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Sharon Barwick Weddings

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Sharon Barwick Weddings is a full-time Calgary wedding officiant who regularly serves the Banff and Canmore areas. Her extensive wedding experience guarantees a Strees-Free, Fun and Memorable experieince. A calm, professional and outgoing personality makes everyone feel at home! Sharon is inclusive of all identities, cultures, backgrounds, and traditions. She walks you through all your ceremony choices and collaborates with vendors that ensures the perfect ceremony coverage. Zoom or in-person consultations are welcome whether you are hosting a full ceremony or a smaller intimate wedding. All family pets are welcome!

Why Hire Sharon?

1. Wedding Specialist. Sharon is a Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP) with three decades of extensive wedding and event management experience:

  • wedding planner
  • event producer (private and public)
  • florist
  • decorator
  • food and beverage sales
  • booking venues and parks
  • MRU Instructor in wedding planning and event management

2. Stress Free and Fun

Nervous and unsure where to start? Sharon ensures a relaxed and fun process where you are confidant she speaks to your love story on your wedding day. She crafts your unique ceremony that is heart based with memorable and lighthearted laughs. Her outgoing and professional demeanor is perfect for wedding day guest engagement. Still nervous - ask about the course Engaged - What you MUST know between Yes and I Do. This course guides you in making educated, financial decisions based on your wedding vision before you start signing contracts!

3. Culturally informed and Sensitive

Inclusive of all identities, cultures, backgrounds, and traditions, Sharon explains all your ceremony options that match your family and culture wedding ideas. She delights in greeting your guests in your language and welcomes live feeds (Zoom, etc.) so that your overseas families and friends not able to be physically present are included in your magic moment.

4. Guaranteed WOW Ceremony

Whether you have an elopement, pop up, surprise wedding to a destination wedding, Sharon is committed to creating a wonderful experience for you and your guests. She is your "go to" person for any questions or concerns and holds your hand and supports the wedding party from beginning to end of the ceremony!

5. Informative Workshop

Unlimited correspondence and consultation to answer any questions is available. Your ceremony is finalized in a one hour workshop done in person or by Zoom. Google docs provide full access to your wedding script. You will know exactly what to do and what will be said on your wedding day!

6. Rehearsals

Rehearsals are the "stress releaser" and usually are completed a few days before the wedding day. They can take up to an hour and they are designed to practise what to expect in the ceremony including practising holding a bouquet and microphone in all ceremony transitions. This also ensures that the alter line up and cadence of walking is perfect for capturing great photography and videography the wedding day. The rehearsal time and place must be pre-booked with the officiant.

7. Government Registration

Sharon submits your Marriage Licence to the Alberta government and you apply for your Marriage Certificate at any Registry 2-3 weeks after the cermeony date. She also provides Rush Registration service right after the ceremony. If you live outside of Alberta, she provides information on how to apply for your certificate.

Highlights

Wedding Types

Civil union, non-religious, vow renewal, ceremony rehearsal

Officiant Services

Licensed, allow couple' own vows

Religious Affiliations

No denomination

Wedding Services Starting Price

$475

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On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

30-60 mins.

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

$250
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    Claire G. Married on 14/01/2023
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    Wonderful personalized ceremony

    We are so happy we chose Sharon to be our officiant. She is full of energy and joy. It is obvious that she loves what she does. She made sure our ceremony was tailored to us. We were able to customize just about everything. We especially loved how she integrated our family into the ceremony. It made our day all the more special.

    Sharon Barwick Weddings's reply:

    Your wedding was magic on Lake Minnewanka and we were missing ice skates and hot chocolate! On a serious note - you both were a delight to work with and I am so glad we did the parent thank you! Your vows were perfect and I wish you heaps of great adventures together! Sharon
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    Gelma K. Married on 07/01/2023
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    Amazing and unforgettable experience

    I highly recommend Sharon; she was awesome! She made everything easy and helped us all the way. Also made us feel it wasn't just a ceremony but an unforgettable and heartfelt moment. I am glad she was the one we met and who officiated our wedding. It was indeed a memorable experience for us. Thank you, Sharon!

    Sharon Barwick Weddings's reply:

    Thanks so much for those kind words Gelma! I always promise that I will hold your hands from the beginning to the end of the wedding as engaged couples don't know what to expect. This way you can relax, have fun, and enjoy a stress-free and memorable moment! Sharon
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    Sabrina A. Married on 24/11/2022
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    So Easy & Exactly what we wanted

    The process of hiring and developing the mini ceremony with Sharon was exceptionally quick and easy. She provided a questionnaire and then asked a few clarifying questions before sending me a copy of what she proposed for our ceremony. For never speaking with her prior to receiving this I was exceptionally impressed at how she was able to pull something together that matched what I was looking for and what our family needed to solidify our joining. I was able to provide a few edits to the script, which really only needed a few very minor edits. This was my second wedding ceremony and this process was so much easier than the last one. The ceremony itself was perfect and everything went according to script. Sharon honored us in exactly the way we needed as we joined our families.

    Sharon Barwick Weddings's reply:

    I was very excited to perform this special handfasting ceremony and loved that you had your sons "tie the knot" for you both! Moments like this I treasure in my career! Many Blessings, Sharon
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    Simi Married on 29/10/2022
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    Sharon’s services are beyond amazing

    Sharon literally blew our minds away with her service. She is passionate, considerate and thoughtful and puts all efforts to ensure you have the best ceremony. Sharon wowed us and our family and friends and they couldn’t stop talking about her. So I don’t sound vague, I’d list some of the things she did.
    1. Sharon was kind enough to go the extra mile with add-on services just to make us happy.
    2. Sharon went out of her way to learn greetings in our native language so that she could greet our extended family in our home country who joined online.
    3. Sharon is so pleasant, she smiled all through, when I was getting nervous, she kept smiling at me and encouraging me and saying sweet words to make sure I was ok.
    4. Sharon is a good communicator and was very engaging with our family and friends.
    5. (This one blew my mind and that of my husband’s away) Sharon went out of her way to look up and play wedding songs from our home country throughout the ceremony, I was so excited, I could have cried, tears of joy.

    I’d stop here but I kid you not, if you want a super amazing, passionate marriage commissioner, Sharon is one! I highly recommend her!!!!

    Normally I won’t drop reviews for vendors, cause for some reason, I feel my review won’t count. But we had to go out of our way to do this review cause of how Sharon handled our event.

    Sharon Barwick Weddings's reply:

    From the moment you arrived at my wedding studio - I KNEW it would be special! My heart is still in beautiful West Africa and I wanted to surprise you with Nigerian wedding music when you arrived. Technology allowed us to live feed the wedding so that your friends and family could actively participate in your ceremony which I believe is super special! It was such a pleasure to provide this service and I wish you many blessings! Sharon
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    Casey L. Married on 16/10/2022
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    Pick Shannon she goes out of her way to facilitate the wedding.

    She takes extreme joy in the process of marriage and wedding. She walks you through, and she helps guide you for the perfect photo shots, coaches us how to say vows. She's very experienced in the arts of artistic romantic wedding, and VERY accommodating to your needs.

    I had to compete with other spots, for good reason. She'll help accomodate your needs.

    Sharon Barwick Weddings's reply:

    How lovely for you to say this Casey and Thi! Thank you for letting me be part of your special day! Everything was perfect right down to the red bow on your sweet dog! Congratulations!
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    Amy Married on 15/10/2022
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    Go with her if you want the best ceremony ever!

    Sharon is amazing.

    I was very late to my ceremony due to issues with other vendors, she was great at distracting the crowd. She made me feel cared for throughout this whole experience. She is very knowledgeable about weddings, helping with recommendations when vendors fell through. Her presence is very calming even when things weren’t going to plan. Sharon did a phenomenal job of telling our story of how we met.

    If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind wedding that engages the crowd, allowing them to feel they are taking part in marrying you, then she is truly the one for you.

    She was an integral part of what made our wedding day so memorable, and I couldn’t imagine her not being a part of it.

    Sharon Barwick Weddings's reply:

    Thank Amy! Your Halloween-themed wedding will never be forgotten by me or your guests. Erling and his groomsmen's entrance was very entertaining and we had many laughs when I shared your love story! Your hard work on the decorations was exceptional and it was fabulous that all guests came in costume. Heartfelt thanks to be included in such an exceptional experience for everyone! Can we do it again? Sharon
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    Ryan K. Married on 08/10/2022
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    Great experience

    Sharon went above and beyond officiating our wedding. Very happy with how it went!

    Sharon Barwick Weddings's reply:

    You and Savannah were a pleasure to serve and I know you will have a awesome marriage! Thanks again for your kind words Ryan. Sharon
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    Melissa A. Married on 07/10/2022
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    An Experience Worth Treasuring

    Sharon was absolutely AMAZING to work with! She was constantly available during the whole process especially when we had any concerns/questions, was super accommodating for any request we had (personalized our very special day), and she also made sure everything went perfectly for our very intimate civil wedding ceremony. If there were more than 5 ☆s,I would definitely give her a 10. :) Sharon,thank you so much for marrying us, for allowing us the use of your home to hold our ceremony and for treating us like family. You were AWESOME and an absolute joy to work with (an experience and a memory worth treasuring)!!!❤️

    Sharon Barwick Weddings's reply:

    Your wedding was an absolute delight - the only thing we were missing was your sweet dog! I embrace a fun filled and heart based ceremony and your family joining us by Wi-Fi from the Philippines was perfect as the internet has made our world smaller and allows everyone to be present and partake in this very special moment! Many blessings to you both! Hugs, Sharon
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    Suzanne W. Married on 27/08/2022
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    Can't go wrong with Sharon Barwick!

    We interviewed a few officiants for our wedding and decided on Sharon as we were impressed with her experience and professionalism. Sharon has been in the wedding industry for a long time and is highly organized and really went that extra mile to make our ceremony highly personalized and fun for our guests. She really wants to do everything to make sure the day is the most special, would recommend her to anyone!

    Sharon Barwick Weddings's reply:

    Thanks Suzanne - your entrance was AMAZING! You and Chad were a fun couple to work with and I will never forget when Chad honoured Dakota in the ceremony! A real tear jerker! Of course your famous musicians were fabulous too! Your location was lovely and everything was perfect - even the romantic rain! All the best to you all! Sharon

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Now that you are engaged - where do you start in creating your wedding vision? Most couples find it stressful in the beginning!

I offer a free consultation in designing your dream ceremony and writing the perfect vow.

Meet the team

Sharon  Barwick, CSEP
Sharon Barwick, CSEP
Marriage Commissioner

Making a difference in people’s lives has been my life’s work and personal joy.

I am a people person, proud mother of a son and enjoy my hobbies. When not marrying couples, you will either find me hiking, riding my horse down country roads or sewing colourful quilts for family and friends. Supporting my community, I have volunteered with 4H and the Calgary Hospice for numerous years.

As a trained actress, I am an ideas enthusiast! My wedding career was launched in 1995 with Sharon Barwick Designs as a Vancouver florist and award winning event decorator. I have produced weddings and events in Calgary since 2004 as Director of Special Events with the Simply Elegant Corporation. I am an International Examiner for the Certified International Event Professional (CSEP) designation and former National Education Chair for the International Live Events Association (ILEA). I am dedicated in mentoring young people and am a Mount Royal University instructor for the Wedding Planning and the Event Management programs.

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