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Officiant in Seattle, WA,
(206) 930-0719
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4.7 out of 5
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    Roxanne

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  • Very good communication before the event, more than willing to tailor the script to suit what we wanted. The ceremony went very smoothly despite an unconventional set-up and not doing a rehearsal (Rev. Cooper did offer us a rehearsal!). Paperwork was mailed promptly. We're happy!

    User2790203

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  • Joanne married my husband and I with a small ceremony and only our family attending. To begin with, Joanne was late to the ceremony, she had asked us to be there at 1:45 PM to go over the ceremony but she didn't arrive until nearly 2:00. 15 minutes does not seem terrible long, unless you're in a wedding dress in the middle of fall, it was very cold and very frustrating waiting for her to show up. Second, not even a minute after we are married (Had not even signed the marriage certificate yet) she proceeds to market herself and wants to make sure we tell others about her service, not just once but four separate times. Which is a LOT considering our ceremony was a grand total of 15 minutes. The last straw was receiving our marriage certificate in the mail from her. It looked almost perfect until my husband and I noticed that my first name was misspelled, and the date of the actual wedding was incorrect as well. This gave me the impression that she could not care less who she marri... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Sometimes it's hard to figure out what a bride really wants. In this case, I spent hours helping her find a venue, and knowing she was on a tight budget, I lowered my price by nearly $100. What she calls "marketing" myself was really just reminding her I would be available for another event she was planning down the line, and giving my business card to one of her friends who mentioned she was getting married in the future. Regarding the keepsake Certificate: we send out over a hundred each year. Unlike other Officiants, we finish every one by hand. Occasionally we do get something wrong. In this case, the mistake was a single letter (or perhaps - gasp - two), and while it's true she asked us "nicely" to fix the mistake...she didn't have the patience to wait for it. As with virtually all of her other e-mails to us, she expected an instant answer, never taking into account that we might have other couples to take care of. Her accusation that the mistake showed we "could not care less" about our couples is flat-out ridiculous. Considering how far I went to be sure this bride had everything she wanted for her wedding, it's a bit of a shock to read her review. I know I did everything possible to give her the perfect wedding. Her lack of appreciation makes me wonder if anyone could have satisfied her wishes.

    Stephanie

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    5 out of 5
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  • I got a bit nervous when I realized we were ready to walk down the aisle and I hadn't seen the officiant but she made it just in time. She quickly walked us through the process and we got married. We appreciate the paperwork being taken care of for us and the ceremony was absolutely lovely. I could not have asked for more. THANK YOU!!!

    Katie

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  • We worked with Rev. David for our wedding. David was more than happy to meet with us for a complimentary consulatation so we could get to know him and talk to him about his services. We hired him on the spot. David gave us so many materials so that we could put together and build our own ceremony the way that we wanted to. I emailed David on MANY occasions, either with questions or looking for reccommendations about various things; David always responded super fast. He is very patient, kind, funny and creative- we recieved many compliments from friends and family about him after our ceremony. His pricing is also very reasonable! My husband and I both highly reccommend Rev. David!!!!

    User2729221

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    5 out of 5
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  • Joann was an exceptional officiant! Thank you for the super ceremony and the fabulous input on our ideas. You are awesome!!

    responded with the following comments.

    Thank you so much for the lovely review. I'm hoping that, since you liked me :-), you won't mind telling me who you are (first names only is fine) so I can credit you on our website. Kind regards, Rev. Joanna Marie

    Sarah

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    5 out of 5
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  • David was not only our officiant for our wedding, he became a friend. He is very quick on response and is their whenever you have any questions. He helped us make our dream ceremony. He gave many ideas and told us what he thought. Their was a loud ferry horn that went off, of course during our ceremony, and David made it seem like it was nothing. Made me ease up and laugh a little. My point is, David is a kind person and very personable. I would recommend him to couple looking for a officiant. -Matthew & Sarah Fite Happily Married since August 18th 2012!!!!!!

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    Sarah and Matt, thanks so much for your kind words. It was great meeting you all and working with you on your ceremony. I hope we're able to keep in touch as you make your journey through life together. - Rev. D.

    lisa

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    5 out of 5
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  • Having never been married or part of the wedding planning process, Joanne and David's help was above and beyond. They were patient, flexible, and offered advice at all the right moments. Working with them truly felt like working with family members. Joanne and David are experienced officiants and the quality of work and services they provide calm even the most stressed bride. Our wedding was absolutely beautiful and we thank that to their amazing assistance throughout the entire wedding planning process. We will definitely be recommending them to our friends and family! Thank you again Joanne and David. Our wedding is a day we will never forget and we will forever be grateful for working with such talented and knowledgeable people.

    Jacqueline

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    5 out of 5
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  • My fiancee and I were looking for an officiant for our July 28th wedding. We hit the jackpot when we found Rev. David Cooper! He was the most organized, helpful, supportive person. David was very kind and I could tell this just by the sound of his voice the first time I met him. David provided us with numerous pages of ceremony examples, and info regarding the wedding day that was so helpful. We were able to follow his "how to" steps in his packet, and create our very own ceremony, by pulling what we liked from different ceremony examples. It couldn't have been easier! David was so funny and light hearted during our rehearsal, and my family loved him. The thing that meant the most however, was when it came to the actual wedding day. David whispered little words to me during the ceremony like "it's ok, don't forget to breathe". Just hearing those words helped so much. David was very responsive with questions we had, and he emailed or called back immediately with answers. When it came ti... Read more

    Alicia

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  • David was great! He was there on time and we communicated through e-mail over the months, we never actually meet in person until the day of and everything was Perfect! Ran very smoothly!!

    User2524750

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  • I cannot convey to you how perfect the ceremony was that David performed! He was professional in every way as well as incredibly responsive and easy to work with. Nearly every one of our 140 guests told me after the fact that they thought it was the best, most meaningful and perfectly timed ceremony they'd ever seen. My husband and I wanted an elegant ceremony that would capture our love and emotion for each other and my daughter without being long, sicky sweet or corny. And David created exactly that - traditional with a perfect amount of personalization and warmth. I highly recommend David!! David's guidance and input created a ceremony way beyond our dreams. The custom ceremony included a very special section with my 10 year old daughter (the Maid of Honor), and was accomplished easily in one phone call and 3 emails. David discussed a few options for including children in ceremonies and provided us with one - a "hand ceremony" - which we edited down to an elegant,... Read more

    Eraina

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  • David was extremely friendly and easy to work with. He was very flexible with us, working with us to incorporate all of the personal things we created and needed incorporated into the ceremony. He was prompt for the rehearsal, and very good at communicating from the time we booked the services, all the way until the wedding day- with an open communication policy which we both appreciated. With his good nature, humor and ability to touch our audience with the delivery of our ceremony, David's services are highly recommended. Thank you Reverend Cooper for officiating our wedding! ~Mr. & Mrs. Rivera of Everett

    RACHEL

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  • Reverend David Cooper officiated our wedding, and if you can't tell from the site, he is very very highly recommended and rated 5th in Washington state! He did an exceptional job at officiating our wedding, following up with EVERY email prior to the wedding, helping us with our vows, he has the most amazing personality and made us feel completely at ease on our special day. KUDOS to you Reverend David Cooper!!! You are such an amazingly talented professional! Keep up the excellent work!!!

    responded with the following comments.

    Thank you so much - your kind words are most appreciated, especially since we figure we're the lucky ones to be able to work with such wonderful couples! Stay warm, take care of each other and remember: FREE VOW RENEWAL with every wedding (so call us when you're ready :-)

    treva

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  • Joanne was great from our very 1st meeting. We didn't have a wedding rehearsal so everything planned was online or phone. My partner and I have uncommon names that are ofter mis-pronounced, but Joanne said our names correctly. Everyone told us how beautiful our service was and had nothing less than kind words for Joanne. I don't know if we were her 1st same sex-wedding, but if it was she didn't show it. Forever, Together gets two thumbs up!! Thank you so much, Treva & Da'yo

    Aimee

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  • They were very friendly from the very start. Our first meeting was relaxed yet extremely informative. They will help you from start to finish and answer any questions you have. Joanne and David really care about each couple and the love they share.

    Amanda

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  • When we first met with Joanna we thought she was great. She did have to call me a few times that day and change our appt due to her having a last minute dr appt and the dr's office running late, but at least she called, so no big deal. She flipped through the book of vows awfully quick was our only complaint in the beginning. However, she had told us she used to be a wedding planner so she knew to think of things like having my maid of honor or someone straighten my train when I got up to the "alter" for pictures, etc. So, for that very reason we picked her over another officiant that probably would've done a better job in hindsight. After we paid our deposit, she was a little hard to get a hold of. I called her to tell her that we had changed our minds on having a separate day rehearsal because too many of our bridal party members wouldn't be able to make it and so we would like to do a same day rehearsal instead and I needed to know how much time we would need for that so I could ... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    I am sorry Amanda was unhappy with my services but I feel I must respond to this nasty review. Yes I postponed our first meeting as I got a last minute call from a doctor's office with a last minute opening for a painful problem I was having. I appreciated them understanding. At my wedding meetings I bring the book to show the couples what we have to offer. It is a big book which we e-mail to them when they hire us, so they can go through it as slowly as they need to. If I let couples read every page the meeting would take 3 hours. I show examples of what we have by flipping through all the information, all the while telling them they will get all the material to review via e-mail (which they got immediately after paying their deposit) I also ask them to stop me if they saw a page they wanted to look at longer. They did not ask. I ask my couples to send me the ceremony they want ,a week before the wedding. Amanda sent hers's less than two days before. I did famiarlize m;yself with her cermony and looked up when I was reading it to them. I apologize if she thought differently. If I did not look up as much as I normally do it was only because she gave me such a short time to familiarize myself with her ceremony. She was five days late getting it to me. Regarding the phone call she says I ignored. When she changed the reheaesal day and I guess let me know the first time by this phone call. I did not get that message. I lost all my info on my phone when it fell in the kitchen sink. This is a true fact which cost me $250. The verizon guy could not retrieve any of my data. When she called me again, I apolgized for not recognizing her at first. We have lots of weddngs and if I don't have my schedule right in front of me it is hard to recall the exact date and time of the wedding and the bride who is calling.. So, I did have to refresh my mind as to who I was talking with and did have to check my schedule to make sure I could go to a same as wedding day rehearsal. Every month I review my weddings and make sure there are no conflicts with rehearsals and weddings. Because Amanda had changed her time I had a nagging feeling I might not have it right, I just called her to double check. I felt it is better to do that and be safe then sorry. Yes, I was late due to traffic but it was only 15 minutes. I apologized for that. When I do a rehearsal on the day of the wedding I usually come about an hour before the wedding....occasionally 90 minutes. We don't charge for that. When if becomes longer that that we usually charge for the time. I made an exception with Amanda and agreed to come two hours early at no charge. i did not even mention I was making an exception.... mainly because I felt bad about missing her first call. We started the rehearsal as soon as I got there and it went smoothly. I then had to wait over an hour before the wedding started. Why she wanted me there two hours early is a puzzle to me, as then I would have waited 75 minutes for the wedding to start. I take pride in my wedding officiating and it is rare to get a review tlike this. Maybe everything did not go perfectly right but I feel I did a good job performing the ceremony, and got there in plenty of time. I am sincerely sorry that I did not meet Amanda's expectations and I wish her well. Even when both parties do their best misunderstandings occur. I only wish she would have contacted me with her feelings first, before writing this review. Had she done that, I would have apolgized to her because she was so unhappy and gladly refunded my fee. Sincerely Rev. Joanna Marie *** In response to Amanda's latest (and I hope, final) criticisms *** Since it's clear you have decided to blame me for everything that disappointed you about your wedding, there's no point in trying to refute the avalanche of accusations you've directed at me. I have stated my case as I see it, and I stand by what I wrote. David and I have performed over 400 weddings since 2007. I can count on one hand the number of problems we've encountered...and have fingers left over! The many, many positive reviews we've received on this site and others will testify to the high quality of our service. That's "what we are really about," Amanda! Sometimes, in spite of our best efforts, things just don't go as planned. It's regrettable - nobody wants that - but we're only human...all of us! It doesn't happen out of malice, or thoughtlessness, or indifference - it just happens. Most people understand this, and as long as everyone stays flexible and retains their sense of humor, things usually turn out fine. In your case, Amanda, I have apologized for my part in the misunderstanding, and you can be sure I will be especially vigilant to avoid making the same mistakes again. That's all I can do. The rest is water under the bridge, and I sincerely hope you are able to move on. In any event, I wish you both the very best.

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