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Its pretty rare that I am at a loss for words about something but it is hard to communicate just how great Bethel is. So here it goes, she just gets it. I mean she truly understands and feels love and what it means to love and the different ways people love and how to communicate love and how to share that love with others.
When we originally were looking for an officiant we were lucky enough to have a wedding planner who knew of and had worked with Bethel so soon thereafter we reached out to her. We set up a skype session with a vague idea of what we wanted. After 20 minutes we were blown away by just how prepared, confident and knowledgeable she was about her role and the affect she can have on this special moment in our lives. We had initially said that we wanted to do just a 10-15 ceremony so that we could move on to the fun part of the night, the party. She made it abundantly clear that if all we were looking for was someone to help us say "I do" then she was not the person for us. I really appreciated her honesty and over the course of that first video chat I realized that we really did have the right person for us and that the ceremony is really more important than the other aspects of the day as it allows others to be a part of our lives and helps us share our love for each other with those that are important in our lives.
We had homework. This I was not expecting although looking back and knowing Bethel I should have. She is so passionate about getting to know you and understand your relationship with your significant other that she is hungry for as much information as possible. She then incorporates this into the ceremony thus allowing your guest to share in the experiences that led to you being there, don't worry she doesn't share anything embarrassing or anything that you don't want her to. The other part of the homework is she shows you this this treasure trove of information that helps guide you through the endless options of what to include in your ceremony. We chose several reading that spoke to us and the favorite of everyone in attendance was the "knot tying" ceremony involving the mothers. I've always been fascinated where the phrase came from and this part of the ceremony really stood out to everyone involved.
Even the day after Bethel was communicating with us and guiding us through the paperwork and legalese now involved once the wedding is completed. Her customer service is off the charts and we would recommend her to anyone!!
Bethel you are the best and we hope our paths cross again!
Bethel Nathan is by far the best decision my husband and I made about our entire wedding. Bethel is incredibly kind and she truly strives to make your ceremony a wonderful and meaningful experience. Every single guest raved about the ceremony. I didn't hear a word about the reception, the DJ, or the venue from anyone on the wedding day because no one could stop talking about how awesome the ceremony was. Many people told me that it was the best ceremony they have ever been to.
And they were right. The ceremony truly was amazing because of Bethel. My husband was skeptical when we set up our initial meeting with Bethel, but within 10 minutes, she wowed us both. She wants the ceremony to be meaningful for each couple, so she works with you to make it exactly what you want it to be. She sent us homework assignments geared towards getting to know us and our relationship. She gave us tons of ideas for ways to make the ceremony unique, including options for everything from the readings, to how we said our vows, to how she would announce us to the audience at the end of the ceremony. Every last detail was taken care of with care. AND, as if that wasn't enough, Bethel is super organized. She helped us prepare for all the details, get our marriage certificate, and send detailed emails about what to expect through every step of the process. I love details, so she was totally awesome!
If you don't hire Bethel to be your officiant, you are missing out on the very best wedding ceremony you can possibly imagine. HIRE THIS INCREDIBLE WOMAN. I have never been so confident about a recommendation in my life.
Oh goodness...how do I even begin to tell you about Bethel?! She is the single best officiant you will ever find, and the very first vendor I booked for our wedding earlier this month. I booked her about 18 months in advance, and met here even before that at a Bridal Bazaar. We started talking, instantly felt a huge connection, and I wanted to book her but she let me know she and her husband may be taking an extended trip over our wedding date. She assured me that she would let me know as soon as possible if she'd be available or not, and she let me know even earlier than initially proposed that she planned her vacation around our wedding date on purpose because she wanted to marry us! At that point, my husband and I met with her to talk about what we hoped our ceremony would be. We created the most personal, funny, non-stuffy ceremony (with a Princess Bride theme) that our guests are STILL touting as the best ceremony they have ever been to. She really takes the time to get to know you as a couple to be able to celebrate your union with joy and sincerity. I never thought that I would care so much about the ceremony before I met Bethel, and she turned it into my favorite part of our entire wedding day. She gives you some (fun!) homework assignments leading up to the wedding day to learn about you as well as help to create your perfect ceremony. She is also completely on top of all the details - marriage license, tips on changing your name, etc. and we came back from our honeymoon with a copy of our ceremony to cherish forever. You get what you pay for with Bethel, and more. If you are religious or want a very formal ceremony, I do not recommend her. If you are non-religious, a little quirky, want a fun and personal ceremony that your friends and family will always remember, and love your significant other to pieces, Bethel is the right officiant for you!
I don't even know where to begin with how amazing Bethel is. She is friendly and caring and took the time to get to know me and my husband in order to create a ceremony that was a true reflection of us. She made us feel comfortable within minutes of meeting her and it was an easy decision to have her as our officiant. From the initial meeting to the many conversations we had after that, I could tell she genuinely wanted to make our ceremony a wonderful and meaningful experience for us and for our friends and family and that she wasn't just going through the motions with another client. She walked us through the entire process of planning the ceremony and gave us wonderful suggestions, tons of options and all different ways to make our ceremony unique and beautiful. She really helped us make it everything we wanted it to be - it wasn't too short wasn't too long and was a great mix of sweet, funny, unique and traditional. Bethel far exceeded our expectations in every way. Not only is she a great person who has truly found her calling, she is super organized, prompt and extremely professional. Even though she always has multiple couples that she is working with at the same time, she always responded to my emails promptly and always made me feel like I was a priority. Every single detail was thought out, planned and executed perfectly. Bethel is truly amazing and I 100% recommend her to everyone.
I don’t even know where to start with saying a million AMAZING things about Bethel. She was one of the people who made our wedding and I am soo so happy that we chose her (and GRATEFUL that she chose us)!! I literally CANNOT imagine our ceremony without her.
I was first referred to Bethel by our wedding planner. I spoke with Bethel via email and then met her shortly after at Bridal Bazaar. Before meeting her in person, we were leaning towards having a family member be our officiant which my Mom was pretty adamant about. However, as soon as my Mom and I met Bethel in person at Bridal Bazaar, my Mom said that we had to go with her. The family member was out the door! My husband, fiancé at the time, was also originally hesitant about having someone we didn’t know be our officiant. But! Right after he met her and spoke with her, he said that we had to have her. I remember that when I took my husband to meet her for the first time after I met her at Bridal Bazaar I but was nervous because I really wanted her, but wasn’t sure what his reaction was going to be since we were already over budget. Afterwards, as we were walking to the car, I asked him, “What did you think?” His immediate reaction was, “Call her. We have to have her.” We didn’t even make it to the car before I contacted her. Best decision ever.
Not only was Bethel amazing with getting to know me and my husband as individuals, but also getting to know us as a couple. She showed real sincerity and care towards us and our future as a married couple. She made us laugh and feel comfortable around her within minutes of meeting her and she was genuine. Another thing that I loved about her was her organization and prompt replies! It can be stressful planning a wedding, but every time I would contact her she would get back to me ASAP and make us feel so much better. She never left us hanging and was always there for us. Her ideas and suggestions were soo good and things that I had never thought about before, either. I loved it!
Since the wedding, which was about a month ago now, we still have people talking to us about the ceremony and asking where we found Bethel. They have said things along the lines that it was the most “emotional” and “personal” ceremony they had ever been too. They have said that they really felt like they too were a part of the ceremony because it wasn’t your typical cookie-cutter ceremony. Bethel made the ceremony to be a reflection of us and not a reflection of what is traditionally done during a wedding ceremony. This is what made it memorable and really meaningful. She also put me and my husband at ease in front of 200 people since we were both terrified. Once we were up there with her, we didn’t really notice that there were 200 sets of eyes on us. She made it all about our relationship and our future to come.
Asking Bethel to be our officiant was one of the best, if not the best, decision we made during the whole “wedding process.” I know that we will remain in touch with her which is very exciting and means a lot. Bethel is in high demand and if she is to be your officiant, you are soo lucky. Call her soon though! She is in high demand!!
First things first. Bethel loves love. She's passionate about it. Her mission is to make your wedding perfect. Boy does she succeed in that. Bethel sculpted a masterpiece that fit us to a "T." It was so personal and intimate. It gave our guests a small window into the love we have for each other. We had so many people come up to us and tell us that it was the best wedding they've ever been to. She's super helpful and will do almost anything to make your day amazing. She really knows her stuff and will gladly answer any questions you may have with detailed answers. I honestly can't say enough about her. Our day was absolutely perfect. THANK YOU Bethel, thank you a million times and then some. Listen to what she says. She's been doing this for awhile and is one of the of the best in San Diego. If you're looking for perfection, then look no further. Bethel is it. She is magical.
If we could stick Bethel in our pocket and take her everywhere with us we would!!! Even the most planned out, elaborate ceremonies that you could possibly dream of would not compare to the one she will design for you and work with you on personally! We fell in love with Bethel just from her picture and reviews and once we met her in person we knew for sure that she was the officiant for us! Her "homework" is very easy and reminds you of why you are planning to marry that person in the first place! She was very thorough in everything she did and was also very helpful with any and all questions regarding wedding planning. I prefer to email and Bethel was quick to respond always and I never had to call her to ask a second time. We had so many of our guests tell us that it was the best ceremony they have ever been to! Always positive, encouraging, loving and supportive her energy will inspire you to believe in the fairy tale of it all.
THANK YOU BETHEL!!!!
David and Sari Eriksen
Bethel made our special day truly memorable. Bethel provided us with an unforgettable ceremony that was unique to our love story. We received so many positive comments about Bethel, and many of our guests said it was the best ceremony they had ever been to before. Bethel is a very warm and loving person who was genuinely excited to share in our day with us. From our first meeting with her, we were excited to have her officiate our wedding. She made the whole process easy and fun. She provides you with lots of ideas and ways to personalize the ceremony. Our ceremony was our favorite part of our wedding day!
Our original thought was that we would just go to the county administration building to get married. Somehow that just didn’t seem special enough.
Then, we found Bethel! From our first meeting with Bethel we both knew she was the one who could make our wedding day memorable and special – and she did! We had decided we wanted a very personal and intimate ceremony with just our immediate families and closest friends. Bethel helped us every step of the way to create the perfect ceremony that was completely personalized for us.
After the ceremony, my new brother-in-law gave me a big hug and said, “You guys really nailed it – that was the best wedding ceremony I have ever attended.” I told him it was all thanks to Bethel.
I have to start off by saying that I have to thank The Knot for introducing me to Bethel. The reviews that I read were a HUGE determinant for me in scheduling the first meeting with Bethel. This is such an important role in the ceremony and I didnt know where to start in finding someone that we would jive with, feel comforatble with and ultimately trust to be a part of the most important day in our relationship. She was all of those things and more. I am pretty Type A personality-wise and her structure, direction and immediate responses to any and all requests and questions really kept my stress level down through out the whole process. She is expensive. I will put that out there, however I can honestly say she was worth every last cent. The experience we had from her from start to finish was wonderful. She is thoughtful, engaging and completely passionate about what she does. All of this comes across to your guests at the ceremony.
When we first met Bethel, we knew she was going to be amazing. We met first over a Skype session since we live in a different state than her and when we finished the call we just sat there in awe over how much “she got us” after one short conversation. She was able to incorporate some of the best stories about our relationship into our ceremony. She had us laughing and smiling the entire time. She was a joy to work with and her positive energy and outlook on life radiates from her every word and action. She has to be one of the most sincere people we have ever met. She welcomed us with open arms and we never once felt like we were “different” than her other couples. She is a true believer in equal rights and is an ally of the LGBT community. She prides herself on being an open officiant that is respectful to all types of relationships. We never once felt judged, uncomfortable or like we were an inconvenience to her. She was always prompt and respectful with her emails (as that was our main form of communication). She was also full of knowledge and different ideas on how to make our ceremony unique. She was comforting when we needed it and it really helped us feel at ease with our wedding ceremony. She has been a joy to work with and if we could do it all over again, we would still stick with Bethel! Her ceremonies are truly from the heart and you can tell she has a passion for her job because it shows in all aspects of her work, and work ethic. She was one of the best things about our wedding ceremony!
~Melody and Natasha Dockery-Chleva
I believe in referrals and when it came time to find the perfect person to marry us I reached out to my best friends Kristen and Craig Weiss. They both said, “You have to talk to Bethel”. They were her first couple that she married. Both said that she is “incredible”! We made the phone call and set up the first meeting.
At our first meeting, as she sat down and asked us to tell her our story, she went over her process and what to expect. She even had one of us in tears of joy 15 minutes into the meeting (note: not the bride). We both agreed that Bethel would preside over our ceremony. We went home and emailed her to say that we would love for her to marry us. Deposit made that day!
As far as the “homework” that Bethel sent us, to start writing our vows, far from it. It was a walk down 37 years of memory lane. It brought back beautiful fun memories of school and a friendship that has lasted a life time. It even helped us better understand the depth and strength of the love we had for one another.
Bethel was quick to respond to every email, private message on Facebook and phone call. She was encouraging, inspirational and most of all, reminding us every step of the way that at the end of the day, we were going to be married to each other. She was even there when my wedding dress arrived and it was too small.
Bethel knew that we did not want the “canned” wedding vows and she guided us every step of the way to make our vows ours! She interwove the story of our lives and our journey to this point. She used sincerity, joy and humor as she describe our very special moment. There is not another couple in this world that can say the vows that we did at our wedding. They are ours and ours alone!
As Bethel started our ceremony, I can honestly say that all I heard was her voice, not the pounding of my heart, the crashing of the waves or the guests at our wedding. Her words filled our hearts and our guest’s hearts as many friends posted excerpts of our wedding on line. Friends in attendance remarked that they had been to many weddings, but never one as personal and enjoyable as ours. It is a true testament to Bethel’s professionalism, passion for life, caring nature and love of people.
We had the ring blessing as a part of our ceremony and we were honored that when the rings came back to Bethel, after our guests had given their love and blessings to them, she took a moment to give hers as well.
We can honestly say that Bethel is a part of our family!
Greg and Tammy Landes
Bethel was absolutely amazing in helping us plan our perfect day!! From the initial consultation, to the homework to get to know us and helping us to get to know each other, the coordination and contact back-and-forth to customize the ceremony, and delivery on the big day.....every bit of it was way more than we expected!! Bethel truly made this the best day of our lives to date!!! She was completely receptive to assisting us in finding a great location on the beach, lodging in San Diego, and resources for finding a photographer to match our needs and budget. There are no words to express how much Bethel's help and support in this process means to us!!! There is NO ONE else who would have made our elopement more meaningful that Bethel. 100% recommend her to anyone sincere in their convictions to marry and looking for an easy going coordinator to work with on planning the ceremony.
One of the best decisions we made for our wedding, was choosing Bethel to be our officiant. She was there every step of the way from the time we made the decision to engage her services. She was invaluable in facilitating the writing of our vows, helping us choose special, unique touches we wanted to include , and keeping us on schedule to complete the process so we felt calm and ready on the BIG day! I don't know how we would have done this without her help. She is a fun, intelligent, caring, spiritual, loving person, and the BEST officiant I have seen at any wedding ever. I LOVE her!
We were looking for someone who could not only officiate our elopement, but help us plan the ceremony, and most importantly be as genuine and present as a lifelong friend. Bethel was exactly that. From our first phone call with her, we knew she was the right person. When we told her what we were looking for, we felt she asked the right questions and she immediately started putting things in motion towards making our ceremony perfect.
Bethel offered sample readings, traditions, and vows based on our distinctive relationship and discussions of what we wanted. She genuinely listened to our stories about how we met, what we find special about each other, and why each of us think we're the luckiest guy on the planet. She took that information, along with our wording selections, and crafted the perfect ceremony tailored just for us, infused with elements of our unique love.
During the ceremony, she put her heart and soul into the reading, truly feeding on our bond for each other. Bethel took the time to get to know us, and that came out in her delivery. To all who were there, it seemed like she had been a friend of ours since the beginning of our relationship.
After the ceremony, she took care of all the paperwork and we were free to take pictures and be with our friends and family. The whole event was perfection and in big part because of Bethel. We cannot recommend her enough to any couple who wants a caring, knowledgeable officiant who will be completely devoted to your unique ceremony both before and during the event.
We could not have made a better choice in selecting Bethel to perform our Coronado Dunes wedding ceremony on New Years Eve! In planning a small three-guest elopement wedding from our home in Indiana with only web searches to assist us, our biggest fear was we would end up with a cookie cutter ceremony performed by an uninterested officiant reading from a canned script. Bethel's simple and direct "open to all" message on her website really spoke to us, and, once we met her via FaceTime, we knew we needn't worry about anything other than adequately explaining what we wanted because she would make every effort to assure our ceremony was exactly right for us.
Bethel was there for us every step of the way during the planning process, responding promptly to all of our nervous questions, explaining the all-important logistics of a California beach wedding, helping us find fantastic photographers (La Vida Creations), and offering all the guidance we needed to craft a personal and intimate ceremony. Even via a long-distance connection, she has a remarkable personable talent for drawing others out to learn who they really are and what they need to make their wedding as memorable, unique, and celebratory as it should be. But most of all, Bethel was so generous in sharing her abundant energy, passion, and joy in what she does on our wedding day that she became an integral part of our ceremony - not just its officiant - and made the occasion even more heart-stirring and memorable than we had anticipated. She obviously loves what she does, and, for that reason, we have no doubt the other two eloping couples she married that day (plus many others during a busy holiday week) all felt as we did - that ours was the only ceremony that mattered. This woman truly touched our hearts. As others have said, by all means HIRE HER.
Bethel Nathan is warm, kind and exactly the kind of person you want to officiate your wedding. She made us feel special, relaxed and celebratory as we participated and exchanged our rings and our vows. She is also very accomodating; we wanted to be married on the beach and she worked with us to not only design the perfect ceremony but also find the perfect spot on the beach! She is approachable and embraces you and your desires to make your day special.
We clicked with Bethel from the moment we met her. Her personality and love for what she does just emanates from her. We loved her ideas for our ceremony, and how she really listened to our feedback and learned us as a couple right on the spot. When the meeting was over, we e-mailed her from the Starbucks parking lot to book her as our officiant!
We loved our ceremony from start to finish. It was beautiful and special, and Bethel did a fantastic job officiating on the day, in addition to all of the preparation and work she put in for us ahead of time! My husband and I wanted to craft a personal ceremony that was not steeped in religion. Bethel helped us to do just that. We feel that our religious guests didn’t even notice by the end that there had been so little religion featured! Even my grandfather – who was genuinely puzzled as to who would marry us, since we don’t belong to a church – told us how much he loved our ceremony!
Bethel is an excellent business person. Her website is super convenient and features a pay portal. She is very responsive, timely and efficient. She filed our completed marriage license for us the day after our wedding. She also sent us a wonderful follow-up packet with a card, a copy of the filed license, a full printed copy of our ceremony, and our love letters.
Some tips: 1. Bethel’s rate is higher than some competitors, but she’s worth every penny!, 2. Put the time in when completing your homework assignments! You get out what you put in, and it was so great to hear our thoughts and dreams incorporated into our ceremony, and 3. Have Bethel request for guests to put away their smartphones and cameras; it saved our wedding photos from held-up iPads!
We are so happy to have had Bethel play such a huge part in our wedding, and in our lives. We are so happy to have met her, and we look forward to keeping in touch! We highly recommend Bethel to other brides, grooms and event planners!
Bethel is amazing!
Our ceremony was a perfect reflection of our love and commitment to each other . The best thing about Bethel was that she let us have the complete freedom of putting together a ceremony that was truly ours. She gave of endless guidelines and ideas and we were then able to choose the things that were most important to us. Her 'homework' was so fun to do and it really showed us that she was determined to get to know our relationship. She took our information and prepared a ceremony that was amazing and beautiful.
The time and loving effort that she puts into her work shows that this is truly her passion and not just a job.
We highly recommend her!!!
Without hesitation, we would recommend Ceremonies by Bethel. Bethel made our memorable day a glorious one. From the first phone call, she made us feel at ease and special-- no small feat as we were planning a destination elopement only 3 weeks out. Bethel was easy to work with, very professional, and worked with us to produce a beautifully written and meaningful ceremony. My same-sex partner (now wife!) and I had been together for 13 years before getting married so it was important to us that our ceremony tell the story of our relationship and include our two children. Bethel asked us a lot of questions about each other and us as a couple and family and gave us plenty of options to allow the kids to be part of the ceremony. She also helped us select the perfect location for the ceremony, and a wonderful team for photography (La Vida Creations) and videography (Murasaki Media). Bethel’s website makes it very easy to complete paperwork and make payments. She was there for us to answer every question promptly. Her positive energy and enthusiasm were incredible. Absolutely loved her!
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- The Knot Best Of Weddings Hall Of Fame
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2011
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