Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Elopement, Non-Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony
Nondenominational, Protestant, Christian, Interfaith, Secular, Spiritual, Unitarian
Carolyn is the best! She was so sweet and really knew her stuff. You can tell she’s done this a million times. We wanted a very short, simple ceremony and that’s exactly what we got. I was so nervous before the ceremony but Carolyn completely put me at ease. I have a very difficult to pronounce last name that took multiple tries at the rehearsal. Carolyn perfected it and even made a little joke about it during the ceremony. We received so many compliments about both the ceremony and Carolyn. We would recommend her to anyone. Thank you, Carolyn!!
Carolyn was wonderful! She was a great calming presence before and during the wedding. She helped me gather my thoughts and determine the processional Order. I would 100% recommend Carolyn!
It was a memorable day and everything went off without a hitch. We enjoyed working with Carolyn and her coordination at the Jewel Box was affordable and a relief. She made our ceremony go perfectly!
We wouldn’t recommend Carolyn Burke as an officiant. We hired her based off the great reviews, but we were very disappointed in the level of professionalism and courtesy she displayed. We feel like she lacks general respect for her customers. She couldn’t keep straight what she told us from her other couples, which caused a lot of unnecessary stress on us the last month prior to the wedding. She was late to our rehearsal. She informed us multiple times how valuable her time was and I wish she would’ve treated us with the same respect and understand the customers’ time is valuable too. Her performance at the ceremony was very disappointing. She didn’t take the time to get to know us which includes how to pronounce my name, so my name was mispronounced during the ceremony. This was extremely hurtful and embarrassing. She never provided an apology for her many mistakes until we called to speak with her about our disappointment. To me this is a poor business practice if your customers have to call to ask for an apology instead of providing one upfront. She didn’t believe she was in the wrong for anything and chose to she blame everything on us, our rehearsal location and the size of our wedding party. I understand you would defend yourself if you don’t believe you were wrong, but this is her profession and she’s been doing it a long time, so if the rehearsal wasn’t to her liking she should’ve taken the time to talk to us about what needs to be done before sitting down and enjoying a meal provided by us. She did provide us with a refund for the cost of the ceremony when we called, but I was in tears during this time. We felt hurt and were very disappointed that someone in her profession would treat her customers this way. Prior to providing us a refund, she informed us we could take her to small claims court. I knew at that moment that she simply didn’t care about us at all. She treated us like we worked for her instead of us hiring her to be a part of our special day.
Carolyn was wonderful to work with! We knew that we wanted a short and sweet ceremony, but didn't have a clue about composing our own vows. Carolyn provided us with lots of sample material from which we could assemble a ceremony that was perfect for us. We can't recommend her enough. THANK YOU CAROLYN!
Carolyn was the perfect officiant for us. We aren’t particularly religious so we didn’t really want that, we wanted something short, sweet, and to the point. That is exactly what she gave us for an amazing price. We also got to pick essentially all of the elements of the ceremony so it wasn’t the same nickel speech as every othe wedding. She also made sure we would all be in the same page with a phone rehearsal which eased both of our minds. Carolyn was a perfect fit for our ceremony.
Carolyn was SO helpful throughout the entire process! She walked us through everything and really cared about what we wanted for our ceremony. Everything was perfect!!! We can't thank her enough!
Carolyn was very nice and helpful from the first time I spoke with her on the phone and throughout the process. We only used her as an officiant, but with her experience and suggestions I can assure you she would make a wonderful day-of coordinator. When we met with her she made us feel at ease and much more relaxed about the day. She was timely, professional and kept our ceremony fun. Very easy to work with and highly recommended.
Thank you so much for officiating our wedding. Our ceremony was perfect - filled with laughter and happy tears. We wouldn't have changed a thing. I cannot tell you how much we appreciated your flexibility, professionalism, and calm as well as happy demeanor. We are truly thankful you were there to guide us every step of the way. Zack and Angie (8 Oct 2016)
Simply put, Carolyn was amazing. We hired her as our officiant and our ceremony location coordinator, and hiring her was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. Throughout the process she was very responsive to emails, always available to answer questions, and we appreciated her checklists she sent to make sure we were on schedule with our planning. She was very organized for our planning meeting, and she had even taken a look at our wedding website to get an idea of who was in the wedding party. She made us feel very calm about the ceremony, and even though there was rain in the forecast, she worked with us and the ceremony location to come up with several plan B ideas. She definitely got my vision of the day, and worked to execute it perfectly. She was even able to corral the wedding party during the rehearsal! Overall she was always professional, detail oriented, personable, and on our side. We highly recommend her!
We highly recommend Carolyn!Reviewed on 12/17/2015 Kristen H
Carolyn was a wonderful officiant for our wedding. She was very responsive and provided a great structure for our ceremony, but also allowed us the flexibility to add special touches that were important to us. She arrived on time and made everyone in the wedding party feel very comfortable with her warm personality. We highly recommend Carolyn!
Carolyn Burke was amazing!Reviewed on 11/13/2015
I hired Carolyn Burke as the officiant of my wedding. She was very professional yet warm and welcoming. Carolyn made me feel very comfortable talking through the details of the ceremony options and gave her advice on certain details, based on her extensive experience. I plan to recommend her to all my friends!
Love HerReviewed on 9/22/2015
Carolyn was great! I would refer her to anyone. She's personable. I wanted something short, sweet and memorable. And that is exactly what I got. She gives you lots of choices in your vows or even to do your own. Without even meeting with her before hand just over the phone going through everything was great. Upon meeting her the day of my wedding, it felt like I had known her for years. Its perfect for people on the go and don't have time to plan everything in detail. I went through everything on line with her so you could do it on your time frame. Then come down to last few days you call and go over everything that will go on that day and see you on the day! I totally recommend her. I even have friends considering using her when the time comes. Because times are tough and not everyone can afford a huge wedding and some don't want that huge wedding like me! Jane
Carolyn was absolutely wonderful! She made my husband and I feel very confident and put us at ease. She helped us read the vows we wrote, she was so good with our very large sand ceremony and the wedding was perfect!! I highly recommend the in person meeting with her at her house when you're ready and then she does a phone call rehearsal that helped us get organized. She was awesome and does this a lot!! She also does same sex marriages and my husband and I are supporters of if you want to marry the person you love you should be able to, so that she supports that as well made it more meaningful to us! She was wonderful!! The wedding was wonderful!
Wonderful!Reviewed on 7/27/2015 Rachel F
Carolyn was wonderful, and exactly what we hoped for. We booked her through her website and requested an elopement ceremony. She was a joy to work with and so kind and helpful, even when we were running a little late for the ceremony.
sweet and fastReviewed on 10/25/2014 Nyssa D
I loved Carolyn Burke. From our consultation over the phone to the rehearsal over the phone, she was funny, sweet, and still professional. Her ceremony wassimple and quick, but she still accomodated my requests.
A bit displeasedReviewed on 10/09/2014
I was not happy that it seemed as though my bible verses for the ceremony were not reviewed prior to the ceremony. I noticed that some words were left out and others were stumbled upon. Just wish some more care would have been taken in that matter. Other than that, the ceremony went on as scheduled.
Nice to work withReviewed on 9/01/2014 Lauren A
We used Carolyn's "Pick a Venue Package" and asked her to do ceremony coordination for our wedding. She was always prompt and professional and available to answer all of our questions. We decided to get help coordinating our ceremony because my husband's brother was officiating (which he had never done before); it was so reassuring to have Carolyn's help along the way to keep everything running smoothly. She especially did an excellent job running our rehearsal and outlining the responsibilities for the wedding party.
affordable and fabulous wedding officiant!Reviewed on 7/25/2014
We had a hard time finding an officiant for our wedding who was affordable, will do a non-religious ceremony, and someone we meshed with. Luckily, in the nick of time, we found Carolyn! Her services are very reasonably priced, she is flexible and willing to do a non-religious ceremony, professional, and knowledgeable. We immediately felt like we were in good hands and decided to book. We emailed and called before the event, planning specifically what the ceremony would entail. She was helpful in making suggestions, but also flexible in doing what we desired. She is very organized and lets you know what to expect. The day of, she arrived on time and did a few paperwork pieces as planned. She started the ceremony promptly and did everything perfectly! I was, to my surprise, crying practically the whole ceremony and she was very calming as she looked at me, breathed deeply, winked, and helped keep me grounded. She had my vows and held them as I read them. She was fantastic and we were very happy with our ceremony thanks to her! We would recommend Carolyn for your wedding!
Carolyn Burke was a Perfect FitReviewed on 6/02/2014 Libby B
We bought the "Super Liasion" package from Carolyn that included wedding consulting and advice, as well as being our officiant. She did both of these things beautifully. I appreciated that she was detail-oriented, flexible, friendly, and respected what really mattered to Jon and I. She is honest but not bruttaly so, and that's a nice thing to have when you are planning your wedding. I also appreciate the partnership she has with the local LGBT community. We were very happy that she was with us on our special day.
Prompt and concise but cornyReviewed on 1/04/2014 Erika W
I thought working with Carolyn was fine. She has clear instructions for everything and she is very nice. But... I didn't really like her public speaking. It seemed really cheesy and didn't seem genuine. I wouldn't suggest her to a friend. I really hate writing negative reviews, because I'm sure her style will suit other people. But, like I said, for me there was to much of a cheese factor. :(
HelpfulReviewed on 6/11/2013 Michael C
She is very personable. Her assistant was nice to have on the day of. We wish she did wedding coordination sooner because we paid for it and only used it the day of
Epic Ceremony, Epic OfficiantReviewed on 6/04/2013 Douglas N
We had just over a week to quick-plan our wedding ceremony in St. Louis. We were coming into town for the FIRST FRC Robotics World Championship (we mentor Team 2974 - Walton Robotics, from Marietta GA), and had been granted the blessing of a ceremony in the Edward Jones Dome, down on the event floor. We had plans (vague though they may have been) for the staging, the venue was locked in, but we needed an officiant who would suit the sensibilities of all involved, and wanted a short and beautiful secular ceremony. I called around, and Carolyn, I must say, jumped to the top of the short list the moment we spoke! Her charm and enthusiasm were, frankly, not only infectious but also heartening (I was the stereotypical clueless and harried groom, so I had no idea how really anything worked)! Her rates were extremely reasonable, and she assured us that she could officiate over a small and beautiful ceremony for us. Boy, did she deliver! Our ceremony was brief but sparkling and sentimental - she chose the perfect words and vows for us, held our hands (sometimes literally) throughout, and did everything she could, above and beyond our expectations, to ensure that our blessed event went off without a hitch. Despite us contracting for simple services, she went above and beyond to bring us across the finish line! Every expectation was exceeded, every attendee impressed and amazed, and we were so very happy that she could share in, and kick off, our new lives! The amount of assistance and coordination she provided was absolutely astounding! What an amazing woman, what an amazing service, what an amazing event! Carolyn Burke is, I feel comfortable asserting, the right person for your own epic ceremony, whether you choose the minimalist package or the fully coordinated ceremony or anything in between. Thanks, Carolyn, from Michelle and me, from the bottom of our hearts, for making our very special day even more spectacular than ever we could have imagined or dared to dream!
Perfect & ProfessionalReviewed on 12/11/2012 Christina P
Our wedding was short, simple and sweet. I chose Carolyn based on three main reasons. One, she has an online calendar for availability. Her website also gives you the information that you are looking for, which other officiant websites did not. Two, upon calling Carolyn, she was very upbeat, helpful, and personable. Three, her pricing was reasonable and she was available on short notice. As it turned out, the words she chose were very sweet and to me, were better than the traditional vows. Everything was great!
Wedding LiaisonReviewed on 12/07/2012 Ashley C
Carolyn was recommended by another planner that was trying to help. About 3-4 months before the wedding, our ceremony venue fell through and we felt exhausted and needed help. Carolyn sat with us for 3 hours and helped us find the places that fit best for us. She helped us all along the way and she was very nice! We found the PERFECT place! The small price was totally worth it!