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Officiant in Urbandale, Iowa,
(515) 249-9663
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 139 Reviews


    Blake

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  • Dawn was amazing and worked with us to make it an enjoyable occasion in a short amount of time.

    Andrea

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  • Dawn was absolutely a treasure to work with and she made our special day absolutely perfect as she worked very closely with us to help us customize our wedding service to fit our personalities and make it our own unique ceremony! It was something that people are still talking about today! Thank you Dawn! You were such a blessing! Love Matt & Andrea Althaus

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    You were a joy to work with. It was my privilege. The photos are beautiful. Thank you for posting them along with your kind words.

    Katie

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    5 out of 5
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  • Dawn was wonderful to work with and easy to communicate with from the start. She is obviously experienced with officiating and helped us focus on planning what should be the most important part of a wedding - the ceremony - by sending us helpful planning resources. Unfortunately, all our plans fell through due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As I contacted all my vendors, Dawn was really the only one to reach out with alternative suggestions that would work with our tight timeline. Because of that, we decided to go ahead and have a mini-ceremony, which was the perfect way to remind us of the important things in life. I most appreciated her understanding, flexibility and communication. Thank you, Dawn!

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    You are so very welcome. I am so happy I could be of help. My goal has always been to make a ceremony beautiful, special and memorable. There will be some memorable ones for the year 2020!

    Amanda Schreiber

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    5 out of 5
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  • Dawn married us when we decided to elope during the Covid-19 shut down, and she was fantastic! She could not have been more socially responsible, professional and accommodating. Even though the ceremony might have been a little out of the ordinary (under the circumstances), it was still romantic and meaningful.

    Sarah Mieth

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  • Dawn was an amazing officiant on our special day! She was easy to get in contact with and very flexible with time for meeting since both our work schedules were crazy at the time of planning. Dawn made it easy for us to customize our wedding ceremony and was always there with and idea or suggestion when we weren’t sure what to be doing (which was often!). Our guests were blown away by the ceremony and were talking about it throughout the night. I would highly recommend Dawn and Ceremonies of Celebration for any style of ceremony you are looking to have!

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    Sarah, thank you for such a kind review. I can’t tell you how much fun I had with you and Robert. Your family was so warm and welcome me. What a beautiful wedding. And I wish you a beautiful life as well.

    Katie

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    5 out of 5
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  • Working with Dawn (Ceremonies of Celebration) was awesome! She is professional, helpful and inviting! We got married this past May at The Tea Room, downtown Des Moines, IA and our ceremony was nothing short of amazing! It was emotional, beautiful and everything I could have hoped for! We had some house sound issues (the mic wasn't working), and Dawn moved right along projecting her voice loud enough for all 175 guests to hear her - I honestly liked it without the mic better! She was such a joy to work with, and so patient with my crazy family and wedding party! I highly recommend Dawn because she is the best of the best! We loved her!

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    Thank you so much for the lovely review. I had so much fun with you and your family. And it was a very touching ceremony, but that is because of the bride and groom! Wishing you a wonderful life together.

    Lindsey

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    5 out of 5
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  • Dawn did an exceptional job putting together a meaningful ceremony for our wedding. She was great to work with, very detailed orientated and was good to offer her opinion when we needed/wanted it. Would definitely recommend her!

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    Lindsey, it makes me happy to make you happy. I strive to create with couples the ceremony they want. I so enjoyed working with you both and your daughter. What a joy you all were. Thank you.

    Terri Craig

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    5 out of 5
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  • Reverend Dawn drove to our venue and was very polite, timely, and friendly. We were married within 3 days of finally picking a date. Great lady!

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    So are you! I was so excited that we could make it happen. After our phone conversations, it was such a pleasure to meet you both in person. The location you chose was so much fun. I wish you a blessed life together.

    Nick Chu

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  • Dawn is truly amazing. She worked with us to accommodate our ceremony needs. The entire experience is great.

    Brittany Harris

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    5 out of 5
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  • Our ceremony was perfect! With guidance we were able to customize each part of the ceremony to meet our preferences, and choose readings with special meaning to us. Rev. Dawn was very professional, on time, and helped us ease our nerves before the big day!! We would recommend her to all our friends and family!

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    Brittany, thank you for your kind review. It was truly my pleasure to be part of your ceremony and to help make it exactly the way you dreamed it would be. Wishing you both the very best.

    Marissa

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    5 out of 5
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  • Dawn was so great and easy to work with! We had an initial meeting where she got to know us as a couple and our vision for our wedding ceremony. She sent us home with a workbook and e-mailed some examples of ceremonies that essentially helped us with writing/planning our unique wedding ceremony! The workbook has different versions of ceremonies (traditional, religious, non-traditional, etc.) and you can edit it to cater to your vision. Dawn wants your wedding to represent you both as a couple, which is why she gives you the freedom to do so. She was also helpful during wedding rehearsal and made that part go as quickly as possible as everyone is excited and wound up, but she made sure everyone was attentive. If you want a professional, experienced wedding officiant who gives you the freedom to have your ceremony be uniquely specific to you as a couple - hire Dawn! Would recommend 100 times over! Thanks Dawn!

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    Marissa, I am humbled and appreciative of your kind words. It was my sincere pleasure to be your officiant. Thank you for posting the pics. Gorgeous!

    Nicole

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    5 out of 5
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  • We absolutely love Dawn! We got to know her well during premarital counseling and I got several compliments from family about how well organized our rehearsal was! Thank you dawn for making our wedding so special! Jacob and Nicole Kirby

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    Nicole, thank you for your kind review, and for posting the pic of the rehearsal. It was a fun rehearsal. I am so happy that you were happy with the pre-marital conversations. I find that it is an opportunity for all of us to get to know each better, but especially the couple explores areas of deeper meaning and interest to them and their relationship. Wishing you and Jacob the very best in life, and I am grateful to have been part of your wedding.

    Jenna

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    5 out of 5
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  • Rev Dawn Halstead is a treasure. My husband and I had her in mind as our officiant for a Summer 2018 wedding, however when our plans changed and we needed to adjust our wedding to be on a particular date sooner (as in 22 days away) we decided to reach out to her and hope she would be able to do it on a very short notice. We had searched far and wide to find an officiant for both of us believe deeply that the officiant is one of the most important aspects of the wedding (it is the ceremony! The part that binds you, it is your promise to one another and your families that this is IT!). We knew we wanted Dawn specifically and were willing to adjust our date to accommodate her, but she was adamant that we do what is best for us. In her emails, she was professional and immediate. Emailing me back the same day. When we met her in person, it was like meeting an old friend. She is kind and deeply caring and she has a great passion for what she does. We had full confidence that she would rea... Read more

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    You have shown such a generosity and kindness to me. I am overwhelmed. This really is the essence of what I want each couple to experience. When you are happy, I am happy! After nine years as an officiant, I never tire of hearing stories, creating ceremonies, and seeing the end results at the wedding. Regardless of a person's spiritual/religious journey, we set a sacred space to bind a couple, heart to heart and soul to soul. Thank you for choosing me as your officiant.

    Jordan

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Dawn did a great job - spent time talking to us and learning about our relationship when we first met. Gave us guidance to help design what kind of ceremony we wanted, and set expectations clearly so that we knew what we needed to do leading up to the event. Knew about our venue and called out what we'd need to do ahead of time to make sure sound, etc worked well. Handled the wedding party and rehearsal very well - told everyone exactly what was needed of them and kept things under control, which was exactly what we needed. Highly recommended.

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    Jordan, I so appreciate your taking time to review my services. I'm so happy we met and that you loved the ceremony. I wish you well as you continue to explore life together as a married couple.

    Kimberly

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    3.7 out of 5
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  • If you need an officiant, Rev. Dawn can get the job done! She gives you a workbook to help guide what you’d like. Then she’ll read off what you’ve selected. Boom - you’re married!

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    Kim, so happy you enjoyed using the workbook and felt like you got the ceremony you wanted. It was fun having your puppies as part of the wedding party. I strive for each ceremony to be unique and they added that little extra touch! Wishing you both a lovely life and future together.
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