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Last update: February 2023

Deborah Vaughan, of Rev. Deb Weddings and Sweetheart Chapel Niagara, loves celebrating weddings. She realizes it is an honour to share in your very important day and ensure that your ceremony runs smoothly and happily. The finest inns and hotels in Niagara have chosen her for their preferred officiant lists, and premier wineries and chapels - along with other venues - call on her when their couples request an officiant. Couples have described her as a consummate professional who is also fun, friendly, and lighthearted. Her motto is Your Wedding, Your Way!

An Experienced Officiant

People call her "Rev Deb." That is a title she has carried since her early days as an Anglican Priest. These days, she is the presiding bishop of the Community Catholic Church of Canada, an inclusive and progressive community. Among her many duties, she trains those who wish to become wedding officiants, ordaining them as Pastoral Chaplains. Deb is a published author, educator, podcaster, facilitator, and speaker. She is also one of The Angel Ladies and a therapeutic touch practitioner. Her specialty is creating ceremonies that reflect the wishes and feelings of each couple.

Services offered

Rev Deb has been offering weddings, elopements, renewal of vows, and commitment ceremonies for more than 30 years Always up for fun theme weddings, she has also been known to dress as a pirate, don a witches' hat for Halloween, or come in costume for a medieval wedding. Bringing a richness of experience, Rev. Deb has officiated at weddings for 20-somethings all the way up to 90-somethings, and welcomes all couples, including same-sex and transgender couples. Love is to be celebrated.

Sweetheart Chapel, Garden Gazebo and the Drive-in Experience In Niagara-on-the-Lake

While Rev. Deb travels all around Niagara and the GTA, she also offers elopements and small weddings at her home-base in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Weddings can be costly and for those who are looking for something simpler, she has created an affordable alternative venue for your ceremony.

  • Sweetheart Chapel -
    a cozy indoor chapel that is the perfect size for the couple and four guests.

  • Sweetheart Garden Gazebo -
    an intimate setting for up to 12 people. The private and peaceful setting offers photo ops for the couple and their guests after the ceremony.

  • Rev.Deb's Drive-in Driveway "Chapel" -
    a fun and lighthearted experience where YOU are the feature presentation. Just stay in your car and enjoy popcorn,
    a special swag bag, and of course, your wonderful ceremony.
    (Check out the video in the gallery)

    Haven't got witnesses? We are happy to provide them. Need a photographer? We can arrange that too.

Located in the beautiful town of Niagara on the Lake, there are numerous picturesque backdrops for your photographs. A tour of the town in a horse and carriage or a fabulous meal in one of the fine restaurants will make it a day to cherish.

What to Expect

Rev. Deb is there for each couple. From the first contact to the day of the ceremony and beyond, she works with the couple. Whether it is offering a consultation on Zoom, answering questions that come up, helping personalize the ceremony, ensuring that the legalities are taken care of, or calming the nerves that arise in exciting time, Rev Deb is happy to assist her couples.

For Rev. Deb, officiating at weddings is more than just getting a pay cheque. It is about making something beautiful and celebrating love in all of its fullness. Reviews from her couples reflect this. Whether you are saying "I do" for the first time, renewing your vows, planning a festive wedding or an intimate elopement, she will work to create a ceremony that is as unique and special as the love you share.

Celebrating the wedding is often the beginning of a relationship with couples, as so many return to Rev. Deb to renew their vows, have their babies baptized, or see their dear ones married, and sometimes, to celebrate the life of a loved one. A friendly face on the journey, Rev. Deb is there for you.

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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

Civil union
Single religion
Interfaith ceremony
Vow renewal
Ceremony rehearsal

What services do you provide?

Allow couple' own vows
Premarital counseling

What religious affiliations do you serve?

No denomination

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

What is the starting price for your wedding services?


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Stephanie P. Married on 22/08/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Say "I Do" with Rev Deb

Rev. Deb is the kind of officiant that will make your ceremony feel perfect for you.

She listened to our requests and fitted them in nicely with her outline, and patiently went through the ceremony with us — before and during, those nerves really make you forgetful!

Rev. Deb performed with Love Box ceremony, a suggestion that really showed our guests (in-person and virtual) our kind of commitment to each other: it's not the flashiest, but it's substantial — with lots of support from our loved ones and each other.

Please allow Rev. Deb to bless your wedding, your journey into married life will have such a loving, humourous, and exciting start!

Stephanie & Garreth
Tom M. Married on 14/02/2019
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an absolute pleasure

Rev Deb was a pleasure to deal with for our elopement wedding. She had a great sense of humor, while adding some very kind words to our little ceremony.
Dana S. Married on 06/10/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Rev. Deb Rocks

From the very first contact with Rev. Deb I knew she was the one that I wanted to perform our services. Our wedding was unconventional in so many ways. I am wiccan and wanted to include a handfasting ceremony, we are also a blended family so we also included a unity ceremony with our 3 boys. Originally we were having a double wedding but my mom who was I'll had to be hospitalized could not be there. When I asked Rev. Deb about performing her ceremony at the hospital there was no hesitation, she suggested the following day at 6pm. She made both our ceremonies fun and stress free. Rev. Deb goes with the flow when unexpected things come up as they do at weddings. There were no awkward pauses and plenty of laughter. I would recommend Rev. Deb to anyone planning to get married.
Kelly A. Married on 16/12/2016
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Rev Deb was great, very friendly, professional and made us feel very comfortable. It was a very short & sweet ceremony, just what we were looking for. She was also very funny...we noticed one of our pictures, and she is actually doing bunny ears with her fingers behind my husbands head, lol!!! We had a great experience and would definitely recommend her to others that are looking for a smaller ceremony / elopement. Thank you Rev Deb xoxo
Nicole S. Married on 21/10/2016
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Rev Deb is such an amazing officiant and woman. Very professional, kind hearted and she made mine and my husbands special day amazing. Thank you Deb for everything!! -Mr and Mrs David and Nicole Staley
Kim Married on 04/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful Vow Renewal

We renewed our wedding vows with Deborah on 4th July 23, lovely day 25 years after the wedding proposal at Nigari Falls. It was a beautiful and memorable experience that was made special with Deborah. Coming in from UK and not seeing venue or meeting Deb we were nervous before hand but all went perfectly and would highly recommend to anyone looking to renew their vows.
thanks again Deb
Ashley L. Married on 23/10/2020
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Look no further.... she is the person to hire...

From our first contact with Rev Deb it was just great.....She kept in contact with us throughout everything and was super accommodating when we had to rebook due to covid cancelling our original date!! If your looking for an officiant she is the person to book with!!!
Ocumarez D. Married on 27/12/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Day

It was exactly what we were looking for. The day couldn't have been more perfect. Rev Deb made the day very special for us.
Charise Married on 31/10/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Spooktacular Wedding Experience!

I had a great Hallowe'en Ceremony with Rev Deb. It was perfect for us! The vows she wrote were fun, the witnesses she provided were lovely and everything went smoothly. Rev Deb is a wonderful person, warm and welcoming. I highly recommend her as an officiant! She was reasonably priced too - showing that she cares about creating loving unions instead of just fattening her wallet.
Rhonda P. Married on 26/02/2017
4.8 out of 5 rating
She was wonderful. Very accommodating and always available. She kept our service light and fun yet still let the love of the day shine through. I would definitely recommend her services to anyone looking for a very genuine and caring officiant for their day.
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