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Officiant in Round Rock, Texas,
(512) 710-5477
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4.7 out of 5
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  • 120 Reviews


    Sam

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  • Complete con artist. We hired James as our officiant in July for our wedding in August. On the day of the wedding, he never showed up, and only got married, because a friend knew a local pastor. We called James at least 7 times, with no answer. The owner if the venue ended up messaging him on Facebook, and he told her he was in an accident on 35 on the way up. The owner then asked a police officer that does security at the venue if there were any reported accidents on 35 during that time frame, which there were not. We still have not heard an apology or anything about a refund from James.

    Hillary Loera

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  • He is unprofessional, unapologetic, and should not even be considered as a last choice.

    Emily McNeil

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  • James Simmons was our officiant for our recent elopement and brought a lot of joy and levity to our ceremony. We hired him early and had good communication throughout our engagement. He was even kind enough to reschedule with us when COVID-19 impacted everything. We had a secular ceremony, he performed it with joy, and we were happy to have him be part of our day.

    Paola Salazar

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  • James was great! Not only is he very easy to talk to but he has a presence about him that makes everyone pay close attention to what he's saying. My parents, husband and I were meeting with a couple of officiants for our wedding. But once we met with James, we instantly knew he was the person we wanted there with us. He went over the ceremony order and explained everything in detail which we really appreciated as we've never done this before so were clueless. Every time he would go over one item i'd just picture our wedding day and had to hold my tears at times. During our ceremony, he made it so special and unforgettable. I can't thank him enough for making our memories of that day so precious. Highly recommend!!

    Corie Lecane

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  • James gave me my dream ceremony!! I'm not kidding literally my dream ceremony, a few days before the wedding I was talking to my fiance about a passage I wanted read by James at the ceremony and I meant to contact him asking him to incorporate, but it slipped my mind to do it in the shuffle of all the things that needed to get done leading up to the day of. I knew no matter what was read it would be beautiful, but to my surprise James read the EXACT passage I wanted to read without even knowing it was what I had wanted. It was truly magical, the groomsmen, guests, and everyone in between raved about how amazing it was. Thank you for being a part of our special day James, we'll never forget how amazing you made it!

    Haileigh

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  • We are so glad our planner suggested James to us! From our first coffee thru the prep & wedding James was a constant source of joy & easement in our planning. James' resources were incredibly helpful helpful in creating our own ceremony. After the wedding our guests were asking how long we had known James, if he was a close friend etc... as they could see how at ease we all were together. Our guests were amazed that we had just been recommended him and not known him for years. For us this was great as our whole wedding had a very close knit feel to it and having had a very stiff officiant would not have fit with the vibe. Definitely check James our. Grab a coffee and be prepared to laugh!

    Abigail

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    5 out of 5
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  • James made us feel so stress free with our wedding! We were a bit stressed about a multitude of possible issues, but after sitting down with James, something about his character and ease made all of our stress dissipate. Having James around made us feel everything was going to go smoothly. He had everything under control and was able to take as much personal direction or as little specifications as the couple feels comfortable. He created a ceremony that was perfectly fit for us, as well as our audience, making the wedding so special. He pulled tears of happiness from everyone, as well as pulled laughter! He made sure everyone was comfortable and happy! My grandfather sat up with us, also, and said a few words during the ceremony, which was absolutely special! (Also, we found James because he was recommended by multiple people and vendors!)

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    Aww...thank you so much! You guys were an absolute dream to work with!! It was an honor to be a part of your special day. May your days be long, happy and peaceful!

    Danielle

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  • James was awesome! He knew how to put everything together flawlessly. He listened to me and did just as I asked. I really appreciated how he listened! Everyone said he was awesome. It was short and sweet and very lighthearted. Thank you James!

    Victoria

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  • We absolutely adore James. He is an amazing officiant who made our day super special (May 13th 2018.) You will not be disappointed in his service or what he brings to the table. He has years of service that do him credit. I don't leave reviews but when I do it's for top quality service. Thank you James for being a gift to us! We will adore you always!

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    Victoria, you and your handsome HUSBAND may be the most kind couple I've had the pleasure of working with. Thank you for the honor of being a part of your most amazing day. May your days be long, happy and peaceful!

    Cole

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    5 out of 5
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  • James was a dream come true for us. He was the perfect officiant for our wedding, making jokes where appropriate and keeping the ceremony fun and lighthearted, but sentimental at the same time. He met with us multiple times before the wedding, and made sure we were good to go before the ceremony started as well. I really appreciated his organization, professionalism, and just great personality when interacting with family and guests as well.

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    Cole, you guys were absolutely amazing! I had so much fun working with you. Yours' is one I will not forget!

    Shayne

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  • James made our wedding truly amazing. We have gotten so many compliments on how great he was. I would definitely recommend.

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    Awww...thanks Shayne. I really do appreciate your kind words. You guys made my job so easy. May your days be happy, long and peaceful.

    Christine Munday

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  • Please do not make the same mistake I made and waste money! I used James to plan my wedding and it was an absolute mess. I had to follow up multiple times to get emails answered, he completely ignored other requests, the vendors he recommended were terrible choices (expensive, unreliable and inconvenient). I wasted $1,800 on this man, and he knew I was on a tight budget. Please do not throw your money away like I did. Find a reputable, honest, organized, responsive wedding planner. James is NONE of those things. I had an absolutely horrible experience and I gave him the opportunity to make it right. He declined, saying his wife thought I should have come to them sooner. Totally unprofessional. Please know using James is a waste of time and money and not only didn't help me plan my way, it was a major hinderance and source of stress. Simply disgraceful. He couldn't even get the date right. I have email proof of wrong information, emails ignored, requests ignored. Please do not make t... Read more

    Candace Gulitus

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  • I was really excited to work with Austin Area Weddings. He was kind and professional on the phone and was very willing to plan everything out with me. However, when it actually came to the rehearsal and the wedding, it was a complete mess. The day before the wedding and just before the rehearsal, I get a voicemail saying that he can't wait any longer and has to leave. Well, he apparently double booked and showed up an hour early. Aside from leaving a voicemail, it didn't seem like he made any attempt to ask the staff at the venue where we were. I actually have no idea where he went or if he was actually on the property because he said the building was locked.... Well the main building is always open with a wine bar and cafe so I'm not sure how that works. So that left us scrambling to try and plan out and practice the vows, processional, and recessional with the bridal party during dinner. Oh, and I had left a voicemail for him after but never received a call or text back about the reh... Read more

    Kristen

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  • I met James at an event before I was engaged. I was immediately drawn to his personality, because he is so extroverted and bubbly! My husband and I aren’t religious, so we weren’t super picky about who we’d have marry us. Since I had already met him once before, I figured he’d be a good choice! He has hundreds of reviews online with a very high rating, so I felt like I could trust him with my wedding! A few months after booking I noticed several 1 star reviews of him not showing up, or having to fulfill another obligation, etc. I was very close to canceling and finding another officiant, even though I’d lose my deposit. I ended up not canceling, and made my planner aware of my worries. She communicated with him the week of the wedding that I’d like him to arrive a little early, and he did! Our wedding ceremony almost had to be moved inside because of the rain, and we were going to try moving it up 30 minutes to avoid the rain, told all our guests, and James even made it wor... Read more

    Katie

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  • James did a great job officiating our wedding.
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