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Ottawa Wedding Officiants

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About

Ottawa Wedding Officiants is a dedicated officiant service based in Ottawa, Ontario, that brings couples together to celebrate their wedding day. The company consists of a group of experienced professionals who believe that a wedding celebration is a milestone event for couples, their families, and guests. Their officiant team is committed to helping to-be-weds create a personal, unique, and memorable ceremony that reflects their love and celebrates their relationship. They achieve this by giving couples the online resources, ideas, and guidance needed to create a beautiful event. This team delights in bringing couples’ dream weddings to life, with a ceremony that will be appreciated and enjoyed by all of their guests.

Experience

The Ottawa Wedding Officiants team has officiated thousands of weddings over the past 11 years. During this time, they’ve accumulated hundreds of accolades and online reviews from couples who have used their services. All the officiants working with the company conduct a wide range of services, from civil to religious ceremonies, and are licensed in the Province of Ontario.

Services Offered

Ottawa Wedding Officiants offers to-be-weds a no-obligation meeting to learn a bit about them and their vision for their ceremony and to demonstrate the available web resources. This company can provide a number of packages, including a Personalized Love Story and a Just Elope option. They are also able to assist with rehearsals, a back-up officiant (in case of an emergency), vow renewals, and more.

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, anglican, baptist, catholic, episcopalian, lutheran, methodist, no denomination, orthodox christian, presbyterian, evangelical, hindu, islam, jewish, sikhism

Wedding Services Starting Price

$280

More information

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

$125

If you offer pre-marital counseling, what is the starting price for (per session)?

$17

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    Michelle S. Married on 15/08/2020
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    Amazing, easy, affordable

    We found Jim through an internet search and it was God sending us a blessing. Jim made our wedding ceremony so special. He jumped onto every “odd” thing we suggested and gave it a spin that turned our ceremony vibrant. We couldn’t have asked for more. He was easy to work with, and extremely accommodating. I would suggest him to anyone getting married, thanks Jim for all your work and the wonderful laughs.

    Ottawa Wedding Officiants's reply:

    What a unique way to begin married life – exchanging vows at a spa. Nordik Spa was the perfect backdrop for your wedding celebration. Having your kids sign a copy of your Registry Form was a highlight of your very personal ceremony.

    Thank you, Michelle and Mike, I thoroughly enjoyed your ceremony and meeting your family.
    I wish you much joy and happiness throughout the years.

    Jim
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    Candice&Shaun Married on 04/07/2020
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    The Best Officiant in the Biz

    Due to the circumstances of COVID-19, my partner and I decided postponed our wedding and reception but still wanted to commemorate our original wedding day by signing our papers. We reached out to Jim some few weeks ago explaining our situation and he was extremely understanding and empathetic. It becomes very clear when meeting with Jim that you are meeting with someone who is team #love.

    Both Jim and Rinette worked with us every step of the way, providing insightful tips and guidance from their many years of experience in the industry so that our wedding ceremony--regardless of the circumstances-- was one that we would remember forever. Jim's magnetic personality and warm sense of humor makes him the perfect officiant. He was a pleasure to work with and we are so happy we chose him to officiate our wedding.
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    Avery B. Married on 17/01/2020
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    Jim Emerson was a wonderful Officiant

    Jim married my husband and I in our home in Ottawa in January 2020. We opted to elope instead of having a large wedding. Jim took the time to explore ideas with us to make our ceremony special and unique. He was very flexible to a couple of last minute changes as well. Jim really was the perfect officiant, and his warmth and wit made our ceremony truly special for us. We highly recommend him for your special day! - Avery and Greg

    Ottawa Wedding Officiants's reply:

    Thank you for inviting me to officiate your elopement ceremony. You created a very intimate and personal ceremony that was, from all the laughter and tears of joy, fully enjoyed by your families and friends.
    May you continued to experience prosperity while "Spending time laughing together, because that's what best friends do." Congratulations and best wishes. Jim
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    Angelika Married on 29/06/2019
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    Excellent Officiant

    Jim was an incredible officiant and a really great person to work with overall. He has a lot of experience officiating weddings and we were very impressed by his ability
    to adjust and adapt to last minute changes! I'm not going to lie, the rehearsal was pretty intense (Jim means business), but I would highly recommend that everyone do one because it really ensured that our ceremony went flawlessly! Also, we found the website
    super useful for creating our ceremony. It really took a lot of stress out of the planning! Thanks again Jim!

    Ottawa Wedding Officiants's reply:

    Thank you Angelika & Joe for your kind words of support.

    I am thrilled that our online Console helped you create a ceremony that reflected your personalities, and that I was able to help reduce the stress of planning your ceremony.

    "May you find life's joys heightened, and it's bitterness sweetened because you taste it together."

    Congratulations and best wishes as your begin life's journey together.

    Jim
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    Elisabeth M. Married on 17/06/2018
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    Perfect and Personal

    Our wedding ceremony was completely perfect with Jim as our officiant. He gave us suggestions along the way saying we could use or reject anything, most of which we used because they were so good. Using the website ceremony planner really gave us complete control over every word that was said, every reading, the entire flow. The ceremony fit us and our personalities so well, it was exactly what we wanted for the most important day of our lives. We got countless compliments from our guests about how personal and touching it was, several saying it was the best ceremony they had attended. Jim made us feel so comfortable, so at ease, and it showed to all our friends and family.

    Ottawa Wedding Officiants's reply:

    Your ceremony at Stonefields was the perfect start to a perfect wedding celebration. Your ceremony was personal, memorable and engaging. I am thrilled that it was “exactly what you wanted” and that your guests also enjoyed your ceremony. Thank you for your words of support but you and Kyle were the ones who created your ceremony – every word of it. I wish you much joy and happiness and may your love continue to flourish over the years. Jim
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    Brooke B. Married on 01/06/2020
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    Great officiant

    Best officiant I could ask for during COVID-19. Polite and professional.
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    Sarah K. Married on 31/12/2019
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    Simply Amazing!

    I cannot say enough good things about Jim and Rinette. Simply amazing! Our wedding was organized in 2 days and they were very helpful, making our day so very special. It was so much more than what we ever could have imagined. Every one of our guests was blown away by how beautiful the ceremony was with so many unique aspects. Highly recommend Jim and Rinette.

    Ottawa Wedding Officiants's reply:

    Sarah and John, thank you for your kind words of support.
    It was such an honour being part of your celebration!

    Your love for each other was evident and we know that the years ahead will be filled with continued love, laughter and prosperity.

    Again, congratulations and best wishes as you continue your life journey together.

    Rinette
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    Di Xiao Married on 29/12/2019
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    Easy, Meaningful Ceremony

    My new wife and I had a wonderful experience with Jim Emerson. One of my friends told me that it was an "unexpectedly beautiful ceremony, knowing me". Jim was very easy to work with, funny, and had many wonderful tips for making the ceremony meaningful, personal, and smooth running. He called several weeks before the ceremony to begin working on it, and continued to go back and forth with us until we had the ceremony we wanted. I won't be needing Jim's services in the future, though I would work with him again if I could!

    Ottawa Wedding Officiants's reply:

    Hi Di,
    Congratulations to you and Jenny on creating a very personal and unique ceremony. It was wonderful how you included so many of your guests, especially your fathers, in your celebration. It was truly a personal and memorable ceremony.

    I am thrilled that you won't need my services in future, but hope we meet up again - maybe at a friend's wedding!

    Again, I wish you both continued joy and unconditional love as you begin the next chapter in your life's story.
    Jim
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    Theresa H. Married on 07/09/2019
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    So incredibly happy!

    A little over a month ago my husband and I tied the knot at a magical little place called Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat in Grafton, Ontario and were honoured to have Jim as our officiant. Jim and I used to be on a running team together back when we both lived in the GTA. As soon as I got engaged, I couldn't think of anyone else I'd rather have marry us than him. From the very beginning, Jim was there every step of the way helping & guiding us to create a memorable and touching ceremony. We are so incredibly happy with how everything turned out and are forever grateful to Jim for being apart of our day. He was so helpful at the rehearsal in ensuring everyone knew what they had to do and making sure we got every possible photo op! Our guests were so touched with the ceremony and mentioned several times to us that it was the most beautiful ceremony. I highly recommend Jim (and his team) to anyone getting married. Jim - you were simply the best and we are so happy to have had you be a part of our big day.

    Ottawa Wedding Officiants's reply:

    Not often do I have the opportunity to officiate the ceremony of a fellow runner and, more importantly, a dear friend. So, when you asked me to officiate your wedding I was totally honoured and thrilled to participate.

    Your choice of Whispering Springs as your venue, your music, your personal ceremony and the joy on your faces was truly a highlight for me as well as for your guests.

    Theresa & Alex, may your love and friendship continue to bring you joy, and a passion for living that provides the willingness to embrace both the uncertainty as well as the endless possibilities and adventures that lay ahead.
    Jim

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Meet the Team

Jim  Emerson
Jim Emerson
Officiant

Every couple has a story and I would like to help tell yours. The problem is I can’t write it, but I can share it with your guests.

As your officiant I will provide you with resources and guide you as you create your unique, engaging, memorable and hopefully stress-free ceremony. So, whether your guests laugh or cry during your ceremony, they will come away from your wedding with a warm feeling, knowing that your ceremony celebrated your love.

I’m all about family, community and wedding celebrations! On days when I am not working with couples, you may find me running, cycling, swimming or just hanging out with the people I love.

If this is what you have in mind for your wedding ceremony, let's get together to discuss how I can help you create and share your personal love story with the community who loves you.

Rinette  Emerson
Rinette Emerson
Officiant

Officiating weddings is something that I never thought I'd end up doing. Now, over ten years later it just keeps getting better and better..

I’m not just an Officiant, I’m a story teller. The best wedding ceremonies communicate a story, and I would be honored to participate in telling yours.

I would like an opportunity to get to know you, to hear your dreams and hopes for your ceremony so that I can help you share them with your families and friends. After all, every love story is unique, no two couples have walked the same path, so the story we create together will be like no other.

I also look forward to offering suggestions and guidance that will help you share memories. Memories that reflect who you are as a couple, your individual values and moments that celebrate your love.

I look forward to meeting you, sharing a coffee together and helping you create and tell your love story.

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