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Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Elopement, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony

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Ceremony, Wedding

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Reviewed on 12/23/2017 Sierra D

Matt is so fantastic! So many officiants my husband and I looked at stick to a very "copy and paste", impersonal-style ceremony. We found 1st Officiant and could not have been more excited. We hired Matt immediately and are SO glad we did. In the months leading up to our... Read More wedding, Matt got to know us and our story and created a 100% customized ceremony. Many of our guests were convinced that he was an old friend because he knew us so well!

Reviewed on 6/24/2017 Katie B

If I could give Matt 100 stars I would! He was AMAZING from start to finish of our ceremony planning journey. He made the process easy and enjoyable. He customized our ceremony and capture the attention of ALL of our guests. He is a talented speaker! Whether he has known... Read More you for 3 months or 10 years, he will make you and your guests feel like you have been friends your whole life. It is hard to find a personable, charismatic and professional officiant for such an important part of your wedding day. Matt checks all of the boxes and more. When people ask my husband and I what our favorite part of wedding day was, without hesitation we both say "Our Ceremony!" with a smile. Thank you Matt!

Reviewed on 5/16/2017 Caity T

STOP SEARCHING AND HIRE KYLE from 1st Officiant!!!!!! From the moment we met him - he was upbeat, sweet, and funny! Exactly what we wanted! His readings at our wedding were PHENOMENAL! I am BLOWN AWAY! Kyle did such a fantastic job and exceeded my highest expectations. His... Read More awesome attitude and fun personality really made us feel so at ease that day! Hiring Kyle was a HUGE key part in starting our lives together and really sharing with our guests a wonderfully written story! I cant tell you how many people came up to us/ emailed/ text us - how great of a job you he did and that it was the best of all the weddings they have been to. I have read and re-read these readings over a million times because I LOVE IT THAT MUCH! WE GIVE KYLE 5 MILLION STARS! (5 isn't enough) Thank You for making our guests laugh! They are still talking about it :)

Reviewed on 4/17/2017 Gray M

After looking at what felt like a hundred different officiants, we settled on 1st officiant to perform our wedding ceremony. We felt the vibe they put out was in line with our views for a light, entertaining, secular wedding. We met with Rob Young who was perfectly aligned with... Read More what we envisioned for our ceremony, and we began planning. Rob asked for details about our story, how we met, how we got engaged, etc. Then separately he asked us for things we loved about each other and things we aspired to in our relationship. He had a few follow up questions and was always easy to communicate with. We selected several readings we liked and sets of vows we both enjoyed. We could not have been happier with how our ceremony turned out. Rob was a great speaker and made our ceremony sound deeply personal to us as a couple. We have received nothing but excellent feedback from our guests who thought the ceremony was beautiful and personal. We would recommend Rob and 1st officiant to any couple without reservation.

Reviewed on 4/15/2017 Sara P

My husband and I had the pleasure of having Kyle from 1st Officiants to officiate our wedding. I cannot say enough good things about Kyle and how our ceremony went at our wedding. On our first meeting we knew right away that we wanted Kyle to officiate our wedding. You could... Read More tell that he truly cared and wanted to get a sense of who we are as a couple and individuals. Our ceremony was so personal, you would have thought he would have known us for years! I got so many compliments from guests saying how much they loved my ceremony.

Reviewed on 4/05/2017 Carrie S

Matt was not available on our date, so we booked his associate Rob. Rob was amazing! Afterward, we got so many compliments about our ceremony and how he took such special care to personalize it to us. It was very clear that he put a lot of time and effort into writing the... Read More ceremony just for us and making it funny, light hearted...but also sweet and heartfelt. If you are looking for something extra special, and an officiant that really cares about making it all about you, then I highly recommend 1st Officiant. We seriously couldn't be happier with our choice!

Reviewed on 2/11/2017 Lindsey A

Matt was so great to work with. He made writing our own ceremony easy and fun. We Skyped with him for about an hour, then separately emailed him some of our fondest memories, photos and our aspirations for our marriage -- and with that he crafted a wonderful ceremony that had us... Read More and our guests laughing and crying. We highly recommend him!

Reviewed on 10/12/2016 Noelle P

My husband and I immediately contracted Matt (1st Officiant) to officiate our wedding strictly because of the wonderful job he had done at my sisters 5 years earlier. It was the best decision! Throughout the time of contract and the day of Matt truly gets to know you as a couple... Read More and individual person. He genuinely takes time to get to know your relationship and it definitely shows in his work. Most of our guests asked how long he had known us because the ceremony was so personal and so special which was exactly what we wanted. In addition he also sends you an audio of your wedding ceremony which we will treasure for a lifetime. Thank you Matt for your work and thank you for marrying us. We along with our family and friends loved every single bit of the ceremony! We will continue to recommend you to family and friends getting married in the future.

Reviewed on 7/25/2016 Wendy F

The BEST Officiant! Matt made our ceremony perfect! We wanted a personal ceremony and someone that would work with us to create a ceremony that would be unique. Not only did he give us exactly what we wanted, he made it even better than we could have imagined! He's professional,... Read More fun, and truly has a passion for what he does. I can not rave enough great things about this guy! Many of our guests commented on the fantastic job that Matt did on our ceremony. Do yourself a favour and HIRE this guy! You will NOT be disappointed!

Reviewed on 5/26/2016 Megan E

Matt was the absolute best officiant we could have hired. He was professional, fun, and made our ceremony so personal and wonderful. All of our guests raved about the ceremony and said it was the best ceremony they had ever attended. Matt incorporated personal details from... Read More our relationship to really make the ceremony our own. It was touching and beautiful and by far my favorite part of the day. Most of our guests even cried during the ceremony! Matt made the whole experience about us and even recorded the ceremony and gave us a recording which we really appreciated! He was very enthusiastic, genuine and made everyone laugh!

Reviewed on 5/19/2016 Shylah G

DO YOURSELF A HUGE FAVOR and have Matt officiate your ceremony, you will not be disappointed!! From the moment we met with Matt, we knew we had to have him. He was personable, funny and so easy to talk with (and this was after meeting with 3 other officiants!). We met with him a... Read More few times before the actual ceremony, and it always felt like we were meeting with a friend to have coffee and just chat. At the actual ceremony, he was even better than we were expecting. He made it personal, with the perfect mix of humor and romance. We had several wedding guests later in the evening comment on how perfect our ceremony was and how our officiant was so fantastic. It's tough to keep an audience of 150 people captivated for 25 minutes, but Matt definitely accomplished just that! In fact, he sent us the audio of our ceremony and we have listened to it about a few dozen times- it never gets old! Thank you Matt for making our ceremony so unique and special to us!!


Reviewed on 11/15/2013 Sari H

Matt was incredible to work with. We first met at a Starbucks as a mini interview to see if he was a match for us. We had met other Officiants before and they didn't understand that we wanted a ceremony more about love than religion. My husband is German Catholic and I'm... Read More Jewish and either though we wanted to mix in some traditions we didn't want it all about it. Matt understood right away and we all totally clicked. He's calm and understanding and made everything very easy on us. Our ceremony was wonderful as he made it very personal, fun and about love. All of our guests raved about him! If your able to catch Matt as your Officiant you won't regret it!

Fantastic Officiant!

Reviewed on 7/08/2013 Jenn Z

Matt was an awesome officiant! From the moment we met him, we were instantly drawn to his charismatic personality. He was very helpful throughout the entire process of planning our ceremony. He helped us develop the ceremony and incorporated several stories of us into the... Read More ceremony. The stories were comprised of various memories that my husband and I sent him separately. We did not know what each other wrote, so it was fun to listen to it all while Matt was running through the ceremony. Throughout the entire ceremony, it really seemed like Matt had been along for our relationship; he really sounded like he knew us, which made the ceremony that much more special. We had several guests comment on how great he was and how touching our ceremony was! Matt did a phenomenal job, and I highly recommend him if you are looking for a fun and loving ceremony!!


Reviewed on 3/30/2013 Heather D

I had Jake Hansen for my ceremony. He did a great job with personal touches. Some of my family asked me if he was one of the groom's brothers or cousins because it seemed like he knew us. I was very impressed that he spent about an hour interviewing us so that he could build the... Read More personalized ceremony. It was the perfect amount of time during the ceremony. Bottom line: I would absolutely recommend Jake. He has intuition about what each couple would like.

Simply perfect!

Reviewed on 3/22/2013 Dina B

Knowing our ceremony would be such an important part of our day, we searched to find someone to marry us who would get us and help us to prepare for what would be the perfect combination of part love, part spirituality and part joy with a bit of laughter. Matt could not have... Read More been a better choice. The process we walked through to craft our ceremony was fun and totally put us at ease. He was completely accommodating and encouraged us to take part in making it our own. I overwhelmingly recommend Matt as he really helped orchestrate a perfect ceremony that our guests are still remarking on how beautiful, unique and totally us it was. Thanks Matt for such a really great job done!!!

Amazing job!

Reviewed on 9/12/2012 Shayla M

Matt did an outstanding job for our wedding. We were looking for something short and sweet, but meaningful and Matt totally delivered. Many of my guests thought he was a friend of ours the ceremony was so personal. And it was just via email and 1 phone call that Matt... Read More completely got us. He also helped my husband before the ceremony began when he was starting to feel a little light headed. He told him to squeeze his toes together and it helped!!! My husband said he was a lifesaver!! I highly recommend 1st Officiant for your wedding! You will not be disappointed!!


Reviewed on 6/26/2012 Eric M

Matt did an amazing job. He was super responsive via email and always picked up when we called with millions of questions. His demeanor was super sharp and he was very well received by all of our guests. He customized our ceremony WAY better than I thought. More importantly,... Read More he helped que everyone in the wedding party in a way that the other guests didn't even realize. Overall, I would highly recommend Matt and think he far exceeded my expectations.


Reviewed on 5/10/2012 Marcy W

We were thrilled with 1st Officiant. He had people laughing and crying. Many of our guests commented on what a good job he did. He made the service very personal. I would definitely recommend him.

Matt is the man!

Reviewed on 4/20/2012 Brian D

If your getting married in the Pheonix area, you have to go with Matt!! We interviewed 4 or 5 different officiants and Matt was hands down the choice for us and on the big day he delivered! His ceremony was beyond all our expectations! It was fun, llighthearted and everything... Read More we watned it to be. OUr guests commented that it seemed as though he had known us for years. Not only is Matt very professional, but he is a great guy and great to work with!

Matt is your man!

Reviewed on 4/08/2012 Cecelia R

Matt was great, and exactly what we needed for our civil ceremony. We were planning a destination wedding in Scottsdale, so we couldn't actually meet him until a few months prior. We spoke on the phone once and I knew we would be a great fit - easy going and a casual... Read More conversation about who we were and what we were looking for was all we needed. When we finally met him I knew we made the right choice! If you are looking for an easy-going officiant that is well prepared for any type of wedding, then Matt is your man.


Reviewed on 3/17/2012 Lexie J

Matt, was beyond amazing. He wrote a beautiful ceremony for us and personalized it so brilliantly. It wasn't too long either, and many guests raved about how it was just the perfect amount of time given for a ceremony.


Reviewed on 1/06/2012 Cassandra H

Matt Nathanson is the best officiant. I provides a ceremony that will be unique to your wedding without fail. He is uplifting, honest, funny, and most of all friendly. You will feel like his first priority!


Reviewed on 11/24/2011 Kristin M

Matt is the best officiant you could hire for your wedding! He is absolutely worth it. My husband and I really liked him and felt very comfortable with Matt the sexcind we met him. He was so easy to work with. His ceremony is so personalized and funny. He made the... Read More ceremony. The ceremony was so personalized that many of our guests thought he was a friend of ours. I can't tell you how many people said how much they liked the ceremony, even weeks after the wedding. That's how memorable he makes it. I promise you, you will not be disappointed!-Kristin

The best of the best

Reviewed on 10/27/2011 Christine C

My Fiance and I can not thank Matt enough for being the officiant at our wedding, everything he included was extremely beautiful with attention to detail. He made our ceremony unique in 101 ways and we couldn't thank him enough. Finding the right officiant was the one thing my... Read More Fiance and I were most worried about and he made us feel not only comfortable, but totally confident in what he does and in making our ceremony as perfect as possible. We received so many compliments on his service and we will DEFINITELY be referring him in the future. Everyone complimented on his wording as well as his sense of humor. They loved that he had comic relief and that the ceremony wasn't completely serious, but funny, romantic, sweet, and straight from the heart as well. Out of the whole wedding, the ceremony seemed to have touched everyone the most and it was all because of him. Meeting with Matt the first time was great, hes very down to earth and knows exactly what hes doing. He asked us how we met, what happened on our first date, how my fiance proposed and had us separately email him lists of 10 things we love about one another, and 5 aspirations for our future. He found a way to incorporate all of those details to make our ceremony not only unique but like no other, because every ceremony to specially personalized for that specific couple. We could not thank him enough for everything hes done, we will never forget how amazing he made our special day. Lucas and Christine Casanova

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Reviewed on 10/10/2011 erin h

Matt is your man! There was no question in our minds that the reception would be our favorite part of our wedding day. That could not be further from the truth! The personal touches that Matt included in our ceremony made us laugh and cry, and allowed everyone there to share a... Read More glimpse of our relationship and celebrate it with us. Matt is a great guy, and made the whole process very step-by-step, which is greatly appreciated during the planning phase before the wedding. I have heard wonderful things from the attendees about the great job that Matt did. My husband and I would recommend him to anyone we know!