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Tidal Ceremonies

Gabriola, British Columbia View map

About

Tidal Ceremonies is based on Gabriola Island, British Columbia serving primarily the central Vancouver Island region, but willing to travel further.

Rev. Dr. Karen Arends is a Certified Master Life-Cycle Celebrant who earned her certification at the Celebrant Foundation and Institute, and is ordained by the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry.

Karen has more than 25 years of experience creating personally meaningful ceremonies and passages that reflect the desires of her clients. Her wedding ceremonies range from short-and-sweet to personalized and even fully-themed ceremonies. In her ministry practice, Karen is inclusive, professional, and eclectic.

Services Offered

Tidal Ceremonies offers licensed services and support for couples writing their own vows. Karen lends her expertise to couples celebrating civil, pagan, metaphysical, and earth-based spiritual weddings. Creating a ceremony from your answers to a questionnaire, the final script is completely approved by you.

Your experience will include personal ceremony creation, research into traditions and rituals, script consultations and edits, rehearsal, officiating, and a final keepsake document of the ceremony. Karen also provides officiating services for vow renewals, commitment ceremonies, 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, no denomination, earth-based, pagan

Wedding Services Starting Price

$350

Served in

Alberta and British Columbia

More information

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?

$150

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

$50

Served in

Alberta and British Columbia

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    Annalise S. Married on 28/09/2019
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    Lovely and unique ceremony

    Karen is a fantastic officiant, we couldn't have asked for a better one to guide us through the process. She met and emailed with us multiple times, and was always quick to reply. We had vague ideas for a handfasting and slightly Nordic style wedding which she effortlessly wove into a full ceremony along with a family tradition and much loved reading. Our friends and family couldn't stop commenting in the receiving line how much they enjoyed the personalization. More than a few even said it was the best ceremony they had ever been to! Looking back at our photos I can easily recall all the teary heartfelt parts as well the laughs we shared. Thank you, Karen, it meant so much to us.

    Tidal Ceremonies's reply:

    My thanks for your kind words, Annalise! It was my pleasure to create a ceremony that is meaningful and memorable for you two. Bright blessings your way.
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    Stephanie Married on 04/08/2018
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    Friendly, warm and professional

    Karen (Kes) is an excellent officiant. We had a lovely experience using her services for our backyard wedding. She made an in-depth inquiry into who we are as individuals and as a couple so that she could give us a ceremony that felt natural, flowing, and in alignment with what we wished to convey to our friends and family about our love story and our commitment to each other. Karen is warm, thoughtful, reliable and professional. She was easy to work with, did a great job of laying out the structure of the ceremony and then stepping back and allowing us to edit and make changes so that it was personal and the emphasis was on our voice as a couple. We were happy to work with her and would readily recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant that can deliver a unique, customized ceremony.

    Photo credit: Emilie Smith Photography

    Tidal Ceremonies's reply:

    My heartfelt thanks, Stephanie! It was such a pleasure to meet your family at your farm -- what an amazing place for your special day. And the food truck catering was an awesome idea!
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    Wendy S. Married on 28/05/2022
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    We would not hesitate to recommend Karen

    From the start of our interaction, Karen made it all about us and what we wanted. Yet she added some valuable insights and helped us every step of the way with our vows. She took time to get to know us as a couple and so thorough which was why our wedding turned out so perfectly. Highly recommend going with Karen, such a memorable ceremony.
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    Dayna L. Married on 10/10/2020
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    Beautifully Personal Ceremony

    Karen writes an amazing ceremony based on your love story. It's beautiful and personal and brings a lovely touch to a wedding. I would wholly recommend her to anyone wanting a unique ceremony based entirely on your relationship.

    You do, however, need to be willing to put in the work to tell that story. If you're looking for an officiant that will marry you without any effort on your part, she might not be the one for you.

    Tidal Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you, Dayna. Your wedding ceremony wonderfully celebrated your marriage in the beautiful Alberta autumn. Hoping your memories are filled with moments from the day.
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    Brittney S. Married on 18/07/2020
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    Amazing Officiant

    Karen was an amazing Officiant and couldn't have asked for a more beautiful ceremony. If you are looking for a personal ceremony that shares your love story, she will do an amazing job. Karen was on top of everything and made the process of planning the ceremony and writing vows easier. Thanks again, Karen!

    Tidal Ceremonies's reply:

    What a blessing to see you married on the family farm. You created a beautiful day that your families will share and remember. Take care of each other! Thank you.
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    Lacey B. Married on 13/07/2019
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    Customizable perfect ceramony!

    Karen was Amazing from the start, she was personable, professional and went above and beyond for us even after the wedding. My guests and I were in complete awe of her work. She made our ceremony 100% more meaningful than we expected. Thank you so much Karen!

    Tidal Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you, Lacey
    It was such a pleasure to support you two in this new phase of your life together. Bright blessings to you!
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    Jimmy C. Married on 04/05/2019
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    Karen is Awesome!

    Happy and professional. So happy to have picked her for my wedding. Loved her energy!

    Highly recommend.

    Tidal Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you, Jimmy! Hoping you and your beautiful bride enjoy lots of great games and outfit hunting adventures. Bright blessings on you both!
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    Wendy Married on 01/09/2018
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    Family blending

    Karen put together a family blending celebration for our son’s engagement. She worked with both sets of parents to create a fun and joyful announcement during a summer BBQ with family and friends. It was awesome!
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    Janna H. Married on 30/08/2021
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    Compassionate and accommodating celebrant

    Karen was very accommodating to us on our big day. After a sudden loss of a family member just prior to the ceremony, Karen stepped in to help us on short notice after we re-planned our entire ceremony. Her delivery was natural with a good flow and made everyone feel welcome and involved at the ceremony. We highly recommend Karen to anyone searching for a celebrant.
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    Sam C. Married on 30/06/2020
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    Beautiful ceremony

    Karen was more than we could have hoped for in an officiant for our intimate wedding. She asked us detailed questions in order to make a beautiful personalized ceremony for us and our guests. She also looked over our vows ahead of time to make sure they were balanced with each other and offered many great suggestions for readings and how to include our loved ones in the ceremony. I can't recommend her services enough. You would be lucky to be married by such a warm, kind and professional woman.

    Tidal Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you! You created a lovely, intimate backyard ceremonial space for your wedding. It was a pleasure to support your family.

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