Wedding venues, B&Bs, hotels, and hospitality properties, get your ceremony space report card!

So you’ve added a ceremony space to your reception venue to accommodate couples who don’t want a church wedding. But did you consult with a professional officiant before creating that space? Well it’s not too late; now you can!

There’s more to creating a successful and beautiful ceremony space than building a gazebo
or placing a flowered arch in an empty room.

On the left, a gazebo surrounded by grass with stone path leading to the entrance. Short bushes frame the entrance of the gazebo and extend out to the path leaving little room to stand. To the right, a photo of a gazebo with stone around the whole entrance leaving plenty of space to stand. Flowers and greenery create a backdrop without intruding on the ceremony space.
Both of these gazebos are lovely on their own, but one causes more problems for a wedding party than it solves.

In my 14 years as a professional officiant, I’ve helped hundreds of couples get married. In that time, I’ve seen ceremony spaces that work and others that left the wedding party without a place to stand.

How couples and guests feel about the wedding ceremony can impact what they remember about the rest of the wedding day. If you’re providing a wedding ceremony space, give it the same thought and care you put into your reception services.

My ceremony report card will help you see whether your ceremony space can accommodate a large wedding party comfortably; identify missed opportunities to create a special and memorable experience for your couples; and show you what you need to fix if you want your couples to have a worry-free wedding ceremony.

Great wedding ceremonies make great photos and great photos attract more couples.

Ceremony spaces will be evaluated on layout, accessibility, room for participants and vendors, flexibility, logistical concerns, and more. After the walk-through, you’ll get a detailed report card with suggestions for improving your ceremony space. Make your ceremony space the first of many wonderful memories your couples have about their wedding day.

This report is about more than aesthetics. It’s about the practical must haves to make your wedding ceremony space work for everyone involved in the ceremony, the couple, officiant, participants, guests, and supporting vendors.

Don’t have a ceremony space yet? Maybe you have a B&B or rental home and you’d like to offer your guests the ability to elope or have a microwedding at your property. Show me your available spaces. I can tell you what works and what doesn’t to get you off on the right path to giving your guests the wedding ceremony of their dreams.

Schedule your walk-through today!

Call/text 973-985-0798 or email me at

Consulting services for Celebrants and other event professionals:

  • Ceremony ghostwriting
  • Webinars for Celebrants and other event professionals
  • Celebrant coaching (ceremony writing, customer relations, and more)
  • Speaking engagements

Ask me about my services today!

Call/text 973-985-0798 or email me at

Coming soon

Extending ceremony elements through a lifetime of ceremonies, a webinar and workshop

Many of us dream of being family Celebrants, serving our clients through a lifetime of milestones and transitions. As Celebrants, we’re in a unique position to recognize ceremonial  and life themes and to help individuals and families create new traditions that link ceremony to ceremony, turning point to turning point.

In this webinar and workshop, we’ll explore how to identify meaningful symbols, themes, and rituals and how to adapt them through different ceremonies.




A message for NY wedding planners, coordinators, and venues