XO. Life Celebrations has quickly become one of Toronto's most sought-after Wedding Officiant & Life Celebration Teams serving Toronto, the GTA, and Southern Ontario. Their team of "XO's" (Extraordinary Officiants) are passionate about the work they do and are highly trained, extremely professional and deeply committed to creating meaningful, values-based, personalized ceremonies for every couple they meet.
XO. Life Celebrations' Founder, Director & Senior Life Celebration Specialist, Tracy B Richards, is an experienced relationship counsellor and mentor who is devoted to helping individuals and couples learn how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships. Discovering her purpose and meaning in life led her to become a Life Celebration Specialist, a natural vocation for her. She is now one of the most highly respected Wedding Officiants in Ontario. Tracy is an ordained Marketplace Minister, a Registered Ontario Wedding Officiant and a member in good standing of the Ministers Network of Canada.
All of our packages include the creation of a fully personalized ceremony reflecting your unique values and vision; having your experienced, Licenced Officiant perform your ceremony (on-site at least 30 minutes before start time); the filing of your marriage license after the ceremony; going above and beyond whatever needs to be done while offering continuous support and encouragement throughout the entire process.
XO. Life Celebrations offers the following ceremony services:
How they work
We begin the process with a complimentary 45-minute consultation. This is an opportunity for us to get to know you a bit, answer any questions you may have and chat about how the process works. We'll also be gathering information about what your preferences are for creating your ideal ceremony. We prefer to have this meeting in person (when possible) but can always meet remotely via Zoom, Facetime or Phone, if necessary.
Apart from weddings, this team also offers other ceremony services which include:
79 Reviews for XO Life Celebrations
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Tanya B. · Married on 18/09/2020
Easy to work with, professional, and very flexible!
Tracy did a great job officiating our wedding ceremony! We had a pop-up style wedding which she was able to accommodate and still made it feel very special.Sent on 04/10/2020
Natalie · Married on 25/01/2020
Wedding Officiant - highly recommended
Sent on 01/10/2020
Tracy officiated our wedding and made our day even more special. Not only is she so experienced in the rules and bi-laws with respect to the ceremony, she provided a calm to all (including the bride) during the entire process. Tracy met with us many times to really learn and understand what we were looking for in terms of a ceremony and personalized it to our needs. Not only that, Tracy has such a positive and uplifting spirit and worked to ensure this ceremony was a reflection of us. I can’t say enough about her process and how comfortable she made us feel during planning and day of ceremony. Even through minor blips (groom forgetting his vows), Tracy rolled with the punches and turned the mis-step into a funny, photo worthy moment. Tracy helped to make our wedding the day of our dreams. I would highly recommend Tracy!
Alison · Married on 26/10/2019
Tracy is incredible!
We saw Tracy officiate our friends' wedding a couple of years ago and knew that she needed to officiate ours! She is so incredible. She takes the time to get to know the couple and when she speaks, it's as if she has known the couple for years. Her ceremony was everything we had hoped for and more. She takes the time to plan out something that you want and includes any details with ease. She is attentive during the rehearsal and ensures everyone knows where they need to be, what will happen, etc. This ensured our wedding day went super smooth and I didn't have to stress about a thing! We received so many compliments about her. She connected so well with our guests. Her words of wisdom resonated with us and we will always remember our ceremony because it was so spectacular. Thank you for being SO wonderful, Tracy!! :)Sent on 30/10/2019
Jessica A. · Married on 17/08/2019
The Perfect Wedding Officiant!
Our Experience with Diane from XO Life Celebrations was better then we could have ever imagined. We felt lost when looking for someone to officiate our wedding. We wanted someone who would be able to capture us as a couple, someone who made us feel comfortable and as if we were with a friend or family member. WELL Diane did this for us! She was the perfect choice. She made our ceremony and the planning of our ceremony so easy and relaxed. From the moment we met she had this way about her that was just so personable and she immediately made us excited to have her at our wedding. I would highly recommend Diane for any life celebration. Thank you Diane for everything you did for us and helping to make our wedding day as magical as it was!Sent on 07/10/2019
Onohi F. · Married on 23/03/2019
She is a mother and a sweet kind hearted lady.. my husband said Tracy is good and she knows her job
Tracy B Richard’s is Amazing, words can’t express her personality and that of her son (Ryan).. I felt welcomed and we all went out for lunch after my wedding...... we(husband and I) didn’t feel weird...she is everything you are looking for in a friend and ministerSent on 30/03/2019
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Promotions from XO Life Celebrations
The cost of this promotion is $495 +HST.
We are now offering our "Toronto Beaches Elopement Package w/Picnic INCLUDED" at the drastically discounted rate of $250!
STILL HAVE YOUR HEART SET ON GETTING MARRIED THIS SEASON?
WHY NOT HAVE A UNIQUE, INTIMATE CEREMONY AT THE BEACH?
Even though these are challenging times, we want to do everything we can to support you in your decision to go forward with your 2020 spring/summer/fall ceremony! That's why we have come up with this unique idea that we hope will make your day as special as you imagined it to be :)
Why The Beach?
Well, we think that's OBVIOUS! However, it just so happens that our lead officiant (Tracy) lives here and she believes there is no better place to host a ceremony than the Beach! There are so many hidden treasures in this neighbourhood, whether you want to get married barefoot by the lake, on the boardwalk, under a willow tree, near a marina or in front of a waterfall, The Beach has it all!
In addition to that, The Beach has some amazing local, artisanal cafés and restaurants and Tracy really wants to support them and help them bounce back!
It's for that reason that we have decided to include a 'picnic style" light refreshment basket for you to share with your witnesses after the ceremony. Not only will it be a nice way to celebrate with your witnesses but it will also give these businesses a much-needed 'boost' while delighting your senses with some delicious, locally crafted nibbles!
So, let us create a memorable ceremony for you :)
All you need to do now is send us a message and we'll set up a time to chat and discuss all the details.
Our hope is that you'll keep coming back to The Beach to celebrate and be reminded of the special day you took your wedding vows here!
We look forward to meeting you!
Bride's bouquet can be added for an additional fee (to be quoted at time of booking)
Marriage Prep Classes
Package of 12, 90-minute sessions
Based on my 2+ decades of experience working with couples, my program Will provide you with valuable insight into why some marriages succeed and others fail, and about how to build a satisfactory, stable relationship. It is based on the research and experience of well-known experts such as harville hendrix & helen lakelly hunt, brene brown, john gottman and stan tatkin. This program is comprised of 12, 90-minute private sessions and homework exercises and begins with a conversation about your hopes, expectations and dreams as you prepare for marriage.
As a couple, you will share in discussion and activities designed to engage you in increasing your mutual understanding of yourselves and each other, through a combination of expert guidance, couple dialogue and practice of the new skills you are learning.
Individual sessions are priced at $180 each ($2160)
12-session package on WeddingWire: $1600
Team of XO Life Celebrations
Life Celebration Specialist - Associate
Whether in my private life or in my career, I have always loved meeting people. Until my retirement in 2017, I had a successful career as a project planner: ‘organized’ is my middle name! So when the time came to leave the business world behind, I knew that I wanted to do something that would mean continuing to meet people and utilizing the skills that had become second nature.
Becoming a Life Celebration Specialist checked all my boxes. What could be more fun and rewarding than working with couples as they take the next step in their life’s journey?
Don’t be fooled by the fact that I am retired. I have tons of energy and enthusiasm. I relate well to people and have a very positive outlook on life. I know the immense amount of work it requires to pull off a wedding and would love to work closely with couples to make their wedding ceremony personalized, thoughtful and beautiful.
Founder, Director & Senior Life Celebration Specialist
In addition to being a Life Celebration Specialist (Weddings, Funerals & Life-Cycle Events) I am a Personal & Relational Growth Counsellor & Mentor specializing in Spirituality, Relationships & Families
Becoming a Life Celebration Specialist was such a natural evolution for me. I can't think of any higher honour than to be supporting, assisting and guiding other members of my community as they move through significant Life Events.
If you're curious about my vibe, I'm very down-to-earth and I care deeply about making heatfelt, meaningful connections vs superficial interactions.
I enjoy an abundant life: writing, painting, travelling, mentoring and exploring the edges of my comfort zone. This ensures that I am constantly growing -- and I'm grateful that I can share all of it with my cherished clients, family, and friends.
How I became a Life Celebration Specialist
Through my own life experience and my work with couples, I became passionate about relationships. The suggestion to become a Wedding Officiant originally came from a couple I had previously worked with. When they became engaged and expressed their desire for me to perform their ceremony, it just felt 'right' and, as they say... the rest is history. Today, I perform between 40-60 ceremonies a year and love every minute of it!
Life Celebration Specialist - Associate
Following a career focused on creating meaningful people management solutions, I have had the privilege to connect with and guide a diverse selection of clients in the discovery of their passions and purpose. As a daughter, sister, mother, friend and confidant, I value and live by the ‘family first’ motto. As an avid traveller, I have trekked a volcano, zip-lined through a rainforest, and I enjoy a schmalzy film now and again…a die-hard romantic!
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