82 featured reviews
Member Since: 1/14/2014
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.
Member Since: 2/11/2014
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
Member Since: 2/10/2014
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.
Member Since: 2/1/2014
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!
Member Since: 1/3/2014
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.
Member Since: 12/29/2013
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.
Member Since: 4/28/2007
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!
Member Since: 11/12/2013
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!!!
Member Since: 11/11/2013
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!
Member Since: 3/28/2012
Bethel officiated our wedding on October 12, 2013 and she was absolutely awesome! From our very first meeting to our actual wedding day, she was professional and responsive. Bethel made it abundantly clear that she truly cared about making our day unique. Even my husband's unemotional uncle told us after the wedding how much he enjoyed the ceremony because it was so thoughtful and because it conveyed what makes our relationship so special. Bethel was the perfect officiant for our wedding!
Member Since: 6/11/2012
We love Bethel!!! She made our big day even more special then we could imagine. She was able to give us the perfect blend of tradition and individuality so our ceremony was truly unique. Not only were we able to connect as a couple but all our guest felt connected to us too. It was a magical moment in our lives and we thank Bethel for all effort she made to make it so perfect!
Member Since: 8/7/2013
Where do I begin? Bethel is an amazing woman who truly loves her job. She is a great fit for anyone looking for a one off a kind, outside the box ceremony. She is emotionally invested in every single ceremony.the time, energy and dedication you receive is well worth every penny spent. Please, if it's the only thing you do, book Bethel, you will not be disappointed!
Member Since: 8/5/2011
There's a handful of reasons why every couple chooses Bethel as their officiant. If you're looking at price, availability, and quality of service, there's no one better! Not only are her online reviews the best, she goes the extra mile to provide the bride and groom with the individualized attention that makes their special day even more memorable and stress-free. Bethel was the catalyst and a great start to a perfect wedding.
Other than being the smart choice, Bethel is also the most personable. She will be more than happy to work with you to customize your ceremony experience -- and it's important for your ceremony to be as unique as your relationship. My wife and I couldn't be any happier about how ours went! Our guests highly complimented the half-hour. We got a lot of 'That was the best ceremony I've ever seen!' and 'Thanks for not boring me to death.'
Do yourself a favor and choose Bethel as your wedding officiant. Your marriage should start in the right path; my wife and I started ours full of love and laughter because of Bethel's guidance.
Member Since: 8/7/2013
I just wanted to write a review on the best Officiant in the San Diego area, Bethel Nathan of Ceremonies by Bethel. Being a same sex couple living in Arizona, we decided to get legally married in CA since Prop 8 was defeated. We have always wanted to get married on the beach and Bethel did everything possible to make that happen and turn it into the most perfect ceremony anyone could ask for. Even though we live hundreds of miles away, Bethel took the time to get to know us and make us feel special and accepted. Not being from San Diego; we had no idea where to go, what to do and what area to pick that people would treat us with respect and kindness. Bethel handled everything for us in such a caring way, words can’t express what that meant to us. Everything Bethel did to prepare for our ceremony, relieved so much stress from us. Bethel made all of the arrangements and had everything prepared for our arrival. Bethel is true angel with a huge heart. She exuberates compassion and the willingness to go above and beyond to create the most perfect day for a couples special day. We thank God for leading us to her. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day or a more perfect Officiant.
Member Since: 11/5/2006
I am actually a wedding photographer and worked with Bethel back in May 2013. I work with a lot of officiants and I think they're all great but Bethel really stood out. So much so that I felt compelled to write this review. Each couple has their own love story and their wedding day is their day to share their love story with those they love most. Bethel really conveys the love that the couple has for one another. For a second you forget that your at a ceremony and you feel like your watching a romantic movie. We all know that feeling, that spark, that magic that we feel towards our significant other and Bethel is able to express that feeling, that spark, that magic in words which gives each couple a unique, fun and romantic touch to their ceremony and allows the guest to be apart of their fairy tale. I hope to work with Bethel again in the future and I will continue to recommend her to all the couple I work with.
Member Since: 1/26/2012
Bethel is outstanding! We live in DC and got married in San Diego last year. We looked on her website and it said "open to all." This was a good first sign, as we are two men that got married. We met via Skype and knew right away that she was the right person to marry us. Honestly for us, the scariest part of planning our wedding was the ceremony. Being a gay wedding, there were a lot of traditional things that didn't fit into the ceremony that we wanted. Bethel was fantastic about giving us plenty of suggestions; everything from readings, ways to involve our guests, to how people would walk in. The ceremony went off without a hitch, and the whole day we had people coming up to us and saying what an AMAZING job Bethel did. She made the ceremony funny and touching at just the right moments and everyone loved it!
When we got married, it was not yet legal in the state of California. She said that as soon as it became legal she would meet us at the courthouse and legally marry us. Last month, on the day when the Supreme Court made it legal, we got a message from Bethel asking when we were coming back to San Diego. This just goes to show the amount that she invests in each of her couples, and we loved it!
Bethel is completely in the right industry, but I wish that she was in an industry where I could use her services again and again! She was awesome to work with and gave us so much more than just being the person who married us. She gave us a stress-free wedding, great memories, and her continued friendship! Thank you Bethel!
Member Since: 2/28/2012
So my wife and I got married about a month ago, and Bethel was the officiant we chose to celebrate our day with. We started our search for vendors very frugally, so when my wife told me we had a meeting with an officiant I was hesitant. We originally planned to have our friend (who is ordained) perform our ceremony for free. Ten minutes into our first meeting with Bethel I was sold. I knew within ten minutes that she wasn't just trying to run a business venture. Ceremonies by Bethel was started because she "loves love." It was an amazing experience. She was extremely professional and equally thoughtful. She spent the time to get to know us as a couple, and that effort shined through during the ceremony. The day of the wedding was when I was most impressed. She arrived early, as every vendor should in this scenario. But I could tell that she didn't arrive early so much for herself as much as she did to console us and provide us with guidance up to and through the ceremony. It's funny how I originally wanted to have a friend perform our ceremony when in the end that's exactly what Bethel was. I would recommend Ceremonies by Bethel to anyone. Over and Over again. Our wedding has come and gone, and I still have family and friends ask about Bethel.
Member Since: 3/14/2012
Bethel was absolutely amazing. My wife wanted someone who would craft a story as if they had known us our entire life. I emailed Bethel for the initial contact, when she responded I stopped reading after the first few lines because I knew she was exactly what we were looking for.
Bethel assigned us homework of answering questions about one another separately. She used these answers to craft the most beautiful ceremony. I had many people inquire how she was able to craft such a personal ceremony.
She was an absolute ease to deal with. I couldn't recommend her more.
Member Since: 10/22/2012
Bethel made our wedding day everything we could have wanted and even more. From the moment we met her at the Bridal Bazaar in Del Mar we knew she was the woman for us. She speaks so eloquently about love, relationships and appreciation for a couple’s love for one another. From the moment we started working with her she made us feel like we were her only clients. She engaged with us along the way asking about our planning progress, offering help with identifying vendors and progress on our ceremony. Bethel went above and beyond and identified gay friendly vendors for us to use for our special day. In fact she helped us develop the dream vendor team that started with her.
Bethel is a master of working with a couple to create exactly what they want in a ceremony. She worked with us to use our ceremony to tell the story of our relationship. She used stories, readings, blessings and other special moments to celebrate our love. What she helped us create was an amazing and beautiful celebration that has forever changed our lives. We joke by saying that we would do it again tomorrow if we could.
We cannot share enough compliments of her talent and ability to connect with us as a couple and share our story with the ones we love. There is no one else we could have imagined working with for our wedding. To our friend and officiant…Thank you!
Member Since: 9/24/2012
Bethel made our wedding all about us. We could not have asked for a more perfect, personal, and intimate ceremony. She did such a wonderful job of making our ceremony a representation of our whole lives together... what brought us together, what made us fall in love, and what made us know we needed to be together for the rest of our lives. Bethel worked with us throughout the entire process with a series of homework assignments, which not only let her know who we are, but let us discover more about ourselves in the process. We absolutely loved sharing our lives and love with such an kind, genuine person. After the ceremony, every single attendant mentioned to us that they had never experienced a more perfect ceremony, where every word mentioned allowed them into our lives, and allowed them to share in our love. We owe it all to Bethel.
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- Denomination: Christian, Civil Marriage, Commitment Ceremonies, Interfaith, Jewish, New Age, Non-Denominational/Secular
awards and affiliations
- 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