Moments In Time Officiant Services is a wedding minister 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!
11 Reviews for Moments In Time Officiant Services
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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!
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!
Marilena · Married on 27/02/2021
If I had to do it again, I'd hire Marianne again
I highly recommend hiring Marianne. She is amazing, gives you complete control with how the ceremony will take place. Marianne was very flexible with us which was amazing. As you can imagine, planning a wedding is difficult but planning a wedding during a pandemic is very difficult. Marianne was amazing throughout the process answering any questions super quickly. And happy to adjust to any changes. I would hire her again in a heartbeat :)Sent on 02/03/2021
Moments In Time Officiant Services's reply:Thank you, Marilena and Ryan. It was such a fun day. Your family are such warm and welcoming people and to see how your parents have accepted Ryan into the family so fully was heartwarming. My favourite part was when Ryan said his vows in a language other than his mother-tongue. It was very well executed and I appreciated the lengths he went to to show his love for you and your family's heritage. I wish you both many years of happiness! Marianne
Sofia I. · Getting married on 22/05/2022
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.Sent on 23/06/2021
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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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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