A Wedding in Paradise, Rev. Dr. David Leininger


Hilton Head Island, SC

About this Vendor

A Wedding in Paradise

The Rev. Dr. David Leininger is a retired Presbyterian minister living on Hilton Head Island who enjoys officiating at destination weddings. Log on to our website, choose the elements of your ceremony (vows, readings, etc.) that will be uniquely meaningful to you, and we are ready for a perfect day.



Christian, Civil Marriage, Commitment Ceremonies, Interfaith, Non-Denominational/Secular, Premarital Counseling


Contact Info

4 Indigo Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC

Way exceeded our expectations

Reviewed on 11/25/2014

I contacted Pastor David about 3 weeks prior to our wedding. I also contacted 3 other pastors in the Hilton Head area. We were looking for someone not only to perform the ceremony but also find someone we connected with. Two of the pastors never returned my call and the other one we did speak with just wasn't a good fit. From my initial conversation with Pastor David, he treated me like I was a member of his church and a true son looking out for my best interest. He was completely invested in our wedding and marriage from the first conversation. He was very intentional in making sure everything he and I spoke about that I discussed with my then fiancé as well. Pastor David was very detailed and even more supportive in making this a memorable occasion. We had an idea of how the ceremony was going to flow but he just added so much more spirituality, personality, care and concern. I really felt like it was my very own pastor performing the ceremony opposed to someone I had just met. After the ceremony was over he continued to pastor us, prayed for us and blessed our marriage. Many of our guests after the ceremony shared how awesome he was in performing the ceremony. In closing, Pastor David assistance and love he shared with us is priceless. He was nothing short of amazing. I highly, highly recommend anyone considering a destination wedding in Hilton Head to look no further than Pastor David. We received far more value than what we paid. He even did a follow up call with us a week later after the ceremony. How great is that. Thank you for all your assistance you showed us, and our families in making our day eternally memorable. We love you Robert & Kassandra Brown


Reviewed on 9/19/2012 Caroline C

I accidentally gave Dr. Leininger the wrong address for the location of our ceremony, and when he finally arrived (I broke my cell phone, therefore losing his cell phone number), he was as cool as a clam and even more friendly in person than he was over the phone. Dr. Leininger is a warm, friendly, calming soul that made our technical ceremony far more special than I thought it would be. Since we were being married by my uncle, a NJ resident, we had to have a technical ceremony done by an SC officiant before the actual ceremony (SC law states only an SC resident can officiate a wedding, sign the documents, etc). I saw other reviews for Dr. Leininger, and after reviewing his extensive and informative website, we decided he would be the best choice to officiate our ceremony. The website is amazing. He has all of these pre-written phrases, sayings, prayers and blessings for the ceremony on his website. You can choose one of those phrases or you can insert your own. You can add or omit certain parts of the ceremony and truly make it your own. However, during our ceremony, he not only spoke what we asked him to speak, he also added in some words of advice that were perfect for us, and they were lessons and advice we will remember for our many years together. Everyone at the wedding was obviously moved by what was happening, but Dr. Leininger's words and the way he delivered them to us were so meaningful and beautiful that I could barely speak my vows because I was crying so much. What meant even more to us is that he gave us a printout of the ceremony, of every word he said so that in the future, when we run into a hard moment, we can look at this ceremony and remember the promise me made to each other. Dr. Leininger even took care of the paperwork for us. If you are looking for an officiant that you feel as close to as a family member the moment you meet him, Dr. Leininger is the right fit for you. Thank you Dr. Leininger! You are amazing!

Graceful Waterside Wedding

Reviewed on 11/30/2014 Michelle T

Rev David Leininger was the highlight of our wedding. As a bride, I had concerns about getting married by a "stranger". Rev David was inclusive and engaging. He welcomed us into his home and took time to talk with us about who we were and the type of service we would like to declare our vows to. He is kind and friendly, offered guidance on marriage and starting life after the big day, and left us both feeling like we had known him for years. He made our wedding ceremony lighthearted and uplifting while embracing the significance of the commitment we were making. His format allows you to help create a ceremony best fitted for you as a couple from beginning to end. We had so many compliments on the substance of our ceremony, which is truly what a Wedding day is about. I would highly recommend his services.

Wonderful wedding officiant in Hilton Head

Reviewed on 11/12/2014 Melissa C

David was phenomenal since the first time I emailed him. His responses were always very timely and he was always very enthusiastic when we would talk about the wedding and what it entails! His whole philosophy in the way he does things was so perfect for the simple, but elegant wedding that we wanted near the beach. We met with him a couple of times beforehand so he could get to know us and he was readily available when we planned our rehearsal. The ceremony itself incorporated each aspect we wanted including the sand ceremony and he even customzied his verbage to talk about us personally- that made it so sweet! The price was so affordable, some of the best in the area! Thank you for making our day so perfect!!

Highly Recommend

Reviewed on 10/14/2014 Kate B

I came across A Wedding in Paradise online while looking for an officiant for our destination wedding in Hilton Head. I am Catholic and my husband is not, so we were looking for a compromise for our families and decided to do an outdoor ceremony. David was an absolute perfect match for us. We were looking to have a traditional ceremony in an untraditional setting, and we were so grateful that he was able to customize it to exactly what we wanted. The ceremony was beautiful, and as a retired minister David is very comfortable officiating. He also has a wonderful speaking voice that really didn’t need a microphone. He held a rehearsal the day before so that we could make sure we were all on the same page. Additionally, he was able to give us a lot of other tips about wedding planning in Hilton Head that we may not have otherwise known. I cannot say enough good things about A Wedding in Paradise! Highly, highly recommend!

Wedding in Paradise

Reviewed on 8/31/2014

Reverend Leininger officiated at our renewal of vows for our 50th wedding anniversary. Dr Leininger was very helpful and accommodating especially with my grandchildren who participated at the renewal ceremony as groomsmen or bridesmaids. Dr Leininger words were very thoughtful and meaningful and funny. He made everyone feel at ease. We couldn't be happier with Dr. Leininger. If we are fortunate to renew our vows in another 50 years. We would want Dr. Leininger as the officiant. Thank you for everything Reverend Leininger

Fantastic and so easy to work with

Reviewed on 8/16/2014

We planned a very small wedding in two months and contacted Rev. David Leininger less than two months before. It could not have been easier working with him. His website had everything we needed to pay him and select the exact words we wanted for the wedding. On the day of our wedding, he was great - friendly, calm and loud enough that our wedding guests could hear him over the waves and breeze! He has our highest recommendation.


Reviewed on 7/19/2014 Amanda S

We are so thankful to have found Dr. Leininger as our officiant for our destination wedding in Hilton Head. He was very prompt in returning emails and his website made it easy for us to customize our ceremony. He was early to the rehearsal and ceremony, didn't want to take any chances!! Thank you very much!!

Excellent Service

Reviewed on 8/17/2013 Lindsay H

Extremely flexible and caters to your desires for the ceremony. A wide selection of examples to choose from. He was extremely professional and a joy to work with

Made our Ceremony Special and Uniquely 'Us'

Reviewed on 5/06/2013 Jennifer R

David created a ceremony to our exact specifications and despite our short time with him, spoke to us as an individual couple. He's prompt and dependable and polite and best of all he is a great speaker. He made our ceremony special, unique and just the right amount of traditional.

The Perfect Officiant

Reviewed on 1/25/2013 Rose S

One of the problems with wanting a pastor/priest/etc at a destination wedding is that a lot of local pastors do not conduct marriages to people who are not members of their church. So we were worried and searched until eventually finding Dr. David Leininger, who specializes in destination weddings in Hilton Head. After thoroughly reviewing his website and a brief phone call, both parties agreed to work together. To say Dr. Leininger's website is helpful is an understatement. It is a comprehensive guide to a ceremony on Hilton Head and provides an amazing amount of detail that helped us choose our unique ceremony. Each part of the ceremony is divided into parts, and different passages/scripture/quotes were provided to choose from. You can choose from as much or as little religious influence as you want, and even include your own written vows or speeches. It was ideal. Because rain was forecast for our wedding day, we were anxious about the timing and Dr. Leininger was available at a moments notice and positive and supportive the entire time. Luckily for us, he lives only a few minutes away from the beach on which we were getting married, so when we moved the start time ahead by 90 minutes, he was ready and by our side in less than 10 minutes. He always had a smile on his face and happily spoke with each of our guests. He provided advice that we'll never forget and was the perfect person for the job. We couldn't have been happier with Dr. Leininger and I would recommend him to anyone. We might even use him again to renew our vows!


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