Making Your Ceremony Stand Out
Wedding Ceremonies Available:
We will be unavailable for ceremonies during the period of January 26th to February 8th, 2020. During this time you may contact us via the Contacting Us form or by direct email (Keith@ExceptionalCeremonies.com) and we will reply as circumstances permit.
Here is a simple description about the four different wedding ceremony levels that we offer as well as the locations and times for which we are available. Please note that while a custom personalized ceremony is core to each of these levels, the amount of individual services increases with each level.
Each of these ceremony levels will have your guests telling you that your ceremony was the best that they have ever attended in their lives!
Here are our 2019 rates and for 2020 ceremonies booked before December 31st, 2019. More detailed descriptions follow below.
Bronze Ceremony: This is so much better than any other officiants "usual average ceremony"
Silver Ceremony: This takes your level of service to an even higher level.
Gold Ceremony: Our Most Popular Ceremony Level
* Low season discount rate excludes Christmas Eve and Day as well as New Year's Eve and Day
Platinum Ceremony: from $1200 - For Those Couples Who Want The Very Best:
Starting rates listed here are for weekend rates (Friday 2:00 PM to Saturday) for ceremonies held in the Ottawa area. Peak demand dates e.g. New Year's Eve, etc. are at the same rate with absolutely no surcharges or premiums. Each of these ceremony levels will achieve the "Best wedding ceremony that I've ever attended in my life!" result and comments by wedding guests for which Lynne and Keith are renown throughout the entire Ottawa region. These rates do not include the cost of the Ontario marriage license for which only you can apply.
Please note that all private consultations and planning meetings are held at our Stittsville residence, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday during daytimes and Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 5:30; 6:45; or 8:00 PM in the evening. If our schedules permit, these meetings may be held in another location, however a $100 fee applies for the additional hour of our time and car operation going to and from the external location.
Effective January 1st, 2020, rates for 2020 and 2021are increasing for the first time since 2013 to:
For those who prefer more infomation, detail, and context on these different ceremony levels, the following should answer most if not all of your questions.
For elopements and small wedding ceremonies please go to this page.
We offer a premium service for our wedding ceremony clients so, perhaps, you may be investing just a little bit more.
Our clients constantly tell us how delighted they are for having decided to make their wedding ceremony a first class experience for themselves and their guests. Having shoped the local market thoroughly, they all seem to have quickly realized that they could have such a unique ceremony that their guests would rave about it for years to come. See what they say about our ceremonies here and then imagine you having a similar experience for your wedding ceremony.
We provide our officiant services in an informed, ethical, and legally sound manner. We do not offer you a standard formula one size fits all McWedding - we make your experience of tieing the knot, easy, romantic, personal, creative, and fun, for you and your guests!
You might be quoted slightly less elsewhere, however no other officiants in the Ottawa area come close to offering better personal service, innovation, and value for your money than we do.
We offer a premium service for our clients and due to the significantly higher level of service we offer, the extra number of hours we work on your behalf, and the limited number of engagements we accept, our fees are often slightly higher than those of most other Ottawa officiants (but not always). For every ceremony we perform, there are usually another 10-15 additional hours of further time and expertise invested in achieving such a memorable result.
Being a small, home-based operation, we are not equipped to respond to a high volume of enquiries looking mainly for the lowest price (other than elopements and very small ceremonies) but rather a limited number of serious enquiries from couples who really appreciate and want excellence, experience, innovation, and peace of mind for their wedding ceremony.
If finding the lowest priced officiant available is more important to you than having you and your guests experiencing an exceptionally romantic, moving, and creative wedding service, then there are so many other Ottawa officiants who are likely a better fit for your ceremony priorities and expectations. We openly publish our fees and the rationale for them.
Couples who do choose to meet with us, however are, almost without exception, very delighted to have done so. Of these, over 95% then proceed to book with us. Our client testimonials can be found here.
More selective couples who are already planning to engage some other professional (e.g. photographer, caterer, DJ, etc.) because of their higher quality of product, service, and results already have an appreciation of the enhanced impact we will have on your wedding ceremony experience. See what some of Ottawa's leading wedding professionals have to say about us here.
While our fees may, at first, appear to be slightly higher for some ceremonies than other officiants who usually offer only basic services, that small difference (usually about only $25-$200) definitely provides you a very high return on your investment. The qualitative increase is measurable. Moreover, we can also point out ways in which you can save substantially on many of your other expenses so that by engaging us, you can actually reduce the overall cost of your wedding. Think about it - a superior wedding experience at a lower cost! For about the extra cost of only a few bottles of banquet wine, you can ensure that you and your guests experience a wedding ceremony with an unmatched level of service and innovation.
Our services to each wedding couple, for ceremonies other than elopements, always consists of four or more of the following elements :
An Interview Consultation Session. This initial hour long discussion is usually undertaken in person at our Stittsville home (or by telephone/Skype if you prefer) during which you and we mutually establish if we are the right officiants to help you achieve your wedding vision. This hour long session enables you to more fully discuss your ceremony after which we will convey to you, everything we can do and how we can do it for you. This consultation service is provided to you without any further obligation.
A Planning Session. This hour long discussion is usually held at our Stittsville home about a month before the ceremony and it allows us both to go through your ceremony together in full detail including the procession, transitional elements during the ceremony, and the recession. This is where the fine tuning and tweaking occur to get your ceremony just right for the two of you.
Ongoing Consultation by telephone, our website, and e-mail regarding the ceremony script and other wedding considerations drawing upon our extensive experience base.
A Rehearsal Session. Typically an hour long, your rehearsal session will have you and your wedding party projecting poise and confidence throughout your wedding ceremony. We are the most experienced wedding rehearsal specialists in Ottawa and likely conduct more than all other civil officiants in Ottawa combined! Our rehearsal sessions ensure peace of mind for everyone, especially all wedding party members and parents.
The Administrative Session. Every wedding requires about 30 minutes of preparation of the legal documentation prior to the marriage ceremony. This is actually the foundation of meeting the requirements for a legal marriage. This session then substantially reduces the actual time required for signatures during ceremony itself. After the conclusion of the ceremony, all documentation is promptly filed with the Registrar General of Ontario. Additionally, as part of this administrative session, For Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze level ceremonies, we prepare for you at no further charge, a customized and personalized Certificate of Marriage to be used for photographic purposes during the signing and which also serves as an elegant souvenir of your wedding ceremony.
The Wedding Ceremony. Your wedding ceremony will be completely unique and distinctive from any other ceremony you, your family, or your friends have ever attended before. It will convey all the right emotions and tones to make it a spectacular success.
Some couples do not require all six elements while others may require even additional assistance. Essentially, the primary difference between each of the ceremony base packages below is the additional time and expense required by us to help you coordinate the achievement of your vision for your ceremony. All base ceremony levels include a total of 100 km/one hour of travel to and from the ceremony. Should you also want a deeper understanding of all the factors which contribute to the cost of officiant services, visit About Officiant Fees.
As the quality and creativity of the wedding ceremonies we are performing far exceeds the level most couples expect or have ever seen anywhere, we have bundled several core packages of services together that offer outstanding value, especially when compared to the basic services available from most officiants in the Ottawa area.
Due to the consistently heavy demand on Saturdays for our services inside the immediate Ottawa area, we are only accepting Saturday bookings for venues outside of this zone for our ultra premium Platinum Ceremonies. On Mondays to Fridays, we will continue to be available for Platinum, Gold, and Silver Level Ceremonies held in more distant locations e.g. Perth, Brockville, Calabogie Peaks, Kingston, etc.
The following officiation fees are for ceremonies booked in the greater Ottawa region during 2019-20. The rates listed here are our usual weekend rates (Friday noon to Sunday). Peak demand dates e.g. Valentines Day, statutory public holidays, New Year's Eve, etc. are at the regular Saturday rate with absolutely no surcharges or premiums (some officiants raise their rates by 50% and more at these times!).
Very Good: Our Bronze Wedding Level is $500 (November to April - $450) and the Bronze is great for couples who just want a small ceremony (about 50 guests or less). Bronze ceremonies are available throughout the day and evening Monday (except long weekends) to Friday and before 3:00 PM on Saturdays for ceremonies held in Ontario. Although the Bronze ceremony level is not usually available in 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM period during May to October, if your ceremony is occuring within four months from now during the 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM period, do ask as we may have some openings available.
This economical option includes one consultation meeting at our Stittsville home, an extensive draft ceremony script for your personalization, ongoing telephone and e-mail consultation, access to our knowledge and experience base, officiation of your ceremony, and preparation and filing of all the legal documentation. The Bronze Level also includes travel up to a total of 100 km/one hour of travel from our Stittsville residence to and from the ceremony site.
Better: Our Silver Wedding Level is $600 (November to April - $500) is a popular service level chosen for early afternoon & evening ceremonies held in Ontario and it includes all of the Bronze level components and even more. It is for couples who want more extensive live consultation with one additional hour long planning meeting at our Stittsville home prior to the ceremony, a more personalized ceremony script, and regular Q&A dialogue by phone or email. This Silver Ceremony Level is ideal for the medium-sized ceremony with 40 to 100 guests attending.
With this Silver Level, we will advise you as to how to conduct your wedding rehearsal, should you wish to do so yourselves. The Silver Level also includes travel up to a total of 100 km/one hour of travel from our Stittsville residence to and from the ceremony site.
Best: Our Gold Wedding Level is $750 (November to April - $650) is our most popular service level as it ensures that both the rehearsal and ceremony will be stress-free for the bride and groom. This Gold Level creates complete peace of mind for the entire wedding party as well as for all of the parents. It is the primary service level for most Saturday afternoon wedding ceremonies held in Ontario during the prime 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. period and for larger ceremonies with 70 or more guests
In addition to all of the Silver ceremony components, the Gold Level includes our live participation and guidance at a detailed, hour long rehearsal ceremony in which your entire wedding party will achieve and display poise and confidence for the wedding ceremony. It also includes up to a total of 100 km/one hour of travel from our Stittsville residence to and from the rehearsal site. Rehearsals for Gold Level ceremonies are usually held on the Wednesday or Thursday mornings, afternoons, or evenings prior to the ceremony. Weekend rehearsals are also available for just $100 extra.
This level is great for brides and grooms who really want their wedding procession, bridal party positioning and recession to look sharp and crisp. It is highly recommended for any wedding parties of six or more people. If you are investing in a quality photographer or videographer, then this is the option that will maximize the quality of their photography during the ceremony.
The Ultimate: Our Platinum Wedding Level starts at $1200 and is a custom bundle designed for Brides and Grooms who want the very best and require ultra premium services that go beyond those of our Gold service level. With the Platinum level, your ceremony is the only one Lynne or Keith will book for that day.
Clients requesting this Platinum level often are holding their Saturday ceremony well beyond the Ottawa area; e.g. Perth, Kingston, Pembroke, Brockville, Calabogie, etc. Or, they might require their officiant to stay an extended time as the ceremony is held on a boat, an island or hot air balloon. Others may specifically want both of us to perform their ceremony together or have both present to ensure an on-site back-up officiant or as a cover for a surprise wedding. Regardless of the specific circumstances, we are flexible and can provide a quote for a custom requirement. And yes, we are open to performing ceremonies anywhere in the world, especially in the Caribbean during the winter!
With this level, you have priority scheduling for guaranteeing a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday morning, afternoon or evening rehearsal.
This Platinum level also provides for additional consultations with wedding planners, photographers, videographers, and musicians, as required.
We acknowledge that everyone’s needs are different. For this reason we provide a-la-carte offerings that allow our clients to make decisions that will match their needs and wants perfectly. We feel it unnecessary to dictate specific packages to our clientele, therefore offering you more possibilities in your choices. Via our one on one consultations, we encourage our clients to tell us their needs so that we can create tailored bundle to match.
Our Co-Officiated Wedding Option starts at $350 and it is great for couples who want a friend, a family member, or an out of province clergy member without legal status in Ontario to perform their ceremony. This option includes at least one consultation meeting at our Stittsville home, a draft ceremony script for your personalization, ongoing telephone and e-mail consultation, access to our knowledge and experience base, and preparation and filing of all the legal documentation. Co-officiated ceremonies are available at anytime for our Silver, Gold and Platinum Levels. The Co-officiated Option can also be also be upgraded to include a rehearsal and this includes travel up to a total of 100 km/one hour of travel from our Stitttsville residence to and from the rehearsal site.
For detailed information about our other types of ceremonies please go directly to their specific web pages:
Extras: While the above offerings cover off most ceremony requirements, experience has proven that a very small number of weddings do require additional time or costs.
This web site explains everything that we do for you in complete detail. And, as any couple with whom we've worked will tell you, the actual experience of our ceremonies clearly exceeds what this web site conveys. In other words, if you like what you've been reading so far, it's only going to get better.
We will not book more than one other wedding ceremony on the same afternoon as yours and that each will be more than properly sequenced to ensure that you get the full attention and focus you deserve during your ceremony.
Your ceremony date and time are locked out from anyone else's consideration from the moment you set your interview up with us. And it remains reserved up to the time of the interview and for 3 days thereafter. No one can take your date away from you while you are awaiting your interview with us. And you have three days afterwards to interview anyone else if you so choose.
We process all of our reservations directly ourselves (no middleman) and a deposit of $200 is required to complete the booking process (all but $100 is refundable up to six months before the ceremony).The balance (cash or cheque) is due, usually at the planning session or at least 4 weeks prior to your ceremony.
We also offer family members and friends of couples, the opportunity to engage our services as a gift to the lucky couple so that they can then direct their remaining resources to other priority items.
Please contact us (Lynne or Keith Langille) at 613-831-7555 to ask us about how we can make your wedding day everything you ever imagined it would be and even more.
Due to the consistently heavy demand on Saturdays for our services inside the immediate Ottawa area, we are not accepting Saturday bookings for venues outside of this Ottawa zone. While most of the ceremonies we perform will be in the downtown area, this Ottawa zone includes venues such as Orchardview in Greely, Century Events and Strathmere in North Gower, Stonefields in Carleton Place, Aquatopia in Carp, Temple's in Lanark, and Evermore in Almonte.
On Mondays to Fridays, we will continue to be available for Platinum, Gold, and Silver Level Ceremonies held in more distant locations e.g. Perth, Calabogie Peaks, etc.
2019 Wedding Ceremonies
Presently, most of our Saturday afternoons during the October to November period have been booked. However, there are still a number of dates and times available during this time and throughout the rest of the year. Most Fridays, we have lots of flexibility to perform ceremonies. Now is a good time to line up your officiant so as to avoid disappointment.
To determine our availability, please contact us (Lynne and Keith) as early as possible, either by phone at (613) 831-7555 or alternatively inquire by e-mail at Keith@ExceptionalCeremonies.com to secure a reservation for your preferred ceremony date & time. Please go to this page, on our website, and answer the questionnaire which will send an email to us. We will will be back to you, usually within 24 hours.
2020 & 2021 Wedding Ceremonies
Bookings for 2020 and 2021 are now being accepted for those couples wishing to get the maximum lead time on their planning. Best of all, by booking now for 2020 ceremonies, you will lock in our current rates which are still unchanged since 2013 but will be increasing as of January 1st, 2020.
Ceremonies for 2020 are being booked far sooner this year than in previous years. Couples considering a 2020 date are advised to line up their major vendors, including officiant, as soon as they can, if they want the best. Otherwise, you risk having to choose from whomever is merely available
Please contact us as early as possible, to determine our availability as most couples are booking dates 8 to 18 months in advance and it is now that you will have the best selection of dates and times.