-person she came prepared with questions and opportunities for great conversation to allow herself to get to know us as a couple and individually. Planning through the pandemic came with rapid changes and Marianne remained flexible and offered unwavering support to us. Within moments, she responded to emails or answered the phone to lend a helping hand. Our guests were engaged from start to finish and still comment on how perfectly she fit with us.
    I could not recommend Marianne enough!
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    Claudia M. Married on 17/09/2021
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    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!

    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.
    I especially liked that you taught me about the traditional wedding rituals from Mexico, the lasso and arras matrimonialis (coins). I like to grow in my professional abilities and you provided me with some new lessons.
    I wish you and Roberto many happy and wonderful years together,
    Marianne
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    Caterina M. Married on 14/08/2021
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    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.

    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!
    I do consider it an absolute honour and privilege when a couple entrusts me with their ceremony and yours was no exception. I think we came up with a beautiful ceremony which reflected the love the two of you share.
    I wish you many, many years of happiness and am hopeful I will see you again in the coming years!
    Best wishes for a long and happy marriage,
    Marianne
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    Kaleigh S. Married on 29/05/2021
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    So personable!

    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.

    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!!

    Thank you!

    The D’Intino’s

    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!
    It truly was a beautiful day and I was honoured to be a part of your wedding ceremony. I look forward to hearing about your new home and arrival of your little one. Bless you all- you have a wonderful family! Marianne
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    Sasha S. Married on 10/10/2020
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    Amazing :)

    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!

    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!
    Wishing you many years of happiness,
    Marianne

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Marianne  de Bretan
Marianne de Bretan
Wedding Officiant

My 34 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!

My philosophy:

1. To create and deliver an intimate and personal ceremony

Today, more than at any other time in wedding planning history, there are countless choices and options for your ceremony. In keeping with this reality, I offer many ceremony choices or you can provide me with something you like. 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. I firmly believe that the words I say that are scripted belong to you. You always have final say. 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 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.

I am a graduate of the Unboring Wedding Academy and will work with you to make a memorable ceremony, however you see fit.

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