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Officiant in Arlington, Washington,
(425) 971-5144
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4.8 out of 5
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  • 30 Reviews


    Nicole Harrington

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  • Reverend Jim Beidle did an exceptional job for our elopement! He was very easy flexible, attentive and easy to work with. A few weeks before the wedding he provided us with a rough outline of what would be said during the ceremony and it brought me to tears because I felt that it was so beautiful and well written. He provided us with the perfect ceremony and we worked with him to add some personalized touches. Photography was really important to us for the ceremony and Jim went out of his way to look up what time of day would provide the best lighting and offered to have the ceremony at the golden hour. Everything about this day was so amazing and Jim was a huge contributing factor to that. I would highly recommend him.

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    Nicole, thank you so much for your kind words. You and Nick are an absolute joy to work with, and Peace Arch Park offers so many beautiful places to hold a small ceremony. I wish you happiness and peace in your future together.

    Ciara

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    5 out of 5
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  • We highly recommend Rev Jim to other couples looking to book. He is very flexible, helpful in planning, and funny too. We dealt with multuple date and venue changes due to covid, and even last minute changes with the rehearsal. Jim was available and helpful through it all. He has resources for vow writing if you like and leaves a lot of the ceremony design input to the couple but offers help wherever needed.

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    Thank you so much, Ciara! Your beach wedding was wonderful, and I thoroughly enjoyed helping you make your wedding happen! I wish both of you a wonderful Fall, and a joyful year to come!

    Katherine

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    5 out of 5
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  • Reverend Beidle responded to all of our emails and answered all of our questions very promptly. He was flexible and worked with our schedule. Our request gave him little time to prepare (2 1/2 days) but he was very accommodating. He offered exactly what we were looking for as far as a private wedding which was reasonably priced. He is clearly passionate about what he does and it shows. He made us feel as though he was an old friend and that we were family. He really cares about people. We highly recommend his services.

    Danielle

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    5 out of 5
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  • He assembled all of my requests into the perfect ceremony and made the entire process so easy!

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    Thank you, Danielle! It was an absolute pleasure working with you to make your day perfect. And we got it all done in about a week!

    Cami Lalone

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    5 out of 5
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  • Rev. Jim saved the day for us! Our eloping plans fell through with COVID but he made our ceremony at home very special and I'm so glad we did it this way instead. Communication was great leading up to our big day and then he prepared the sweetest ceremony for us. It was absolutely perfect!

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    Thank you, Cami! You and Scott were a joy to work with, and the wood lot on your farm made for a fantastic setting! I wish you all the best now and in the future.

    Kait Dessin

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    5 out of 5
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  • When we first met Jim we instantly knew there was something very special, loving and trusting about him. As we got to know him we found those initial feelings were true. He walked us through the nerves, the unknown and the BIG DAY. When we were at the alter I wasn’t nervous or anxious... I was 100% excited! Because Jim made us both feel so comfortable and like family. I feel like I’ve known him my whole life. He made our big day perfect and a ceremony I will be so happy to brag about for the rest of my life. Thank you Jim!!

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    Thank you so much, Kait! You and Nick are indeed an exceptional couple, and it was my joy to help you prepare for your wedding. I wish you many incredible adventures in the years ahead. If ever I can be of service to you or your family, give me a ring! All the best, Rev. Jim Beidle

    Cynthia Gaub

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    5 out of 5
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  • Jim was so excellent creating our very unique custom pirate wedding ceremony.

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    Thank you, Cynthia! Creating your memorable wedding was one of the highlights of my year. I had tremendous fun from beginning to end. I wish you and Shawn many years of happiness.

    Suzanne Smarr

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    5 out of 5
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  • Very personalized. Ceremony was tailored perfectly. Rev Beidle's calm and professional demeanor helped calm pre wedding jitters. Wonderful officiator. Charismatic and a great sense of humor.

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    Thank you, Suzanne! I was blessed to be a part of your celebration at Salish Lodge and Spa. I hope you two are having the best of holiday seasons!

    Emalea Tanner

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    5 out of 5
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  • Jim knew exactly what to do. He was generous with his time and adapted to all our special requests! We have already gave his number to friends.

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    Thank you for your kind words and for allowing me to be a part of your wedding! I thoroughly enjoyed working with you both, and the whale watching tour was an absolute blast!

    Wella M O

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    5 out of 5
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  • I am very thankful I came across of Rev. Jim’s name. I had a hard time looking for an officiant thru the lists that the county gave us. Those are not updated. Rev. Jim answered his phone right away and entertained my queries professionally and scheduled me to my date requested. He is very flexible, he could go to wherever location you wish to do your special day, for us, he came to our home all the way from his home to Mount Vernon. He even gave me suggested theme and places for our special day. He has packages of his services and what I love is transactions was all set online. Very trustworthy! It was perfect!

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    Thank you for the wonderful review, Wella! It was our pleasure to serve you and Michael on your wedding day.

    Chen

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    5 out of 5
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  • Jim is a professional reverend with a great sense of humor. Wedding planning is anxious, but Jim had been very helpful from the very first meeting till the end of our wedding day. He's very professional about everything a couple needs to know about the ceremony and very responsive with any questions in the email. We had a great experience having Jim marry us, and it was an unforgettable memory in our life.

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    Thank you, Chen! I was very much my pleasure to work with you both to make your dream wedding come true. You were a joy to work with throughout and you were a beautiful bride! Blessings to you both! Rev. Jim

    Mia

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    5 out of 5
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  • Santa Jim was incredibly professional the entire time working with him. My mother in law was skeptical about being married by Santa (she's very religious ans traditional), but she absolutely loved him! Our guests were delighted to have Santa perform our ceremony and even more excited to take photos with him during cocktail hour!

    Dreana

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  • From the first meeting with Rev Jim Beidle, Steve and I felt good about selecting him as our wedding officiant. After listening to our relationship and engagement story he was able to send us a wedding ceremony sample based on our preferences for a small, backyard wedding along with useful suggestions for helping us plan a wedding in two weeks time! He encouraged us to personalize the wedding ceremony by making any substitutions or subtractions to the template he felt would best suit us. We made a few adjustments and were felt happy with the ceremony he helped us create. Rev Jim Beidle’s supportive and warm demeanor contributed greatly to putting us at ease and making a memorable wedding day! I feel grateful that he was an email or phone call away for every step of the way. Thank you Jim for being the special person you are!

    Justin Hobrock

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Jim was not only a integral part of our big day but a warm guiding mentor through the sometimes overwhelming process of planning a wedding. His sense of humor, patience and quick wit helped to make our day truly one of the most special events in our lives. We highly recommend his services to anyone looking to go the extra mile in making their wedding perfect.

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    Thank you, Justin and Kristina, for allowing me to be a part of your celebration! It was a wonderful, beautiful day at Thornewood Castle, and you were a delight to work with. I wish you both 10,000 days of happiness and the long lives to enjoy them.

    Mary

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    1.4 out of 5
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  • I hired rev. Jim back in January. Upon booking, we specifically requested he be at the rehearsal dinner. This was put into writing in our contract that he would be there. He then told us he would be unable to attend the rehearsal because he booked another wedding for that day (during the rehearsal). He did offer alternatives to a rehearsal (extra meetings), but it wouldn’t work out for me because most of my wedding party wouldn’t be there at these ‘meetings’ (all my guests are from out of state). I did not understand the purpose of having extra meetings if it didn’t actually contribute to the rehearsal. I did not receive my deposit back despite the fact that he was the one who broke the contract (couldn’t attend rehearsal). His response was very curt and felt petty when he tried to explain to me. I was very upset but oh well, as he told me ‘this is a standard industry practice’, so I suppose I should get used to being ripped off.

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    When the original rehearsal date did not work out, I offered her an alternative rehearsal date in a way that provided a deep discount of 83% for the inconvenience. Her e-mail reply indicated that she already had in mind to replace me with another officiant, her "recently ordained future brother-in-law". Despite my best efforts at this point, my interpretation of-of her e-mails was that I could have promised to be there, and I still would have been replaced. Normally, I would have offered to engage another professional officiant to take over from me or tried to provide another way to meet her desired date. Unfortunately, I was not afforded the opportunity to offer that solution. All retainers are explicitly non-refundable, as is outlined in the contract and I again explained in an e-mail to the former client. Retainers reserve the wedding day and to cover the cost of my time and expenses incurred during the preparation and delivery period. This is all pretty standard and guarantees that I do my best work for you. I replied to each of her e-mails, except the last, within 24 hours. I responded courteously and to the best of my ability, as I do with all my clients. I sought ways in which to offer her the solutions.

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