Carolyn Burke STL

St Louis MO and Metro East IL

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Ceremony Types

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

Religious Affiliations

Nondenominational, Protestant, Christian, Interfaith, Secular, Spiritual, Unitarian

Wedding Activities

Ceremony, Wedding

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Contact Info

St Louis MO and Metro East IL (314) 821-4844
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Reviewed on 11/20/2017 Angie P

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... Read More 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!!

2017-11-20T18:41:43 Response from the vendor

It was my pleasure. Working with you at New Town Chapel in St Charles was so easy. The coordinator there did all the 'hard work' in the back of the chapel so I could concentrate on getting that last name right. LOL Trust me, it... Read Less Read More


Reviewed on 11/06/2017 Mandi J

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!

2017-11-06T11:06:34 Response from the vendor

Mandi, your wedding at The Jewel Box was short and sweet - just as you requested. Having the reception follow afterwards seemed to flow smoothly. I spoke with your catering company and they were ready with cocktails and appetizers. Many Blessings in your marriage to... Read Less Read More


Reviewed on 11/04/2017 Celsi D

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!

2017-11-04T17:32:27 Response from the vendor

Working with you at The Jewel Box was such a pleasure. Since we only had 90 minutes to be in and out of the venue, quick thinking and planning is needed to make it go 'without a hitch'. Your great communication makes my job easier.... Read Less Read More


Reviewed on 11/03/2017 Alicia F

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... Read More 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.

2017-11-03T11:26:23 Response from the vendor

I understand your disappointment in my services. I do not believe in excuses. In time, I hope you will forgive me. Many Blessings in your marriage. ~Carolyn Burke Wedding Officiant


Reviewed on 10/25/2017 Mike M

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... Read More enough. THANK YOU CAROLYN!

2017-10-25T10:20:56 Response from the vendor

It was my pleasure to be part of your same-sex union. Both of you have a great sense of humor. Playing trivia, having the ceremony at a micro brewery, and the wedding cake of a Star Trek Starship will be one to remember. Many Blessings!!... Read Less Read More


Reviewed on 10/24/2017 Coti B

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... Read More 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.

2017-10-25T10:26:33 Response from the vendor

Your rooftop wedding ceremony at the Caramel Room at Bissinger's included a Love Lock ceremony which I had not seen before. The weather was perfect and your wedding party - a delight! Many Blessings to you both!! ~Carolyn Burke Wedding Officiant


Reviewed on 10/01/2017 Audrey B

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!

2017-11-03T13:10:23 Response from the vendor

A wedding ceremony at 9th Street Abbey is always special. You wrote your own vows which provided so much warmth and a bit of laughter. Many Blessings in your marriage! ~Carolyn Burke Wedding Officiant


Reviewed on 7/07/2017 Codie E

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... Read More 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.

2017-10-25T10:59:41 Response from the vendor

Having a wedding at NEO on Locust is so cool. The urban feel and an almost 'blank slate' let you have your wedding your way. You are correct that having a Ceremony Coordinator at this site is recommended. Many Blessings in your marriage Cody and... Read Less Read More


Reviewed on 11/10/2016 Angie T

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... Read More thankful you were there to guide us every step of the way. Zack and Angie (8 Oct 2016)

2017-10-25T11:06:49 Response from the vendor

You had an elaborate ceremony at the Marriott Grand Hotel with several readings and Vietnamese elements using candles, coins, a veil, and a cord. With so much help from your family, it still seemed effortless. ~Carolyn Burke Wedding Officiant


Reviewed on 5/18/2016 Wendy L

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... Read More 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!

2017-10-25T11:12:01 Response from the vendor

I was your Ceremony Coordinator AND Wedding Officiant at the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion. This location is basic and includes use of the carriage house and chairs for the ceremony. You had the best props: local food and beverage from Vess Soda and Gus' Pretzel Shop. I... Read Less Read More


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... Read More very comfortable with her warm personality. We highly recommend Carolyn!

2017-11-03T13:16:03 Response from the vendor

Your wedding at Lafayette Park included two scripture readings and a roses to mothers ceremony. You wrote your own 'repeat after me' vows. Thank you for your kind thoughts. ~Carolyn Burke Wedding Officiant


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... Read More recommend her to all my friends!


Love Her

Reviewed 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... Read More 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

2015-09-22T20:45:55 Response from the vendor

Thank you for your kind words! Many Blessings in your marriage to Mark.


Reviewed on 8/10/2015 Pamela B

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... Read More 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!

2015-08-10T14:43:17 Response from the vendor

Pamela+Ray : Thank you for the great review. You were easy to work with and great communicators. The Conservatory is a perfect venue for a wedding ceremony. Many Blessings to your and your family.


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.

2015-08-10T14:45:01 Response from the vendor

Hello Rachel+Tyler. I had to giggle when you put the wrong address in your GPS for downtown St Louis instead of Kirkwood. You were not too late, and meeting you was worth it. Many Blessings in your marriage.


sweet and fast

Reviewed 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.

2014-10-26T20:29:31 Response from the vendor

Thank you for the nice review. You wedding at the Lodge at Grant's Trail was picture perfect. Both of you were fun to work with. Many Blessings. ~Carolyn Burke Wedding Officiant


A bit displeased

Reviewed 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... Read More went on as scheduled.

2014-10-10T22:07:50 Response from the vendor

Nikia and Delovan, Thank you for your review. Normally I have a reader come forward to recite from scripture as directed in my confirmation. Many Blessings in your marriage.


Nice to work with

Reviewed 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... Read More (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.

2014-09-11T15:26:39 Response from the vendor

Lauren+Chris - thank you for the nice review. It was so easy to work with your family, friends and wedding vendors. Working as a TEAM really makes a difference. I love working at NEO on Locust. ~Carolyn


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... Read More 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!

2014-09-11T15:16:32 Response from the vendor

Thank you for the awesome review! I so enjoyed your unique choices for the ceremony - the wine box - I've never done that before! Quail Ridge Lodge is to DIE FOR. A great location to have a wedding. Thanks again for having me as... Read Less Read More


Carolyn Burke was a Perfect Fit

Reviewed 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... Read More 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.

2014-06-03T18:01:40 Response from the vendor

Libby - you are so sweet. Thank you for the great review. You both were so sweet and easy to work with. It was my pleasure to serve you. Many Blessings.


Prompt and concise but corny

Reviewed 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... Read More 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. :(

2014-01-05T16:19:44 Response from the vendor

Hello Erika + Ben. I am sorry that you were not 100% satisfied with your ceremony. Typically getting married at the top of the arch is difficult because it is a public space. I really appreciate your feedback - Many Blessings.


Helpful

Reviewed 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

2014-09-11T15:21:13 Response from the vendor

Hello Lauren+Steve, I am very sorry if there was any mis-understanding. I strive to make sure all of my couples are very satisfied with my services. I would be more than happy to schedule a call to discuss how I could have made your experience... Read Less Read More


Epic Ceremony, Epic Officiant

Reviewed 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,... Read More 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!

2014-09-11T15:23:12 Response from the vendor

Your wedding was such a unique wedding and location. OMG - in the Edward Jones (Rams) Dome during the Robotics Championship! I absolutely enjoyed working with you and loved this experience! Thank you again for having me as a part of your special and awesome... Read Less Read More


Perfect & Professional

Reviewed 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... Read More 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 Liaison

Reviewed 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... Read More along the way and she was very nice! We found the PERFECT place! The small price was totally worth it!


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