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Officiant in Raleigh, NC,
(919) 446-3388
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 47 Reviews


    Caitlin Lyster

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  • We absolutely loved working with Gwen in creating our story. We are not a religious couple so finding someone like her that had the flexibility to incorporate religious/nonreligious as you wish was perfect. I honestly didn't know where to begin when it came to finding someone so diverse. I've only witnessed weddings with preachers reading from the bible. So when I met Gwen I instantly knew she was "the one" LOL. I love the creation of our story she told our guests to give them an inside perspective on us as a couple, we got plenty of laughs and 'aww's'. It was great having something so catered to us

    Kirsten Topps

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  • Gwen was extremely responsive and quick to respond and to follow through with the process. The process is all electronic and simple. The fee was very reasonable. We requested her services only one day in advance. She was extremely poised and professional and even provided her lovely family as witnesses! Her daughter even video recorded the ceremony and took photos and emailed them to us at no additional fee! They turned out great! She used the ceremony script we sent her, and she was very well-spoken and calming. We would highly recommend Gwen to everyone! Thanks Gwen & company!

    Lydia

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    5 out of 5
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  • Gwen was so great to work with. She was easy to get in touch with and always responded right away when we reached out. We felt a little clueless about how to make our non-religious ceremony feel special and like "us," but she listened to us and crafted a ceremony that felt so meaningful and fun. We loved how organized and knowledgeable she was - it really put our minds at ease during the stress of wedding planning! Highly recommend her to anyone in search of an officiant.

    Melissa

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    5 out of 5
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  • Gwen was the perfect choice for our recent wedding. She made the whole process easy and stress free. She was very knowledgeable on different ceremony types, traditions and rituals. Gwen did a great job personalizing the ceremony to accommodate our needs. She responded quickly to our questions and was receptive to any changes that needed to be made. During the rehearsal, she helped ease my anxiety with her calm demeanor and easy going personality. One of the things I looked forward to the most was hearing “Our Love Story” which she created for our ceremony. On our wedding day, she arrived early to make sure everything was organized. Gwen made our day better than we could have ever imagined and I would highly recommend her to anyone!

    Tessa

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    5 out of 5
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  • Gwen was a phenomenal officiant for my wedding. She worked with my husband and I on every detail of our ceremony. She was super professional and very nice. I would recommend her to any couple needing an officiant for their wedding.

    Karen Mcnamara

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  • What can we say? Gwen is awesome! The way she personalizes your ceremony, her professionalism, and her warm and caring personality combine to make your day extra special. Everyone was raving about how fun and unique our ceremony was, and that was all thanks to Gwen. She also makes sure things are in order, so people know what they are doing, where to be and when, and that took so much stress off of us. We are truly thankful we found her, and we HIGHLY recommend her. She's simply the best.

    Abigail Jackson

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    5 out of 5
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  • We are not really sentimental or attention-loving people so we were nervous about figuring out our ceremony, but Gwen made every step of the process very easy and painless. She worked with us on all the logistics and content of our ceremony, and surveyed our friends and family to write a "love story" to tell at our ceremony, which many of our guests say they really enjoyed. She also did announcements, cued the DJ, and organized our marriage license signing. She is extremely flexible and organized (spreadsheets and google docs!) and we didn't have to do much at all, just a quick questionnaire and a meeting or two! She did a great job running our rehearsal and was familiar with the venue. She was respectful of all of our preferences and we were really happy with the result. She is a very kind, down-to-earth person and it was a pleasure to work with her.

    Taylor Hoggard

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    5 out of 5
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  • Picking an officiant was one of the last things we did when choosing our vendors. We knew we wanted a few Jewish elements but overall didn't want a religious ceremony. We didn't have a person in our life who we wanted to ask to be the officiant so we turned to the internet and found Gwen. Gwen listened to our requests for what we did and didn't want out of the ceremony and totally delivered. Part of Gwen's work is the telling of a "Love Story" which is kept a secret from the bride and groom. This is a major part of the ceremony and when you're planning every little detail it's tough to turn over such a large chunk to someone else. Gwen asked us to trust her, we did, and the story was incredible. It had lots of details about how we met, how we grew closer, the proposal, etc. It also included anecdotes from friends and family so they were able to be included as well. We came away very pleased with what she delivered. We also asked Gwen to perform a simple ceremony before ... Read more

    Andrea Maloney

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  • My new husband and I had such a wonderful time with Celebrant Gwen Downs! We eloped and it was amazing to have such a small personal ceremony. No worries, no stress, just a whole lot of love!

    Tiffani Amber

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  • Our wedding was extremely last minute (like 2 weeks of planning last minute) and Gwen was SO flexible and understanding. She really made this day easy for me and my husband and in the end was the best day of my life. Thank you!!!!

    Melanie Cardella

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  • Gwen was fantastic! She was easy to work with and made us feel secure the entire time. We had no idea how to create a meaningful wedding ceremony, but Gwen walked us through and made it very special. Highly recommend her services!!

    Kate

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    5 out of 5
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  • We were fortunate to hire Gwen on short notice to serve as our officiant. As wedding DIYers, her helpful guidance and consultation ahead of the wedding day made the process that much easier. She was responsive to tailoring her service to match us, and what we wanted for our big day. A big thanks to Gwen!

    Angela Camille

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    5 out of 5
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  • Gwen was the perfect choice for our wedding. We had a non-religious ceremony but still wanted it to be personable and spiritual. She crafted a lovely ceremony and entertained the odd ceremony requests we had. Gwen was well prepared and the ceremony went off without a hitch. Both of us are so grateful for the care she took when putting the ceremony together and it was exactly what we hoped for and more.

    Lindsey Burns

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  • Gwen officiated our recent wedding and was amazing! The whole process working with her was so smooth and stress free. She was very knowledgeable on different ceremony types, traditions and rituals. She guided us through the process effortlessly and made sure to personalize our ceremony to us. Any questions or changes we had Gwen was so receptive to it. On our wedding day she was punctual and coordinated with our DJ, wedding coordinator and photographer to ensure that we could just enjoy our day without stress. I would highly recommend Gwen to anyone!

    Helen Wrenn

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    5 out of 5
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  • Gwen was absolutely awesome! My fiance and I decided pretty last minute (like, less than 60 days) that we wanted to host a party at his parents' house and get married at the same time. Gwen was super flexible and supportive, and was particularly helpful in walking us through the process one step at a time to ensure we were leaving nothing out. Working with her was very low-stress. She was very communicative over email and text, and once we completed our contract and payment, she checked in every week or so to ensure the plans were still set. She arrived exactly on time day of and went with the flow of things, just as we wanted. I couldn't have asked for a more laid-back and easy process! Thanks Gwen!
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