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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 was absolutely amazing! We did premarital counseling, and it was so worth it. Not only did we learn a ton, but we had so much fun as well! When it came time for the wedding, she was fabulous! She had every detail taken care of and really listened to our vision. She made the experience so memorable. We are so lucky to have had her there and we would recommend her to everyone!
My husband and I recently had the pleasure of Anna performing our wedding ceremony. She did a fantastic job and we got so many compliments on the ceremony. We wanted a ceremony that felt like us without being completely nontraditional and Anna nailed it. Our ceremony felt personal and special from beginning to end.
After working with Anna, I am SO glad that Google led me to Tie the Knot. She's friendly, professional, sweet, and completely on top of things. I suffered from serious bride brain toward the end of wedding planning and she made sure that the ceremony was never one of the things stressing me out.
I generally don't write reviews, but I felt compelled to give Anna (and Tie the Knot) two very enthusiastic thumbs up for being a truly awesome addition to our wedding.
I had the privilege of working with Anna for my niece's wedding. Anna was very patient as she met with the aunt and the great aunt of the bride as we began our journey planning a wedding in Minneapolis virutally!! Once we met Anna, we knew the bride and groom would love working with her! Now they just had to do it long distance since they were in Connecticut until the week before the wedding!!
Anna put everyone at ease, and the ceremony was a beautiful, personal tribute to a very special couple!!
As the aunt of the bride, and completing the wedding plans long distance, I was more than a little nervous about how this was all going to come together!
The bride and groom were thrilled with Anna from the beginning, and it showed throughout the ceremony from start to finish!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you Anna for making the day extra special!
Melanie helped us create a perfect ceremony! She listened to us and came up with exactly what we wanted.
We worked with Anna, who was fantastic at getting our herd of squirrels sorted out. We planned a wedding remotely (we live in Connecticut), so needed to work with someone who was super organized and on top of their game.
Anna interviewed us over Skype to lay down the groundwork for the ceremony, was incredibly patient while we wrote our own vows and selected readings, dealt with our hot mess of a rehearsal, and somehow on the day of, it looked like we actually knew what we were doing. I'm pretty sure only Anna could have made that happen.
I'd say I'd work with her again, but I sure hope to not have to!!
We got married four weeks ago and we had Grant officiant our ceremony. We could not recommend him more! From the first meeting we had with Grant, we knew he would officiate our wedding. He was extremely helpful, fun and overall great to work with over the 6 months leading up to our wedding. He has a great sense of humor too and can add it into your ceremony, if you want. We did and we are so happy we chose to! At the end of the wedding, we got a nice binder of the wedding ceremony in text so we can always keep that for our memories! You cannot go wrong with Grant and Tie the Knot Wedding Ceremonies! They are wonderful!!
Anna Butler officiated our August 31st wedding. We can not say enough good things about her! She was so helpful through the whole process! She made our ceremony everything we had imagined it to be and more!! She responded to my many e mails so quickly. We had to change our ceremony site at the last minute due to the weather and she was so accommodating and calm about it all! She checked in with both my husband and I about 30 min before the ceremony to make sure we didn't have any questions and to make sure we didn't need anything. A lot of my guests commented on her bubbly, fun personality. I would highly recommend her to future brides!!! You can't go wrong with this company!!
We recently got married days ago and were so thankful to have Anna Butler from the Tie the Knot Wedding Ceremonies.
As we started planning our wedding the scariest detail was the officiant. After all the most important part of the entire day is the ceremony, it is kind of the whole point! Making sure you have an officiant you like and feel comfortable working with is so important. I started looking around at local companies that offered officiants and I appreciated the ideas and philosophy of Tie the knot. I scrolled through the bios and chose Anna to meet with.
We meet up at a local coffee shop and talked with Anna about what we wanted our ceremony to be like. She took notes on our history and who we were as a couple. We felt really comfortable with Anna and knew that she would do a great job.
Over the remaining 9 or so months leading up to the wedding we kept in contact with Anna over e-mail. She sent us a rough outline and then worked with us to remove, add, or change parts of the ceremony. We went with the more personalized package because we wanted it to be unique. Anna was so open to our changes and willing to help us through all of the edits. One aspect we both really liked was the reasons to marry. We wrote them separately and Anna read them during the ceremony. They were difficult to write but we are so glad we did. We both sent Anna our drafts and she helped us write similar statements with a little help.
The day before the wedding Anna ran the rehearsel and made sure we felt comfortable about the next day. The day of the wedding Anna showed up early to make sure we felt ok with everything and meet with any vendors involved in the ceremony. During the ceremony she did a wonderful job reading her part and keeping us calm!
I would highly recommend Anna and Tie the Knot to any couple looking for an officiant. We heard from so many guests that it was the most beautiful ceremony they have ever attended! You cannot go wrong with this company! I promise!
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!
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- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013