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Unboring!Wedding

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UPDATE: Mark is fully booked for 2022-2023. Now booking 2024!

Good news: your ceremony doesn't have to be the least exciting part of your wedding day! Unboring!Wedding is Mark Allan Groleau, your New Brunswick wedding officiant who specializes in creating fun, lighthearted weddings that have couples and guests saying it was the best ceremony they've ever seen. With just the right balance between cheer and tradition, not only will your ceremony include all (or none!) of the elements you want, but it will also feature the story of how you and your fiancé "ended up here today." So rather than just a formality, your nuptials will actually be one of the most fun and entertaining parts of your day!

Custom - Personal - Legal - Guaranteed

Mark will customize every element of your ceremony with your collaboration, assist you on the traditional elements you'd like to include, write your love story, ask members of your family and friends for their input, and tell it the way it happened to the delight of everyone in attendance. You and your guests will remember feeling riveted, engaged, and moved by your wedding ceremony for years to come.

Mark serves many religious affiliations as well as non-religious, interfaith, and spiritual-but-not-religious couples. His process includes a no-obligation consultation, 1-hour wedding workshop, unlimited script revisions, open editing process, continuous communication via phone/email, complete rehearsal, travel fees, legal registration of your marriage in New Brunswick, a back-up officiant (just in case), and a guarantee that you'll absolutely love your ceremony.

Highlights

Wedding Types

Civil union, single religion, interfaith ceremony, non-religious, vow renewal, ceremony rehearsal

Officiant Services

Licensed, allow couple' own vows, premarital counseling

Religious Affiliations

Agnostic, anglican, baptist, catholic, episcopalian, lutheran, methodist, mormon, no denomination, orthodox christian, presbyterian, quaker, earth-based, evangelical, jewish, unitarian

Wedding Services Starting Price

$999

Served in

New Brunswick and Ontario

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On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

Yes

Served in

New Brunswick and Ontario

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    Tracy D. Married on 06/11/2021
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    Our Dream Ceremony Delivered

    We feel beyond lucky that Mark was available to perform our ceremony. We knew we wanted our wedding to be fun, intimate & non-generic. From the moment we met to make sure the chemistry was a fit, we knew he would be able to deliver our dream ceremony. He took the time not only to get to know us as a couple but also to really learn our story. When we told him we were having a surprise wedding, he was immediately on board, He was able to provide any guidance we wanted as he had done surprise weddings in the past.

    We were beyond thrilled with our ceremony & wish more couples realized that having a personal unique ceremony is an option. We laughed, we cried, he covered all the emotions. He is a natural public speaker and truly talented at what he does. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. Our friends & family raved about the event & the ceremony. People asked us how long we had known him as they thought he must have been a friend. One of our guests even stated it was the best wedding she had ever been to (don’t tell her husband!).

    He was worth every penny as he definitely made our special day even more fantastic than we could have imagined.
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    Nicole Married on 21/08/2021
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    Amazing Officiant!

    Mark is a truly wonderful officiant! He really puts in the time to get to know the couple and figure out what makes them unique. He not only does a workshop with the couple to better understand their relationship, but also reaches out to your friends and family to get their stories about the couple, in order to put together a beautiful story for the big day. He is very organized and puts any concerns you may have at ease with his vast knowledge and friendly personality. Long story short, hire Mark if you'd like a great officiant that will make your wedding ceremony different from all the rest!
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    Allison Married on 14/08/2021
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    AMAZING experience!

    Mark was absolutely incredible to work with! Our ceremony was so personalized to our story and we loved every minute of it! We all laughed and cried and laughed even more - we even had guests come up to us after to tell us how amazing our officiant was and wondered if he was actually a friend of ours! Words can't express how special he helped make our day! Thanks so much!
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    Mollie J. Married on 10/07/2021
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    Unboring for sure - but so much more.

    Perfection. Flawless. Amazing. Wow. We had many of our family members ask how long we’ve known Mark! They thought he was one of our best friends because of how flawlessly he told our story. Mark was amazing and professional from the first meeting. He took the time to get to know us, and it truly paid off during the ceremony. WOW. We laughed, we cried, then we laughed some more. It was such an amazing part of the day and something we will NEVER forget. We recommend Mark WITHOUT A DOUBT. Book him if you can, he’s the best in the biz!! Worth every penny. Thank you again, Mark!
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    Megan M. Married on 29/05/2021
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    Awesome, entertaining wedding for us and our guests!

    My husband and I asked Mark to be our officiant in 2019, after meeting with him in a local coffee shop to ensure we were a good match.

    We ended up having to postpone our wedding due to Covid. During a stressful time for us, Mark was flexible with our date and easy to contact. He was friendly throughout the planning process and always available to answer our questions.

    When it came to our wedding ceremony, we knew that we wanted something entertaining. We wanted the ceremony to be about us and our story. Mark absolutely nailed it. He had our guests and us laughing and crying. He made sure our wedding ceremony was tailored to our story and who we are as a couple.

    I have been to a few different ceremonies and although everyone's wedding day is of course special and unique, I cannot recommend anyone other than Mark. He helped to make our wedding day absolutely perfect. All of our guests have told us how wonderful our ceremony was, and how much they enjoyed our officiant and hearing our story.

    We are so lucky to have someone like Mark in our community!

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    Cynthia D. Married on 17/10/2020
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    Best officiant out there!!

    Wow mark was amazing. The ceremony was like advertised UNBORING! He had everyone laughing and in some moments crying. Mark was amazing to work with so helpful and always willing to answer any of our question. He made planning a wedding during COVID less stressful cause we knew we had an officiant that was there for us!! Just stop looking already and hire mark we promise you will not be disappointed.
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    Jaime B. Married on 12/09/2020
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    Definitely Unboring!

    I really do not have the words to truly express how happy we were with Mark during the entire process - simply put, he is INCREDIBLE! Not only did we think he was amazingly awesome, but our guests and other vendors commented over and over about how fantastic he was!

    Deciding who was going to officiate our wedding was a big decision for us.
    We knew we didn’t not want a religious ceremony (although he does religious ceremonies too) and it was very important to us that things be kept light hearted, personal and fun. I stumbled across the Uboring!Wedding site by accident and from the website I immediately went on YouTube and found some of the ceremonies he had performed prior - I was completely sold!

    Mark is punctual, organized, professional, attentive, charismatic and a fantastic story-teller. He has no problem taking control of situations and in addition to making you truly feel taken care of, he goes out of his way to please - the night before the wedding he even typed out all of my husband’s wedding vows and formatted them after the saved copy had accidentally been deleted and all we had left was a paper copy of an unformatted mess in the tiniest font imaginable!

    I can’t imagine anyone ever being anything but 550% thrilled after having Mark handle their special day! Do yourself a favour and book him the MOMENT you get engaged - I promise, you’ll be so happy you did!

    Mark - if you are reading this, I’ve got a small token of thanks that will be headed your way within the next few weeks. Thank you so, so much for our “anything but boring” wedding day!

    Jaime and Dan Levesque
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    Lindsay C. Married on 14/08/2020
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    Hurry up and book Mark for your wedding!

    If I could add a 6th, 7th or 100th star I would! Like many, we had to cancel our wedding due to Covid. Six weeks ago, we decided we couldn't wait and planned a spontaneous wedding for Thanksgiving weekend. I honestly wasn't sure if we needed the extra services that Mark offered, but I can say now with 1000% certainty, we COULD NOT have done this without him. Not only that, but the way he told our story made our wedding one that people will remember for a long time. We were told that our ceremony was the best people had been too (and it wasn't because of us, it was because of Mark). If you haven't booked him yet, what the heck are you waiting for!?!
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    Jacquelyn Married on 08/08/2020
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    Make sure that you have him check the date, twice!

    We had hired Mark a year and a half in advance of our wedding. 7 months before our wedding Mark e-mailed us, he didn't attempt to call, to inform us that he had double booked us and that we were now out an officiant. He didn't provide an alternative or back-up officiant. He offered us his cheaper package where he'd write our wedding ceremony for us, but we would need to find someone to officiate for us. He didn't provide us a discount for this option, but he did offer to drive up late in the evening to have the marriage certificate signed. Overall, I was not impressed that he emailed us the bad news rather than call us, that he double booked us, and that he didn't provide any assistance in finding an officiant now that it was much closer to the wedding date. I would not recommend using this vendor.

    Unboring!Wedding's reply:

    Yep. I messed up very badly, and I'm so sorry for my inexcusable error, Jacquelyn. I was devasted the day I had to email you the bad news, and I'm devastated now.

    As I explained when I contacted you (not that it makes it better at all), when I was manually double-checking all my wedding bookings for 2020, I caught the mistake 7 months before your date. For some reason, the couple who booked that same date a few months before you did never made it onto my iCal, so your date looked available when we booked it. I discovered the error when I saw they had a ceremony planning session booked, but not a wedding - the system hadn't added their ceremony to the calendar. As agonizing as it was to decide how to be fair, I felt that honouring the couple that had booked me first was the best decision in a terrible situation. I have no idea how that calendar glitch happened, and it's horrible how it inconvenienced you so greatly. I suspect it was when I was transitioning from officiating in Toronto to New Brunswick that my calendars weren't calibrated right. Since then, I've put new integrated client management measures in place and it can't happen again, but you got unfairly hurt in the process. I'm so sorry.

    As soon as I caught the double-booking mistake, I emailed you and your fiancee both immediately, issued you a full refund, and offered you my ceremony-writing services so you could get someone else to do it in my style. In terms of getting a "replacement," I could direct you to the list of the many civil officiants in NB who will officiate for far less than I do, but unfortunately, I don't know or haven't heard of any other officiants who tell the story and offer the kind of ceremony I do. So I literally can't recommend anyone else - as much I would have loved to or wished someone could just step in for me and do it the same way. That's why I offered to write your full ceremony, coach your hand-picked officiant (I train and coach first-time officiant friends and family all over the world who are asked to officiate through my online officiating course and coaching program), and even drive to Saint John from St. Andrews free of charge to legalize your wedding and handle all the paperwork. I was trying to make it possible for you to ask literally anyone you know to step in, read the ceremony I wrote for you/them, and I would do all the legalizing. But this review is the first I'm hearing back from you after extending that offer. It's still on the table, but I'm sorry it appears that this solution I proposed won't work for you, either.

    I'm really sorry I let you down, and it makes me feel literally quite sick to have done so. I made a terrible mistake, and it mortifies me that you're so inconvenienced. This blunder has made be almost obsessively vigilant about my calendar and my bookings since - I never want this to happen again because it hurts me to know how I've been the cause of so much trouble for your planning. A thousand times: sorry.
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    Our wedding was perfect, but my favorite part was our ceremony

    I dont even know where to begin honestly ! If I could give more than 5 stars we would! We planned our wedding last year before the pandemic and the date happened to fall at the worst time during the restrictions....Mark remained consistently patient and helpful the whole time! We were finally able to pull off a small wedding ( with 24 hours notice of the loosened restrictions)
    I can honestly say Mark was the BEST part of the entire wedding!!! EVERYONE loved our service! So many people came to.me and said they usually dread the service and yet they laughed through most of ours ( and yet there were tears too)....Everyone commented on Mark, how funny and personable he was ! He told our story in such a way that we couldn't stop laughing ....and we knew the story to begin with! He made me laugh ...and then tear up minutes later....he is a gifted speaker to say the least not to mention an overall great person to deal with. Most of our guests thought he was a close personal friend of ours!!To say that I would highly recommend him is a gross understatement....he is worth twice the price ( and I'm not joking!) He is an entertainer that puts you in the middle of the spot light....magical...that's the best way I can describe it! Thank you Mark for making our special day the fairytale wedding I envisioned it to be...YOU ARE THE BEST!!

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