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Susan Elizabeth Girard - Officiant

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Let a special touch be added to your wedding day with Celebrant Sue Girard at Sacred Rainforest Weddings. She is located on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, British Columbia. Sue has performed and officiated weddings in this area for 17 years, and she offers many styles of wedding ceremonies and is congruent with all lifestyles and partnerings including the LGBTQ+ community. Sue Girard also covers all kinds of venues, be it an indoor or outdoor setting.

Services offered

Sacred Rainforest can offer some very unique and astounding Spiritual Ceremonies. As a Metaphysician, Officiant and Celebrant, Sue Girard is well-trained and versed in several traditional and non-traditional Ceremonies from a traditional Christian Ceremony to a Pagan Celtic Handfasting Ceremony. She is affiliated with a Buddhist temple and resident Monk and with the Coast Salish First Nations Community and Elders, drummers, ceremony Shamans on the Coast. She is herself licensed and available for any pre-wedding counselling services.

Sacred Rainforest provides customized vows. From the initial first meeting (to ensure we are a good match) to choosing the perfect Ceremony, unlimited back and forth communications, including email, text, phone, FaceTime, Skype calls, ZOOM, Sue is always available during the planning process including a night before rehearsal. She usually attends the evening gathering to offer support and guidance in the setup and walk-through. Rev. Sue offers 3 unique packages, Charming, Ethereal, and Enchanting that are suitable for any gathering and budget. She also writes personalized and customized vows, which include:

Rates normally run between $250.00 - $500.00

  • Mother's Rose
  • Rock Ceremony
  • Sand Ceremony
  • Candle Ceremony
  • Tree Planting
  • Backyard/Garden Ceremonies
  • Beach, Forest, Farm, Meadow, Mountain Ceremonies
  • Coastal Resorts, Lodges, & Hotels
  • Wine/Love Letter Time Box
  • Earth-based
  • Buddhist
  • Hindu
  • Jewish
  • Spiritual
  • Pagan & Celtic Hand-fasting
  • Renewal of Vows Ceremonies

Other services

Rev. Sue G. is a Celebrant and performs all Life Passage Ceremonies from baby naming, blessings, and welcoming to a traditional Christian Baptism. She does house blessings, house smudges/sages & clearings, Graveside Tributes and Burials, Celebration of Life Ceremonies and Memorials. All Ceremonies are available at all Venues including several natural settings such as Garden, Beach, Forest settings, Docks, and even little country churches.

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

Single religion
Interfaith ceremony
Vow renewal
Ceremony rehearsal

What services do you provide?

Licensed
Allow couple' own vows
Premarital counseling

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Agnostic
Buddhist
Anglican
Baptist
Episcopalian
No denomination
Presbyterian
Earth-based
Evangelical
Hindu
Jewish
Pagan
Taoist
Unitarian

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

30-60 mins.

What is the starting price for your wedding services?

$250

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

$100

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

$100
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    Skye Married on 06/08/2022
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    Aug 6, 2022

    Sue was amazing to work with for our wedding this year! She was easy to talk to, patient, and always quick to respond to any emails or questions! She provided useful tips when we began working on our vows! On the day, she had everything prepared and guided us to a seamless ceremony! Sue was perfect. Thank you!

    Susan Elizabeth Girard - Officiant's reply:

    thank you, Skye & Matt for the kind words! It was such a pleasure working with you both! A beautiful wedding location, Bride, attendants, wedding party, family & friends! Thank you for choosing me as your Officiant. I enjoyed working with you for the last year. Congratulations and Best Wishes for your future life together! Sue G.
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    Camilla Married on 04/06/2022
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    Sue is amazing!

    Sue married us at our June 2022 wedding. She was incredible to work with right from the start and helped us create our perfect ceremony. Sue is fun, professional, easy to talk with, and the most accommodating. She made us feel at ease, and confident every step of the way and made sure our ceremony reflected who we are as individuals and as a couple. We would 100% recommend Sue Girard as your officiant! Thank you Sue for everything!!

    Susan Elizabeth Girard - Officiant's reply:

    thank you so much Camilla & Shane. Such an amazing setting down at Camp Elphinstone YMCA -- and that incredible Red Dress! the Bride & Groom were both stunning! We wrote a fabulous Script and I am sure your guests just loved being on the Salish Sea in the old growth Forest! Truly magical!! Congratulations! And thanks for all the help in writing that wonderful Ceremony...
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    Angela B. Married on 02/10/2018
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    Patient and Kind

    Sue was professional and patient as we decided on vows for our special day. Her loving, patient energy helped make it the perfect wedding! We were coming in to the Sunshine Coast from the U.S. and she guided us through the process with ease. Thanks Sue :)
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    Tina M. Married on 07/08/2018
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    Wealth of Experience and Positive Energy!

    When we were choosing an officiant, it was important to us to find someone that allowed us freedom in creating vows and a ceremony which fit who we were as a couple. Sue was the perfect fit: open to our ideas as well as helpful and informative about various traditional and less common ceremony options. When meeting for the first time, she walked us through a variety of options and offered plenty of examples. Sue was very helpful in incorporating our wishes into the ceremony script, and was reliable and supportive in consistent and timely email updates and reminders. During the rehearsal and the ceremony itself, Sue was patient, upbeat, and friendly; although she works with plenty of couples, she connects to each on an individual level in celebrating their union. Overall, Sue was an extremely knowledgeable, friendly, supportive, and creative officiant in helping us create the perfect ceremony.

    Susan Elizabeth Girard - Officiant's reply:

    It was my great pleasure to work with you both Tina Marie and Tyler. These are very kind words and I appreciate that you took the time to encapsulate your experience. A Celebrant works hard to deliver the best possible Wedding Ceremony from first meeting to the wedding day Vows... it was a magical day! I love the wedding photos which captured that magic!! My Best to you both in your future life together... Sue G.
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    Julia Married on 20/07/2018
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    The best officiant ever!

    Sue was an absolute pleasure to work with. She designed the most amazing ceremony that was exactly what we had envisioned for our special day. If a vow renewal is ever in our future, Sue will be our first choice.
    Thank you so much for making our day so great!
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    Ashley Married on 03/07/2018
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    Incredible Officiant

    Sue was an amazing addition to our care free, simple, no guest wedding. She was so helpful from the first time we spoke and really went above and beyond what I had expected. Thank you Sue for being apart of our special day!

    Susan Elizabeth Girard - Officiant's reply:

    thank you Ashely and Dave... what a memorable and adventurous day on the Ocean with the kids...great fun~ thank you for including me...
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    Adrienne C. Married on 16/09/2017
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    Sue was such a great officiant to work with! She was very communicative and humorous with her approach to everything. It is clear she has a lot of experience; she is very warm and professional and was a pleasure to work with.

    Susan Elizabeth Girard - Officiant's reply:

    so kind of you Adrienne... so glad you went through Wedding Wire and that your wedding was such a success!! It was an amazing day for sure! many blessings to you and Sean ... Sue G.
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    Sushanti A. Married on 08/08/2015
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    Sue was an amazing officiant, we did a Celtic hand-fasting ceremony, and she was incredibly helpful, and enthusiastic about the idea. She helped with everything, and was available at any time if I had any questions, or wanted to confirm anything with her. She also took care of everything. Any time I asked her about one detail or another, she'd already taken care of it -- a quality that I'm sure any stressed out bride would appreciate. She made this part of my wedding not only stress-free, but a lot of fun. She's warm, personable, and easy to talk to, exactly the kind of person you want at your wedding. Cannot recommend her services enough.

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    This was a classic Celtic Handfasting Ceremony and I feel blessed to have been a part of your special day. It was truly mystical and magical...a powerful, timeless Ceremony.
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    Madeleine F. Married on 11/06/2022
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    Couldn't be happier

    Sue was super flexible to what we wanted, and also intuitive with her suggestions for us. She totally understood we wanted a very minimal ceremony that focused mainly on our handwritten vows. She clearly loves what she does and has an excellent and calming manner which added so much to our ceremony. The planning of our wedding became super stressful near the end but Sue was always so reassuring and relaxed! Big help!

    Susan Elizabeth Girard - Officiant's reply:

    Thank you so much Madeleine & Murat for the opportunity to be your Officiant for your very special day!! it was amazing and your Personal Vows were so touching and heartfelt. It was wonderful to meet both of your families and the spectacular location at West Coast Wilderness Lodge on the beautiful Sunshine Coast was above & beyond!! Congratulations & Best Wishes
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    Cassandra B. Married on 21/12/2021
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    Amazing Officiant!

    My partner and I were married on December 21, 2021. Sue worked with us to create a winter solstice wedding we will never forget! With lots of love, laughter and an ability to roll with the odd little things (thanks to couple who can NEVER stay on script, COVID challenges and an errant ice machine), Sue was able to take it all in stride. A wonderful day made more wonderful by an Sue's expert advice and guidance!!

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