20 total reviews
My fiance' and I had been living together for a few years before we tied the knot and when it came time to find a preacher who would marry us considering the circumstances, it was not easy. My best friend who married in April raved about her officiant and suggested I contact Ken. Ten minutes after I textd him ( haha yes, i'm very professional ) I received A response back saying he'd love to be a part of our day and to call him later than evening. The call was short and sweet. We discussed a time and place to meet and a few small wedding details. I was immediately put to ease. My fiance and I met at his office the next week and 45 minutes later we had our ceremony planned. He emailed us the script and allowed us to make any changes we desired and after my changes were requested he sent a final version within days. It was breath taking. Our rehearsal went smoothly thanks to Ken, he ran the show with his boisterous voice creating order in a serious yet fun fashion. Even my dad liked him! On the day of our wedding Ken looking very sharp. I was impressed. When it was time for the ceremony I could her his voice thru the speakers and it gave me the chills. such force and meaning in his words. Half way thru the reading the speakers were giving out so he removed his headset, it was amazing, his voice was even louder w/o the mic and he didn't miss a beat. My fiance' and I chose to release doves for our unity and boy was that the best decision ever! Ken brought the doves in such secrecy that everyone was shocked when he made the announcement :) he handed us each our dove so carefully, and on the count of 3 they were released. Everyone went crazy, we were pronounced Husband and Wife and into the barn we went for paperwork. Ken did an amazing job. I would recommend him to anyone who wants their big day to be the best day of their life. ** our wedding wss on 7-27-13 outside on a farm, he was not concerned about weather, said I was the bride and if I didn't mind getting rained on- he'd carry on. It didn't rain but still... good to know. ** Thank you Kenneth Kibby for making our day so special!
We got married on October 8, 2011. We had a "destination" wedding in Saugatuck, MI and while searching for someone to officiate the ceremony; I came across I Now Pronounce You thanks to great recommendations online and their website. I contacted Ken Kibby - we arranged a meeting and booked right away. Both my husband and I knew he was a perfect fit. With our idea/outline of the ceremony in mind, he worked with us to make sure our ceremony was unique, entertaining, and a good representation of the love we shared. He showed up promptly for both the rehearsal and ceremony. At the rehearsal, we followed his lead and were so grateful for his experience to pull the whole show together. At the ceremony, he was dressed to impress while coordinating his attire to match the wedding party (so it looked great for all the photos!). He had a strong, loud voice, that was entertaining and never boring. We felt so comfortable with him, throughout the whole preparation process and ceremony. He made us laugh and realize the uniqueness of the big day and the love we shared. Everyone complemented us immediately after the ceremony – saying how great Ken was, how wonderful the flow of the ceremony was, and that it was truly special. He was very easy to work with - from the first meeting, the proofing of the ceremony via email, a phone call a few days before just to touch base, the rehearsal and the ceremony. At the end, we felt he was a friend, and we were so happy / blessed that he could be there for us on our special day and make it perfect. We would recommend him to anyone, he has been in this business for a long time and has such a true passion – you couldn’t find anyone more dedicated to making your day as special as our day was.
Thank you so much for the kind words and wonderful review. I love what I do! Every wedding is very important to us...we know how important this day is for our couples and their families. Thanks again for the great review and don't forget to send pict...
We found Ken from his website online and immediately knew he was one we wanted to talk with to do our ceremony. Plus, he had a lot of great reviews about him on Google. We arranged a meeting and booked right away. My fiance and I both felt wonderful about his personality, organization and how he presented himself. Plus, he made my fiance laugh at the meeting which was a huge plus because my fiance hated to help with the planning! -He is still taking credit for hiring Ken!
At the rehearsal, we followed his lead and were so grateful he has experience in sound for our music, big weddings and making people want to pay attention. It was a breeze!
At the ceremony, he showed up in our watermelon color for his shirt and tie to match with his suit--So impressive! His voice was loud and clear--He is a great speaker and we felt so comfortable! We had a ton of compliments and our friend called him right away to book their 2012 wedding because they had to be sure to get him.
From the meeting, to proofing the emailed ceremony, to the rehearsal and final wedding day--Ken and his team did an amazing job. He is busy and in demand--we understand that--We hired the best and that comes with the territory, but he blew our expectations out of the water and he also keeps in touch after.
My husband and I will recommend him to anyone. He,along with his team ,are the best--and believe us, we've been to a lot of weddings these days.
Ken did an amazing job with our ceremony (on July 26th 2014). The wedding guests were unanimous in their statements that the ceremony was heartfelt and beautifully performed. Not only was Ken friendly and prompt in his responses to my emails, Ken was very flexible and understanding of our particular circumstances and wishes. He created a beautiful and very personalized wedding service for our ceremony.
I would strongly recommend Ken's services to anyone!
Ken was our officiant and DJ...and he's super nice, but not what you would want for your wedding. Since he provided 2 different roles on our day, I will divide my review.
Officiant: we went over which songs to play and when for the ceremony several times (including an hour before the start). There were only 3 songs. One when people were taking their seats, one for the processional and one for the recessional. He screwed that up, realized he did, stopped the music abruptly, then started to play the same incorrect song right where he left off. At the exact moment that I was supposed to walk down the aisle with my dad (he could've asked me this ALL DAY, but waited until I was about to WALK DOWN THE AISLE, "your new last name will be pronounced -------, right?" No. Not even close. He pronounced it correctly in past conversations, but must have totally forgotten when it mattered most. (Hornor rhymes with corner...its not pronounced honor because there is an 'R' in the middle) When my dad and i made it down the aisle, he was fiddling with something in the back...nowhere to be found, so we stood and waited. Finally he came up and the speech began. He's a spitter. There's lot of spit that flies out of that mans mouth. But the best part of all is that his speeches are all copied and pasted from other wedding speeches online (mostly from Angelfire and about.com). Not one word is original. I looked it up when he gave me the script a couple weeks before the wedding and it was repetitive and choppy. Much like his reading abilities. Very choppy. One sentence at a time.
DJ: we gave pretty specific instructions throughout the course of the night. NO CHEESY ENTRANCE MUSIC. He did it anyway. We gave him a playlist for cocktail hour, a playlist for dinner and another for dancing. We specifically told him to play those songs. He played SOME of our songs, because he wanted to add his own music in...but once he was asked to follow directions again...he was back on track. He was also asked via email and phone call a week beforehand to play 'happy birthday' for a few family members. He forgot. But he did one thing right! We asked him to play a specific song to finish out the night, and he did that perfectly!
Other than what's mentioned above, our wedding was perfect. We laughed everything off and had a fantastic time, but he was the butt of a lot of jokes that night. I wouldn't recommend him for either job.
In response to the above review, I feel as though it's important to share how the planning up to the wedding took place. First we sent their wedding ceremony ahead of time, and it was revised multiple times. We offer this to be sure the wedding cere...
Ken was recommended to me and after reading the reviews, I thought he would be a good choice. We met with him at his home and went over everything we wanted for our ceremony. We also decided we would use him as our DJ.
I have to say that while he did a great job at the actual ceremony, I was extremely disappointed by how many times we had to remind him of things. We made it very clear that we did not want the typical 1 Corinthians verse in our ceremony and when he sent our ceremony to us for review, it was on there. He took it out after we reminded him, but I felt that we should not have had to remind him when it was in our notes. I was very worried and disappointed when he didn't show up to our ceremony until 14 minutes before.
As far as the DJ portion of the service, I wasn't super thrilled. I stated several times that I wanted no country music yet the first song he played was country. During our entrance to our reception, he screwed up the names of our bridal party even though we gave him a list of everyone and listed who was walking with who. Then prior to the wedding he asked for a list of songs for our special dances and that we would like to hear. He didn't play the song I requested for the anniversary dance and I didn't hear any of the songs we requested he play. I didn't understand the point of giving a list if it wasn't going to be followed.
Overall, I was disappointed but appreciated that the ceremony went well.
We had Ken do our ceremony and could not have picked anyone better. He made it so easy and relaxed, everything went so smoothly we could not have been happier!
Our wedding ceremony was phenomenal! We got to choose the elements we wanted in our ceremony and reviewed everything beforehand. We loved that the ceremony reflected us and they were more than happy to accommodate our special requests. I think we were more relaxed on our wedding day since we knew what to expect and we could just enjoy the day. Everything went off perfectly! Ken looked fantastic and has a loud clear voice. We received a lot of compliments on the beautiful message and relaxed atmosphere.
Ken was also the dj for our reception immediately after the ceremony. The whole evening ran smoothly and we were able to enjoy the whole day without worrying about anything. He played everything that we wanted. When multiple people requested the chicken dance and hokey pokey,(they are on a lot of bride's "do not play list" and we had not made the distinction either way), he checked with us before playing them. Those two songs ended up being some of our favorite songs at our reception! He made everything so much fun. He is extremely charismatic and had everybody out on the dance floor all night!
We couldn't be happier! It was one of the best days of our lives. Thank you Ken and team!
I was most nervous about finding an officiant for our ceremony. Not having a church or a pastor, and wanting our ceremony to be non-denominational, I was worried about having a stranger play such an important role in our wedding day.
Our first meeting with Ken was great. He made us feel at ease and we immediately felt comfortable that he and his team would be a good fit for us. About a week before the ceremony, I contact Chris Dingman, our assigned officiant. We spoke briefly on the phone but he was so cordial I felt like I knew him right away.
We met in person for the first time at the ceremony. I gave him a swatch of my bridesmaids dress color and he color coordinated his day-of shirt to the girls! It was a great touch! He offered his suggestions on flow and other details during the rehearsal but always made sure that it was what my and my (now) husband envisioned. He was very respectful of our opinions.
The team of I Now Pronounce U were professional and personal. They were exactly what we were looking for!
My now husband and I are practicing Catholics and it was difficult for us not to be married by a priest because one of our annulments was not completed yet; however - Ken and Chris made it easier. The service was sweet, simple, and to the point. The reading was fitting as was the sweet message to us and guests. Although Catholicism was not as much of the wedding as I had hoped, it was due to other circumstances. Chris did a great job and we received many compliments on the service as a whole. Ken and Chris were very well organized and I had the pleasure of speaking with Chris personally for some time before even committing to the date. He was very personable and easy to talk to which made the decision to use them easier. Thanks for everything!
Three weeks before my wedding I was notified that our officiant (aka my cousin) had to go out of town for work and could not perform our wedding ceremony. After contacting several churches and not getting much response I came across I now pronounce you on The Knot's website. I immediately contacted them and they were able to fit us in even though it would double book them that day. They did an excellent job on working with me to prepare a script that incorporated everything I wanted including prayer, scripture readings and having my two children play a big part in the ceremony. Chris Dingman officiated and was awesome! I couldn't have hoped for more!!
We weren't going for a super traditional ceremony, but we do believe in God, so we were looking for someone who could offer us just the right balance. "I Now Pronounce You" was perfect for us! Ken Kibby was organized and relaxed, which made it more fun for us. I truly loved the ceremony he put together for us (we did traditional vows)...the beginning prayer was so special, for us and our guests. Not too much, not too little. PERFECT! The Wine Box ceremony was so unique that our guests were commenting on how cool and sweet it was throughout the night.
Ken, we couldn't have found a better officiant...and one that rides a Harley! You have been a pleasure to work with. Thank you! And...we will send you a pic of us on your bike! ~ E & D, wedding at Grand Haven Golf Club
You are very welcome! It means the world to myself, as well as Jill, that you enjoyed the ceremony. Jill takes a lot of time in ensuring the ceremony is what you would like..for that I cannot take credit. She loves working with each couple and making...
I found I Now Pronounce You through theknot.com. There were so many great reviews that I thought I should give it a try. I know a couple of people said they didn't want a mention of God and he did that or something like that during the ceremony, but I thought that it had to be impossible for that to happen after going through the process with them before putting down my deposit. Basically you tell them your date and needs/wants and they send you an outline. You can make any changes you want, send it back to them, and they'll work with you - sounds great right? How could they accidentally read a prayer that wasn't in your vows that they would be reading off a sheet? Well....
Here was my experience:
Initial Contact: E-Mailed them that I was interested - was asked to fill out the planner and email back with $50 deposit following in the mail. I emailed back the planner (which included both my name and my fiance's name) and told them the $50 check was on the way from my fiance asking if they could please confirm when they received it. Two weeks went by with no email or phone call back from them and so I asked if they received the check citing that I was a little nervous I hadn't heard from them. No response. Another week goes by (3 weeks since I sent the check) and I email them again asking for someone to respond to me to (1) be sure I don't need to do a stop payment on a lost check and more importantly (2) that we did indeed reserve someone to marry us on our wedding day! I received an email back from Ken Kibby asking me to call him - so I do. Turns out they had the money but were confused that it was from my fiance (who's name was listed in all my emails and documents) and they didn't know who the check was for? Fine... but, why not respond to me when I emailed you the first time? He basically blamed his assistant and seemed quite nice on the phone until he said "Don't worry - someone will be there to marry you........what day are you getting married again??" (this is 1.5 months before my wedding). Was a little unsettling, but I figured it would be fine - my fiance and I are pretty laid back and we just needed to get married, so whatever!
Day Before Wedding: I receive a phone call from Ken Kibby telling me that he is "calling it" and that due to the forecast of rain I would have to have my wedding inside. Excuse me?? This is your call? I calmly explained that I would prefer to look at the radar the day of my wedding to be sure since my outdoor venue cost me quite a bit of money and I loved it and I couldn't make the call yet. It was in my original planning documents that I would let them know the day of. His response was simply "fine." followed by *click*. Real professional.
Day of wedding: We make the call 5 hours before our ceremony (plenty of time) to have our wedding indoors and let him know. We show up - he pronounces my name wrong at first during the ceremony (I made a joke and he played along and everyone laughed ... it was fine, but unprofessional. My last name isn't hard!! Whatever - its still fine). Ok, so we stated no mention of God (my fiance is not religious) and no mention of children. HE READ A PRAYER FOR US TO BE BLESSED WITH CHILDREN. I am confused as he was reading OUR VOWS that we approved and then in the middle of them he just reads this blessing - THESE WERE NOT IN ANYTHING THAT WE EVER SAW OR APPROVED - WHERE DID THIS COME FROM???
I work with brides for a living and I can say this would ruin most peopl
There was an issue that affected this couple, and for their dis-satisfaction, I'm very sorry. I lost my partner due to unforeseen circumstances for a very short period of time, and I found out...I can't do it all. My partner is back.
On that day, it...
I had Ken do my DJ and Chris do my officiating.
Chris was so great. I am always nervous in front of crowds and he made me so comfortable. I couldn't have asked for a better officiant. I Now Pronounce You does non-religious ceremonies as well as religious and that was initially why I chose them, but I'm SOO glad I did :-)
Ken brought props for dancing and everyone had a great time. He kept things going on schedule and when I felt like changing the schedule he was fine with that too :-) he had everyone do the hustle too!
Our officiant, Scott, was awesome. He was funny, he incorporated our ideas and let us know what the best way to handle our ceremony was. He coordinated with our musician to make sure everything was as we wanted it. Ken, the owner, sat down and talked with us and was also very nice, friendly, and calming. Overall, an amazing experience.
Ken was great to have as an officiant for our August wedding. He and Jill were a pleasure to work with from planning, reviewing, and executing the service. Ken was professional and well-organized both for the rehearsal and wedding ceremony. Although a bit pricey for our taste, I would choose this service if I had to do it all over again (let's hope not!).
Ken Kibby is the officiant that we used. We met up with him and decided on our wedding ceremony details. He made it very easy to decide and plan out. I really like that this company e-mailed us the entire ceremony wording a week ahead of time and he could change things if necessary. We had a ceremony rehearsal and that went very well. The day of Ken wore a shirt in our wedding colors and spoke loud enough for everyone to hear. I would recommend him to my family and friends!
Ken Kibby was our officiant and he did a wonderful job! The ceremony was beautiful and to the point. It was everything we could have asked for. He made changes that we asked him to make and was very helpful with the rehearsal.
Finding an officiant online was scary for me, but Ken did a wonderful job. My first conversation with Ken was a little unorganized and left me feeling slightly uneasy about working with him and I am not sure that he knew which wedding he was doing on the night of the rehearsal, but he pulled through on the wedding day for sure and everything was beautiful. He speaks very well in front of people and helped personalize our ceremony to us and all of our guests were raving about how much they enjoyed the ceremony. He even called the morning of to ask our wedding colors so he could match to them, which I thought was very sweet!
If I could give the officiant that performed the service his own review, Scott at "I Now Pronounce You" would get 6 stars--he was perfect! Funny and good at getting this excitable bride to CALM DOWN (and he even talked me through a last-minute panic over giving up my last name). He was awesome at wrangling up the groomsmen and getting them to understand what they were supposed to do, and he was always open to changing things. We added the Wedding Wine Box ceremony and a ring warming into our ceremony, and Scott was great at incorporating them into our service. I would highly recommend Scott.
There are a few things that happened before the ceremony, on the administration side of things, that kept me from giving these guys 5 stars. We had booked them after seeing them officiate at two of our friend's weddings. We scheduled a booking appointment 6 months before the wedding, but the officiant we wanted to meet with got stranded in a rain storm after a rehearsal and could not meet with us--no problem, we were adaptable. We met with his girlfriend instead, and gave her our deposit and signed a contract reserving the dates (our rehearsal and ceremony). One month later, I paid the balance and sent in our wedding planning sheet.
Months went by, and I had not heard from anyone regarding ceremony choices, rehearsal time, nothing. I called and always got a voicemail, emailed and never got a response. Two weeks before our wedding, I basically STALKED them until I got a response...they claimed they did not have us "in the books". At all. One mini-heart attack and a strongly worded email later, they miraculously "found a way to fit us in". I was relieved, but NOT pleased.
All of that aside, as I said, Scott was amazing and I would recommend him (on his own) to anyone.
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Officiant for your Grand Rapids area Wedding
Ken is an Ordained Minister with over 10 years of performing Ceremonies. Ken has officiated over 500 Weddings in the West Michigan Area. He is one of the most recommended Officiants at venues such as: Grand Volute Ballrooms, Amway Grand, Pinnacle Center, and more. Every ceremony is personalized.
- Denomination: Catholic, Christian, Civil Marriage, Commitment Ceremonies, Interfaith, New Age, Non-Denominational/Secular, Premarital Counseling, Same-Sex Weddings/Civil Unions
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