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Tie the Knot Wedding Ceremonies is truly fantastic. We had the pleasure of working with Anna, and I cannot say enough great things about working with her. She is awesome! From the beginning, it was important to us to find an officiant who could understand how we envisioned our ceremony, because we are a non-religious/non-traditional couple with no interest in the standard, cookie-cutter traditions. We were looking for a ceremony that was about who we are together, and our uniqueness that shapes our bond. A ceremony made for our expectations, not the guests'.
We definitely found this in Tie the Knot & Anna was very open-minded about our plans and really, truly listened to our ideas and suggestions. She helped us craft and customize our ceremony to reflect our fun personalities, our nerdy tendencies, and the love we share. She also took the time to get to know who we both were before we met and who we are today. Even though we had only just met in the months leading up to the ceremony, I felt like Anna really knew us and understood us as though she had known us for longer.
The day of the wedding was the best ever! During the rehearsal, Anna was completely prepared and made sure each person in our wedding party knew what to do. One of the groomsmen was a bit late to practice, and he was able to pick up exactly what was going on because Anna was so on top of things. Not going to lie, I was nervous during the rehearsal because this is when all the pieces of the puzzle start coming together. But after we wrapped up, I was completely at ease and confident the day of would be excellent. And it was! Everything went so smoothly, that it felt like just another rehearsal run-through, and then I realized, "Oh, wait, this is actually happening now!" And it was fun. Sooo much fun! I couldn't have envisioned a more perfect wedding. And all of our guests complimented us on how unique our ceremony was and how it was so 'us.' We totally recommend these guys!
My husband I had the honor of having Grant marry us this last June. We were looking for someone who was fun, outgoing, and someone that could make the ceremony truely reflect us. Prior to the wedding, Grant would call to see how things were going and to offer his assistance with anything. This was truely appreciated, as with any bride, the closer to the wedding date, the more"things" pop up that you need help with. We selected to have Grant come up with a unique ceremony for us, which included a vow exchange between myself, and my new beautiful step-daughters. Although it wasn't our intent, the vows had all the guests reaching for tissue at the beautiful words. After the ceremony, with all the commotion of signing the license and getting the dress bustled, we thought we would miss the cocktail hour. So in true fashion, Grant ran to our aid, and brought myself and my husband, a much needed drink! I can't say enough about Grant and what he did for us on our wedding day! Guests loved how he truely captured our personalities in the ceremony. Without a doubt, I would recommend Grant to anyone in search of the perfect officiant! Amanda & Fred
It was such a pleasure to work with you and get to know your family. I was honored to be a part of your day! Thank you for your kind review!
Keep in touch! ~ Grant
Melanie officiated our wedding on June 28, 2014. She was absolutely amazing! She took care of all of the details for us so we could enjoy the day and not have to worry about a thing. Unfortunately we had a huge downpour 20 mins before our ceremony started which was supposed to be outside. Melanie ran out to help the DJ get all of his equipment inside and got completely soaked :( But she came in with a smile, dried herself off as much as she could and came to make sure the groom and I were doing okay and not upset about the weather. She was so sweet and kept us calm through the whole process. She made the day so special for us and kept our spirits up. Even through the ceremony she reminded us to take deep breaths and made everything all about us. We absolutely loved her!!
When we first met Anna, we knew right away that we wanted her to marry us. She has a very calming nature, which we knew would be just what we needed the day of the wedding. From day one, Anna worked with us on creating a ceremony that was so special. Anna got to know us, listened to our history and our stories, and created a ceremony that had people laughing, crying and clapping. I lost track of how many people commented after the ceremony on how wonderful Anna was and how much they enjoyed the ceremony; that they were on the edge of their seats wondering what was going to come next. There were sections of the ceremony that we didn't see beforehand, and not knowing what she was going to say was fun! She was so patient through the whole planning process, and never grew tired of my questions and requests. She was always quick to respond. She gave us a beautiful printout of our ceremony as a keepsake. Thank you Anna and Tie The Knot, for a ceremony that we will cherish forever, and our guests will never forget!
My husband and I were just married on May 31st. We really wanted to do a pre-marriage course and didn't have anything built into our preparation with our officiant because he is a family friend, who had never done a wedding.
We went to the internet and found reviews for Melanie with Tie the Knot. They were all so positive that we decided to go for it. We are SO GLAD we did.
If you are reading this, you are likely to be in a similar situation, so let me be as helpful as possible. First of all, money and time! Both precious and disappearing into thin air during wedding planning. WORTH IT! We invested so much money into the actual wedding, but this is the only money we invested into life AFTER the wedding. Time- Four sessions really seems like the perfect amount. The 90 min flies by. If time is a major issue, or even if you are already married, it would still be worth doing (and applicable!) after the ceremony.
Melanie? Well, she's the best! Sessions take place in her (tidy and clean) living room at her home - no need to feel apprehensive about going to her house. They've set up a great space. Her husband, Grant, always vacated the premises for our sessions to protect our privacy. This was unnecessary from our perspective, but very respectful.
Melanie is so relaxed and comfortable. She is, of course, very knowledgable and guided the sessions, but she also just sat back and let us have candid conversations. We covered all the important topics that you would expect (communication, finances, etc.) spending more time on topics that warranted deeper conversation. My husband and I did not feel like we were sitting down with a shrink for deep psychoanalysis. It was more like sitting down with a wise friend. We learned tools that we honestly use all the time. We value it so much, that we even begged Melanie to consider meeting with us once a year, or every five years!
Is this all just from the bride? No, the groom honestly appreciates the time we spent just as much as I do, if not more! Before our first session, he looked at me and asked "what if she tries to tell us that we shouldn't get married?!" We joked about this later with Melanie and she reassured us that even if we seemed to be struggling, she would never tell a couple that they shouldn't be together! The cool part is, even though we were a happy couple with a solid relationship before - we walked away from sessions (even if they were hard topics, or stirred up disagreements) feeling stronger and more grateful for one another. If anything, it solidified our choice to spend our lives together.
This review is terribly long, but I honestly can not say enough about how much we value our time spent with Melanie. However, don't forget that in order to get anything out of the sessions, you both have to be willing to open up and have meaningful discussions. Melanie made this incredibly easy for us to do. Having important conversations with a third party present, to offer perspective, is so valuable. Also, have fun with her, she has a great sense of humor!
One last thing! If we had needed and officiant, we would have hired Melanie in a heart beat. She is thoughtful, intelligent and fun! I would recommend doing the marriage course with her and then having her do your ceremony (I suspect Grant and others at Tie the Knot are also great!). After the four sessions, it would be like having a friend up there to represent you and your union.
Grant was awesome! We really didn’t know what we wanted from our officiant and ceremony, but he delivered it! Right from the beginning, he was so helpful in answering our questions and really helping us build the perfect ceremony. From the things we really didn’t have any sort of vision for, to the things we knew we wanted a specific way, he was more than accommodating and brought some great ideas to the table to make everything just right!
My husband and I had Melanie officiate our wedding, and she was AMAZING! She gave us so many great ideas for our wedding ceremony from the order of the ceremony, to music, to what to do for the "unity" piece... she was attentive and thoughtful throughout the planning process. We worked with her to tailor our ceremony to fit our wants and needs, and our "big day" turned out perfect! I had SEVERAL people come up to me at our reception and tell me what a fantastic job Melanie did. They all commented saying that our ceremony was the best wedding they had ever been to, and that it was also the most honest and loving ceremony as well. That was thanks in large part to Melanie and her ideas/direction, encouragement and attention to detail throughout the planning process. We highly recommend using Melanie and/or Tie The Knot Wedding Ceremonies to anyone looking for awesome and fun people to marry them who really know what they're doing. p.s. Tie The Knot also offers pre-marital counseling, which I HIGHLY recommend. My husband and I did pre-marital counseling through Tie The Knot and came out with a stronger sense of our relationship in the end. There was laughter and tears during pre-marital counseling, but it was well worth it and a journey I would tell everyone to take!
It was such an honor to perform your ceremony and your premarital counseling. Thank you for the sweet review. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness, Melanie
We worked with Grant and he was very open toward our want for a non-traditional ceremony. My partner and I are very uncomfortable with the usage of traditional wedding language like 'kiss the bride', etc, and Grant helped us create ways to help alleviate that jargon anxiety in our vows and entire ceremony. He also suggested ideas to make our ceremony personal to us rather than just another cookie cutter wedding. We opted to not have a rehearsal. So, right before the ceremony, Grant was prompt and clear to inform musicians and family involved what was happening. The ceremony set the mood for the whole evening, and it wouldn't have been the same without his care and originality.
Melanie was so great to me and my fiance. The first night we went in there with varying levels of anxiety and she had to shove us out the door. It was like talking to your long lost best friend. There was nothing too awkward or too sacred to talk about in counseling. But it didn't feel awkward and we still loved each other at the end of every night. Plus, we learned a lot of different strategies to communicate, different ways we each needed to express ourselves, and things we should work on before the wedding.
Two very enthusiastic thumbs up. Now, I just need to get Melanie to be my friend in real life...
My now husband and I were beyond impressed by Grant. He was able to be very professional while also having a sense of humor and is extremely authentic. Even when our best man dropped the rings while handing them to my husband, Grant was able to improv and make a joke about it which made our guests laugh and made my husband and I laugh as well. Grant is very hands on and willing to hep and offer advice throughout the entire process. If you are looking for an Officiant who truly appreciates the value of marriage and is truly excited to be a part of your big day, you must go with Grant. We cannot speak highly enough about him and would have him as our Officiant again in a heart beat.
From the very beginning we knew that Melanie was the best fit for us! She knew the direction that my husband I wanted to take with our ceremony and she threw some brilliant ideas out there and we were able to run with them.
Event though we only went with the basic package she still spent time to get to know my husband and I and tailored our ceremony to fit us!!
She was pleasing and very easy to talk to as she tried to help calm my wedding day jitters the night before and the day of!
We are so happy that we chose to Tie the Knot Ceremonies and will be recommending them and Melanie especially to any of our friends getting married!!
We worked with Melanie for our ceremony and couldn't be more happy with how it turned out! Planning our ceremony was a bit stressful since we were trying to balance tradition while making it something that was unique and special to us. Melanie had many great ideas, was very flexible, and overall extremely helpful! For the ceremony itself, she did a great job with keeping the two of us calm while standing in front of a crowd (this was something we were very nervous about). The thing that impressed us the most how well everything was coordinated and came together. She connected with all the key players in our ceremony (musicians, readers, photographers, parents, etc.) and the whole thing from start to finish went off without a hitch! Many of our guests complimented how much they enjoyed our ceremony and how well she did! Highly recommend Tie The Knot Ceremonies!
Melanie was absolutely incredible to work with! She did both our premarital counseling (not required, but I highly recommend!) and our ceremony. The premarital counseling was such a great opportunity for us to learn and improve our communication skills. These skills especially helped us navigate the truly stressful moments leading up to the wedding day. Our ceremony was so incredibly personal and heart felt, it far exceeded our expectations. Melanie worked so hard to make our ceremony fit us and our personalities, we even included a "craft beer toast" in place of a unity candle or sand ceremony! I received so many compliments about our ceremony; some people said they had never been to a non-denominational ceremony and that this was the most beautiful and personal ceremony they had ever been to. I cannot thank Melanie enough for her attention to detail, her flexibility, and her commitment to our wedding day. There are so many things to worry about during that momentous day, and I was so fortunate that I never once worried about the ceremony, because I knew Melanie would take perfect care of us!
My husband and I were married on 9-28-13 and Grant was our officiant. We both knew after about 5 minutes of talking to him that he was the officiant for us! He was really down to earth and genuinely cared about us and making our ceremony everything we wanted and more. He worked great with our other vendors. He made us feel very comfortable the whole time we worked with him. Our family and friends had only great things to say as well...If we were to do it all over again (with each other of course) we wouldn't change a thing!
I can not say enough good things about Melanie! We completed 4 premarital counseling sessions that were fantastic. If you are looking for a non-judgmental, realistic approach to marriage counseling then this is it! We still talk non-stop about the skills we learned with Melanie. She really opened our eyes to what forever means. She was also our officiant. We had pouring rain and an outdoor ceremony which she somehow made seemless! We are forever greatful for having the opportunity to work with Melanie and Tie the Knot, and highly recommend them to any newly engaged couple. You will not be disappointed!
Thank you for the kind review. It was such an honor to work with you. Thank you for letting me be a part of your love story. ~Melanie
We used Tie the Knot for our officiant and we were so glad we did! Our ceremony was outdoors at our Country Club venue in August 2013.
The process with Tie the Knot was easy. We contacted them via their website and then arranged to meet for coffee one evening. Melanie and Kevin came around to meet us, which was great. We went through a bunch of questions about ourselves and our ceremony/wedding style. Then we were able to ask questions and decide if they were a good fit or not.
That was our only face to face planning session. We then did some email planning sessions for our ceremony outline with Kevin (our officiant) in the meantime. Once we got that all set we were ready to go. A few days before the wedding Kevin gave us a call to make sure we were doing alright and ready to go. The nice thing too was that we could make our service our own, particularly as religious as we wanted it or not.
Kevin did our rehearsal for us the day before the wedding. It was great and he was able to get everyone organized and in their places. The day of the ceremony was also perfect. Kevin had everything going smoothly and we didn't know of any issues or hiccups. The ceremony itself was beautiful and special. We were so glad to have Kevin and the Tie the Knot team involved in our wedding!!
For the record, Grant and I go way back through our RadioShack days. Both enterprising and big thinking managers, we simply “clicked” from the moment we met each other. It was been over 10 years since we first met and we stayed in touch ever since. When I found the courage to ask my long time girlfriend to marry me, Grant was the first choice to officiate our wedding. For those who don’t know Grant and his wife Melanie, these two are the warmest, smartest, and most energetic couple you will ever meet! They are always willing to lend you a hand, offer you an ear, and give you advice if you seek it. On a cool winter day, we asked Grant if he would officiate our wedding which was eight months away. The date we chose just happened to be on Grant and Melanie’s anniversary as well. Most everyone would have declined and for good reason but what makes these two special is that they sacrificed their day to be with us! To me, that was a big deal and we were very appreciative that they would do such a thing for us.
Early in the year, we let Grant and Melanie know where the wedding ceremony was and what we had planned for our reception theme but that was all. To us, it was about taking the stress off their plate. Believe me, the approach had everyone scratching their heads. It wasn’t until a couple of weeks before the wedding that my wife and I finalized the wedding ceremony and submitted it to Grant and Melanie for revision. Side note: Grant and Melanie are very adaptable and creative. That being said, they are also very traditional and can accommodate multiple religious ceremonies. For ours, we needed a rough draft of a traditional Methodist Church ceremony which they were able to provide. We reworked several parts of the ceremony and sent it back via email. Once we had the perfect outline for our ceremony, it was showtime!
The ceremony was held at hotelVetro in Iowa City, IA. It was an outdoor wedding on a terrace several stories high. Surely it’s not too late to let everyone know that Grant and Melanie are true professionals when it comes to weddings. When everyone’s anxiety levels are off the charts, these two are in complete control. For me, Grant kept me smiling before the ceremony and I was even able to convince him to wear a special tie for the ceremony. In return, he lent me a couple of bottles of liquor from the Tie The Knot Ceremonies Emergency Kit! That’s awesome! Moving along, the ceremony was about to begin. Thanks to Melanie’s forward thinking, she preloaded her iPod with the music we sent them a few weeks before.
To make a long story short, the wedding ceremony went off without a hitch. The tears were on the verge of flowing as I watch my future wife walk down the isle. This was the first time I had seen her all day. While the sun was beating down on us both, Grant’s calming voice stabilized us both and allowed us to focus on each other. My fondest memories from the ceremony was looking into my wife’s eyes as Grant continued through our ceremony keeping us both calm and collect with several pointed smiles and funny conjecture. Shortly before he announced our marriage, he turned around to view the large clock on the library across the walk-way and announced our official time. This was ad-libbed but perfectly executed! Again, one of the many special attributes from my good friend, Grant. He gave us the personalized, intimate ceremony we wanted and we couldn't have asked for better!
Once our wedding day was completed, we received so many compliments on how personalized our ceremony was. The guests said they really liked that there was a story of how we met and had come to the point of engagement and then to the marriage. Grant made developing our personalized ceremony very easy! We would recommend him to officiate other weddings to people we know.
Our choice to ask Anna from Tie the Knot to perform our wedding was easily one of our top five choices for the whole day. (Number one was to marry each other.) From the beginning planning stages, Anna was so easy to work with. She respected all of our ideas and offered great suggestions for areas about which we were clueless. She really got to know us as a couple, and we felt secure in her hands.
In writing our personalized ceremony, Anna was super communicative with us, ensuring we were working toward a final product that met our needs exactly. She shared ideas and examples from others who had written their own vows that proved really helpful. She was always available for questions and was prompt with the planning process-- this proved very important because we had a 15 week engagement!
When it came time for our big day, Anna led our easily-distractable wedding party in an organized and efficient rehearsal. I've been in weddings where the bridal party only rehearses once, and I can tell because during the wedding, I would get nervous about what I was supposed to do and when. We practiced until everyone was comfortable, and it paid off at our WEDDING!
Our day was perfect. In the pictures, everyone looks so relaxed at our ceremony. When I got to the front to meet my groom, I felt a little shaky. Before turning the mic on, Anna calmly asked us if we were ready to get married. I instantly felt at ease, and like it was only me and my sweetheart up there. Anna did an unbelievable job performing our ceremony. It felt so relaxed. It was fun, joyous, emotional when appropriate, and very much "us." Almost all our guests commented that the ceremony felt so personalized and true to who my husband and I are as individuals and as a couple-- because it WAS! Anna really captured what we wanted in a wedding ceremony. I couldn't think of a better way to start our marriage.
One of my favorite pictures of the day is my husband and I up front with Anna. We are all laughing-- big, open mouth grins. We look completely happy and celebratory. That is what the whole process of working with Anna felt like. She also gave us a bound copy of our ceremony with all her beautifully written words along with copies of our vows.
My only complaint is that I can't book Anna again for the same service! Maybe a five-year anniversary? The "service" she provided-- and I hesitate to even call it a service, because it felt more like a fantastic gift-- made our ceremony memorable, personalized and, in short, perfect. We can't thank Anna enough for her work with us as a couple and her amazing job performing our wedding. THANK YOU, ANNA!!!
We found Grant and Melanie through an internet search and got very lucky! From the 1st day we met them to the last few moments on our rushed wedding day eveything went just as expected. Grant was professional and organized through out the entire process and we'd recommend him to anyone! Our wedding day was a hot one and the church didn't have A/C but that didn't phase Grant one bit. Our ceremony was unique and we got many compliments from our guests. All of which was brought to the table by Grant. We honestly have nothing negative to say and had a fantastic wedding day. In addition to Grant being good at what he does he's also a very genuine person and that meant a lot to us.
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It's all about getting to know you and working together to create a ceremony that honors your wishes and reflects who you are as a couple. We are proud to offer weddings to ALL couples in MN. We also offer premarital counseling to help you build a strong foundation for your marriage.
- Denomination: Civil Marriage, Commitment Ceremonies, Interfaith, Non-Denominational/Secular, Premarital Counseling, Same-Sex Weddings/Civil Unions
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- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013