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Officiant in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania,
(717) 636-1744
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 82 Reviews


    Leah

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  • Dave recently officiated a wedding at Historic Ashland, where I work. He has amazing energy and passion! The ceremony was one of the most beautiful we have had at the venue this season and all of the guests were smiling ear to ear the entire time. I will recommend Dave to all of my clients in need of his services. Thank you!

    responded with the following comments.

    Thank you, Leah for your very kind words. It was a delight to see your new facility - I am confident you will be very successful and will recommend your venue to any of my couples who are need of a beautiful setting to hold their wedding. All the very best and I look forward to the next time we are able to work together. God bless - David

    Corinne

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  • Rev. Dave was an absolutely incredible officiant for our wedding. We really couldn't have chosen a better person for the job. He was very responsive to my first email and promptly answered any and all of my questions. He met with my husband and I a few months before the ceremony so we could get to know him and create a basic outline for the ceremony. He is so easy to talk to and made the entire process of planning the ceremony so easy. My husband and I weren't entirely sure of what type of ceremony we wanted, but after talking with Dave he helped us create the perfect ceremony. Throughout the reception and even weeks afterwards, so many people told me how much they enjoyed the ceremony because Dave made it so captivating, relatable and enjoyable. He was always on time, accommodated us for the rehearsal time and made every minute of the day perfect for my husband and I. He made us feel at ease on a day that is naturally filled with nerves and excitement. Dave, thank you so much for bei... Read more

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    Thank you, Corrine for your very kind words. It was a delight for me to share in your special day, and I wish you both every happiness in your new lives together!

    Whitney

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    5 out of 5
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  • Rev. Dave was wonderful at our rehearsal and wedding! We couldn’t have chosen anyone better to officiate our wedding! He was funny, engaging and charming! He meets with you to go over every detail of the wedding ceremony months before so you are aware of everything! He was available by email and phone anytime and was very responsive! He took all of our suggestions and ideas and helped us put together a great ceremony with vowels we chose. He even allowed us to go over the rehearsal more than once to make sure everyone was comfortable! He made the nerves of the day go away with ease and our ceremony turned out perfect! I can’t thank Dave enough and I’d recommend him to any couple!

    Jamie

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  • Dave was amazing at our wedding! He received the most feedback (in a good way!!!) than any other aspect of our event. He was funny, witty, charming, and serious when he needed to be. He truly made our marriage start off on the right foot. We would highly recommend him for your event as well!

    liz

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  • Rev. Dave was great at  rehearsal and our ceremony. He understood what we wanted and completely come through. He kept our ceremony entertaining  as well as a touch of humor. You can tell from meeting him that this is his passion and he gives his all into every ceremony he performs and our ceremony was no different. We had guest completmenting him and the ceremony all night asking where we found him saying he was very cool and did a great job.

    Kimberly

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  • Dave was an incredible officiant!!! I'm a little late in reviewing Dave as our wedding was 11/11/16. I will never forget how smoothly our rehearsal and ceremony went because of Dave's ability to keep everyone's attention, his kindness, and his calming demeanor. He has an excellent sense of humor and is extremely confident in his skills and abilities. Our guests loved him. Our friends who are getting married this year even asked for his info. after the wedding! I promise you your ceremony will be anything but boring if you hire Dave as your officiant. And, if you have stage fright like I do, he will help you stay completely cool, calm, and collected. Thanks again Dave, you made our wedding day so special!

    Jaime

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  • Dave is absolutely amazing! I have been to lots of weddings, but the officiant was never as incredible as Dave! He was engaging and well spoken. He took our wishes and carried them out even better than I could have imagined. He is well spoken, interesting and takes control of the situation. We opted to add a hand-fasting ceremony, a rose ceremony, edited standard vows and added a reading, all was no issue at all. He even steps out of the way for the first kiss so you don't see his head in the photos! He was incredible, even checking in with myself and my now husband throughout the process, (including day of) to help us stay calm. I only hope that I can attend one of his ceremonies again someday!

    Erika

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  • Dave was an absolutely amazing officiant for our wedding! He met with us early on to go over what we want included and what we didn't want. He was understanding and listened to everything we said carefully. Everyone at the wedding loved him and my family is still talking about his charisma and joy during the ceremony! He kept things interesting but meaningful. Thanks, Dave, for being part of our beautiful wedding day!

    Meghan

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  • David was recommended by The Cork Factory Hotel where we held our wedding. We met him a couple months before the wedding to go over everything we wanted to and not to include for our big day. That day we knew he was the one to marry us. He made us feel so comfortable and definitely has a great sense of humor. On our wedding day he was spectacular! Made everyone laugh but took his job very seriously, which is exactly what we wanted. Definitely something you need when feeling extremely nervous on your big day! We would 100% recommend him!!!

    User5438432

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  • Rev. DiRaddo is fantastic. We were not really sure what we wanted our ceremony to be like. We definitely want it to be lighthearted and all about us and our family and friends. Rev. DiRaddo gave us lots of suggestions on what we could do and made the whole process unbelievably easy and fun. He is just the most awesome person. I am so very glad we choose Rev. DiRaddo as our officiant. Hands down one of the BEST choices I made in the entire wedding planning process.

    emily

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  • My ceremony was perfect, beyond what I imagined it could be, and that is all thanks to Dave. We are from out of town and Dave came highly recommended from our venue. He is lively, fun, and charismatic. He was able to keep all the guests engaged during the whole ceremony. I am still hearing compliments from guests. Thanks for everything!! Highly recommend to everyone!!!!

    Linda

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  • Pastor Dave was tremendous!!! I, the MOB, found Wedding Dayz online. After reading about his background, I gave my daughter his number. He met with us prior to the wedding to ensure everything would be as we wanted, made suggestions (one of which we used in the Ceremony), and added just the right amount of 'humor' to make everyone feel comfortable. My daughter and husband wrote their own Vows. My daughter's were on index cards...she accidentally left a card or two behind, so there came a moment when she became a little tense. I heard Pastor Dave, quietly, say twice to her, "speak from your heart, speak from your heart." My daughter took a deep breath, and did just that! It was all so very beautiful! Pastor Dave was very organized and professional, as well. I would recommend him to anyone that for one reason or another was not able to have the Ceremony at their own church. (Our's was at an outside venue) 5-Star, Plus!

    User4439685

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  • Hands down the best decision we made for our wedding day was to sign with David! He is really great at engaging a crowd as well as combining the perfect amount of humor and love into the ceremony. All of our friends and family are still commenting how great the ceremony was several weeks after the wedding.

    Summer

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  • Totally disappointed. He waited for two days before my wedding to find a replacement for him because he didn’t realize how much time it took to get from my ceremony to his next. He books so close together. Stressed me out beyond belief and I never felt so betrayed before. -Multiple attempts to meet up with me? Such a lie, I had to contact you constantly to try and meet up with you. But thanks.

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    Having performed over 900 weddings this was, without question, the most disappointing and frustrating situation I have encountered. The couple contacted me and booked my services over a year from their date. Their registration form gave me the date, time, and venue which I recorded in my date book. Despite multiple attempts to meet with them in the year leading up to the month of their wedding, their first meeting with me was scheduled only 10 days prior to their date. At that meeting I was informed that the time of the wedding had changed from 3:00 to 3:30. I had booked another wedding at 4:30 based on their information with the second bride moving her wedding time to accommodate the 3:00 start time. When I realized I could not make the 3:30 time work, and the bride said that the original time was not an option, I did all that I could to find a replacement to honor her wishes. She then informed me that she would only accept a male officiant. I was very relieved when the bride’s mother informed me that they had found a replacement but that was only after a profanity-laced phone call from the bride where she demanded that I tell the other bride I would not be able to perform her ceremony. This is every officiant’s nightmare and I am thrilled that everything worked out for them. It was a lack of communication that led to this unfortunate situation and it is obviously never my desire or my intent to “betray” anyone. In spite of these very difficult circumstance, I wish them both all the very best and every happiness in their new lives together.

    Erin

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  • I recently used Dave's services for my wedding ceremony last month. He is very reasonably priced compared to others in this area, one of the reasons we looked into him. In addition, we decided on him to be our wedding officiant because as a nonreligious couple, we did not have someone in our lives who could do this for us and also keep it in line with our values. We met once at a diner to discuss the type of wedding ceremony that we wanted to have. For us, short and simple was also perfect. Prior to leaving however, we made it very, VERY clear that we were not religious and did not want any religious terms used during our ceremony. He said he completely respected this and would not mention "God" or any other term. Our rehearsal went well enough, though he seemed disappointed because initially we were going to have him "feed us" the lines for our vows, and we later decided to read them on our own. He expressed to us that he really wanted to read them for us, but we hand wrote ours and i... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    First and foremost I am very sorry that Erin was not pleased with my services. That is my highest priority for each and every ceremony I perform. To address her two primary concerns I can assure you that I am never, nor would have any reason to be, "disappointed" when a couple makes a decision to either repeat or read their vows to each other. My job is to simply make suggestions and recommendations while they make the final decisions. The second issue is one that I take very seriously. Erin and Stephen indicated that they wanted a civil ceremony meaning no prayer, Bible reading, or other religious elements. Not even saying "God" in a ceremony is the extreme of that desire which is why I have always written those words across the top of the notes I keep from our consultation meeting together. No where on the paper did I write those words which to me suggests that, while that may have in fact been their desire, the words "don't even say God" were not communicated to me at that meeting. I have performed countless ceremonies for non-religious couples and have always honored their wishes when they were clearly expressed. Perhaps they were and I missed it but I am very sensitive to this and have never previously overlooked this important part of the ceremony content because whether or not a couple's beliefs are "in line with mine or not" does not impact my desire to respect their wedding day. Regardless of how it occurred my hope is that Erin and Stephen will focus on and remember their wedding day as one filled with the joy of their love for one another, the love of their family and friends, and not "ruined" by 2 or 3 words that were spoken in the midst of a ceremony that, otherwise, seemed to be exactly what they wanted. I wish you both all the best and every happiness in your new lives together. Rev. David Di Raddo
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